Newsletter December 2018

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As we prepare for the holiday season, the Indiana Afterschool Network would like to THANK YOU for all you do to support young people during the summer months and afterschool. Your work and dedication truly makes a difference in the lives of young people across our great state!

But we can't do it alone. We depend on policy makers at the local, state and federal level to ensure funding for these critical programs. Please take a moment to thank your local officials on social media or send them a letter about why afterschool matters to you. 
  • Find your legislators HERE
  • Check out the Advocacy page on our website for more resources and facts on the impact of Afterschool in Indiana
Certifications For Hoosier Youth Workers
Youth workers across Indiana are leading the nation in obtaining their Child and Youth Care (CYC) Certifications. There are currently over 200 certified youth work practitioners in the state.

This month Indiana will officially double its number of certified youth workers since 2017. More info on certification in Indiana is available on the CYC page of the IYSA website: or the CYC Certification Board website 

Join the Raise It for Health campaign to protect youth from smoking!
Can you join IAN today?  It takes just 5 minutes to lend your support. Thank you for your consideration of this important cause!

Each year in Indiana, 4,100 youth become daily smokers. Even more start later in youth adulthood. In Indiana, one in five Hoosier adults smoke-we are 9th worst in the country for our smoking rate. The e-cigarette epidemic is making the problem worse. And youth attitudes toward smoking remain problematic. Second-hand smoke is a health hazard in the home for 40% of young kids.

Join 160 other partners in the Raise It for Health campaign to reduce smoking and protect youth by raising the cigarette tax and investing in youth prevention work. The campaign also supports increasing the minimum age of purchase from age 18 to 21-a Tobacco 21 law for Indiana.

In addition to the Indiana Afterschool Network, youth-focused partners include the Indiana Youth Institute, the State Alliance of YMCAs, VOICE Indiana, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and many others.

With a $2 per-pack increase in the state cigarette tax, we can put smoking out of reach of more youth and invest new resources into proven community prevention strategies.

Packed with resources, the Indiana MoneyWise 2018 Winter Edition e-magazine is now LIVE!
Check out this e-magazine from our #IANsummit2019 Platinum Sponsor, Indiana MoneyWise and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
To view the magazine, use this link: 

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Marion County OST
Tuesday, January 8 - Noon ET
Central Indiana Community Foundation, Conference Room 8
615 N. Alabama Street, Lower Level
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Afterschool Tippecanoe
Wednesday January 9 - Noon ET
United Way of Greater Lafayette
1114 East State Street
Lafayette IN 47905

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday January 11 - 10:00 AM ET
Monroe County Extension Office
3400 S Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47401

Evansville Afterschool Committee
Friday January 11 - 10:30 AM CST
St Vincent Medical Arts Building,
#700 Bellemeade Ave
Evansville, IN 47714

USA Swimming Foundation Accepting Applications to 'Make a Splash' Program
Deadline: January 15, 2019 Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to programs that provide swimming lessons to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to swim. Learn more HERE.

Funding Opportunity for Afterschool Programs Serving Middle School Youth
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide in the following three grant categories:

- $100,000 over two years - Eight awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater and annual program budgets of $250,000 or greater
- $50,000 over two years - Eight awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
- $15,000 for one year - Ten awards will be made to programs to provide them with the ability to offer additional professional development opportunities to their staff; applicants must have annual budgets of $150,000 or greater

Read the full application and eligibility requirements.
Applications are due January 25th, 2019.

2019 Summer Learning Awards
DUE December 21. NSLA will announce winners during National Summer Learning Day celebrations in July 2019. More information and profiles of past winners are available on the Summer Learning Awards event page of NSLA's website.
Winning programs receive: a monetary award of $10,000, generously provided by the New York Life Foundation and Lands' End; visibility during National Summer Learning Day and at the Summer Changes Everything national conference; and national and local media outreach, along with special spotlights in NSLA's Summer Times e-newsletter.

