Newsletter February 2018

Time To Act: Help Stop the Elimination of Federal Funding for Afterschool

President Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, the only dedicated federal funding for afterschool, before school, and summer learning. It's now up to Congress to counter the cut-or eliminate 21st CCLC thereby getting rid of programs relied on by families across the nation to keep kids safe and engaged.

If enacted, nearly two million children - and 20,000 in Indiana - would lose access to the high quality afterschool, before school, and summer learning programs they need. Last year, your outreach helped persuade Congress to protect afterschool, but we need your help again to let Congress know that these programs are vital to our state. Reach out to your Congressmen TODAY to let them know that these programs are vital to our state.

Click HERE to read the full call to action and how to contact your Indiana US representatives.

Read the full details of this from the Afterschool Alliance HERE "Administration slashes federal afterschool funding"

texture-graphic-community.jpg Title: We Need Your Input! DUE March 6th 
How are you currently partnering with your local schools? Please take a few minutes to answer these short survey questions. This data will be shared with you, our state partners and legislators. Thanks!  

Well deserved congratulations to 2018 Indiana Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree, Angela Carr Klitzsch the President & CEO of EmployIndy! Hired to create a new mission, vision and five-year strategy, Klitzsch raised $6 million for the organization and launched Mayor Joe Hogsett's Project Indy summer youth employment program. Read more HERE.

NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) Afterschool support: Online toolkit
NEW RESOURCE from National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Mott Foundation: Principals are essential to the success of afterschool and summer learning programs that inspire. This gateway helps principals and other school leaders expand quality afterschool and summer learning programs for children and youth. 

2018 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 9-10, 2018
Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis
Participant registration is OPEN - Register HERE.

+ Don't miss out! Summit HOTEL Booking deadline. Our special rate hotel block at the OMNI SEVERIN HOTEL ($139/night) will close March 18 (or when filled). The hotel is located at 40 West Jackson Place, Downtown Indianapolis. Just steps from the Convention Center AND the Monday night Reception at Punch Bowl Social.  Learn More

Indiana Every Student  Succeeds Act Plan and Afterschool
Indiana Department of Education's newly approved ESSA plan includes several mentions of the merits of afterschool, including:
- Afterschool and summer learning's "essential role in promoting physical and health education" 
- "Afterschool and summer programs assist students and parents with transition years in the PK-12 continuum, supporting on time promotion, connecting students to career interests and pathways, and building the engagement that decreases the drop-out rate."
Read the full plan  HERE.

The Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book is an annual collection of facts and information about Indiana youth and families. Download your copy of the new 2018 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book and the 2018 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book Snapshot HERE. 

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Afterschool Tippecanoe
Tuesday February 20, Noon - 1:30 PM ET
Old National Bank Mortgage Center - Community Room
22 N 2nd St
Lafayette, IN 47901

Now We're Involved NWI Afterschool & Out of School Network
Thursday February 22, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM CST
Mullen School
100 Manny Court
Michigan City IN 46360

Greater THAN (Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 9:00 AM ET
Terre Haute Children's Museum
727 Wabash Ave.
Terre Haute IN 47807

Columbus OST Coalition
Thursday March 8, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Foundation for Youth
405 Hope Avenue
Columbus IN 47201

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday March 9, 10:00 AM ET
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana - Bloomington Service Center
1000 N. Walnut St., Suite I
Bloomington, IN 47404

Evansville Afterschool Committee
Friday March 16, 10:30 AM CT
Boy Scouts
3501 E. Lloyd Expressway
Evansville IN 47715

The Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) is accepting applications for its Trust Fund Grant program, which is expected to award $30,000. Nonprofit organizations serving children with physical or developmental disabilities in Marion County are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 15 and recipients will be announced on April 15. For more information, click here.

SUMMER MEALS: Sponsors Needed for 2018 Summer Food Service Program
Community partners are needed to assist in expanding the 2018 Summer Food Service Program. Read more about this important program HERE via the Indiana Department of Education.

2018 Possibility Grants sweepstakes
Make your lab a little more fab: enter the Siemens 2018 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes! K-12 schools are eligible to enroll in the sweepstakes and vote daily for their school, from now until the deadline on April 27. $10,000 to spend on STEM technology and resources. Eligibility requirements: All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. Educators can enter daily. The winner will be chosen through random drawing. Deadline: 5 p.m. ET on April 27, 2018. More info HERE.

