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Calling all Students: Launch Your Own Company

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TACOMA, WA — Time is running out! The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber offers local students, grades six through 12, an opportunity to develop their own business concept with mentor support, gain investor funding, launch their company, and compete for scholarship dollars to further their education.

chamber-yeaIf you know a student that is a great candidate for this program, encourage them to apply immediately, before it’s too late! The DEADLINE is November 2, 2016; the online application is available here: bit.ly/training-mentorship.

Last year’s graduate, Maxx Stewart, took the national title of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR, WINNING A $30,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. He earned the opportunity to pitch his business, Spyder Grypz, to a national audience in Washington, DC. He competed against 6 other entrepreneurial startups and presented to a panel of national business leaders serving as judges. Check out his website by visitingwww.spydergrypz.com.

Another YEA! success story is 15-year-old Rachel Zietz from Boca Raton. Rachel pitched to the Sharks in May and at the time had sales of $300,000 and now have sales approaching the $3M mark!

Help ensure that local youth have an opportunity to realize their dreams – entering the Academy as students – graduating as CEOs. Share this opportunity and consider being an investor to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Be at the public hearing – Your input is valuable

Just the 20We Need Your Input!

A public hearing will be held for you to provide input on the use of CDBG, HOME and the City of Lakewood Human Services funds on October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm. The hearing will be held in the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers and is open to the public.

The City of Lakewood is seeking input on how it will allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act funding!

The City of Lakewood is currently in the process of developing its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Action Plan (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funding.  The Plan will describe the community development, housing, economic development, and public services needs and strategies the City will propose to benefit low and moderate income individuals.  The Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Action Plan will describe the activities for which CDBG and HOME funds are proposed to be used for meeting the needs.

Additionally, we are looking for input on prioritizing Human Services funding for the upcoming funding cycle.  Each year the City allocates 1% of its general fund for human services activities.

Funding for human services are based on priorities and strategies developed through citizen input, analysis of community needs, advisory board input, and Council recommendations. Human Services funding is divided into four basic categories: 1. Stabilization Services (food and emergency services); 2. Emotional Supports for Health Relationships (youth development activities and treatments); 3. Access to Health and Behavior Health Services (medical, dental, mental health and CD treatments); 4. Housing Assistance (rent, home repair and shelter).

This is your opportunity to provide valuable input on important community needs. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP your attendance. Thank You

Jeff Gumm  – CDBG Program Manager: jgumm@cityoflakewood.us

A BIG list of grant opportunities

From America’s Promise

The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America’s Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancements Grants
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants provide matching grants to local PTAs to support in-school and after-school arts enhancement programs. Grants may be used to establish or enhance arts programs in one or more of the following categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Eligible applicants are PTAs in good standing, as determined by their State PTA. PTAs serving at-risk student populations are particularly encouraged to apply. Specifically, National PTA will fund arts projects that reach large numbers of students at risk due to financial, familial, health, behavioral, social, environmental, or other community conditions. Deadline: March 11, 2016.

Association for Middle Level Education Foundation Fund’s Collaboration Minigrants
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Foundation Fund annually awards a Collaboration Minigrant to recognize middle-level teachers who have taken leadership roles in developing collaborative projects within and outside their schools. The grant is awarded to enhance an existing collaborative project or to institute a proposed program. Eligible applicants are professional members or schools that have been AMLE school members for at least 12 months before applying for a grant. The application requires a narrative summary of up to three pages that explains the groups or individuals involved; the collaborative process used to design the project and students’ part in development; implementation time line; expected academic and social/emotional outcomes for students; how the project is sustained beyond the grant period; how the project benefits students, staff, and the school; and for existing projects, how long in place, changes since the project was initiated, and observed outcomes for students. Also required is a budget summary and letter of support from the school principal. Applications must be submitted by email. Recipient(s) are invited to present their collaborative project at the AMLE annual conference. Deadline: April 15, 2016.

Academic Enrichment Grants
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop classroom and extracurricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households. Eligible applicants are employed by schools or nonprofit organizations, have direct and regular contact with low-income students in prekindergarten through grade 12, have the background and experience to complete the project successfully, and are willing to work in collaboration with the foundation. Deadline: April 15.