Save-A-Lot food stores supports organizations whose primary mission addresses the following focus areas:
- Health, wellness, and nutrition education, especially organizations promoting nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet.
- Environmental stewardship: Programs that promote environmental stewardship, especially related to using energy more efficiently and reducing waste.
- Hunger relief: Comprehensive hunger relief organizations and non-profit food distribution centers. The majority of funding is allocated to area food banks in conjunction with store openings.
Deadline - Ongoing. Learn more HERE.

Lyft Community Grant
Starting in January 2019, 501(c)3 nonprofits working across more than 20 cities nationwide (including Indianapolis!) will be eligible to apply for a Lyft Community Grant.
Each month, one nonprofit in each participating region will receive a $1,000 grant in the form of Lyft ride credit to enhance regular or one-off programs. 

Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) Grants
EWIN has recently announced the release of an RFP for Round 4 of Education-Workforce Partnership Planning Grants. The purpose of this opportunity is for communities and schools across the state to develop career pathways that lead to high-wage, high-demand careers for students and a more skilled workforce for local employers. Grant applications are due by January 25, 2019. For more information, please CLICK HERE. 

Applications are now open for the 2019 @IndyLISC Love Thy Neighborhood Awards, recognizing community game changers in the Indy region - Celebrating the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay. Awards will be given highlighting a person, a project, an initiative, or an organization that has transformed a neighborhood, positively impacting the Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education of their community. Deadline: January 18, 2019 Learn more and apply at  

Check out Indiana Youth Institute's online grant search for more funding opportunities. 

+ Find more potential funding sources, visit the Afterschool Alliance Funding Database! 


Indiana OST Academy NEWFLASH: We've now optimized our curriculum by breaking the content into easily-digestible topics perfect for always-on-the-go staff, like you. 

36 courses are now 54 shorter courses. Our new mobile-first delivery platform means courses work beautifully on every desktop, laptop, and handheld device, which means you can learn wherever and whenever it's convenient for you!

++ If you are interested in seeing which courses are aligned/to which CYC competency, click on "Contact Us" on the Academy Page!

The Indiana Afterschool Network helps promote and strengthen program quality in out-of-school learning across Indiana.


1.  Use Indiana's Top Ten Quality Standards for OST as a pathway to quality improvement.

2.  Assess your program sites and organization by using the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA)

3.  Develop your staff using the NEW! Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning .  A high quality, online training specifically designed for Out-of-School Time Professionals

This NEW online PD system was created in partnership with the National Afterschool Association and Child Care Aware and offers the latest in training specifically designed for Indiana's before school, after school, school age child care and summer programs.

Benefits to Your Program and Staff:
*    Professional Development anytime, anywhere!
*    36 Best Practice Learning Modules (2 hours each)
*    Aligned with IN Afterschool Standards and IN Youth Development Credential (IYD)
*    In-depth curriculum content, interactivity and rich visuals
*    Useful resources and real life scenarios
*    Pre- and Post-tests
*    Certificates and User accounts to track progress
*    Customer Service
*    Technical Assistance

Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment.
For more information:
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell
Applications for the 2019 Innovate WithIN pitch competition , a statewide initiative designed to nurture the next generation of innovators, are now open to high school students across Indiana. Student teams are invited to submit video pitches online before Feb. 6.
NEW this year: Middle school students interested in entrepreneurship are invited to register for workshops offered at the regional competitions in early 2019.
The competition is hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Education and Ball State University. 

From National Summer Learning Association: STEM Education Plan
Last week the White House unveiled their highly-anticipated 5-year STEM Education strategic plan, Charting a Course for Success: America's Strategy for STEM Education, detailing the federal government's strategy for expanding and improving the nation's capacity for STEM education and preparing citizens with the skills necessary for the STEM economy of the future. Priorities under this plan include a focus on increasing "diversity, equity and inclusion" for women and racial minorities in STEM, building strong foundations for every American to become STEM literate, and preparing all Americans for the future STEM workforce. NSLA was able to contribute comments to the plan both independently and through our participation in the Afterschool STEM Hub Check out NSLA's Knowledge Center for more summer STEM-related research and resources 


Real-world problems call for critical thinking and real-world solutions and afterschool programs are a great place for kids to learn, collaborate, and figure out how to make their communities better. The Mott Foundation and National Geographic want to help afterschool programs open the world to young people.  

