Shout Outs: Grant Opportunities, Contests, and Awards for Youth



 

The Great American NO BULL Challenge | Deadline: February 27, 2015

The Great American NO BULL Challenge is back for another year. This contest challenges you to create a video to help end bullying both in person and online. You have a choice of creating a short film of 2-5 minutes, or a shorter PSA of 30-60 seconds. There's a public voting period to pick the top 25 videos to go to the final judging round. 15 finalists go to Los Angeles for the NO BULL National Educational Conference and Video Awards, where the winners are announced.

To learn more and enter, visit http://bit.ly/16Z3pqh

FEMA Youth Preparedness Council | Deadline: March 2, 2015

FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Any individual between the ages of 13 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council.

Learn more and apply at http://1.usa.gov/18vSNwT

FAFSA Completion Commencement Video Challenge | Deadline: March 16, 2015

With “FAFSA season” just around the corner, First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on every high school senior in America to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting on January 1st, and for students, principals, teachers, school counselors, and administrators to show how their school is taking action to get more students to fill out their forms. Create a three to five minute video that highlights how your school is stepping up. Not only will you be making a big difference for your school and your students, but the First Lady could be sending your school a special video message or speak at your commencement ceremony next spring.

Submit your entry here and share it on social media using #ReachHigher. http://1.usa.gov/1v40He2

World of Children Youth Award | Deadline: April 1, 2015

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 on November 5, 2015. At that time, World of Children Award will offer grants of at least $25,000 to the proven, sustainable programs created and managed by the 2015 Honorees.

Learn more and apply at http://bit.ly/1E4c9Xx

The Paradigm Challenge| Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition developed by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross to inspire youth aged 7 to 18 to affect positive change in the world. The first annual challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires - America’s #1 disaster threat. They invite youth aged 7 to 18 (as of May 1, 2015) to accept The Challenge, build a team, become problem solvers, learn about home fires, and help save lives. Project Paradigm will award cash prizes of up to $100,000 to the top 100 teams.

Learn more at http://www.projectparadigm.org/

Karma for Cara Foundatin Micro-grants | Deadline: Rolling

The Karma for Cara Foundation is encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, they want to hear what project you’re passionate about. Karma for Cara Foundation is a non-profit founded by 21-year-old Cara Becker and her family while she was being treated for leukemia at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in October of 2012. Cara had always been involved in community service since a young age, and she and her family saw a tremendous need to support other patients who were going through the same challenging treatment. Tragically, Cara passed away in December 2012 from complications from leukemia. Yet her dream lives on through the vision and works of the foundation, her family, and friends who are inspired by her example of service and interest in helping others, even when she herself was in need of help.

Learn how you can get involved, including applying for a micro-grant: http://www.karmaforcara.org/get-involved

VolunTEEN Nation International Service Project | Grants Deadline: Rolling

Students (ages 13-22) from the United States going abroad to volunteer or study in a developing country are encouraged to apply for an international service-learning mini-grant from VolunTEEN Nation. Grants are for up to $300 to create a service project in a developing country while you are visiting that country.Projects that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency in developing countries are eligible.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/19OAEa2

World We Want Foundation Grants | Deadline: Rolling

The World We Want Foundation partners with different types of organizations and schools to form teams of youth and work with them to implement their Social Action Project. With the Social Action Project, teams identify a need for change within their community, research and develop a solution, and measure the impact of their project within the community. Through the World We Want Foundation, Young Global Citizens are able to showcase and raise funds for their project online and gain skills in leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/1lmsErn

Teen Ink Contests | Deadlines: Rolling

Since 1989, the website/magazine/book publisher Teen Ink, has invited submssions from teen writers for inclusion in its magazine. It's a great opportunity to get your work published. Here are the current categories. Cover Art—Send your best photo or artwork and it could be published on the cover of Teen Ink magazine. Nonfiction—Two winners selected every month out of the following nonfiction sections: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, What Matters, and Sportsl Poetry—Are you the next Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings? Serious, funny, long or short - send us your poems today! One winner selected each month! Educator of the Year— Send your nominating essay today to recognize that amazing teacher in your life, and give him or her a chance to be in the spotlight. Fiction—Fairy tales, sci-fi, horror, romance - short stories galore! Entries of all kinds are accepted throughout the year. Winner selected twice yearly. Travel & Culture—Hiking in Yosemite. Strolling through Paris. Celebrating Chinese New Year. Describe your latest cultural adventures at home or abroad. Winners selected twice a year. Environment—Hybrid cars? Required recycling? Tell us about a problem facing the planet ... and abour your solutions and ideas. Winners selected annually. Community Service Awards—What do you do to make the world a better place? Tell us about it and win $100 for your favorite charity, plus a prize for you. Winners selected annually.

Learn more at: http://www.teenink.com/Contests

WaysToHelp.org Grants | Deadline: Ongoing

WaysToHelp.org invites teens in the United States to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas. You can apply for a grant, by visiting www.waystohelp.org and for any issue area, selecting "See Ways To Help" followed by "Apply for a Grant". Applications are short - just 5,000 words or less - and should summarize: how the project will involve others, who it will help, what effect it's expected to have, when it will start and how the funds will be used. Grant requests are reviewed and responded to on a monthly basis.

Learn more at: http://www.waystohelp.org

Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge | Deadline varies; see website.

The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate. Maximum Award: $75,000. Eligibility: students in grades 6-12 and their teachers. Deadline: varies.

Learn more at: http://www.scholastic.com/lexus

 
 



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