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Planet Connect Offers Grants to High Schoolers

Planet Connect is offering high school students grants of $1,000 to implement their problem-solving projects and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation. Winners will be provided $500.00 to turn their projects into reality. After completing their projects in June, winners will participate in an 80-hour wildlife conservation or natural resource internship in their local community during the summer of 2012.  At the end of the internship they will be awarded a $500.00 stipend.

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National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, invites applications for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Winning programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s Eligibility Criteria. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.

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Innovations in Reading Prize, 2012

Each year, the National Book Foundation awards a number of prizes of up to $2,500 each to individuals and institutions — or partnerships between the two — that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. All materials must be postmarked by 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Details about the complete application process are available in the Application Form, which can be downloaded below. PDF Application form to be filled out by hand and faxed or mailed to the Foundation. Download >
PDF Application form to be filled out on your computer using Adobe Acrobat and emailed to the Foundation. Download >

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RMYF Grants to Evaluative Innovative Programs for At-Risk Youth

The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation (RMYF) offers Evaluation Grants for first time applicants to assess the successfulness of innovative programs or innovative components of programs that serve disadvantaged youth. This is the only grant available to first-time applicants with RMYF. Grants range between $5,000-$25,000 and MUST focus on evaluating an innovative program. Successful completion of the grant terms opens the possibility of future funding. Grant applications are reviewed annually.

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Students Hit the Road with Road Scholarship

Since 2002 the SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) has offered grants up to $1,000 for qualifying students in need of financial assistance for educational and group travel. SYF is a sister organization of the Student & Youth Travel Association. To qualify applicants must be younger than 25, participating in some sort of student or youth group travel and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Visit the website for a complete list of requirements. Between 40-60 grants are issued be four-month funding cycle.

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Best Buy Funds “Learning, Life Skills and Leadership”

Best Buy is offering grants ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 through its Community Grants program for eligible non-profits focused on “serving a diverse population of young teens in the areas of learning, life skills and leadership.” Special consideration is given to programs that provide youth access to opportunities through technology. To qualify, 501(c)(3) non-profits must be located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store location and complete Best Buy’s grant eligibility quiz. Best Buy’s grant cycle runs from July 1 to August 1, 2012. Recipients and annual awards are issued in October of each year. Only online applications are accepted.

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California: Chafee Grant Offers Education Funding for Foster Youth

The Chafee Grant, a mixture of state and federal funds, offers financial assistance to current or former foster youth in California interesting in pursuing technical training or college within the state. Applicants must be younger than 22, still in or formally in a foster care program in the state of California and complete three forms to determine eligibility: the Chafee Grant Application, the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), and Chafee Need Analysis Report (NAR). Grants range from $5,000 to the full cost of tuiton, depending on the students financial need assessment. Money can be used for support services such as child care, rent and transportation, as well as general education fees such as books and tuition. There is no deadline for applications.

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Finish Line Grants Focus on Athletics and Wellness

Finish Line Youth Foundation, a division of Finish Line, Inc., offers two grant opportunities with a specific focus on wellness and athletics. Grant proposals from eligible non-profits should focus on delivering direct services to youth under the age of 18. Additionally, proposals must come from specific locations served by the Youth Foundation. Interested organizations can take the Online Eligibility Quiz to determine if they meet the requirements. Finish Line, Inc. is an athletics retailer with more than 650 stores in 47 states.

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Ronald McDonald Grant Doesn’t Clown Around With Kids Health

The Ronald McDonald House Charities try to improve the health and well being of children directly. The charity takes a holistic, family-centered approach to helping bring kids care. The Ronald McDonald House Charity hopes to partner with organizations that take an innovative approach to addressing the health needs of the population of kids. The deadline for this grant is November 13, 2011.

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Virginia-Centric Funding: Science, Technology and Literacy

Virginia-based Cox Charities offers annual funding for eligible non-profits focused in the areas of “science and technology, mentoring, literacy and other areas promoting the education of youth” within the state of Virginia. Grant requests should be for either $5,000 or $10,000 outlining the specific community(s) and services your organization seeks to impact. Second year funding is availanle pending a review of outcomes measures from the previous funding period. This grant is local, specific and has a tight grant window. All grant applications for the 2012 fiscal year must be in by Nov.