Weekly RFPs from the Foundation Center

Two RFPs of interest in last week’s RFP Bulletin from the Foundation Center:

The Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Grants program provides K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible to apply.

Applications are judged according to criteria that emphasize innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. The foundation seeks to fund exceptional ideas, such as projects in which curriculum is presented in a unique setting or in which unconventional methods are used to reveal the content. A project may qualify for funding if it makes creative use of common teaching aids, approaches the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or ties non-traditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.

Grants will range from $100 to $500 each and are to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The program is designed to be the sole funding agent for the proposed project. Typically, two hundred to three hundred grants are awarded each year.

Applicants must be a K-12 certified teacher working at a public, private, or parochial school in the subject of the project. Kids In Need does not fund preschool projects.

Applications will be available online at the Kids In Need Web site from July 15 through September 30, 2009.

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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization based in New York that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (and related illnesses) and their families. The foundation unites more than 1,200 member organizations across the United States that provide hands-on programs.

AFA’s Family Respite Care Grant is designed to help alleviate the cost of respite care for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Funds may be used for in-home care, adult day programs, or other types of respite.

Individuals may only apply for this grant through one of AFA’s participating nonprofit member organizations. Individuals may only obtain grant applications by contacting a participating AFA nonprofit member organization; only applications mailed from that member organization’s office will be accepted.

Family Respite Care grants are offered in the spring and fall of each year. The annual deadline for the fall cycle is November 1; the deadline for the spring cycle is May 1.

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