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Youth Environmental Programs
The Captain Planet Foundation seeks to fund innovative programs that empower children and youth to work towards solving environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. All funded projects must involve young people ages 6-18 (elementary through high school). Nonprofit organizations and public schools worldwide are eligible to apply for grants of $250 to $2,500. Applications are reviewed quarterly; the next deadline is Dec. 31. For application guidelines, visit Captain Planet Foundation.

Nutrition Education Programs
The Allen Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions that promote human nutrition in the areas of health, education, training, and research. Grant priorities include the following: nutritional education for mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children, training for educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices, and the dissemination of healthful nutritional information. Relevant nutritional research projects are also supported. The next application deadline is Dec. 31. Visit the Allen Foundation for an eligibility quiz and submit an online application.

Community/Composer Collaborations
MTC's MetLife Creative Connections program provides grants ranging from $250 to $3,500 to enable American composers to participate in public activities related to specific performances of their original music. The program aims to increase awareness and enhance the creative artist's role in society by supporting the composer's interaction with audiences, performers, arts organizations, and local communities. Applications are submitted by a sponsoring organization. Applications are reviewed quarterly; the upcoming deadline is Jan. 7, 2011. Visit Meet the Composer for online application information.

Youth Fishing and Boating Education Programs
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation seeks to implement an informed national outreach strategy that increases participation in recreational angling and boating. The Foundation's National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering grants to youth-focused boating, fishing, and conservation organizations for pilot-to-national or national aquatic education programs that introduce children and their families to boating and fishing. The application deadline is Dec. 27. Visit National Youth Fishing and Boating Inititiative to review the grant guidelines and submit an online application.

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge
This three-year IBM Corporate Citizenship initiative enables up to 100 cities around the world to become smarter by enhancing their capacity to collect, analyze, and act upon information across multiple core systems; apply systems analysis to the key problems facing cities; create an environment where global cities can learn from one another; and foster partnerships that address critical challenges, enabling cities around the world to become more vibrant and livable places for their citizens. Awards in IBM technology range from $250,000 to $400,000. Application deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, visit Smarter Cities Challenge.

Youth Running Programs
The Saucony Run for Good Foundation helps to prevent and reduce childhood obesity by offering grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofits that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids. Program participants must be 18 years of age or younger. Priority will be given to programs that serve youth populations not traditionally exposed to running programs. The application deadline is Dec. 13. Visit Run for Good to download the application guidelines.


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