Touching Lives Through Theatre Grants (10-1-10)

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Pioneer Drama Service is offering 10 Touching Lives Through Theatre grants to qualifying middle and high schools. Each grant is intended to help create a drama experience for students and must be used to stage at least one theatrical production. The grant consists of a $500 credit at Pioneer Drama Service and may be used for production(s), royalty fees, texts, DVDs, and makeup. Eligible applicants include accredited public or private schools that have a designated faculty member who sponsors their theatre program. Theatre programs must have a budget of $1,000 or less annually. Schools with no prior drama program are also eligible.



Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Melody Program (10-1-10)

Sponsored by Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, the Melody Program will provide up to $10,000 to K-12 school instrumental music programs that take place during the regular school day. Programs should serve low-income communities. Public, private, and charter schools may apply, but must be able to demonstrate financial need. Schools should have an established instrumental music program that is at least three years old and have an existing inventory of instruments.


National Gardening Association Healthy Sprouts Awards (10-1-10)

Sponsored by Subaru and the NGA, the Healthy Sprouts Awards support school garden programs that teach kids about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States. Eligible applicants include schools and organizations that plan to garden in 2011 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3-18. The top 30 entries will each receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog, NGA’s Eat a Rainbow Kit, and a literature package from NGA.


Shell Science Teaching Award (10-15-10)

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Through the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Shell Oil Company will recognize one outstanding classroom science teacher who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community. The teacher must have 8 years experience teaching K-12 science. The award recipient will receive $10,000. The recipient and the two finalists will each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education and be honored at the Teacher Awards Banquet. In addition, ten semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction.


NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program (12-15-10)

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The NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Youth Football Fund and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to help nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.

The program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe, and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In order to be eligible for a grant, projects must be sponsored by nonprofit community-based 501(c)(3) organizations or middle or high schools. In addition, all organizations applying for funds must be located specifically and exclusively within NFL target markets and serve low- to moderate-income areas within those markets.

A total of $2.5 million is available through this Request for Proposals. There are several levels of support:

General Field Support grants will provide up to $50,000 each for capital projects not associated with the actual field surface. This includes the installation/refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, irrigation systems, etc.

Field Surface Grants provide matching awards of up to $200,000 each to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field and the installation of synthetic sports turf.

A smaller number of matching grants of up to $100,000 each will be available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field utilizing natural grass/ sod surfaces. If applicants choose to utilize natural grass/sod surfaces as opposed to the synthetic sports surfaces, a minimum five-year maintenance plan and corresponding financial budget must be provided in order to demonstrate that the applying organization will maintain the field despite projected wear and tear and potential overuse by youth sports participants. Funds from the program may not be used to maintain field surfaces, as all grant funds must be used for capital expenditures.