Thursday, April 23, 2009

Money for Youth Development Professionals and Teachers

Here's a great list of grants published by Volunteer Tennessee:

Support for Community Pedestrian Safety Groups
(Deadline: May 29)

The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) has been awarded a Cooperative Agreement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pilot test a new guidebook entitled, "A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities." HSRC is seeking up to ten communities or neighborhoods interested in making their environment safe for pedestrians and walkable to pilot test the Resident's Guide. Each selected site will receive $2,000 for its participation, as well as technical assistance from pedestrian safety experts. Visit

Target Early Childhood Reading Grants
(Deadline: May 31)

Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting programs such as weekend book clubs and after-school reading programs that foster a love of reading and encourage children from birth through age 9 to read together with their families. Visit

Do Something Grants
(Deadline: Ongoing)

Did you recently create a sustainable community action project, program or organization or have a great idea for helping your community? Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program or turn your idea into reality? Are you age 25 or under? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Grant. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and stay active for consideration for two months after submission. Visit

Girls Helping Girls College Scholarship Art Contest
(Deadline: May 13)
Girls Helping Girls' Fund-for-Respect Program is organizing a "Mirror, Mirror" art and multimedia contest to empower girls to redefine "real beauty" and widen their perspectives on beauty. Girls aged 11-19 can submit a visual, literature, or video piece responding to the question, "Who is the most beautiful woman to you?" All entries must fall into the categories of literature (poem, short essay, song, etc.), visual art (painting, sketch, photography, etc.) or video, and must be received by May 13. The winners in each of the three categories will receive a $500 scholarship and publicity. Visit

mtvU Grants
(Deadline: Weekly Throughout School Year)
The Every week throughout the school year, mtvU in partnership with Youth Venture will help fund a new student-run community service organization, or a new project being undertaken by an existing organization. If you've got an original idea about how to make the world--or your campus--a better place, mtvU Grants can help you make it happen. Are you interested in launching your own organization to address issues like global warming, literacy, health issues, civic participation, community and social problems - any problem you can identify mtvU grants can get you started to help find a solution. Visit

Mix It Up Grants Program
(Deadline: Ongoing)
Have a great idea about how to challenge social boundaries and bring down the walls that divide your school? We want to help, and, to prove it, we offer $500 grants to support youth-directed programs and projects that address social boundaries in schools or communities. The Mix It Up Grants Program funds small-scale, youth-directed activist projects that focus on identifying, crossing and challenging social boundaries in schools and communities. Learn more: Visit

Office Depot Foundation Grants
(Deadline: April 30)
The Office Depot Foundation supports local nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on the quality of life in company communities around the world. The Foundation provides grants through the following funding categories: Making a Difference in Children's Lives supports activities that serve, teach, and inspire children, youth, and families. Building Communities focuses on civic organizations and activities that serve the needs of the community. Disaster Relief funds recognized national, regional, and local relief agencies. Visit

iMentor Grants
(Deadline: April 30)
iMentor is offering grants to provide financial support to organizations that may not otherwise be able to afford iMentor Interactive member organization user fees. The purpose of the grant is to help improve graduation rates through mentoring by providing technical assistance to small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations serving high-school students. Grant recipients will receive up to $6,000 in funding for iMentor Interactive member organization user fees (approximately 200 mentor/mentee users) for one year, with the potential for grants to be renewed for up to three years. Visit

2009 ING Unsung Heroes Awards
(Deadline: April 30)

Applications for the 2009 ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program are now being accepted. These awards support K-12 educators from throughout the U.S. who are employing new and innovative methods and techniques to improve student learning. Applicants describe projects they have initiated or which they wish to pursue; these projects are then judged based on their creativity and innovation, as well as their ability to positively influence students. One hundred selected finalists will each receive $2,000 grants to support their programs; ING hopes to award at least one grant in each state. Visit