Newsletter March 2018
Last Chance to Join us!
2018 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 9-10, 2018
Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis
  • Register HERE.
  • Volunteers still needed! Please stop by our volunteer portal to find an opportunity that fits your interests HERE.
  • We are offering "SPRING" discounts for NEW Summit registrations- just $80.00 for two days-that's $15.00 off every registration! Offer expires on March 30.
Another Professional Development Opportunity from IAN
Reserve "Set One: 10 Out-of-School Learning Best Practice Videos to Focus and Charge Your Staff Meetings" for only $150.00!
More HERE.

Afterschool Professionals Week! April 23 - 27

The Indiana Afterschool Network is joining the National AfterSchool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during "Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week" April 23-27, 2018.

We are joining the effort because we believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life.

Here are some ideas on how you can show your appreciation:
  • Declare on social media: "I believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people. #heartofafterschool
  • Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
  • Send an email to an afterschool professional's supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
For more resources and information check out

Indiana Afterschool Network: Stand for Your Mission Award Finalist
We are thrilled to announce that we are Finalists for the BoardSource Stand for Your Mission Awards, recognizing nonprofit boards that have established advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership!
As part of this IAN board engagement, we have been strategically and successfully building relationships and pursuing state legislation to increase the quality of and access to OST programs across the state of Indiana. More HERE.

The 2018 Lights On Afterschool Poster Contest is Here!
The Lights On Afterschool poster contest is officially open, and this year the Afterschool Alliance is changing up the theme to reflect how youth see themselves and their futures because of their afterschool program!

The Afterschool Alliance is asking afterschool artists to consider what they are experiencing in afterschool and how it might shape their future. Kids should think about the prompt, "From Afterschool to..." and provide a drawing that shows their potential future self.

For information on rules and guidelines for the contest, click here.

STEM Bill Passes House, Could Support Afterschool STEM
On February 13, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the "Building Blocks of STEM Act." The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3397) directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research focused on early childhood (under the age of 11). Keep advocating for Afterschool! Read the write-up from Afterschool Alliance, here.

$1M from "Black Panther" proceeds to go to afterschool programs
Disney's "Black Panther" not only gave boys and girls a few new heroes to look up to: it also gave them inspiration to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. Now, Disney is helping those kids in real life by donating $1 million of the "Black Panther" movie proceeds to Boys and Girls Club of America to advance their STEM learning initiatives in inner city centers. More HERE.

Senators and Representatives will be back in their home districts from March 24 to April 8. Are you on their schedule?
Studies indicate that the best way to make the case for afterschool is to host a site visit for your representatives. Reaching out to your policymaker's local office takes just a few minutes, but the benefits of a site visit - like closer relationships with policymakers, media attention for your program, and proof of the impact of afterschool - are far-reaching.
Looking for a quick-start guide? The Afterschool Alliance will walk you through everything you need to know about having a policymaker or their staffers visit your program. Click HERE.

Save the Date!
The National Summer Learning Day will be on July 12th, 2018. Hosted by the National Summer Learning Association, the day raises awareness of the importance of summer learning.You can go ahead and register your summer learning day event here!

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

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

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

Columbus OST Coalition
Tuesday April 3, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Foundation for Youth
405 Hope Avenue
Columbus IN 47201

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday April 13, 10:00 AM ET
Location TBD
Bloomington, IN 

Marion County Out-of-School Time
Monday April 16, Noon
Golden-Burke Scout Center
7125 Fall Creek Road North
Indianapolis, IN 46256

Evansville Afterschool Committee
Friday April 20, 10:30 AM CST
Boy Scouts
3501 E. Lloyd Expressway
Evansville IN 47715

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

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

The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Priority is given to applicants that: Address our funding priorities from a holistic perspective:
  • Protect Earth's beauty and bounty.
  • Create a robust, healthy food system.
  • Increase opportunities for outdoor activity.
  • Reduce environmental health hazards.
  • Build stronger communities.
  • Operate with clearly defined objectives and viable plans to achieve them.
  • Demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level.
  • Promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process.
Amount: Average approximately $7,000.
Applications are due on June 1, 2018. Click HERE.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering grants of up to $4,000 to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are reading below grade level. Grant funding can be used to assist with purchasing new technology, equipment, books, software, and materials that will expand literacy initiatives in programs. The deadline to apply is May 17th at 10 PM. More HERE.

