Newsletter July 2016
IDOE 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative will release a 21st CCLC Request For Proposals (RFP) on Monday, August 22, 2016. Find out the latest on the upcoming RFP, including the RFP Workshop Presentation with info on Funding, Eligibility, Program Design & Implementation, and more here: 

UPDATE: Indiana Out-of-School Time Learning Advisory Board
On June 24, the Indiana Department of Education chaired the first meeting of the SB251 Advisory Board at its offices in Indianapolis. Established in 2016 by the Indiana General Assembly, the Board has been charged to research and discuss quality and access to current and future summer and afterschool programs. The Board will make an initial report to the general assembly by November 1, 2016. Board members include representatives from state agencies, education, youth development, and school-age childcare organizations from across the state. Link to the bill description:

Full listing of Advisory Board members, click HERE

Keep up to date on this and other Advocacy news by signing up for IAN's NEW Advocacy Newsletter including the resources you need to connect to policymakers and tell your success stories and challenges across the state. Sign up HERE and stay in the know. 

New poll: Americans want to invest in youth and afterschool
With election day just four months away, most adults say they are more likely to vote for a candidate committed to investing in effective child and youth well-being policies, according to a new national poll conducted by Hart Research on behalf of the Children's Leadership Council. More than three in five adults-representing every age, race, income and education level across the country-want the next president and Congress to invest more federal funds in afterschool, child nutrition, child health and education programs for children, according to the poll findings. Read more from the Afterschool Alliance HERE.

Upcoming Regional Afterschool Network Meetings 

July 20 - Afterschool Tippecanoe, 10:00 AM, Location to be announced 
July 21 - NWI Network, 11:00 AM ET (10:00 AM CT), Purdue South Bend, 1733 Northside Blvd, South Bend, IN 46615

Indiana Youth Institute offers FREE proposal review
If you're applying for a grant, submit your proposal and an IYI consultant will offer you free feedback to strengthen your submission. More HERE.

Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence To recognize these dedicated individuals Serve Indiana invite you to nominate an outstanding volunteer, organization or business for the 2016 Serve Indiana's Awards for Excellence. This year's Awards for Excellence will be presented in eight categories: Exemplary Volunteer Program Corporate Service Youth Volunteer National Service Exemplary Service-Learning Faith-based Volunteer Volunteerism Lifetime Achievement Learn how to apply at  
Nomination Deadline: Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program Request For Proposals (RFP) to be released by the Indiana Department of Education in August 2016 
More info will be provided on the 21CCLC website:

American Honda Foundation Grants The American Honda Foundation's funding priorities are STEM education, the environment, job training and literacy. Nonprofits, public school districts, private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. Funding deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 each year. The maximum award is $75,000.

Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, Inc. Founded in 1949, the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis serves our community through two major avenues: hands-on service projects and charitable giving. Through the generosity of our members both past and present, our Foundation is able to give over $250,000 for scholarships, grants and programs, each year, that directly benefit the youth of central Indiana. Due to Kiwanis Office by November 1, 2016 More info HERE.

Best Buy Foundation The mission of the Best Buy Foundation is to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills that inspire and inform their future education and career choices. To that end, the foundation, through its Community Grants program, will award grants of up to $10,000 to local and regional nonprofit organizations working to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills technology skills for a twenty-first-century economy. Examples of program activities include computer programming, digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography), music production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development.  More info HERE.

The Kinder Morgan Foundation works to provide children and youth with opportunities to learn and grow. The foundation's goal is to help today's science, math, and music students become the engineers, educators, and musicians who will support their communities for many years to come.

To accomplish that goal, the foundation supports K-12 programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for academic programs, including tutoring; and arts education programs.

D. Susan Wisely Award
For the second year, Indiana Youth Institute is pleased to offer the D. Susan Wisely "Youth Worker of the Year" award. The recipient will be honored at the 2016 Because KIDS COUNT® Conference. Nominees must be committed direct-service youth workers who have at least five years of distinctive achievement in service of Indiana youth.

