Grant Announcements

Hot off the presses … two new Requests for Proposals*.  You, too, can get these delivered to your email inbox weekly by subscribing at the Philanthropy News Digest’s RFP page (scroll to the bottom and enter your email address under “Subscribe” in the left hand column). 

Boating Safety Grants

The Boat U.S. Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of safe, environmentally responsible boating.  Under its Boating Safety Grants program, the foundation awards grants of up to $4,000 each for the promotion of safe boating on local waterways.  The focus for this year’s grant cycle is on the dangers of combining alcohol with boating. 

The foundation will consider proposals from volunteer boating groups, clubs, and associations, as well as local nonprofit organizations, including local chapters of national organizations.  The foundation will not consider proposals from government agencies, national or international organizations, for-profit businesses or individuals, or private clubs not open to the general public.

For complete application guidelines, project ideas, and lists of past grant recipients, visit the Boating Safety Grants page of their website.

Deadline: November 1, 2008

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education K-12 Grants

The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is dedicated to supporting parent-teacher groups at K-12 schools across the United States.  Funding requests that have a permanent impact on a school (such as indoor or outdoor facility enhancement, landscaping, or clean-up projects) or that encourage parent involvement are preferred.  Grants of up to $5,000 per school are available, and the minimum amount considered is $2,000. 

Any individual nonprofit public K-12 school or parent group associated with a nonprofit public K-12 school is eligible to apply.  Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent tax ID number and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Groups without this status can apply through their school.

Make sure you get your proposal in early, because if 1,500 proposals are received before the application deadline, the application process will close.

For guidelines, FAQs, project ideas, and past recipients, visit the Toolbox for Education website.

Deadline: October 17, 2008


*  A Request for Proposals, sometimes called an RFP, is an announcement from a grantmaker that lets grantseekers know about a new project or focus of the foundation.  The RFP lists the project’s specifications and application procedures.


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