Newsletter January 2019

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NEW! 2019 Breakfast of Champions: Nominate an afterschool program HERE

Afterschool, community partners featured in Aspen Institute's "Nation At Hope" report

To best prepare our young people to thrive in school and in life, we must help them develop an array of skills. Skills like Perseverance. Empathy. Respect. Self-mastery. Character. Creativity. Collaboration. Civic engagement. And - on the strength of these values -Academic Excellence.

That's at the heart of the new report released by The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope draws on input from more than 200 scientists, educators, youth, parent and community groups, and policymakers to outline a set of recommendations that will transform our schools and communities. Specifically the report recommends the importance of providing access to quality summer school and after-school programming for each young person.

The Indiana Afterschool Network is in firm in their support of the report's conclusions and recommendations to improve the social, emotional, and academic well-being of each and every child. Together we can reshape learning and change lives in America's classrooms, schools, and communities.

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness in Indiana
"Indiana is working hard to purposefully recognize & support the whole learner." - Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
This month also marked the launch of additional resources on the Indiana Department of Education's Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness website. Among them you will find: PK-12 Social-Emotional Learning Competencies, grade band competencies, an Early Learning Crosswalk, Social-Emotional Learning Toolkit, Universal Screening Toolkit, Video, and Social-Emotional Learning lesson plans and more. Explore these resources today at: 

CONGRATULATIONS to WESTON BELL, Data and Technology Specialist at Anderson Community Schools for being honored nationally as a National AfterSchool Association (NAA) 2019 Next Generation of Afterschool Leader!
"It's obvious that our presence in the schools we work in has improved student engagement and excitement throughout the entire day. We've also seen much-improved attendance and grades among the students who participate in our program" - Weston Bell
Read more on Weston and all the honorees HERE (starting on page 16). 

From the Indiana Department of Education: Resources Available to Assist Educators During Legislative Session
The 2019 Legislative Session began January 3. IDOE has developed materials to assist in navigating this session. Education committees have convened, and a document has been created with information about each member. In addition, a navigation document has been developed for the Indiana General Assembly website, and a guide to interacting with legislators.

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

NWI (Now We're Involved) Afterschool Network
Thursday, January 24 - 11:00 AM CT
Mullen School
100 Manny Court
Michigan City, IN 46360

Afterschool Tippecanoe
Wednesday February 6 - Noon ET
United Way of Greater Lafayette
1114 State Street
Lafayette, IN 47905

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday, February 8 - 10:00 AM ET
WonderLab (Tentative)
308 Fourth Street
Bloomington IN 47404

Evansville Afterschool Committee
Friday February 15, 10:30 AM CT
St Vincent Medical Arts Building,
#700 Bellemeade Ave
Evansville, IN 47714

Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network (>THAN)
Wednesday, February 13 - Noon ET
Vigo County Public Library
1 Library Square
Terre Haute, IN 47807

See the IAN Regional Networks Page for the most up to date meeting list.

Funding Opportunity for Afterschool Programs Serving Middle School Youth
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. 
Read the full application and eligibility requirements.
Applications are due January 25th, 2019.

STEM funding opportunity from Honda
Funding priority: Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.
DEADLINE: Friday, February 1, 2019
More information: 

21st Century Scholars - Scholar Success Grants
The Spring/Summer 2019 School & Community Partnership Grant application is now live. The goal of this grant is to build capacity for student support and strengthen partnerships between schools, postsecondary institutions, community organizations and businesses. (This application is open to organizations who are not members of existing College Success Coalitions.)

Schools and additional organizations who are partnering to serve 21st Century Scholars, Scholar Success Program participants and/or returning adults are eligible to receive up to $10,000 (reimbursement basis only) in funding to support these college and career readiness efforts. (This grant only applies to expenses for programming that occurs between February 23, 2019 and July 19, 2019.)

There is also a new priority area that partnerships can receive funding for: Pre-College/Postsecondary Professional Development (Focused on Indiana's College Achievement Gap)
DUE: February 1, 2019 

Grants for automotive repair programs
The RPM Foundation supports programs committed to hands-on education and teaching young people the specialized skills and knowledge needed to maintain cars, motorcycles, and boats. Deadline: 2019 deadlines TBA.
The average first time award is $10,000. 

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. Deadline March 31, 2018. More info HERE.

Nominate a mentor. The Inspire Awards celebrate mentoring in the workplace and community, and each year we enjoy recognizing deserving mentors and helping to spread the idea that mentoring doesn't necessarily imply participation in a formal program. If there is someone in your life who has helped you through a career transition, given advice, or even lent a listening ear, please consider nominating that person for an Inspire Award. Deadline Jan. 27. 

Drug Free Marion County Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards 
Drug Free Marion County is now accepting 2019 nominations for its Annual Awards program, which recognizes individuals with outstanding commitments to, and achievements in, addressing challenges related to alcohol, tobacco or drug use. Recipients of the awards will be announced at Drug Free Marion County's Annual Meeting at 4:30 p.m. on March 12 at Spotlight Indy (5145 E. 65th St.). Nominations are being accepted in four categories: Community Service, Lifetime Achievement, Youth Advocate and Parent Advocate. Nominees must be residents of, be employed in or attend school in Marion County. All nomination forms must be submitted to Drug Free Marion County no later than 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 11. A nomination form, awards criteria, and submission instructions can be found on the website. 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd Annual Indiana Pacers STEM Fest, Saturday, March 2nd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 10am-2pm  with the Pacers vs Magic game at 7pm. You and your family will be able to discover STEM through hands-on activities with local companies, universities and non-profit organizations. You will also get to learn how the Indiana Pacers and other local teams use STEM in SPORTS!  Tickets are $10 per person! This ticket will get you into the STEM Fest, and the Pacers game that night!  To purchase go to  Please purchase by Friday, February 1, 2018.  Don't wait; this event will be sold-out.