College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
The College Board presents an annual award to public and private schools serving students in grades 6 through 12 that have implemented an arts program that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Eligible arts programs must be in place a minimum of one year prior to the application date. Awards are given to model programs in three categories: Arts Integration, Equity Through Arts, and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships. Deadline: April 18, 2016.

Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling
The Brimstone Award is presented to members of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) for model storytelling projects that demonstrate the capacity of storytelling to promote change in individuals and communities. Grants through this program support storytelling projects that are service oriented; based in a community or organization; and, as much as possible, are replicable in other places and situations. Many different types of projects can be considered for the award, including school-based curricular activities, short residencies, and projects combining complementary art forms. The Brimstone Award may support educational curriculum at all levels, environmental education/activism, multicultural awareness, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and intergenerational initiatives. The award cannot be used to fund honoraria for performances, storytelling festivals, travel, or the purchase of equipment. Deadline: April 28, 2016.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund’s Conservation Education Grants
The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF) makes grants in four priority areas: conservation education, species research, habitat protection, and animal rescue and rehabilitation. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; accredited schools, universities, and research centers; Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) accredited institutions; nongovernmental organizations; and government agencies within and outside the United States. The fund works with organizations to support programs that are science-based, solution-driven, and community-oriented. Deadline: April 30, 2016.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation Grants
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America’s youth between the ages of seven and 18. Each year, the foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in its communities. Program goals must utilize technology and computer and video games to educate American’s youth and young adults. Evaluation criteria includes alignment with ESA Foundation’s specified areas of interest, evidence that the program or project responds to a valid need and is superior to other competing programs or projects, evidence of previous program or project success or likely success in the future, and evidence of program or project accountability. Applications are accepted through the online form. Deadline: May 15, 2016.

Brooks Brothers Donation Requests
Brooks Brothers seeks to support the communities within and beyond the areas it serves by accepting requests for donated items to be used in auctions, raffles, and other fund-raising events. Requests from local and national nonprofit organizations focused on improving communities through health, education, and the arts are accepted. Organizations can submit a request for a donation directly on the website. A resource is also available to download on the website to help applicants get ideas about items for an auction or event fund-raiser. Deadline: Rolling.

Children’s Obesity Fund’s Healthy Lifestyle Grants
The Children’s Obesity Fund seeks to educate parents and children about the rising obesity rates in America, reverse the statistics and dangerous trends, and prevent the next generation from continuing down the alarmingly unhealthy road. The fund strives to increase awareness and understanding of what it takes to be a strong, vigorous child by supporting programs and organizations that work to make a difference in children’s health. Deadline: Rolling.

Finish Line Youth Foundation Programmatic Grants
Finish Line Youth Foundation directs funding to organizations in communities where Finish Line employees live and work that provide opportunities for youth participation in the following areas: youth athletic programs, community-based programs addressing active lifestyle and team-building skills, established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs children. The foundation is particularly interested in organizations providing opportunities for participation of children and young adults age 18 and under and organizations whose activities provide direct services to individuals and produce tangible results. Deadline: Rolling.

TD Bank Charitable Foundation Grant
The TD Charitable Foundation provides financial support through its grant application process to organizations providing service in these areas of focus: affordable housing, education/financial literacy, and the environment. Special consideration is given to programs that support low- to moderate-income individuals by providing services, training, or education that improves the quality of life and provides opportunities for advancement. Deadline: Rolling.

Sony Corporation of America Grants 
Sony Corporation of American and its operating companies offer funding to programs that support education and creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills that are necessary for tomorrow’s workforce. Previous education grants have funded a wide range of environmental media teaching and research projects; meaningful environmental education events and programs; quality education programs for at-risk students; arts and arts education; equipment for educational nonprofits and academic institutions, including major colleges and universities across the country; youth mentoring educational program to teach students about workplace etiquette and various careers available in the technology and entertainment industries; and multiple other mentoring opportunities, including one-on-one, school-based, or in the workplace. Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Priority is given to efforts that promote literacy and basic educational competency. Deadline: Rolling.

Ford Foundation Grants
The Ford Foundation provides grants for projects and programs in three broad areas: (1) advancing knowledge, creativity, and achievement, (2) reducing poverty and injustice, and (3) promoting democratic values. Project activities must be educational, scientific, or charitable to be eligible for funding. Deadline: Rolling.

