FUNDING & GRANTS

The Idaho Out-of-School Network provides resources and funding opportunities for organizations and individuals who are working to provide quality educational and enrichment experiences for children and youth during after-school and non-school hours. Whether you run a homework help program, a sports league, an arts and crafts workshop, or any other type of out-of-school program, we are here to help you find the support you need to make a positive impact in your community. Explore our site to learn more about the grants and other funding options available, and don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or to share your own experiences and insights.

ION AWARDS

SUMMER OF INNOVATION (SOI) GRANT

GRANT AMOUNTS UP TO $20,000

Applications Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024. The purposes of these grants are to address unfinished learning and improve the quality of out-of-school time (OST) opportunities across Idaho for youth in grades K-12. The grant is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide evidence-based programming that delivers academic, social, and emotional learning for students. This funding supports Local Education Agencies, and Community-Based Organizations that operate OST programming in summer 2024.

These grants will be made with funds received from the Idaho State Board of Education and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (March 11, 2021)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL 

SUPPORTING INFORMATION

YEAR 1 FINAL REPORT 

THINK MAKE CREATE (TMC) MINI GRANT

Applications are open year round

This grant is for TMC Lab hosts to replenish supplies and materials for the trailer. Funds are meant to improve access, quality, and equity in evidence based STEM across Idaho. Requests of $500 - $10,000 will be considered.

Idaho Learns Everywhere shows the statewide partnership of the Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho STEM Action Center, and Idaho Out-of-School Network to address unfinished learning through ARP ESSER funding opportunities.

SCHOOL YEAR ENRICHMENT (SYE) GRANT

Applications are closed

The School Year Enrichment Grant is intended to address unfinished learning and improve the quality of out-of-school time (OST) opportunities across Idaho for youth in grades K-12. The grant is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide evidence-based programming that delivers academic, social, and emotional learning for students. This funding supports Local Education Agencies (LEA), and Community-Based Organizations (CBO) that operate out-of-school time (OST) programming during the 2023 and 2024 school year.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (Click here to download)

IDAHO AWARDS

NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION AIM HIGH GRANT PROGRAM

Description: Out-of-school time programs are invited to apply for a competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs to help prepare middle school students for high school, college, and life.

Award Amount: $15,000 - $50,000

Deadline: February 1, 2024

Contact: Afterschool Alliance

NAGEL FOUNDATION GRANT

Southwest Idaho Only

Description: The Nagel Foundation supports qualified 501(c)(3) charities in southwest Idaho in the areas of basic needs, education, and youth programs. The selection of grant recipients is based primarily on need.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 31

AWARD/CONTEST

SUMMER LEARNING AWARDS

The NSLA recognizes outstanding summer programs, models, digital applications, and systems that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people. The awards are given annually
There are two types of Summer Learning Awards:
• The New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award, defined by its rigorous application and selection process, has recognized enrollment-based programs employing staff who work directly with youth.
• The NSLA Founder’s Award presented by the New York Life Foundation recognizes informal programs and other non-traditional forms of summer learning innovation that are critical to serving the diverse needs of schools, families, and children.

Check NSA website for application deadlines

ACCELERATOR AWARDS

Applications for the 2024 Lewis Prize for Music are now closed. Accelerator Awards recognize Creative Youth Development music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity.

Multi-year awards of $500,000 are made. By applying for the Accelerator Awards, organizations are also eligible for funding ranging from $15,000 to $75,000.

Go to website for more information or To sign up for notification when the application opens again.

NATIONWIDE CALL FOR STUDENT PERFORMING ARTISTS

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking student performing artists (such as bands/marching bands, choirs, color guards, dancers, drumlines, poets/spoken word artists, soloists, theatrical performers) currently enrolled in institutions of elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education or accredited trade schools, who exemplify resilience, diversity, and excellence and are interested in showcasing their talent, virtually or in-person, at internal and external Department-hosted events, as well as awards and recognition ceremonies, and professional development trainings that support the Department’s programs, priorities, and initiatives and social media campaigns. No formal training or experience is necessary.

GARDEN/AGRICULTURE

4-H GRANTS AND AWARDS

Description: National 4‑H Council grants give young people and adults the opportunity to take on issues critical to their lives, families, and communities. Youth and adults work together to design the project, write the proposal, and evaluate funded projects. The grants are offered to 4‑H programs in local communities, counties, and states.

Grant deadlines are determined in conjunction with our funding partners. Once a particular grant is announced, grant proposals are normally solicited for a four- to eight-week period. Grants are awarded to 4‑H Extension groups and are not available to individuals.

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN DONATION REQUESTS

Description: The Idaho Botanical Garden is pleased to support local organizations, nonprofits, and Treasure Valley schools through redeemable event vouchers or Garden memberships. The Idaho Botanical Garden focuses on fulfilling requests with an emphasis on community building, cultural arts, education, and environmental stewardship.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: One month prior to the date of the event.

IDAHO FOREST PRODUCTS COMMISSION FOREST EDUCATION GRANT

Description: The Idaho Forest Products Commission invites proposals for projects that help youth learn more about Idaho's trees, forests and forest products. Special consideration will be given to projects that get youth out in a forest; in contact with a logger, forester or other natural resource worker; or into a facility that grows trees, or processes or uses wood products (e.g. sawmill, paper mill, furniture maker, building site, lumberyard, box maker, etc.).

