February-May deadlines: DYCD Spotlight on Grants, Scholarships, and an Essay Contest

Grow to Learn Mini Grant
Receive up to $2,000 for your school garden! When you register your school garden with Grow to Learn you become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb, and can also apply for a Grow to Learn Mini Grant of between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand your school garden. Grow to Learn has two funding cycles each year: Fall and Spring. The Fall Request for Proposals is typically open for applications from September to November, and the Spring Request for Proposals is open from January to February. Please submit your application by February 23, 2018.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two US $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. To view the scholarship requirements and to apply for a BAM Scholarship, visit their website.

2018 National High School Essay Contest

The 2018 National High School Essay Contest has begun, and you have until March 15, 2018 to enter. This is the 20th year of this prestigious contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America’s best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service. This year, in a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases, one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions:

What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring to the table? What peacebuilding tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or did not work in each case?
How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?
What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy more broadly?

For additional information, contact Perri Green at (202) 719-9700 or essaycontest@afsa.org.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Big things come in small packages and now, those simple gifts can really pay off in Unigo’s Sweet and Simple Scholarship! Think back to a time when you received a special gift that seemed so unassuming yet made such a strong impact in your life. Was it a present you could open in a box or a humble gesture from a stranger? Your gift will forever be priceless, but their Sweet and Simple Scholarship can help sweeten that present with a $1,500 award towards your college education.

Superpower Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where you’d go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world—to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money. Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you’ve always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day. While Unigo can’t give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, their Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Grant

The YouthBridge-NY youth-led grant committee is accepting applications from organizations working in Women’s Issues, Sexual Health, and/or After School Programming for grants up to $2000. Click here to view the request for proposals or apply. Deadline for applications is April 5.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

This scholarship from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded annually, renewable for three additional years. The award amount is based on the financial need of the recipient. Applicants must be a high school junior or senior, any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Applicants are also required to be a current resident of Connecticut or New York City or enrolled or planning to enroll in a Connecticut or a New York City institution. Visit the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to apply for the scholarship by May 1, 2018.

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November-January: Grant Info Sessions

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Loans and Grants to Keep Homes Healthy and Safe

This brochure provides information about low-interest loans and grants to help owners of homes and apartment buildings in New York City fix health and safety hazards. Owners may be eligible even if they don’t earn enough to qualify for a typical bank loan.

Loans and grants can be used to:
• Repair lead paint hazards
• Replace or repair leaky roofs or
plumbing
• Replace old windows
• Upgrade electrical wiring
• Make repairs and upgrades to meet
New York City Housing Code
requirements

Click here to learn more.

New Grant Opportunity: Up to 25K for Nonprofits in Williamsburg & Bushwick!

We are very excited to announce the creation of OPEN—ODA’s Public Engagement in Neighborhoods!

OPEN is a 501(c)(3) organization that was launched in September 2017. Our goal is to make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate by giving local nonprofits the resources they need to develop projects that unite, engage, and empower residents of diverse backgrounds. We support projects in the following four categories: Community Green Space, Media & Technology, Design & Architecture, and Public Art.  Selected projects will be awarded between $10,000 – $25,000 each, with OPEN providing a grand total of $100,000 in funding. All completed projects must be made free and accessible to the public, in order to serve more people and help build lasting relationships.

To apply for a grant and/or watch a short video about OPEN please visit www.opennyc.org.

Please don’t hesitate to email me at info@opennyc.org with any questions you may have.

11/6 deadline: Love Your Block Grant

2018 Love Your Block FlyerDo you Love Your Block?  Show it! Citizens Committee for New York City and the NYC Service invites your neighborhood group to apply for a Love Your Block Grant.  Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for block beautification projects that utilize City services from the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection,  NYC Dept. of Transportation, and the Dept. of Sanitation of NYC. The grant deadline is November 6, 2017 and the online application link and .doc formatted form can be downloaded at http://www.citizensnyc.org/grants/love-your-block-grant.

For more information, please contact Shawn at swhitehorn@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9563

8/3 Event: Grants Info Sessions in Crown Heights

The Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is hosting a grants information session in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on August 3rd to support individual artists and organizations learn about grant opportunities available through BAC.

Info Session for BAC Community Arts Grants

Thursday, August 3, 12-2pm

Five Myles

558 St. Johns Place (Between Classon and Franklin Avenues), Crown Heights

2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue | S to Botanic Garden

Applications for BAC’s Community Arts Grants are open now through September 20, 2017. Individual artists, collectives, and small nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to support arts and cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, reading series, publications, theater productions and more, taking place in Brooklyn in 2018.

Click Here to RSVP