Newsletter October 2018

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As the nation celebrates the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool, 
NEW polling shows America is for afterschool!

Just in time for Lights On Afterschool, the only national rally celebrating afterschool, a new national poll is out that shows strong public support for afterschool. Nearly 9 in 10 adults (89 percent) agree that afterschool programs are important to their community, with bipartisan and nationwide support for afterschool programs cutting across party lines as well as geographic regions.

Additionally, the poll reveals continued widespread support for public investment in the afterschool field, with 2 in 3 adults saying that they want their federal, state, and local leaders to provide funding for afterschool and summer learning programs.

The poll echoes findings from a National Recreation and Park Association survey released earlier this month. In it, 93 percent of Americans agreed that "increasing the availability of affordable out-of-school time programs at local parks, recreation centers and libraries to families of all income levels should be a goal of their local government."

As the Afterschool Alliance and more than 8,000 communities across the U.S. gear up to celebrate the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool, taking place this Thursday, Oct. 25, this poll affirms the important role that afterschool plays for children, families, and communities. 

In Indiana, proclamations have been issued in support of 2018 Lights On Afterschool Day by multiple policy makers including Governor Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

If you are an afterschool or summer learning program, find easy tips on how to plan an event and highlight the poll findings in your media outreach. Interested in attending an event? The Alliance has a map to help you find a Lights On Afterschool event near you.

Join us, show off your support for afterschool in America, and shine a light on the afterschool programs in your community!

Indiana Afterschool Network Sponsorship Makes Virtual Convention FREE to Afterschool Professionals in INDIANA!
Experience the top-rated workshops from the NAA Annual Convention in a convenient, online format.

As the Indiana Affiliate of the National Afterschool Association, IAN is proud to partner in offering Hoosiers this quality Professional Development on YOUR time.  Click HERE to learn more on convention content + HOW TO ACCESS THE VIRTUAL CONVENTION.

Indiana OST Advisory Board Report Released
This summer, the Indiana Out-of-School Time Learning Advisory Board worked collaboratively to create a comprehensive report to the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Department of Education. 

  • INDIANA STEM and OST WHITE PAPER: The Indiana OST community is ready to expand its STEM programming and to work collaboratively with their school partners. Read more about the Indiana STEM OST landscape in this white paper from the Indiana Afterschool Network
  • The Indiana STEM Six-Year Strategic Plan, developed by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) with the guidance of the Indiana STEM Advisory Council, guides the IDOE's vision of
    ensuring all K-12 Indiana students graduate with critical thinking skills.
Lights On Indy
Thursday, October 25, 6-8pm
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

On the evening of October 25th the Indianapolis Power & Light windows will again be lit up to commemorate Lights On Afterschool Day at #LightsOnIndy. Bring your signs and stories about the positive impact of afterschool across Indiana and get ready for some FUN photo ops with TBA special guests and your friends in afterschool and summer learning! We will be giving away tshirts, Light On swag and other goodies!

Stay up to date with the latest updates by RSVPing to our facebook event.

Is YOUR Program in the IAN Mapping Database?
Join IAN, Indiana's network of out-of-school time providers. Help families, communities and schools find your program! It's easy to let others know about you. This online searchable database enables families and community members to find information about youth programs in their communities. The database is managed through a partnership between Indiana Afterschool Network and Early Learning Indiana's Partnerships for Early Learners.  

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings

Northwest Indiana Learning Circle
Monday October 29, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CT
Mullen School
100 Manny Court
Michigan City, IN 46360.

Northern Indiana Learning Circle
Tuesday October 30, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET
St. Joseph County Public Library, Dickenson Room
304 S. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601

Afterschool Tippecanoe Learning Circle
Wednesday November 14, 2018, Noon - 1:30 PM ET
Tippecanoe Arts Federation,
Located at Tippecanoe County Historical Association
522 Columbia Street
Lafayette, IN

Bloomington Afterschool Network
Friday November 9, 10:00 AM ET
Allison-Jukebox Community Center
351 S Washington
Bloomington IN 47401

Evansville Afterschool Committee
Friday November 9, 10:30 AM CST
Old National Bank
One Main Street
Evansville IN 47708

Marion County OST
Thursday, November 15, 2018, Noon ET
Edna Martin Leadership & Legacy Campus
2259 N. Ralston Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Central Indiana Community Foundation Grant Second Round Applications
Second cycle grant applications are due for CICF grants from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. CICF awards more than $55 million in grants to nonprofits each year. To learn more about eligibility, click here.

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years.
Deadline: November 30th
More info:

The US Department of Agriculture just released a new grant RFP that can support summer meals programs run by schools and/or community-based organizations.  The USDA will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. More info HERE.