Walmart Community Grant Program
The Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 through each of our facilities (Walmart Stores, Sam's Clubs, and Logistics Facilities). Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding. More info HERE.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is offering funding of up to $500 to design and implement a creative program for your school or library! Public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs are encouraged to apply. Due March 31, 2018. More HERE .

Specifically focuses on programs supporting children, education and health and human services. The Charitable Contributions Committee is charged with overseeing charitable giving and encouraging decentralization of charitable giving so that the greatest impact is where Costco's employees and members live and work. Only 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, which meet giving guidelines and focus areas, are considered. See FAQ's and Grant Application for specific details and required documents to be considered for review. Applications are on a rolling deadline.


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

Indiana Department of Education STEM Council Meeting #3 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 2:30 - 4:00 pm 
Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room C
The State of Indiana has been presented an incredible opportunity to enhance the success of our students through greater exposure and learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. These disciplines are the building blocks of our current and future economy. In a tremendous sign of unity for our Hoosiers, STEM has been identified as a priority by Governor Eric Holcomb, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, and the Indiana State Legislature. To this end, our state legislature approved STEM Alignment Funds for the Indiana Department of Education in the 2017-2018 state budget; the first such funding in Indiana, designed to foster the development of a statewide strategy to provide consistent and equitable access to daily science, technology and engineering education in grades K-12. 
The STEM Council will meet at regular intervals over the next year to devise and approve a strategy, implementation plan and develop policy and funding recommendations in time for the 2019 budget session. Taskforces will be established and meet as needed to conduct state and national STEM research as well as identify STEM resources and programs throughout the state in alignment with House Enrollment Act 1001. These groups will utilize the information and research to provide recommendations to the STEM Council on the multi-faceted challenge of further integrating STEM into the daily curriculum of all of our students.   

The Link Observatory Space Science Institute offers DiscoverSpace Education and Science, the most comprehensive, immersive and educational on-demand space science programs available! DiscoverSpace is suitable for grades 4-12, requires only five minutes of prep time from educators, takes place both in and out of the classroom, and is cost effective. To learn more, contact Amy Shankland at and check out our demo at 

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
Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 40 sites across Indiana at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, to help college-bound students and their families file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The program, College Goal Sunday, has helped more than 93,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA accurately and on time. Students should attend the event with their parent or guardian. For more information on the event or to find a location near you:

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship
In honor of Black History Month and those who changed history, Regions is giving students an opportunity to embrace their own legacies. Regions will award scholarships to high school seniors and college students for essays about inspiring African-Americans. The Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest awards is open to students now!

High School Seniors
Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors who live in states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 academic school year.

College Students
Regions will award $3,500 scholarships to 15 freshmen, sophomores or juniors who permanently reside in, or currently attend an accredited college in, states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 academic school year.

More info HERE.

The 2018-2019 FAFSA opened October 1, 2017. All 21st Century Scholars must submit a FAFSA in order to be eligible for the 21st Century Scholarship. We encourage all seniors to create an FSA ID before beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have an FSA ID. The FSA ID can be created the federal student aid website.

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

Indiana Youth Institute's NEW College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit
The FREE Toolkit offers a complete plan for your program, whether you already focus on postsecondary readiness or you're looking to include it. The Toolkit has an appendix that's full of sample forms, links to program resources and a program assessment tool! Download your copy today!

New 21st Century Scholar Resource Available! The purpose of the Community Partner Training Manual is to provide schools, youth serving organizations, colleges and volunteers with tools, guidance and information to best support 21st Century Scholars. Click here for additional Scholar resources available on our website.

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.


2018 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 9-10, 2018
Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis
Hosted by Indiana Afterschool Network and the Indiana Department of Education. The 2018 Summit brings together youth programs and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth.
Participant registration IS OPEN! 
Also, RFP Deadline for presenters has been extended to December 21.
All info available  HERE

Indiana Youth Institute Webinar: State of the Child: The Well-being of Indiana Youth
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
What are the top challenges for kids in Indiana - and what do we do about them? This session will provide the latest data from the 2018 Indiana KIDS COUNT© Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues. We will have a robust and data-driven discussion on both problems and solutions. Participants will leave armed with the information and strategies they need to begin making change at the community level. Register HERE.