National Geographic has been pushing the boundaries of knowledge, exploring the planet from its highest peaks to its deepest depths for more than 130 years. Now you can bring this spirit of exploration to your afterschool program!

What Will You Do to Save the Planet? Take the #GeoChallenge!
Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are used every day? Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year? We need creative and actionable ideas from young people to literally save the planet. Afterschool programs are invited to take on the 2018-19 GeoChallenge-Tackling Plastic! Teams of students (grades 5-8) will investigate the urgent issue of plastic pollution in our waterways. If your team is ready, you can submit your solutions by January 15th to join the national competition.  

The GeoChallenge is free to register and download all of the activities you will need to help your kids engage, think, act, and impact! Students gain skills in research and storytelling, collaboration, videography, innovative design, and mapmaking. Empower your students to change the world! Register here:

The Indianapolis Zoo has resources to help you connect your students to the world around them. For example, our Conservation Hero Profiles could be used as a reading assignment that will aid students in learning about people who are working to save wildlife around the world. Perhaps you are planning a PBL project connected to conservation locally or globally, we have a variety of resources to get you started. If you want to bring materials into the classroom, try one of our Educator Kits. Kits contain a variety of materials from books and activities to realistic replicates for scientific study. 

Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue University on January 10, 2019. The Purdue University College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are sponsors of the conference. The goal of the January Indiana STEM Education Conference is to provide a platform for the dissemination of best practice in K-12 STEM teaching and learning in Indiana. There will be three strands that organize the conference: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research, and STEM resources. 

Girls Who Code and Indiana Department of Education
New partnership brings FREE computer science opportunities to elementary, middle and high school girls across Indiana. Girls Who Code Clubs are free afterschool programs with supportive peers and role models.  Learn more HERE.

Auburn University Study: What Motivates Out-of-School Educators to Implement STEM?
Please take the quick, anonymous survey using this link.

While much of the current research focuses on new curricula and strategies to engage students in STEM, there is very little research on what motivates both in-school and out-of-school educators to implement STEM and what increases their confidence in their ability to do so.

Due to the lack of consensus on the definition of inter-related, cross disciplinary STEM education or how to implement truly integrated STEM learning, Afterschool professionals are left feeling confused and lack motivation and confidence to implement STEM in their Afterschool programs. Informing and supporting educators on how to implement integrated STEM correctly and confidently is an essential first step to engaging students in STEM.

Currently, there are no instruments with evidence of validity to gauge motivation and self-efficacy of Afterschool educators specifically focusing on STEM engagement. Until educators become comfortable with guiding their students through the engineering design process, they will be less motivated to plan and implement quality STEM activities.

Therefore, investigating motivation and self-efficacy of Afterschool staff can inform future professional development design and implementation. With such a high emphasis on providing integrated STEM in the out-of-school time, stakeholders, policy makers, and educators should be aware of the foundation of providing maximum learning opportunities in STEM which is teacher motivation and self-efficacy. Therefore, this research has the ability to inform practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers about how to motivate Afterschool program staff to effectively provide integrated STEM learning with confidence. Such evidence will help solidify Afterschool STEM learning, as a non-negotiable component of the equation for student STEM education.

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is working to ensure that ALL students possess the knowledge and skills needed to be society's game changers: educated, productive, and empathetic individuals. NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for ALL students to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. To get started in Esports, visit our website and activate a Club! Activated Clubs get access to free toolkits and workshops on esports, streaming, and more! 

Afterschool Tech Toolkit
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) and Google announced a new support for your STEM work! This free resource includes a series of modules, webinars and hands-on training that will help you plan and prepare to integrate technology into your program. The toolkit will give you a strong foundation so you can provide students with powerful access to technology outside of classroom hours. Start learning now! Visit   and click on the first module "Get Started with Technology."

