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Grant Opportunities

Youth Fitness and Nutrition Programs
The General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program, a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and the President's Council on Physical Fitness, encourages young people, ages 2-18, across the United States to improve their eating and physical activity patterns. In 2011, the program will award 50 grants of $10,000 each to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies throughout the country that offer innovative programs to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. Online applications are due by Dec. 15. Visit Healthy Kids Grants for more information.

Youth and Family Programs in Florida
The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, a research and demonstration laboratory for health and human service programs for Florida's at-risk children and their families, funds innovative, community-based, and culturally relevant programs to improve the life outcomes of children, preserve and strengthen families, and promote healthy behavior and functioning in society. Areas of interest include: improving educational achievement, facilitating economic independence, building strong families, and making communities drug-free. Concept papers from Florida nonprofit organizations and government agencies are accepted through Dec. 31. Visit Ounce of Prevention for funding guidelines.

Innovative Art Projects
The Puffin Foundation seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to art organizations and artists throughout the country who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. For the upcoming 2011 grant cycle, the Foundation will provide Artist Grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to encourage emerging artists in the fields of fine arts, video, and dance. . The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change. Completed application packets are due Dec. 30. For more information and grant guidelines, visit the Puffin Foundation.

Wilderness Conservation
The Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase environmental awareness. Recognizing that organizations working to protect the environment often have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration in the United States. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. The application deadline is Dec. 15. Visit Temper of the Times to submit an online application.

International Performing Arts Festivals
USArtists International, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation provides grants to American dance, music, and theater ensembles as well as solo performers that have been invited to participate in international festivals and for engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside of the United States. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. The next application deadlines are Dec. 13 and April 22, 2011. Visit US Artists International for details and application guidelines.

Child Care Teachers
The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation's National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. Applicants must be full-time child care teachers. As part of the application process, teachers are asked to design an enhancement project for the children in their classroom or home, illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits from the project. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant; $500 to create the project and $500 for the teacher's personal use. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 6. Visit Child Care Teacher Awards for more guidelines.

Wilderness Protection
The Conservation Alliance supports grassroots citizen-action groups and their efforts to protect wild and natural areas in North America. Funded programs should focus primarily on direct action to protect specific threatened wild places and waterways. The Alliance is not looking for mainstream education or scientific research projects, but rather for active campaigns. Grants of up to $35,000 are provided. Organizations must first be nominated by one of the Alliance's member companies. The upcoming nomination deadline is Nov. 1. Visit the Conservation Alliance for grant criteria and guidelines.


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