Award Amount: $250

Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

SEED MONEY GARDEN GRANTS

Each year, SeedMoney offers challenge grants to diverse food garden projects through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge running from Nov 15 to Dec 15. Our grants are open to all types of public food garden projects (youth gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, etc.) regardless of their location.
Deadline to Apply: November

WHOLE KIDS FOUNDATION GARDEN GRANT PROGRAM

Whole Kids Foundation knows that the more kids know and feel connected to their food, the more curious they become about how things grow or taste, and the more willing they are to try new foods. This is why they believe in edible garden learning spaces! Their Garden Grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden at either a (1) K–12 School (2) 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K–12 school (3) 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Deadline to Apply: March

GRANTS FOR YOUTH

Karma for Cara Foundation Microgrants

Description: Microgrants are available to youth aged 18 and under to fund community service projects such as community gardens, rebuilding playgrounds, helping senior citizens, etc.

Award Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1

Eligibility: Kids aged 18 and under

Contact: k4microgrants@livingclassrooms.org

 

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant

Description: Apply for a mini-grant to complete a service campaign for people, animals, or the environment.

Award Amount: $200

Deadline: Several deadlines throughout the year

 

Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grant

Description: This grant is for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students will implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment.

The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, or restore a natural habitat.

Youth Service America Grants

These grants support expanded opportunities for students in afterschool programs –  particularly those from low- and moderate-income communities – to learn civic and 21st Century skills by leading community service or service-learning projects, with many grantees planning activities for 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day.

GENERAL

HEALTH/FITNESS

U.S. Soccer Foundation Safe Places to Play Grants

Description: The U.S. Soccer Foundation wants all children across the country to have the opportunity to play outside, particularly soccer. To that end, the Safe Places to Play grant seeks to transform unused community spaces into recreational havens for young people in underserved communities. Grants are intended to help organizations and communities cover the material costs of building those spaces in the categories of lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing, and enhancement. Interested applicants must first submit a letter of interest before being asked to formally apply.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: 3 grant cycles per year

 

Adidas Corporate Giving Grants

Description: Adidas Group focuses on projects that address education, children and youth, sports within a social context, and preventive health activities. The group offers cash grants as well as in-kind donations of services and equipment. Previous grants were used to fund after-school literacy, service-learning initiatives, sports programs for underserved and economically challenged urban communities, and before-school physical activity programs for children aged 5 through 12.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling

Eligibility: US nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and schools.

Let's Play Imagination Playground Grants

Description: KaBoom! supports organizations that build playgrounds for children and youth to ensure they have the opportunity to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. KaBoom! grants support community-inspired projects that engage the larger community in all aspects of project planning and playground build execution. Let’s Play Imagination Playground Grants encourage creativity, communication, and collaboration in play with a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts. Imagination Playground allows children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and rebuilt by their imagination.

Award Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Municipalities, schools, and child-serving nonprofit organizations

Contact: apply@kaboom.org

LITERACY

IDAHO COMMISSION FOR LIBRARIES GRANTS & FUNDING

Description: The Idaho Commission for Libraries is a great resource for libraries and schools. They offer many different grants throughout the year. Check back regularly for new grant opportunities.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

MULTI-CATEGORY

EXELON GRANTS

Description: Exelon is proud to support nonprofit organizations and students in our local communities. Nonprofit organizations in the communities where Exelon employees and customers live and work can be found here: Idaho's Exelon locations

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

FRESHWATER CONSERVATION GRANT

Description: This opportunity is best suited for individual project leaders with demonstrable experience co-creating or collaborating with the community or communities that are most impacted by the freshwater scarcity issue and proposed conservation project. These grants are highly competitive and reserved for select projects located in one of the 20 water scarcity / water gap Hotspots, as defined by the modeled water gaps in the World Water Map. Interested applicants should review the FAQs for more information about the water gap Hotspots.

Award Amount: $50,000

Deadline: March 24, 2024

GENERAL YOUTH PROGRAM GRANT

Description:The DanPaul Foundation is providing funding up to $15,000 to nonprofit programs that directly serve the health, education, development, and welfare of the world’s youth.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize

Description: The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

Award Amount: $100,00- half to the winning individual and half to their organization

Deadline: Usually October of each year

Contact: sannings@grinnell.edu; 641.269.4940

 

STEM

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY K-12 EDUCATION GRANTS

Description: INL cultivates Idaho’s education landscape by leveraging partnerships and resources to grow science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for all. The program seeks to align future workforce needs with STEM education in Idaho.

Award Amount: $750 - $300,000

Deadline: January 8, 2024

Contact: Adrienne Petrovic (208) 526-1544

IDAHO STEM ACTION CENTER GRANTS

Description: The Idaho STEM Action Center is a great resource for STEM funding in your program. They offer many different grants throughout the year. Check back regularly for new grant opportunities.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Various STEM Learning Funding Opportunities

Description: This site contains current funding opportunities from the US government's National Science Foundation.  Programs  seeking to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments should search for awards here.

 

 

 

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