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School Grants: Art Education, Reading and Service Learning

We know these don’t necessarily relate directly to school food service – but we figured you might help spread the word to your teachers and administrators. Some school is going to benefit - your school should be in the running.

Support for Arts Education and Childhood Reading Initiatives
Target Store Grants
Arts, Culture, and Design in Schools grants support programs that enhance students’ classroom curriculum by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist in residency programs, and workshops in schools. Early Childhood Reading grants support programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Grants of $2,000 are provided in both categories. Online applications will be accepted through April 30, 2013. Target Store Grants support nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company's stores are located. (There are currently stores in every state with the exception of Vermont.)

Student Service Learning Projects in the U.S. and Canada Funded
State Farm Youth Advisory Board National Grant Program
The Youth Advisory Board National Grant Program funds student-led service-learning projects throughout the United States and in the provinces of Alberta, New Brunswick, and Ontario in Canada. Each grant request must fall under one of the following issue areas, chosen by the board itself: community safety and natural disaster preparedness, environmental responsibility, accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap, social health and wellness issues, and financial literacy. Public K-12, charter, and higher education institutions are eligible to apply. Nonprofit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to interact with students in public K-12 schools. Programs must be youth-driven and youth-led, so youth involvement and leadership is imperative. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Applications must be submitted online by May 3, 2013. Visit the Youth Advisory Board website for application guidelines.

(We find out about these through the Grant Station!)

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