Indiana Department of Education STEM Council Meeting #3
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room C
The State of Indiana has been presented an incredible opportunity to enhance the success of our students through greater exposure and learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. These disciplines are the building blocks of our current and future economy. In a tremendous sign of unity for our Hoosiers, STEM has been identified as a priority by Governor Eric Holcomb, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, and the Indiana State Legislature. To this end, our state legislature approved STEM Alignment Funds for the Indiana Department of Education in the 2017-2018 state budget; the first such funding in Indiana, designed to foster the development of a statewide strategy to provide consistent and equitable access to daily science, technology and engineering education in grades K-12.
The STEM Council will meet at regular intervals over the next year to devise and approve a strategy, implementation plan and develop policy and funding recommendations in time for the 2019 budget session. Taskforces will be established and meet as needed to conduct state and national STEM research as well as identify STEM resources and programs throughout the state in alignment with House Enrollment Act 1001. These groups will utilize the information and research to provide recommendations to the STEM Council on the multi-faceted challenge of further integrating STEM into the daily curriculum of all of our students. 

Human Trafficking and Indiana Youth Recognizing Signs, Identifying Victims, Collaborating Support
Thursday, March 8, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Girl Scouts of Central Indiana 7201 Girl Scout Lane Indianapolis, IN 46214
Human trafficking is the fastest growing and tied as the second largest criminal industry worldwide, generating an $150.2 billion each year. Trafficking and exploitation can be found in communities of all kinds. In 2016, the Indiana State Police investigated more than 178 incidents of trafficked or exploited youth, with victims first trafficked as young as age seven. The Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program works in collaboration with law enforcement, Department of Child Services and other service providers to help children escape sex and labor trafficking and support them in recovery and healing. This presentation will provide information about human trafficking and exploitation as it relates to our youth population. 
Attendees will: * understand the definitions of human trafficking under federal and state law; * recognize risk factors that make youth vulnerable to being exploited, as well as what makes them less likely to identify as a victim and less likely to leave a trafficking situation; * be able to identify victims and how to report a suspected case; and * learn what intervention and victim services are available locally, regionally and statewide. 
Speaker: Karen Mayer, J.D., Region 5 Coalition Coordinator - Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (ITVAP), Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA)
RSVP OR find more Indiana Youth Institute Cafes near you at:

15th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture: Reinventing Charity
March 8, 2018 6:00 PM Indianapolis, IN
Register for the 15th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture featuring Scott Harrison on March 8, 2018 at 6 pm. Hosted at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, this event is free and open to the public. The first 750 people to register will receive a free copy of Scott Harrison's upcoming book. Registration is encouraged. More HERE.

Youth Opportunities Fair - March 12
Save the date for Congressman André Carson's 5th annual Youth Opportunities Fair from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 12 at the Central Library (40 E. St. Clair St). Last year's event connected over 800 Marion County young people to 60 nonprofits and businesses offering job, internship, volunteer, and youth development opportunities. The Congressman, joined by Marion County Commission on Youth, The Indianapolis Public Library, EmployIndy and JAG Indiana, invites your organization to participate in this unique event. Exhibitors will interact with youth and young adults throughout the day, providing information about open positions and/or programming opportunities. Additional details are forthcoming in the New Year, but you can contact Kathy Souchet-Downey at or 317-283-6516 any time to express your interest or learn more.

Indiana Suicide Prevention Conference Call for Proposals
The conference planning committee is excited to announce that they will be accepting proposals for this year's state suicide prevention conference in Fort Wayne. The conference will be held at the Parkview Mirro Center on June 15, 2018. they welcome presentations on topics related to suicide prevention, such as means restriction, connectedness, substance use, bullying, nonsuicidal self-injury, trauma, etc. All completed proposal submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on March 12, 2018. More information about how to complete and submit a proposal HERE.

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Training
March 15th, 12:00 - 3:00 PM Fort Wayne, IN
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) presents Childhood physical and sexual assault training. Carla Gaff-Clark will be here to discuss this topic and its relation to mental health issues in clients of domestic violence. During this training we will focus on the cycle of re-victimization which often translate into recidivism in our programs. We will focus on how to better support the clients we serve. The training will include handouts, screening ideas, video, group work and time to process. The training is free. CEUS are provided free of charge. RSVP to

Indiana Youth Institute WEBINAR: Hidden Victims: The Impact of Opioid Use on Children
March 28, 2018
1:00pm - 2:30pm (Eastern)
12:00pm - 1:30pm (Central)
Over the past three years, the number of children removed from their homes due to parental alcohol and drug use has increased dramatically throughout Indiana. Children are often the hidden victims of parents who are struggling with opioid abuse. Explore how communities are working together to try to address the needs of families addicted by this crisis and where gaps in services continue to be a need. Learn how you can support relatives and foster families who care for the children of parents with opioid addictions. Register HERE.