The Afterschool STEM Hub
 is a collaboration among out-of-school-time program leaders and stakeholders to provide coordinated messaging and communications that impact advocacy and policy and help ensure the important place of informal, afterschool and summer programs in the STEM learning ecosystem.  It is led by the Afterschool Alliance and generously supported by STEM Next, an initiative launched by the Noyce Foundation. NAA is a member of the Hub.  For more information on this initiative (including the list of participating organizations) please visit  

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

Indiana Department of Education STEM School Certification Program
For details on the process to earn the IDOE designation of a STEM School, follow THIS LINK Note that, to be certified as an IDOE STEM school, a school must offer an afterschool program in STEM.
Connect & collaborate with STEM programs through The Connectory!
With the launch of The Connectory, it's easier than ever for kids to connect with STEM programs and opportunities, and for STEM practitioners to collaborate, develop partnerships, and share resources. This free online collaboration tool gives STEM program providers a chance to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. Families, in turn, have a free, go-to resource to connect the children in their lives to STEM learning opportunities in their community.


College Goal Sunday
College Goal Sunday is a statewide initiative that supports Hoosiers in completing the FAFSA. It is free for students and families to attend. The second College Goal Sunday event of the FAFSA season will be on February 24, 2019. To view additional information, including locations, dates and times, please visit  

Cash for College
December officially kicked off Learn More Indiana's Cash for College campaign. From December to March Cash for College is here to help students and families plan for and understand the costs of college. Find Cash for College resources, such as school announcements, FAFSA resources and classroom materials for students of all ages at 

2019-2020 FAFSA
The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now live beginning Monday, October 1. In order to secure state aid eligibility for the 2019-2020 academic year students must submit the FAFSA by the state deadline of April 15, 2019. The form can be accessed by visiting Seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid website.

21st Century Scholars Enrollment
The 21st Century Scholar application for the 2018-2019 school year is open. The program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school, dependent upon financial need. More info HERE.

INvestEd is a team of experts who travel the entire state of Indiana sharing resources and information about the college planning and financial aid process. They provide FREE help that includes group presentations at schools, meeting with families, and useful resources on their website. INvestEd can help your students and families with any of their college planning and funding questions. Connecting with them is easy! Call 317-715-9007 or email them at

2018 College Readiness, College Completion and Equity Reports

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently released the 2018 College Readiness Report, 2018 College Completion Report and 2018 College Equity Report.

About Indiana's College Readiness Report: The Indiana Commission for Higher Education's College Readiness Reports are designed to provide information on students entering college. The reports encompass the first year of college for students who graduated from high school during the previous academic year, and the College Readiness dashboard provides a closer look at longer-term outcomes such as early college success and completion.

About Indiana's College Completion Report: The Indiana College Completion Report is part of a series of reports provided by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to clearly define Indiana's progress in preparing Hoosiers for college and the workforce. The reports help inform students, educators, families and policymakers.

About Indiana's College Equity Report: In 2013, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education passed a resolution to cut the achievement gap in half by 2018 and close the achievement gap by 2025. Designed as a companion piece to the Commission's annual College Readiness and College Completion reports, the College Equity report provides a snapshot of Indiana's college achievement gap progress - measured by the college-going rate, early success in college and college completion - for low-income and minority students.

Indiana Department of Education Office of College and Career Readiness This site will provide you with helpful information regarding the new Indiana Academic Standards, as well as information about content subject areas, Career and Technical Education, STEM and eLearning. What does it mean to be college and career ready? In Indiana, this is defined as an individual who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in post-secondary education and economically viable career opportunities.

The Commission for Higher Education's Outreach Staff are looking to connect with community leaders, volunteers, community-based organizations, college partners and school leaders to trainings and support on enrolling students into the 21st Century Scholars Program, guiding Scholars in the Scholar Success Program requirements and utilizing Learn More Indiana's resources around college planning and career success. To learn more about training and partnership opportunities within your community, please contact your Regional Outreach Coordinator.