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

Henderson Foundation
Established in 2005, the Henderson Foundation seeks to provide support to community organizations across the country. Nonprofits (including afterschool and summer learning programs!) are encouraged to apply for funding that would support initiatives in the following areas: Education and STEM, Arts and Culture, Environment and Sustainability, Health and Human Services, Community Service and Disaster Relief.
Deadline: January through the third Thursday in November, yearly. (This year, November 15, 2018.) Funds: Varies by request. More HERE.

First Annual Lands' End Love Learning Award: The winning program will receive a $10,000 award and national recognition.
Deadline: November 30
Through the Love Learning campaign, Lands' End is leveraging National Summer Learning Association's vast network of experiential summer programs to shine a spotlight specifically on quality programs that bring learning to life in informal learning spaces and support families in meaningful ways. Particular emphasis will be given to summer programs that focus on environmental stewardship, STEM / STEAM (science, technology, engineering, math, arts).

Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis external community grant applications for 2019 funding will be accepted between July 1- Nov 1, 2018

The Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis provides annual grants in the amount of up to $2,500 for programs that serve children and youth in the City of Indianapolis that are designed to improve the quality of life directly through activities promoting health, education, etc. and through programs that encourage leadership and service among youth. Application HERE.
Grants for eco education from Captain Planet Foundation
Take your eco-ed game to the next level with a grant from Captain Planet Foundation! With their ecoSTEM Kits, ecoSolution Grants (previously called "Small Grants"), and ecoTech Grants, the foundation offers opportunities for informal educators at every level to expand their ecological efforts. Amount: up to $2,500.

The SIA Foundation, Inc. provides grants to qualifying 501(c) 3 organizations or entities within the State of Indiana, which are used to support the funding of specific capital projects in the areas of: Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Welfare
SPRING CYCLE: January 1 through March 31 to be considered for a grant to be dispersed by June 15
WINTER CYCLE: July 1 through September 30 to be considered for a grant to be dispersed by December 15 

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.

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.
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. 

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


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

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

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

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

Upcoming STEM Dates:

Launch of the Indiana STEM Six-Year Strategic Plan
Nov 9, 2018 10-11:30AM
Indiana Statehouse Atrium, Indianapolis

Indiana STEM Education Taskforce Fall Meeting
Nov 29, 2018 1 - 4:30 pm
Location TBD

Indiana STEM Education Conference
Jan 10, 2019
Purdue University, West Lafayette
To register: 

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.

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

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.

College Goal Sunday
College Goal Sunday is a statewide initiative that supports Hoosiers in completing the FAFSA and is free to attend. The first College Goal Sunday event of the FAFSA season will be on October 28, 2018. To view additional information, including support sites and their respective dates and times, please visit 

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.


Sex Education for Social Workers
November 13, 2018 Indianapolis, IN
Raise your hand if you are a sex educator. Spoiler alert: everyone's hands should be raised! If you are doing the work of walking alongside other people as a case manager, therapist, teacher, or other "helping" professional, the way you communicate about sexuality matters. This workshop examines our language around human sexuality, and approaches the topic from a trauma-sensitive perspective. You will learn the basic "101" information on sexual health: anatomy, contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and local reproductive health laws. Leave with actionable ways to engage in a more inclusive and positive way with your clients around sexuality and sexual health! Learn more HERE.

SafeTalk Training - Indianapolis
Sunday, December 2, 2018 12:00-4:00 pm
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don't truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Details and registration is available HERE.

Emotional CPR (eCPR)
Emotional CPR is a public health education program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis with three simple steps: C = Connecting, P = emPowering and R = Revitalizing. Emotional CPR is based on the principles shared by a number of support approaches: trauma-informed care, recovery components, instilling hope, counseling after disasters, peer support, and cultural and social attunement. There is a $15 fee to participate. This is a two-day training at MCCOY's office (1375 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis), and both days are required for course completion. Mark your calendars for these 2018-2019 sessions: Dec. 11-12, March 5-6, and June 11-12. To learn more and register, click here.

Media and Nonprofit Training
This event is intended to connect media representatives and nonprofit leaders (ideally communications directors or executive directors/presidents) in meaningful ways to better tell stories and serve our local community. The timeline will include introductions and light refreshments, a media panel and time to ask questions, and personal networking time. Attendees should come prepared to share a brief summary of their organizations and have meaningful conversations that will benefit the group. It is also recommended that attendees research the media outlets (a list will be sent out beforehand) and have story ideas in mind. Though we do not want to spend time pitching stories at this event, having some ideas ready will help participants determine the best ways to connect in the future. This training will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 25 at MCCOY's office (1375 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis). To learn more and register, click here.

November 26-28, 2018
Indiana Convention Center
Attendees gain practical resources from national experts, learn about best practice models from relevant programs, and make lasting connections. Explore timely and relevant issues for youth in the areas of health, social emotional learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion and more!
Register and learn more HERE.
Early Bird pricing available through September 7.