Eco-Science Fair
Friday, April 13, 2018 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis
Challenge your skills at spotting energy foes, conduct water quality experiments, plant your own garbage garden and create your own water filter to take home with you! Meet members of environmental awareness organizations and businesses from around the state who will be available to show you the latest, greatest and simplest ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Submit a Project: Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in becoming the solution to global climate issues. Students can submit science fair projects on a range of topics including aquaculture, vermiculture, composting, social awareness, urban farming, alternative fuel and recycling initiatives in their schools and communities. Due Friday, March 30. 

2018 College and Career Conference
June 13-14, 2018
Indianapolis Marriott North
The 2018 College and Career Conference exists to help professionals prepare students for their futures. By focusing on the whole child, we can ensure that youth are ready to pursue education and careers after high school graduation. Over two days, educators, counselors and youth workers from school- and community-based organizations can explore a wide range of readiness needs and options for students related to postsecondary education and the workplace.
Learn more and register HERE.

Magnify Learning: PBL Workshops
June 2018 Open Workshops: June 25-28, 2018
Learn more about the June 2018 Open Workshops 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:


National Afterschool Association Convention - March 18-19, 2018, Atlanta Georgia
With engaging keynotes every day of Convention, check out hese inspirational speakers will help you LEAD THE CHARGE at your organization by equipping you with knowledge and ideas to share with colleagues and implement right away.

7th Annual Ready by 21 National Meeting
Palm Beach County, Florida
April 18-20, 2018
The National Meeting brings together more than 500 local, state and national leaders who like you are committed to improving partnerships, policies and practices for children and youth.
More HERE.

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: 

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson Financial Fitness Resources!
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is sponsoring the 2018 Summit on Out-of-School Learning, and her office is offering a Financial Fitness learning track. Attendees of "Free Take-Home Tech for Your Financial Fitness Program" are in for a treat! Magic and money skills collide in a budgeting lesson featuring fantasy creatures from the world of Harry Potter. If you'd like a preview of Pet $ense Magical Edition, everything you need is in this Google drive folder. You can download and play today! Join us at the Summit, and you'll go home with plenty to incorporate right away into your afterschool program.

220 Youth Leadership
Longtime friend of IAN, 220 Youth Leadership, is introducing a brand new online learning platform: The Life, Leadership & Self-Mastery Program helps students shatter their self-limiting beliefs to create a life and career they love. This innovative yearlong program includes video-based modules, a 50-page interactive workbook, quizzes and surveys to measure student results, career pathways, and bi-weekly follow up from 220 Founders. If you're interested in learning more about this opportunity for your students, contact 

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 21, 2018. More than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world are expected.

On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to: Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community; Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Also - use the Activities Database to organize events and take a stand against tobacco on any day of the year.

Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. 

Summer Learning Literacy Assessments
In this resource, created in collaboration with The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, your team will explore the impact of summer learning loss on literacy, summer learning systems and data management, settings for summer literacy instruction, and much more. More HERE.

MyFreeTaxes = Hoosiers can file their taxes for free
If a single or married couple had income less than $66,000 in 2017, then they may be able to file for free through About 70% of Hoosiers qualify to use this free, safe and secure online service. This is the only free, national, online tax filing product offered by a nonprofit. United Way has made it available to over 100 million U.S. taxpayers as part of our fight for the financial stability of every person in every community. 

New Toolkit and Webinar on School-Age Consumer Education: State Examples and Resources
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is pleased to launch the School-Age Consumer Education Toolkit, which includes state examples and resources on school-age children's physical, social, and emotional health and development, and parent and family engagement. On February 22, NCASE will host a webinar to explore how this toolkit can support consumer education for parents and families of school-age children. This webinar is designed for state-level professionals, including state afterschool network leads; 21st Century Community Learning Center leads; and program providers. Subscribe to OCC Announcements for updates on NCASE offerings such as this. More HERE.

New Resource on Engaging Out-of-School Time Programs in Quality Improvement Systems
Taking a cross-sector approach can be an effective strategy to engage out-of-school time (OST) programs in quality improvement systems. Last year, NCASE engaged cross-sector planning teams in an OST collaboration on topics including: readiness and stages of change in building cross-sector partnerships; quality rating improvement system participation and incentives; leadership, technical assistance, and continuous quality improvement; and strengthening adult-child interactions and instructional quality. This practice brief was subsequently developed, featuring examples from Georgia and Wisconsin. It is particularly relevant for state-level professionals as well as training and technical assistance providers. More HERE.

