After-School and Out-of-School Program Grants

Deadline: February 8, 2017

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is offering awards and grants for after-school and out-of-school programs that “are transforming the lives of young people.” Programs that engage young people in out-of-class time in the arts and humanities are eligible. In particular, programs should supplement in-class curricula and that teach new skills, nurture creativity, and build self-confidence.
Prize: Grants vary by project.


DOE Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities Grants

Deadline: February 13, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education’s Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities grants are designed to support “the implementation of effective school improvement strategies.” Grants support Local Education Agencies as they work to implement “innovative, effective, ambitious, comprehensive, and locally driven strategies” that seek to grow socioeconomic diversity in schools to improve achievement of lowest-performing schools.
Prize: Grants vary by project.


Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant From the Jane Goodall Institute

Deadline: March 31

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program encourages students in the U.S. to launch or grow community-based service learning campaigns. The Roots & Shoots grants are available to help support these projects. To apply, participants must sign up for a free Roots & Shoots membership, and participants must reside in the U.S. Funding is available for many different types of projects, from environmental clean-up, to community education initiatives. Students submit their projects, and then can apply for funding. More information, as well as learning guides and project guidelines is available online.
Prize: Grants range from $200 to $500.


Karma for Cara Youth Microgrants

Deadline: April 1

Know a student who’s looking to get a volunteerism project off the ground? The Karma for Cara Foundation can help. Launched in 2014, the foundation’s minigrant program offers small, one-time grants to students to help jump-start or sustain community service projects. A range of projects qualify for funding, including examples like rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens prepare their homes for winter.
Prize: Grants range from $250 to $1,000.


IGT After School Advantage Grants

Deadline: Rolling

Since 1999, IGT has provided grants that support after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students. In particular, IGT focuses on digital initiatives, designed to close the digital divide, as well as technology for students. During their grant-giving history, IGT has donated more than 270 computer labs across the U.S. and in several other countries.
Prize: Funding for classroom materials and technology for after-school programs is available.