Toyota USA Foundation
The Toyota USA Foundation works to enhance quality of education in kindergarten through grade 12 by building partnerships with nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and environmental science. Eligible organizations must have qualified tax-exempt status and be located in and serve people in the United States. Priority is given to programs that are creative, innovative, and develop the potential of students and teachers; are broad in scope and incorporate a systemic approach; and are cost effective and possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort. The foundation will support only one program from an organization at a time. Deadline: Rolling.

RGK Foundation
The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and health/medicine. The Foundation’s primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Deadline: Rolling.

Healthy Lifestyle Grants
The Children’s Obesity Fund seeks to educate parents and children about the rising obesity rates in America, reverse the statistics and dangerous trends, and prevent the next generation from continuing down the alarmingly unhealthy road. The fund strives to increase awareness and understanding of what it takes to be a strong, vigorous child by supporting programs and organizations that work to make a difference in children’s health. Deadline: Rolling.

Wish You Well Foundation Funding
The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is “supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.” Past grantees include book drives, one-on-one tutorial programs, and parental support programs. Most requests range from $200 to $10,000. Deadline: Rolling.

The Awesome Foundation: Grants for Projects
The Awesome Foundation funds projects that challenge and expand our understanding of our individual and communal potentials, bringing communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: all people and organizations; there are no prerequisites. Deadline: Rolling.

Microsoft: DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. During the camp session, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in Stonybrook, NY; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis, MO.  Maximum award: free attendance to camp. Eligibility: girls grades 9-11 in the 2015-2016 school year, and at least age 13 at time of application, with some location exceptions. Deadline: varies by location.

Wish You Well Foundation: Grants for Literacy
The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: Rolling.

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side. Maximum award: $20,000. Eligibility: tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities. Deadline: Rolling.

Adobe: ConnectED software grants
As part of the White House’s ConnectEd initiative, Adobe is offering creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States. Maximum award: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Echosign, and a range of teacher training resources. Eligibility: public, state-operated, county-operated school, or BIA schools at the elementary or secondary school level that receive Title I funds. Deadline: Rolling.

Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry Grants
Share Our Strength awards grants to eligible organizations involved in increasing access to summer meals programs supported through the Summer Food Service Program or the National School Lunch “Seamless Summer” Program; educating and enrolling more eligible families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; increasing the availability of school breakfast through alternative models such as “in-classroom” breakfast and “grab-n-go” breakfasts; increasing access to afterschool snack and meal programs, as well as child care programs, supported through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); and advocacy around any of the above anti-hunger issues. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S. Deadline: Rolling.

Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest: Community Grant Program
The Brown Rudnick Center Community Grant Program recognizes, encourages, and collaborates with front-line workers within the educational system who often do not have a voice in funding decisions; and provides funding to assist with small, concrete projects or needs that will make an improvement in inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, New York City, Providence, and Washington, D.C. within a year of the award. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: “front line educational workers” involved in the education field or a related field in Boston, Hartford, New York City, Providence, or Washington, D.C. partnered with a non-profit organization or tax-exempt organization (e.g. a public school) that is willing to accept the grant and use it in the required manner. Deadline: Rolling.

Campbell’s: Labels for Education
The Campbell’s, Inc. Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.  Deadline: None.

Fender Music Foundation: Grants
Fender Music Foundation grants are awarded to music academies, schools, local music programs and national music programs across America, particularly in-school music classes, in which the students make music; after-school music programs that are not run by the school; and music therapy programs, in which the participants make the music. Maximum award: up to 8 instruments. Eligibility: established, ongoing and sustainable music programs in the United States, which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. Deadline: Rolling.

Public Welfare Foundation: Grants for Organizations that Serve Disadvantaged Communities
The Public Welfare Foundation supports organizations that address human needs in disadvantaged communities, with strong emphasis on organizations that include service, advocacy, and empowerment in their approach: service that remedies specific problems; advocacy that addresses those problems in a systemic way through changes in public policy; and strategies to empower people in need to play leading roles in achieving those policy changes and in remedying specific problems. The foundation provides both general support and project-specific grants. The foundation is currently focusing on criminal and juvenile justice, and workers’ rights. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: public and private entities, including nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations.  Deadline: Rolling.

Fund for Teachers: Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. Deadline: varies by state.

