Newsletter January 2018


Congratulations to National AfterSchool Association (NAA)'s 2018 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders:
  • BRIGITTE GURDEN, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County
  • ABBY MAY, Development Manager, Michigan City Area Schools Safe Harbor
The digital edition of "AfterSchool Today" is available to all members. AND Ambassador membership is FREE! Read more at: 

2018 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 9-10, 2018
Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis
  • Participant registration is OPEN
  • Nominate Your Afterschool Program for the 2018 Champions Showcase! DUE February 9, 2018
College Mentors Inspire Awards Nominations
College Mentors for Kids believes in the power of mentoring. That's why each year we honor mentoring at our Inspire Awards. Most of us wouldn't be where we are without someone who took time: to invest in us, to listen, to give advice, and to believe in us. Recognize an outstanding mentor who is investing in our youth by nominating them for an Inspire Award by January 28th, 2018.

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Evansville Afterschool Committee
Friday January 19, 10:30 AM CT
Boy Scouts
3501 E. Lloyd Expressway
Evansville IN 47715

Marion County Out of School Time
Monday January 22, , Noon - 1:30 pm ET
John Boner Neighborhood Center
2236 North 10th Street
Indianapolis IN 46201

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday February 9, 10:00 AM - 11:30 ET
Location to be determined
Bloomington IN

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

Now We're Involved NWI Afterschool & Out of school Network
February 22, 2018
10:00 - 11:30 AM CST
Location TBD

Would you like to support IAN while shopping on Amazon? AmazonSmile allows users to shop from the website they love while also helping out charitable organizations. For each purchase made through AmazonSmile, .5% of the proceeds will go to the charitable organization of your choice. Choose to support Indiana Afterschool Network today! Just visit this link and search for Indiana Afterschool Network.

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High grants to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. Aim High will provide $2.25M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. Take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply!  Apply online here. Applications are due January 26, 2018. Learn more HERE .

This early childhood education grant opportunity is based on the requirements of House Enrolled Act 1004 of the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly. This Request for Funding (RFF) seeks applications from 1) Indiana community/county coalitions with early childhood education providers or 2) individual Indiana early childhood education providers, to build their capacity to serve more children and/or increase the quality of services provided. Deadline is January 31, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. ET. 

School on Wheels' is now accepting 2018 Education Champion Award nominations through January 30, 2018. This award honors an individual making an impact on Indiana students. You can nominate an educator, volunteer, mentor, coach, staff member or youth worker who you know is doing amazing work on behalf of youth in Indiana. The School on Wheels 2018 Education Champion winner will be selected by a panel of judges and be recognized publicly. The winner will also receive a $1,000.00 stipend to use towards a project or program that will benefit his or her students. Learn more HERE.

Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative (Round 2)
From the Lilly Endowment's website:
"Lilly Endowment was very pleased with the broad and positive response to the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students (Counseling Initiative). Hundreds of Indiana public school corporations and charter schools demonstrated a deep commitment to improving and expanding their counseling programs. Because of this significant response, the process became quite competitive. The Endowment therefore has determined to offer a second competitive implementation grant round of the Counseling Initiative for which it has allocated up to $10 million.

Any public school corporation or charter school that was eligible to participate in the original Counseling Initiative but did not receive an implementation grant in the first round is eligible to apply for an implementation grant in this second round, regardless of whether it submitted a proposal under either the planning grant or implementation grant phase of the original initiative."

Proposals should be postmarked by March 15, 2018.
Click here to download the RFP
Click here for more information

The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation offers the Community Partners program to organizations that are either delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing so. Partners are creative, effective and focused on the highest quality standards. They are also results-oriented, leveraging resources and knowledge to positively impact individuals and communities and to transform society's vision of and approach to its most vulnerable members. Amount = $2,500 to $5,000, due on February 15, 2018. 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

The Maker Youth Foundation, the educational arm of 1st Maker Space, has openings starting in January for part-time educators for out-of-school program. Click here for more information. More HERE.

STEM Fest 2018
On Feb. 11 the Indiana Pacers will host STEM Fest 2018. This interactive event is open to students of all ages and their families. It is a great opportunity to learn how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are used in sports and other careers. Throughout the day, students and their families will be partnered with a mentor from a local company, university or non-profit organization while participating in several STEM activities. Representatives from universities and STEM organizations will be available to discuss future career paths for those interested. Tickets are $10 a person and include admission to the event and the Pacers game. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 12. To learn more and register, click here.

Using digital technology for outdoor exploration with PBS KIDS' PLUM LANDING
For out-of-school time program leaders looking to get students outside more, it might seem counter-intuitive to introduce digital media into their programming. After all, don't kids already spend too much time in front of screens? Why use digital media when what you really want to do is get kids outdoors?

PLUM LANDING, the innovative PBS KIDS multimedia project that encourages children to explore the outdoors, has an answer to that question: Because digital media can actually enhance kids' exploration of nature! Learn more HERE.

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.

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.

Paper Tigers Documentary Screening: Q&A with Filmmaker James Redford
January 24, 2018 12:30-3:30 PM
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis
Paper Tigers is a relevant and timely documentary that explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on struggling teens. The film follows a year in the life of Lincoln High Alternative School in Walla Walla, Washington. After radically changing its approach to disciplining its students, Lincoln High School saw a dramatic turnaround in everything from the number of fights to test scores to graduation rates. The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families through the practice of ongoing trauma-informed educational strategies.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

CYCCB Portfolio Assessor Training
Portfolio Assessors are a critical part of the certification process. Assessors help CYCCB evaluate portfolios during the application process. Assessors are typically, CYCCB Board and Advisory Committee members and other certified practitioners who volunteer their time.

