Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Upcoming Grants

Entertainment Software Association Foundation
The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESA) is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the quality of life, health, and welfare of youth. The foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in America's communities. The interactive entertainment industry supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American youth of all races and denominations and both genders. To receive funding, an organization making a grant request must meet the following criteria: be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code; seek funding for a specific project or program that is or will be in two or more states and serves youth between the ages of 7 and 18; and provide youth programs in one or more of the following areas: skills & personal development; general health & welfare; risk behavior prevention; education; and multimedia arts/technology related or applied. Application deadline: April 15, 2008.

Film Your Issue (FYI) Global Competition
USA Today, the United Nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other organizations and media leaders have joined forces to engage young adults (14-24) in contributing to the public dialogue on pressing social issues using the power of the Internet and user-generated content. In its 4th year, FYI - Film Your Issue has grown into a global Internet-based competition that invites high school and college students in the United States and around the world to express themselves on pressing contemporary issues by creating and up-loading short two-minute films on issues that impact them and their generation. Beginning February 15, films can be uploaded to multiple participating platforms, including MTV, YouTube, and American Film Institute Screen Nation, as well as promoted on MySpace TV. Awards and prizes include internships at USA Today, the UN, the award-winning PBS Series "P.O.V.", and the Humane Society of the United States; a $5,000 college scholarship from the Gates Foundation; having your film broadcast on Starz; having entries distributed by the Associated Press to its 1,800 Online Video Network media outlets; being profiled on MTV News and presented at the NAACP annual conference; VIP Pass/film presentation at AFI Silverdocs; the Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership Award and Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award; and many more. Application deadline: April 14, 2008.

Moyer Foundation - 2008 Camp Erin Program
The Moyer Foundation has as its mission to offer encouragement, comfort, and support to children enduring a time of profound distress whether physical, emotional, or financial and to provide opportunities for enhancing their overall wellness, stability, and quality of life. In 2002, the Moyer Foundation created Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for grieving children. The foundation is now working to establish Camp Erin bereavement camps in every Major League Baseball city. To date eighteen camps have been established in twelve states. The Moyer Foundation invites proposals for the 2008 Camp Erin Program. The foundation will fund ten organizations across the United States with $100,000 each to establish and run a Camp Erin bereavement camp. Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children between the ages of 6 and 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one, is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. The Moyer Foundation partners with expert local hospice and grief counseling organizations in the communities where the camps are implemented and funds the camp partner over a ten-year period, ensuring that the program becomes an important part of community healing and growth. The foundation will provide $100,000 grants to organizations in the following cities: Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. Application deadline: June 1, 2008.

Farmers Market Promotion Program
The Agricultural Marketing Service provides competitive grant funds for direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunity projects that address issues related to farmers markets roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, and other direct producer-to consumer marketing channels. Proposals may involve any of the following: Improving Access to Relevant Marketing and Financial Information – projects that provide opportunities and promote training, education, networking, technical assistance, and information sharing for farmers, vendors, market management, and market sponsors; Consumer-Based Education and Market Access – projects that address ways to improve consumers’ access to and utilization of direct farm markets/marketing outlets; and Innovative Approaches to Market Operations and Management – projects that address operational or market management issues, with the aim of enhancing product value and sales, increasing revenue and efficiency, or reducing expenses. Eligible applicants include: agricultural cooperatives, local governments, non-profit corporations public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers’ market authorities, and Tribal Governments. Award ceiling: $75,000. Application deadline: March 24, 2008.