General Mills Twin Cities Grant Program
These grants focus on the communities in the Twin Cities area and their surrounding areas (up to 50 miles from the General Mills facility in each community) in the areas of youth nutrition and fitness, social services, education, and arts and culture. In Minnesota, the General Mills Foundation supports K-12 education in the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. These grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Deadline: Ongoing.

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education
Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin’s K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16. Deadline: Rolling.

Safeway Foundation Grants
The Safeway Foundation seeks to fund nonprofit organizations that have programs that align with its four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. Maximum award: Grant amounts vary for organizations that are national in scope, but a first-time funded organization will typically receive a grant of $10,000 to $25,000. Eligibility: 501(C)(3) organization located in an area where there are Safeway stores. Deadline: Rolling.

Project Produce
The Chef Ann Foundation has teamed up with Skoop, a superfoods company committed to bringing the health benefits of superfoods to every American. Together we have launched Project Produce. These $2,500 grants assist you in expanding your students’ palates, and encouraging increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce through engagement in lunchroom education activities that encourage students to taste new vegetables and fruits offered either in a dish, cooked, or raw. The goal is to provide funds to support the food cost of these activities which are designed to touch every child. Offering these events to all kids whether they bring or buy lunch requires additional funds. Grants can help you fill that gap. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. Deadline: Rolling.

BJ’s Adopt-A-School Program
BJ’s Adopt-A-School Program started in 1996 with a single school. Over the years, it has expanded to help schools in 15 states. The program’s mission: giving “adopted” schools support they can use to enhance existing programs and curriculum objectives. It is just another way BJ’s care about their Members and the communities that they live in. Now in its 19th year, BJ’s Adopt-A-School program has provided more than $1.8 million in funding to thousands of schools, helping ensure children receive a quality education. Here’s how it works: Public school teachers from across America post project requests at DonorsChoose.org for materials they need like books, art supplies, software, the list is long! Donors are people just like you and companies like us — people interested in supporting education, who search the site and give to the project that inspires them most. When a project reaches its funding goal, the materials are shipped to the school, and donors receive photos of the project and a letter from the teacher. Schools participating in BJ’s Adopt-A-School Giving Program receive a one-time donation to use toward discretionary programs, such as field trip and special events, reading enhancement programs or other educational needs, and a complimentary BJ’s Business Membership, providing access to low-cost, high-quality supplies. Maximum award: varies by project. Eligibility: U.S. public elementary schools. Deadline: Rolling.

American Honda Foundation’s Youth Education Grants
Honda aims to Help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits. Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Maximum award: $75,000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) public charity or a public school district, private/public elementary or secondary school as listed by the NCES. Deadline: Rolling.

A Little Hope Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants
A Little HOPE supports organizations that provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one. To be considered, applicants must e-mail (no telephone calls) the name of their program, website address, names of the executive director and program director, and the location of the program. No other information is needed or will be processed. Strong preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the use of community trained volunteers. Introductory emails are accepted year-round. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application. Maximum award: Grant award amounts are based on the scope and budget of the project. Eligibility: Independent bereavement centers and camps who demonstrate a commitment to the use of community trained volunteers whose programs demonstrate multicultural competence in addressing children and adolescents’ bereavement needs. Deadline: Rolling.

Video Gaming for Education Grant

Entertainment Software Association Foundation Grants
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America’s youth between the ages of seven and 18. Each year, the foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in its communities. Program goals must utilize technology and computer and video games to educate American’s youth and young adults. Evaluation criteria includes alignment with ESA Foundation’s specified areas of interest, evidence that the program or project responds to a valid need and is superior to other competing programs or projects, evidence of previous program or project success or likely success in the future, and evidence of program or project accountability. Applications are accepted through the online form. Deadline: May 15, 2016.

Applied Storytelling Grant

Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling
The Brimstone Award is presented to members of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) for model storytelling projects that demonstrate the capacity of storytelling to promote change in individuals and communities. Grants through this program support storytelling projects that are service oriented; based in a community or organization; and, as much as possible, are replicable in other places and situations. Many different types of projects can be considered for the award, including school-based curricular activities, short residencies, and projects combining complementary art forms. The Brimstone Award may support educational curriculum at all levels, environmental education/activism, multicultural awareness, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and intergenerational initiatives. The award cannot be used to fund honoraria for performances, storytelling festivals, travel, or the purchase of equipment. Deadline: April 28, 2016.