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

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

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

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

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Raise It for Health Day at the Indiana State House
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10 AM - 3 PM
Indiana State House
200 W Washington Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana
Join the Raise It for Health campaign, Tobacco Free Indiana, the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana and other partners at the Indiana State House to raise awareness about the need to raise the cigarette tax to help adults quit smoking, protect youth and strengthen Indiana businesses. The theme of the day will be Raise the Tax, to Raise Our Grade. That day, the American Lung Association will be releasing a report card showing Indiana gets an "F" for smoking policies. Youth and adults that day will be carrying the message we have to raise the cigarette tax this year, to make the grade. More information HERE.

The Cost of Poverty Experience - February 18, Indianapolis (Free)
This simulation offers participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in our community. Many organizations and communities across the nation use COPE to work more effectively with low-income families. COPE gives participants and volunteers an opportunity to experience poverty firsthand through the eyes of real families. The experiential nature of this training helps organizations and communities more deeply understand the complexities of poverty, paving the way for addressing the issues of poverty more comprehensively.  

2nd Annual Indiana Pacers STEM Fest, Saturday, March 2nd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 10am-2pm with the Pacers vs Magic game at 7pm. You and your family will be able to discover STEM through hands-on activities with local companies, universities and non-profit organizations. You will also get to learn how the Indiana Pacers and other local teams use STEM in SPORTS!  Tickets are $10 per person! This ticket will get you into the STEM Fest, and the Pacers game that night!  To purchase go to  Please purchase by Friday, February 1, 2018.  Don't wait; this event will be sold-out.

Child and Youth Care Foundations Course
The Academy for Competent Youth Work
March 4-7 and April 8-11, 2019
Indianapolis, IN
Are you interested in the foundations of competent youth workers? Are you interested in becoming certified, but unsure where to start? Maybe you have a desire to become a Foundations Trainer? Indiana Youth Service's is hosting a spring series that may be right for you. View the attached flyer for more information. Registration ends February 26th.

Hoosier Leadership Workshop - March 29th-31st 
HLW is a weekend program teaching inclusive leadership development and personal growth through experiential learning and recreation for professionals and amateurs. The weekend is organized to demonstrate how a multi-generational group comes together to work on team activities through fun interactive games, classes, and evening and campfire programs. Instructors for 2019 include Chris Cavert (, Sam Bartlett ( This year's workshop is March 29th-31st in Trafalger Indiana, you can find more details and register at 

Upcoming Indiana Youth Institute Webinars

January 23
National Mentoring Month: Innovative Practices for Youth Mentoring

January 24
National Collaborative Mentoring Webinar: Maximizing Volunteer Engagement

February 20
When Scholarships Are Not Enough: Helping Low-Income Students Financially Persist in Postsecondary

February 27
State of the Child: The Well-being of Indiana Youth

More info and registration HERE.

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

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

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

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


Summer Program Planning Tools You Can Use Now - New Webinars
Start the new year strong with the tools and best practices to power your planning and execution of high-quality summer programs in the coming season. NSLA is excited to present a free summer program planning webinar series beginning Wednesday, February 27 at 1:00 PM (EST) with Getting to Work on Summer Learning, featuring the new Summer Learning Toolkit by The Wallace Foundation. 

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

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

Stay tuned for future announcements at the conference website: 
Indy Arts Education
Indianapolis area educators now have 24/7 access to all local arts & cultural resources through one single website. was developed through a partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and the local arts community. It is a resource for finding field trips, workshops, and fun, engaging activities for all students (PreK - 12). Teachers can search by subject, organization, grade level, and artistic discipline, including visual arts, music, literature, dance, theatre, and history/heritage. IndyArtsEd also identifies the specific Indiana Department of Education standards each program meets. 

Wallace Foundation: Two new resources to kick-off your summer learning plans!
While the New Year has just begun and we are firmly in winter's grasp, now is actually a great time to start planning for your summer programs. To assist in this process, the Wallace Foundation has released two brand new resources to help organize your thoughts and kick-off your first steps into creating a summer filled with engaging opportunities for your participants. More HERE.

Scholarship Opportunity
Doehrman Buba is offering a total award of $3,000. The Give Back Scholarship is unique in that not only does it help students pay tuition, but a portion of the award ($500) will go directly to the nonprofit organization where the student volunteered his or her time. As a firm that is committed to giving back, Doehrman Buba wants to reward the next generation of students who choose to do the same. The Doehrman Buba Give Back Scholarship 2019 is their way of recognizing those students who go above and beyond for their communities. More information at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advancing Student Achievement, a program of the Actuarial Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AND  for more grants-

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

STEMfinity STEM Grants Listings: Indiana

The BOOST Collaborative  Funding Opportunities Listing

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