¡Nuevos Recursos Disponibles en Español! [New Resources Available in Spanish!]
NCASE se complace en compartir una selección de recursos traducidos al español que abordan temas importantes sobre los cuidados que se deben tener durante la edad escolar, aprendizaje durante el verano y estrategias de financiamiento. [NCASE is pleased to share a collection of resources translated into Spanish addressing important topics in school-age care, such as licensing, summer learning, and funding strategies.] More HERE.

Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness: Requirements and Resources
The presentation and recording from a recent NCASE webinar on the topic of homelessness is one of the resources shared in the NCASE Resource Library, which is a collection of tools, information, and examples of promising practices. The webinar was co-facilitated by colleagues from the National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability and the Child Care State Capacity Building Center. During this interactive session, participants explored requirements in the CCDBG Act in regard to services to families experiencing or at risk for homelessness, shared innovative state strategies to implement requirements, and identified resources available to states and child care providers. This webinar was designed for state-level professionals. More HERE.

Google Applied Digital Skills
Google has an exciting new digital skills curriculum focused on helping high school aged afterschool learners develop critical job and life skills using digital tools. It's called Applied Digital Skills, and they've just launched a pilot that we've been invited to participate in. Google is seeking application for schools, districts and educators to join the pilot to use its digital literacy curriculum and provide feedback on the curriculum. If you want hands-on support in bringing digital literacy to your learners, and an opportunity to help shape the digital literacy curriculum for hundreds of thousands of afterschool learners, then apply to be part of the pilot through this form as soon as possible. The pilot will run from February through March, so apply now! Afterschool educators, program coordinators and schools in the United States are all welcome to apply. The estimated time commitment is as little as one hour with your high school age afterschool learners.

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: 

Energy Assistance Program begins November 1
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides financial assistance to low-income households, below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level ($36,900 income limit for a household of four), to maintain utility services during the winter heating months through funding from the Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant. The program is administered through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and implemented through Community Action Agencies with outreach offices in every county. These agencies provide the intake application process and utility vendor payments. Contact your local Community Action Agency or call 2-1-1 to learn about the program and how to schedule client appointments. 

The Indiana State Museum is proud to offer free museum admission to groups of 10 or more K-12 students visiting from 21st Century Community Learning Centers during school breaks. ISM can help K-12 students meet Indiana Academic Standards in physical science, earth science, life science and STEM-related standards. Research shows that encounters with original artifacts, performances, and hands-on activities, all available at the Indiana State Museum, reach children who do not respond well to traditional teaching methods. Research further demonstrates that children who visit museums have higher achievement in math, reading and science. Please contact Sarah Rapp-Johnson at for more information, or visit to register for a free field trip.

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

Resource available Students Stumped by Studies - Thanks to an innovative Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student, there's now The AskRose app, which links Indiana middle and high-school students with free homework math and science assistance. The app is available at the iTunes App Store

2-1-1 is now 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. 
The Finish Line Youth Foundation 
The charitable arm of athletic products retailer Finish Line, provides funding to youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged children and those with special needs.

To that end, the foundation administers three grant programs: Programmatic grants, Legacy grants, and Founder's grants.

1) Programmatic Grants: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of community-based athletic programs and to established camps that teach active lifestyle and team-building skills.

2) Legacy Grants: Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to support new facilities improvements and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property.

3) Founder's Grants: Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for emergency needs that may be keeping the organization from providing current services, such as a natural disaster or other unforeseen fiscal circumstance.

More information.

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.

Grant Opportunities: Voices for Healthy Kids 
Both opportunities have rolling deadlines and the amount varies. More info  HERE.  
Strategic Campaign Funds: (Open RFA grant opportunity) aim to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. The duration of these grants will vary but will generally be 1 year or less. Awards can be made up to $90,000. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign goaled to change public policy in one state, local, or tribal geographic location and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Budgets must include one Campaign Coordinator position and a legal contingency of no less than 5% of the operating budget as well as matching funds on behalf of the applicant.  
Rapid Response grant opportunities: aim to fund short-term, reactive projects expected to be pushing policies for passage in the next three to six months and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. These grants provide strategic and supplemental funding for ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact in the fight against childhood obesity. Rapid Response awards range from $15,000 to $100,000 and project duration is anywhere between two weeks to six months. Funding is for non-lobbying activities only, must include a legal contingency of no less that 5%, and cannot be used for staff salaries.

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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