CYCCB will hold another Portfolio Assessor training on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 - 2:30 CENTRAL and Tuesday, February 20, 2018 1:00 - 2:30 CENTRAL. To become an assessor, a person attends both of the 1 ½ hour webinars. Between the webinars the new assessors evaluate a sample portfolio. To become an approved assessor, a person completes the webinar based training and then works with a more experienced assessor for a period of time following the training. Assessors typically evaluate 1-3 portfolios each month. Assessors can ask for time off when time crunches occur. Beginning in January portfolio assessors will be paid a $25 stipend for each portfolio they review.

Follow this link to register and find more information.

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.

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: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
June 2018 Open Workshops: June 25-28, 2018
Now through February 1st Magnify is offering a 30% discount on June 2018 Open Workshops. In addition, anyone who signs up will receive their PBL Web Sessions, a $150 value, for FREE. 
Learn more about the June 2018 Open Workshops HERE.

Stewards of Children
As part of the Early Intervention and Prevention (EIP) Initiative, Children's Bureau Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety (NACS) is the proud facilitator of the national child sexual abuse prevention training program Stewards of Children in Marion County. This national award winning program is a prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. To learn about the days & times we are hosting this FREE program, please visit:

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) training team provides a variety of in-person and online trainings for anyone who would like to gain more expertise on a topic. While these events are often promoted through the IPRC listserv and the event calendar, the training portal is where all the information and registration for these trainings can be located. Several free and interactive online courses are part of this training portal and contain hour-long, self-paced modules for alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, tobacco, motivational interviewing, and many more! Most of the trainings that are offered provide continued education units and certificates for completion. For more information on our training resources or to request our training catalog, visit  or email

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.

Camptown First Aid Training
You can gain the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.  Every year millions of people learn how to help their families, co-workers and neighbors with courses in First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Whether you choose the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant or you need the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers Camptown can meet your training needs.  Camptown offers deeply discounted First Aid & CPR training for schools, churches, camps and other, not for profit organizations.  For more information, please contact us at

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:


The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to host a series of webinars about increasing the supply of and improving the quality of child care services for children in underserved areas, infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, and children who receive care during nontraditional hours.

January 17, 2018
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time [ET])
Building the Supply of High-Quality Child Care: An Overview
Introduction to strategies that states are using to build the supply of high-quality child care. To learn more details and to register, please access this Web link.

February 13, 2018
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Identifying, Mapping, and Alleviating Child Care Deserts
Discussion about ways to identify child care supply shortages in high-need areas and the impact on communities. To learn more details and to register, please visit this website.

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.

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.

Save the Date: Beyond School Hours (BSH) XXI
Mark your calendars for BSH XXI on February 21-24, 2018 at Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL!

Stay tuned for future announcements at the conference website: 

Afterschool Alliance Annual Survey

Participate in this annual survey to help tailor resources to your needs and interests in the coming year. Let the Alliance know what you see as the biggest challenges ahead and what information is important to you! Responses will be shared back with the field and the funders who invest in afterschool. Make sure your views are represented!

Take a moment to check out their resources... 

Indiana Secretary of State - Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson believes financial literacy is the best way to protect Hoosiers from falling prey to financial scams that rob families of their hard earned money. That's why she's excited to sponsor this conference and offer the $mart Indiana learning track, which empowers personal finance educators.
Internet Essentials provides low-income households with a child eligible for free or reduced price school lunches a fast, affordable Internet service for $9.95/mo + tax, the option to purchase a computer for $150 and free digital literacy training. Learn more and become a partner, visit To apply call 1-855-339-6944.

Blocks Rock! is the educational, block-building game in which players compete to build color- and shape-specific structures. According to research, children playing Blocks Rock! improved spatial reasoning abilities, a critical skill for STEM success. A 3D app using the game's blocks is now available for both iOS and Android devices.
Fun Express, the corporate accounts subsidiary of Oriental Trading Company, is the leading business to business supplier of crafts, toys, novelties, rewards, prizes and educational supplies to make your programs successful. Ask about our corporate pricing program with free shipping on all orders over $125.

Early Learning Advisory Committee 2018 Annual Report
Each year, Indiana's Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) conducts a comprehensive needs assessment on critical early learning indicators and presents recommendations to the Governor's Of ce and the Indiana Legislative Council on ways to address the identi ed needs. This report focuses on the care and education of young children ages 0-5. It highlights both Indiana's progress and areas where improvement is needed based on the needs assessment completed last year in 2017. The data presented in this report is compiled from multiple sources and provides a comprehensive overview about the state of young children in Indiana.

Key findings include:
  • in 2016, there were 506,761 Hoosier children ages 0-5 with 25% living in poverty;
  • in 2017, a single parent in poverty would need to spend 54% of their income to pay for high-quality care;
  • of the 133,270 children enrolled in known programs, only 49,300 (37%) were enrolled in high-quality programs in 2017 - this has increased from 33% in 2014; and
  • two-thirds of families with young children ages 0-5 need early childhood education due to all parents in their household working.
Read more HERE.

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  

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors (Closes 1/18/18)
Since 2008, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Indiana (RMHCCIN) has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. In 2018, RMHCCIN will award 20 Central Indiana high school seniors each with a $5,000 scholarship. The RMHCCIN Scholarship program is open to all Central Indiana students enrolling in a college or university.
The deadline for the 2017 academic year is January 18, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST 

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. 

World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short video connecting world population growth and one of three global challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution. Students can win up to $1,000 and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 22, 2018 - use this lesson plan to get started now! Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at

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

MLK Community Center Job Posting
Indianapolis, IN
The Martin Luther King Community Center is hiring a 21st Century Community Learning Center Site Coordinator. More information HERE.

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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