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

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

The ASM Materials Education Foundation sponsors 20 annual grants for teachers. Each grant has a value of $500. The purpose of these grants is to enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials scientists play in society. With a network of local Chapters across North America, ASM members are willing to work closely with local teachers to develop and implement these lessons. Amount: $500 Applications are due on May 25, 2018. More HERE.

New York Life Foundation - Grief Reach
In 2011, the New York Life Foundation started the Grief Reach Grant program in partnership with the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) to expand the reach and access of local bereavement programs and services to underserved youth. All grants are reviewed by a diverse committee selected by the NAGC and the Foundation. The committee makes recommendations to the Foundation and all final decisions on grants are made by the Foundation. There are two funding opportunities for agencies that provide bereavement support services to children and teenagers.

Community Expansion Grants are intended to fund program expansion to include bereaved children and teens not currently served by existing services.
Capacity Building Grants allow nonprofits to secure the professional and timely assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address important issues of organizational development and effectiveness.
Amount: Varies by opportunity; see website for details.
Applications are due on April 5, 2018.
More info 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.

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


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

Indiana STEM Education Taskforce Spring Meeting - mid-May, 2018; location TBD
As directed by the 2017 legislative session, the Indiana STEM Advisory Council is in the process of developing a comprehensive STEM education plan for the state. At this April meeting of the STEM Taskforce, the Indiana Department of Education policy team that is managing the plan development process will review the preliminary proposal details with the group with the purpose of gathering feedback prior to finalizing the plan.

Apply Now for Teach to Lead STEM Summit: Indiana Teach to Lead Summit: STEM Focus
The Office of Educator Effectiveness is pleased to announce that the Indiana Department of Education, in partnership with Teach to Lead, will host a STEM-focused summit in Indianapolis, June 14-15, 2018. Through a competitive process, approximately 20 invited teacher leader and stakeholder teams will convene at the summit to develop action plans that address local STEM issues and leverage teacher leadership to promote STEM opportunities within their schools. Teacher-leaders are encouraged to review the information below and apply to participate in this exciting inaugural summer summit. More HERE.

Afterschool & STEM: System-Building Evaluation 2016 (INCLUDES INDIANA RESEARCH!)
This evaluation is among the first on a large scale to measure the impact of afterschool programs on students' STEM-related attitudes and social-emotional/21st-century skills. The primary goals of this work were (1) to examine levels of change in youth outcomes among programs receiving resources and training support from system-building states; (2) to inform on national trends related to STEM learning, such as gender or grade differences in science interest; and (3) to link STEM program quality with student outcomes and facilitator beliefs. 

TECHFIT teacher PD programs
Want to get middle school students excited about STEM and computing, practice technology innovation, and enjoy being physically active? Apply by March 25 to one of two no-cost TECHFIT teacher PD programs at  Encourage other teachers at your school or district to apply to increase your chances of being selected. Email any questions to

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.

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

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.
All info available  HERE

Call for 2018 Youth Justice Leadership Institute Applications
Know an advocate or organizer of color who wants to transform the youth justice field? Tell them to apply to the National Juvenile Justice Network's 2018-2019 Youth Justice Leadership Institute (YJLI).
The Institute is a robust, year-long fellowship program that seeks to clear a broad path for people of color to lead justice system reform. Our program is geared towards individuals of color working as professionals in the youth justice field, who may also be young adults who are system survivors themselves, or family members of someone in the system.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, April 23, 2017. More HERE.

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

New Resource and Webinar on School-Age Data from NCASE
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is excited to share a first-ever collection of national and state/territory data profiles with information about school-age children served through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. The profiles present a detailed picture of how federal investments and state policies can support the needs of school-age children, who represent nearly half of all children served through CCDF program subsidies.