Professional Development Grants from IYI
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Submit an application by the tenth of the month to receive a decision by the first of the following month. More HERE.


Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue University on January 10, 2019. The Purdue University College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are sponsors of the conference. The goal of the January Indiana STEM Education Conference is to provide a platform for the dissemination of best practice in K-12 STEM teaching and learning in Indiana. There will be three strands that organize the conference: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research, and STEM resources. 

The Second Annual Teach to Lead Summit Coming in June
"STEM Focus" is the theme of the second annual Teach to Lead Summit scheduled for June 13-14, 2019 at the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis. Applications for the summit will be released in January 2019, and your team can prepare now by identifying potential teacher-led solutions to local STEM needs. Visit the IDOE Teach to Lead webpage to view a video of last year's summit and to find more information regarding the summit.   

Peace Learning Center - Restorative Justice Training
Restorative Justice Train the Trainer 5 day program for schools & youth serving organizations who would like to learn how to lead Restorative Practice workshops to train their entire school/organization in restorative justice. Learn more and register HERE.

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a variety of training for everyone who wants to learn more about domestic violence issues. If you are interested in attending an in-person program or webinar, we hope you will join us. Click here for a list of trainings.

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
offers trainings across Indiana on a wide range of nonprofit management topics. The upcoming calendar of workshops and more info here:
Indiana Youth Institute Trainings and Cafés NEAR YOU
Topics including Technology Safety, Reaching Uninsured Families and others will be provided at various locations in including: Merrillville, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville and New Albany.  More info here:


1/29 -1/31: 21st Global Youth Justice Training, Las Vegas, NV
These rapidly expanding local volunteer-driven diversion programs harness positive peer pressure and utilize it in a peer judgment setting to help address the anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior of youthful offenders. The peer judgment, volunteer-driven, youth-led, and positive peer pressure aspects of these diversion programs are the primary programmatic elements that separate these juvenile justice and youth justice diversion programs from all others. This three (3) day training institute includes a free 1/2 day grant writing session, and provides participants with the knowledge and skills to establish, expand, enhance and/or learn Teen/Youth/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury programs. This new Double-Track Training includes sessions for beginners and an advanced track. Click HERE to register.

National Afterschool Association Annual Conference
March 15 - 18, 2019
Hilton Midtown, New York City
Registration for the 2019 NAA Annual Convention is now open! Join 2,000 members of our community for 4 days of networking, learning and inspiration! You'll enjoy special events, educational sessions, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo-all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and leaders of afterschool. 

The National Afterschool Association Expert Hub is now live! This new service will help afterschool and expanded learning programs connect with vetted experts for projects and training programs. NAA member organizations can use the NAA Expert Hub to find experts at no cost. Learn more HERE.

Stay tuned for future announcements at the conference website: 

Nominations being accepted for ELEVATE'S Young Professionals awards . The community awards will recognize the next generation of philanthropists, volunteers and advocates. The nomination submission deadline for individuals aged 21-40 is Jan. 14 to United Way. Check out the five categories at  

National Summer Learning Association New Research Agenda
Did you know the summer learning field is grounded in more than 100 years of research about summer learning loss? This ongoing research has helped guide organizational system building, program quality, and advocacy efforts to expand summer learning opportunities for kids across the country.
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has recently launched a new research agenda where you'll discover new areas of study for the research community to drive forward our understanding of summer issues including:
  • Conditions and features that affect quality of programs in a wide variety of settings
  • Where and why gaps in access to programs persist, and how to ensure opportunities are located where they are most needed
  • Short- and long-term outcomes of programs at the student, family, school, and community level 
Indy Arts Education
Indianapolis area educators now have 24/7 access to all local arts & cultural resources through one single website. was developed through a partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and the local arts community. It is a resource for finding field trips, workshops, and fun, engaging activities for all students (PreK - 12). Teachers can search by subject, organization, grade level, and artistic discipline, including visual arts, music, literature, dance, theatre, and history/heritage. IndyArtsEd also identifies the specific Indiana Department of Education standards each program meets. 

