Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
Deadline: January 31
Do you know where your next meal is coming from? One in five children in America don't. But this is a problem that can be solved, and kids are a part of the solution. That's why YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are offering Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, funding of up to $500 for youth that live in the U.S. to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger in their communities. Find out how you can help end childhood hunger: www.YSA.org/sodexo_foundation_youth_grants
Disney Friends for Change U.S. Grants
Deadline: February 6
YSA and Disney Friends for Change are offering young change-makers an opportunity to receive a $500 grant to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Applicants leading high-impact and/or large-scale projects may also request an additional $500 grant (up to $1,000, total) to support their work. Grants support projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 11-13, 2014. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1bb9qLa
White House Student Film Festival NEW!
Deadline: January 29
The White House Student Film Festival is a video contest created just for K-12 students to share videos that highlight the power of technology in schools. Your (less than 3-minute) film should address how you currently use technology in your classroom or school or the role technology will play in education in the future. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo to be submitted. Finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages. www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival
Kick Butts Day Grants NEW!
Deadline: January 31
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism when teachers, youth leaders, public health advocates, and other community leaders organize events designed to get youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Kick Butts Day will be held on March 19, 2014. Thanks to the generosity of the United Health Foundation, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is offering grants of $250 or $500 to supercharge your event. These grants will help your event be even more powerful and make a greater impact in your community. http://bit.ly/1aKSLir
Top 24 Under 24 Drug Mythbusters NEW!
Deadline Extended: February 2
Do you know a young person who's using his or her talents, passion and creativity to shatter myths about drugs? YSA is partnering with SparkAction to find the Top 24 Under 24 Mythbusters, young people who are informing and empowering their peers to make decisions based on science, not rumor. In support of National Drug Facts Week, we're looking for young people making a real difference in their communities. Tell us why and how you or someone you know is busting myths using facts, and you could be selected as one of the top 24! http://bit.ly/1kszpbJ
Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards NEW!
Deadline: February 6
The Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards are bestowed each year to acknowledge remarkable young people who refuse to be silenced by societal norms and demonstrate profound courage in the face of hardship, intolerance and bigotry based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. To further elevate their advocacy and educational efforts, each Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winners receive a grant of $10,000 and are honored during Pride weekend on an all-expenses paid trip to New York or Los Angeles. Also, each winner receives a trip to the Creating Change Conference to network and learn with other outstanding LGBTQ leaders from across the nation. http://bit.ly/1mdq8SY
2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Deadline: February 10
Twelve award-winning programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from 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 apply. http://bit.ly/IGIqfn
DoSomething.org Scholarships NEW!
Valentine's Day Cards for Seniors Scholarships
Deadline: February 15
Make a valentine's day card for an older adult in need and you'll be entered to win a $4,000 scholarship. http://dsorg.us/KQ5sSW
Help the Homeless in your Community Scholarship
Deadline: February 16
Sign up with your school for a jeans drive to provide jeans to homeless youth. You'll be automatically entered to win a $4,000 scholarship! http://dsorg.us/zmZanJ
The Bezos Scholars Program
Deadline: February 18
Every spring, 30 top high school students and exceptional educators from across the U.S. and Africa are selected to participate in this year-long leadership development program. The program kicks off with an all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the acclaimed Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF), a remarkable gathering of thinkers and change agents from around the world. Throughout the academic year, Scholars participate in virtual Bezos Scholars Program trainings and are invited to apply for a $1,000 seed grant to design and implement their Local Ideas Festival. http://bit.ly/19Fwp1g
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Initiative NEW!
Deadline: February 28
The InvenTeam initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. Science, math, and technology educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations are eligible to apply. http://bit.ly/1j9QO7c
Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference Initiative Grants NEW!
Deadline: February 28
The Opal® Apple Youth Make a Difference Initiative will award $75,000 in funding to youth-based initiatives serving their communities in the U.S. and Canada, where youth, ages 6 - 25, take leadership roles in addressing one or more of the issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture, or food politics and education. Grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000 - $20,000. http://bit.ly/1iWVayx
Lend for America Fellowships NEW!
Deadline: March 30
The Lend for America fellowship program trains students who are seeking to start microfinance organizations ("Campus MFIs") at their college campuses. Fellows receive a crash course in microfinance in North Carolina, a full-time paid summer internship with an existing microfinance group at one of three locations (North Carolina, New Jersey, or Rhode Island), and year-round support from Lend for America as they start their organizations on campus. Undergraduates and graduates of all majors are encouraged to apply. http://bit.ly/1myC7rL
World of Children Youth Award NEW!
Deadline: April 1
The World of Children® Award provides funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective changemakers for children worldwide. The Youth Award recognizes a young hero (under the age of 21) who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. Awards will be presented at an annual ceremony held in New York City, USA, on November 6, 2014. At that time, World of Children Award will offer cash grants up to $25,000 to the proven, sustainable programs created and managed by the 2014 Honorees. http://bit.ly/1d02HEU
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll NEW!
Deadline: April 3
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. The 2014 Honor Roll will recognize higher education institutions in four categories: General Community Service, Interfaith Community Service, Economic Opportunity, and Education. http://1.usa.gov/1mMThF8