The profiles are available through a new interactive database with links to additional national and state/territory resources related to school-age child care, and they include:
· Statistics on the school-age population (5 through 12 years) served through CCDF subsidies
· CCDF state/territory policies related to school-age child care
· Contact information for national and state/territory organizations that support school-age programs.

On Thursday, March 29, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), NCASE is hosting a webinar, What Data Can Tell Us About School-Age Child Care and the CCDF Program. This webinar will present the national and state/territory data profiles and introduce the online database that contains the profiles and related resources. Presenters will discuss how these resources can help inform efforts to support school-age child care access and quality. Select this Web link to register for the webinar.

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

1st Annual Human Trafficking Statewide Training Conference
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Indiana Wesleyan Conference Center, Indianapolis
he day's events include a keynote introduction by a human trafficking survivor turned advocate, Aubrey Lloyd followed by workshops, lunch and a survivor panel with guest Heather Sewell and Tebogo (Tebby) Kaisara. They are both survivors of human trafficking who are willing to share their story in hopes to enlighten and help make providers more aware of signs so frequently overlooked. This conference offers three tracks specific for law enforcement, healthcare providers and educators. The specialized tracks are designed to help identify and react to human trafficking in each setting. More info HERE.

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.

Indiana Suicide Prevention Conference: Having the Conversation
June 14-15, 2018 Parkview Mirro Center, Fort Wayne
4th annual Indiana Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council.

Three keynote speakers are scheduled to address the conference, and breakout sessions will include tracks for beginner, intermediate and advanced. Topics will cover prevention, intervention and postvention. The revised State Suicide Prevention Framework will also be rolled out. More HERE.

Magnify Learning: PBL Workshops
June 2018 Open Workshops: June 25-28, 2018
This June Magnify Learning will offer two 4-day open enrollment sessions on Project Based Learning professional development for K-16 educators, instructional coaches, and administrators. Sessions will be held June 25-28 in two Indiana locations: Indianapolis and Columbus. University of Indianapolis will be hosting the Indianapolis workshop. Columbus Signature Academy New Tech will be hosting the Columbus workshop. At each of the workshops, the daily hours will be from 8 am to 3 pm. Each workshop is led by facilitators who have been PBL certified and who have PBL classroom experience. School groups (including administrators) are encouraged to attend in order to work together toward the establishment of collaborative PBL systems designed to meet their particular school culture and needs. Upon the successful completion of each 4-day workshop, participants will receive a certificate for earning 28 Professional Growth Points. 
Early Registration Promo Code: PBL2018* Now through April 30th receive 20% OFF!
Learn more 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:


NAESP Virtual Summit Series
The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is hosting a series of webinars to help bridge the gap between the school day and afterschool and summer learning for school leaders. The first webinar will be on April 10th from 3-4:00 PM on how to effectively lead an afterschool and summer learning program. More HERE.

3/21: Webinar: Afterschool Meals Fuel Enrichment - How Schools and Afterschool Programs can Nourish Kids Beyond the School Day
In this webinar, you will hear from two current CACFP sponsors, including a school food director who moved from serving afterschool snacks through the National School Lunch Program to serving complete meals through CACFP, and a Boys and Girls Club CEO who has expanded their afterschool meal service to provide suppers and snacks for neighboring programs. You will also hear from a NYS Department of Health public health nutritionist who will review the basics of CACFP's afterschool meals component, including eligibility criteria, meal requirements, and how to apply. To register and for more information please click here!

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

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

Stay tuned for future announcements at the conference website: 

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

The Lutheran Foundation, through LookUp, has partnered with Indiana University's Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISHMI) to provide online resources to support schools and community partners as they address students' social, emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. The Indiana School Mental Health initiative has worked with LookUp to design one aspect of the website that focuses on school-age issues.

Share why you ❤️ Project Based Learning in Magnify Learning's PBL Video Contest!
1- Watch the PBL Video Contest Entry Event and read through the Rubric on competition details.
2- Create a 4-10 minute video as a school or class about why you love PBL.
3- Fill out the Entry Form and submit your video by April 13, 2018 11:59 PM EST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karma for Cara Foundation
Encourages kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens, Karma For Care Foundation wants to hear what kids are passionate about. 
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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