Undoing Racism 2-Day Workshops 
Join the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond for the next Undoing Racism Workshop. The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. These workshops are held monthly. The calendar is available on the Child Advocates website 

Leadership Evansville Celebration of Leadership 2019
Opportunity to nominate any individual, organization or project that you feel deserves a special shout-out for exhibiting true servant leadership!
The deadline for nominations is midnight on Friday, December 21, 2018.
Learn more and nominate HERE.

Implementing SEL Interventions that Meet Local Needs
Social and emotional learning (SEL) has topped the education agenda in recent years, and with flexibility in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there's more opportunity to use federal funds for SEL interventions. For schools and communities looking to implement SEL interventions, a new report offers guidance on how to assess local SEL needs, how to choose evidence-based interventions that meet those needs and how to implement and monitor those interventions. Full information HERE.

Calling all artists! The National Council for Behavioral Health is looking for artwork that speaks to your lived experience with mental illness or addiction. Through their nationwide "Art in Mind" campaign, the National Council is using art to build awareness of behavioral health and end stigma for good.

By giving youth with lived experience a platform for their artistic expression, the National Council aims to recognize their strength, elevate their voice and honor their bravery. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, contact the National Council or submit your artwork today. 

Music Impact Network
Since their launch, they have grown to over 180 members, from over 60 organizations, developed and shared over 100 music program resources and collectively downloaded over 500 times. 

Journal of Child and Youth Care Work Call for Papers: Learning Activities for Child and Youth Worker Educators and Trainers
The Association of Child and Youth Care Practice has put a call out for papers for a special themed issue focused on the use of structured learning activities to promote knowledge, attitude and skill acquisition in CYW practice settings.
Deadline for Submission of Letter of Intent is December 31, 2018
Please view this LINK for more information.

Expanded Collection of Resources Translated into Spanish
NCASE is pleased to share an expanded collection of resources that have been translated into Spanish for wider access. These Spanish language publications are housed in the NCASE Resource Library with the original English language records. This collection includes resources that address important issues in school-age care, such as summer learning, quality improvement, licensing, and funding strategies. The audience for these resources includes state afterschool network leads, summer program providers, and 21st Century Community Learning Center leads. More HERE.

RESOURCE FOR HOOSIER FAMILIES: Early Learning Indiana and and FSSA have partnered on child care consumer site , a new, interactive family resource website.
This online hub provides families with guidance in finding high-quality child care, information on child development, ideas for supporting learning at home, and information about statewide services for Indiana families. The information is rooted in evidence-based practice and presents useful tips for putting research to practice as children grow.

Flex your Financial Muscles
Achieving financial fitness isn't all that different from achieving physical fitness. You have to work for it! Learn about exercise options for every budget, how to meal plan like a pro, and maybe create something deliciously healthy. Please use this link to access our new fitness issue:  

The Office of Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson invites you to share our e-magazine with your friends and family. To view previous issues of our e-magazine, visit  

Enroll now! Indiana Kids is offering FREE tutoring, mentoring, and college readiness workshops for students in grades 6-12. Tutoring subjects include math, English, social studies and science. Available online.
Learn more & apply online at: 

The Homework Hotline started in 1991 as a toll-free telephone service. Several online features have been added in recent years, and the iPhone app gives students easier access to Rose-Hulman students that are available as hotline tutors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday during the school year. Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Homework Hotline provides toll-free math and science tutoring services by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or through the website

2-1-1 is State-Wide in Indiana!   All 92 counties with all 6,483,802 Hoosiers now have access to the free 24/7/365 service that helps people find the help they need to obtain safe, affordable housing, food and utilities, mental and physical health care, employment, volunteer opportunities and many other things that can lead to happier, healthier, safer individuals and families in our communities. DIAL 2-1-1 TODAY IF YOU NEED HELP OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE HELP. 