Free webinar for ideas to fuel your programming and outreach to next-gen philanthropists
December 2018
Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy host a FREE webinar series designed to support next-gen leadership and giving. Sessions feature national experts and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty and students sharing research, resources, and examples of classroom-based grantmaking programs.

The series incorporates YPII's 4-pillar model of Serving, Giving, Leading, and Engaging to highlight the progression of youth taking action and engaging others in their communities. Join us for real-world examples and resources you can integrate into your programs. 

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:


Talk with an Explorer!  Afterschool programs help kids learn about #STEM careers, like  what an Ichthyologist is!  On 10/24 at 4:00pm CT in a live discussion, fish scientist Joe Cutler will share about the dozens of fish species he found that are new to science. He recently returned from an expedition in Mongolia where he studied Giant Taimen fish in freezing rivers. Join him for this #LightsOnAfterschool Special. Free.  

Summer Changes Everything, Missouri
Join hundreds of summer learning and expanded opportunity leaders on November 12-14 in Kansas City, MO for National Summer Learnng Association's annual conference devoted entirely to summer learning. What to expect? The nation's top summer time leaders from across the country sharing and discussing effective learning approaches, systems building, program planning, policies, and ways to advocate for our nation's children. More information and registration can be found here! 

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. 

Interested in Presenting at the NAA Convention?
If you're interested in presenting at the NAA Convention join us for an informational webinar on Tuesday, September 18, 1 p.m. ET. Register 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 is losing out on billions in economic activity each year due to the lack child care, a new study released at the Indiana Early Learning Summit finds.

Conducted by Indiana University's Public Policy Institute and funded by Early Learning Indiana, Lost Opportunities: The Impact of Inadequate Child Care on Indiana's Workforce & Economy examines how child care-related work disruptions impact Hoosier business, the workforce and the state's overall economic output.

The study finds that, because of the lack of access to child care, Hoosier businesses spend nearly $1.8 billion annually to pay wages of absent employees, for overtime and temporary workers, and for costs associated with reduced productivity. Overall, Indiana's economy loses nearly $1.1 billion each year as a result of reduced consumer spending, income and job loss, and the ripple effects of the lack of child care. This equates to a $118.8 million annual tax revenue loss for the state. Read more HERE.

Why invest public funds in afterschool?
A new infographic released by RAND draws attention to the key benefits of public funding for afterschool and summer learning programs. Read more on this in the Afterschool Alliance blog post HERE.

Help IU and Riley researchers learn more about why some kids make risky decisions 

Indiana University Brain Imaging Study Seeking children 11-12 years old with or without:
- Behavioral issues
- A father with a history of drug abuse

- Free mental health evaluation
- Participants can make up to $385 
Call 317-278-7795 or email

National Survey on SEL in Afterschool
IESD | Interactive Educational Systems DesignThe National AfterSchool Association invites you to participate in an online survey that will help them learn about your experience with and opinions about social-emotional learning (SEL) in your before/afterschool program(s).

This research is being conducted by Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD), an independent, education-focused research institution, on behalf of developers of SEL resources. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the overall understanding of SEL trends in before/afterschool programs throughout the U.S. that will support the development of valuable SEL resources.

To show appreciation for your help, the National AfterSchool Association will give you the chance to win one of two $400 cash awards - for you or your organization, depending on your organization's rules and regulations - if you complete the survey by October 30, 2018.

This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey! 

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.

Discoveries and Innovations in Summer Learning Webinar Archive
On Summer Learning Day this year, NCASE hosted a webinar on Discoveries and Innovations in Summer Learning to explore the most current developments in summer learning; highlight effective strategies from states and programs; and share successes, challenges, and technical assistance to support. Presenters included two representatives from state afterschool networks. This webinar archive may be of interest to state-, territory-, and tribal-level professionals, including 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.

Recognizing the crucial role social and emotional learning (SEL) plays in ensuring the overall health and academic and future success of students, the Afterschool Alliance is committed to creating and sharing widely SEL tools, research, and resources that allow out-of-school time providers to better serve their youth. This toolkit helps explain what SEL is, how SEL connects to the afterschool field, and how to make the case to support SEL, as well as includes webinars, issue briefs, program spotlights, blogs, and more to highlight promising practices and strategies. 

2018 Indiana Legislative Voting Record
MCCOY actively participated in the legislative session, and recently released their annual Voting Record. The purpose of this guide is to inform the reader about legislation that was brought forward relating to youth during the 2018 legislative session. The bills published in this document are not a full, comprehensive report of all bills relating to youth, but reflect those bills that either fit into MCCOY's priorities or have a direct impact on youth in Indiana. The summaries provided are those that appear on the General Assembly's website as prepared by the Legislative Services Agency, and some contain additional commentary where needed. The voting record for each legislator in the state serves to inform the reader on how legislators voted on children's issues and is not intended to be a scorecard. As a non-partisan organization, MCCOY does not endorse or oppose any legislator based on their votes. Click to view the 2018 Voting Record.

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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