Nonprofit Jobs Board
The Not-for-Profit News jobs database, in partnership with ExactHire, which gives nonprofit employers and workers tools to promote and manage your job searches.  

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN

Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation 
Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, and mobility devices that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles. More info  HERE .

DuPont Pioneer's giving program focuses on preK-12 education, food security and community betterment. Amount: $5000 Contact your local DuPont Pioneer Representative for more information. More info HERE.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. Learn more:

American Honda Foundation Grants  The American Honda Foundation's funding priorities are STEM education, the environment, job training and literacy. Nonprofits, public school districts, private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. Funding deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 each year. The maximum award is $75,000.

Half Price Books
Need books for your classroom or program? Half Price Books will consider requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education. 

Advancing Student Achievement
A program of the Actuarial Foundation ASA grants support math programs that open students' minds to the practical power of math. The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. MORE HERE. Deadline: Rolling. Amount: up to $5,000 

Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grants program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in support of efforts to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, including those with individualized education plans (IEPs). More info 

The Festival Fund 
Established in 2011 to support and promote the activities of organizations in the greater Indianapolis area that enrich cultural life by celebrating cultural expression and encourage understanding and appreciation for different cultures. Qualifying community organizations may apply to receive funding to support their international or cultural event in grant awards ranging from $500-$2,000. The Fund is supported by a generous grant from the Indianapolis Foundation with additional support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. 

Project Learning Tree 
Accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for environmental service-learning projects through its GreenWorks! grants program, which is designed to help students make their schools greener and healthier by, for example, implementing a recycling program, conserving water and energy, improving air quality, or establishing a school garden or outdoor classrooms and integrating these projects into the curriculum.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support environmental projects that demonstrate service-learning, exemplify student voice, and involve at least one community partner. To be eligible, projects must secure at least 50 percent in matching funds (in-kind acceptable).

Karma for Cara Foundation
Encourages kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens, Karma For Care Foundation wants to hear what kids are passionate about. 
Fuel Up to Play 60 
The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials.

Surdna Foundation 
The Surdna Foundation believes that art and culture training programs can help young people achieve their educational and career goals, and catalyze change in their communities. The Thriving Cultures Program therefore supports programs that successfully connect teens to artistically rigorous and culturally relevant programs that equip them with practical and life-enhancing skills. The Surdna Foundation value programs that prepare young, emerging artists to be creative and innovative leaders in their communities. Amount varies. More info HERE

Good Sports  
helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By working closely with teams, coaches, and community leaders across the United States, the organization is able to focus on the respective needs of each individual program and help offset the main factors causing the greatest challenges. Good Sports is accepts applications on a rolling deadline from organizations and schools for equipment, apparel, and footwear for a wide range of sports. 
The NEA Foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education through grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or to groups for collegial study (including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new faculty or staff). To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades Pre-K-12; a public school education support professional; or faculty and staff members at a public institution of higher education. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15.
The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. All organizations funded by The Safeway Foundation must serve the community where we operate stores. Amount: Varies. Deadline: Quarterly.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world. BTF funds programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses. In addition, BTF provides educational support to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective. Rolling deadline. More  HERE.

Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children. This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs which specifically focus on children's oral health. More HERE.

Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
Supports a wide range of programs that serve vulnerable children including children who are ill, orphaned, disabled, injured, abused or malnourished as well as children with limited or no access to education. Grant range:  $1,000 - $15,000.  Deadline:  rolling. 

The American Electric Power Foundation considers requests from organizations in communities served by AEP's regional utilities. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching the quality of life in communities through art, music and cultural heritage. Deadline: Rolling Amount: not less than $15,000.
American Family Insurance protects dreams by helping strengthen and support individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. American Family Insurance also sponsors events and activities that build stronger ties with customers through memorable, beneficial experiences. Deadline: rolling Amount: $250-$10,000 Info HERE.

Singing for Change grants available from $1,000 to $10,000 for nonprofit organizations driving social change in their communities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information including selection criteria, click HERE.

Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation's grantmaking is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Amount: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Rolling
Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Deadline: Rolling  Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000.

Advancing Student Achievement, a program of the Actuarial Foundation

ASA grants support math programs that open students' minds to the practical power of math. The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. MORE HERE. 
Deadline: Rolling Amount: up to $5,000
Sears Holdings
The goal of Sears Holdings is to be part of the community and contribute in ways that enrich the lives of people residing in those areas. By helping to create stronger communities, they enhance the quality of life for customers and associates. Amount varies. Deadline varies.

Beyond traditional banking products and services, Key supports communities through the important work of KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation's mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through the two funding priorities of thriving students and a thriving workforce. Amount varies.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. Amount varies.

My Macy's District Grants support nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are important to individual local communities where Macy's stores are located and that fall within the Macy's focus areas-arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS and women's issues. Amount varies. MORE HERE. 

The Children's Obesity Fund
offers grants to nonprofit organizations that share its mission for improving children's health. Preference is given to organizations with programs that fight childhood obesity. Amount varies.

Tyson Foods invests in community projects that make a difference in the Tyson Foods communities where employees live and work. Tyson Foods focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, education, community development, and environment and sustainable agriculture. Amount Varies

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)
awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. To date, an average of 400 requests are received annually; approximately 10 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. More HERE

Reiman Foundation Grant
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline: Rolling Award Amount: Vary

Let's Play grants offer ten different grant opportunities for organizations in need of support for youth sports or recess equipment, afterschool programming and playgrounds/outdoor fitness equipment. Amount: varies Deadline: varies

The Hearst Foundation
Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests - culture, education, health and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

The Kroger Company Foundation's philanthropic objective is to enhance the quality of life in communities with a concentration of Kroger customers and employees. The Foundation exists for the betterment of the people and communities where Kroger operates.
The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development. Amount: Varies

Connect a Million Minds (Time Warner)
Connect A Million Minds supports include after-school STEM programs, mentorship programs that inspire the pursuit of STEM education and careers, STEM-related competitions, visitations to technology companies and labs, and apprenticeship programs.
No deadline. For more information, go to: 
Wells Fargo offers grants to assist a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide human services, community development, educational, artistic, cultural, civic and environmental programs. Applications are accepted in Indiana on a rolling basis; organizations are encouraged to prepare a proposal using the guidelines and contact their local Wells Fargo location to submit an application.

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. Human service programs of particular interest to the foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The foundation supports a variety of community improvement programs including those that enhance nonprofit management and promote philanthropy and volunteerism. Youth development programs supported by the foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.  Deadline: Rolling  Amount varies.

The World We Want Foundation
Offers youth-led service learning grants.
Deadline: Rolling,  Amount varies.

Ford Foundation Educational Grants
The foundation's grantmaking focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Types of grants the foundation makes: General/core support, Project, Planning, Competition, Matching, Recoverable, Individual, Endowment, Foundation-administered project, and Program-related investment. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling

Share Our Strength Grants
Share Our Strength offers grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations involved in increasing access to nutrition and anti-hunger advocacy. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling 
Lumber Liquidators offers in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations in need of new flooring for their facilities.
KaBoom! offers "Let's Play Land Use" playground grants. Deadline: Rolling

Public Welfare Foundation is accepting letters of intent from organizations and programs working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. Deadline: Rolling More info HERE.

The Indiana Division of State Parks and Reservoirs is pleased to offer field trip grants to Indiana educators and their students. Field trips can engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, or natural habitats and their conservation, or about Indiana's history and cultural resources as they relate to Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.

Half Price Books
will consider book donation requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education.

AND  for more grants-

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

STEMfinity STEM Grants Listings: Indiana

The BOOST Collaborative  Funding Opportunities Listing

Find a long list of grants and deadlines including several open deadline opportunities:
The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
Fundsnet, Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.   
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