Nominees must be committed to the following core values: 
- Demonstrates servant leadership Respects differences and diversity and believes in equal opportunities for all
- Demonstrates commitment to results and effective practice Mentors others and engenders trust
- Possesses integrity and is honest and responsible

Award Details: $2,500 Cash Prize, to be used for the recipient's professional development Free registration, hotel and travel for recipient and a guest to attend the 2016 Because KIDS COUNT Conference. Nominate yourself or someone you know! Nomination packets are due August 15, 2016. The award is provided courtesy of the D. Susan Wisely Leadership Legacy Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. More info HERE.  

Humanities Initiative Grants (up to $2,000) are available to nonprofit organizations that sponsor public humanities programs such as town hall meetings, workshops, lectures, exhibits, reading and discussion programs and the production of humanities resources. Projects must contain a strong focus on the humanities, include humanities scholars in project planning and implementation and be intended for a public or school audience.

Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship
Lilly Endowment is inviting applications to an annual fellowship program that provides support to K-12 educators in Indiana to pursue an imaginative project that infuses their busy lives with personal renewal and intellectual revitalization. Previous fellowship winners have traveled worldwide to understand the cultures reflected in their increasingly diverse student populations, traced their own ethnic identity and family tree, and pursued their interest in the arts, scientific exploration, and the natural world. The program is open to licensed K-12 educators working in public and private schools in Indiana. Applicants must have at least three years of professional experience in education.

Walmart Foundation: Community Grant Program
Through the annual program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organization within the service area of individual Walmart stores. Grants will be awarded in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities. Due December 31st. 

Target Field Trip Grants
Deadline: August 1 - September 30, 2016 It's become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, they've made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trips. Each grant is valued up to $700. More info HERE.

Disney Summer of Service grants will offer young change-makers (ages 5-18) $500 to gather their friends and turn creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2016. Learn more HERE. 


The Indiana Afterschool Network helps promote and strengthen program quality in out-of-school learning across Indiana.


1.  Use Indiana's Top Ten Quality Standards for OST as a pathway to quality improvement.

2.  Assess your program sites and organization by using the Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA)

3.  Develop your staff using the NEW! Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning.  A high quality, online training specifically designed for Out-of-School Time Professionals

This NEW online PD system was created in partnership with the National Afterschool Association and Child Care Aware and offers the latest in training specifically designed for Indiana's before school, after school, school age child care and summer programs.

Benefits to Your Program and Staff:
*    Professional Development anytime, anywhere!
*    36 Best Practice Learning Modules (2 hours each)
*    Aligned with IN Afterschool Standards and IN Youth Development Credential (IYD)
*    In-depth curriculum content, interactivity and rich visuals
*    Useful resources and real life scenarios
*    Pre- and Post-tests
*    Certificates and User accounts to track progress
*    Customer Service
*    Technical Assistance

Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment.
For more information:
Contact Bri Gaston-Bell
Making the Case: Investing in Informal STEM Education
We understand the importance of integrating STEM curriculum into afterschool programs. Despite the facts, STEM education delivered through an informal setting is often considered an afterthought. How do we make informal education a core aspect of federal STEM education policies? A new report helps make the case. More info HERE.

The CryptoClub Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago is offering Summer Leader Training Workshops for middle-grade teachers and afterschool educators. Cryptography, the science of secret messages, is an intriguing STEM topic and an important application of mathematics. The CryptoClub curriculum has been developed with support from the National Science Foundation. It uses games, treasure hunts, and other informal activities to engage students in learning cryptography and applying middle-school mathematics. The CryptoClub Leader Training Workshops will take place in Chicago on July 18-20 or July 26-28. Those who have already attended a CryptoClub Leader-Training Workshop can learn how to help their students produce video tutorials on cryptography and mathematics topics at the Video Tutorial workshop on July 20-21. 

State Robotics Initiative Launched! TechPoint Foundation for Youth is thrilled to announce the launch of the State Robotics Initiative, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, REC Foundation, VEX Robotics, and Project Lead The Way. This first-of-a-kind, statewide initiative will provide robotics programming to any eligible Indiana elementary school. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit our website.

1st MakerSpace Summer Programs - discounts 
When registering for 1st MakerSpace 3D Design and Printing summer camp programs at  - put in the IAN25 code to receive a $25 discount.
Upcoming Events- See website for more info and other upcoming events. 
Girls Only: Wearable Circuits @ Brownsburg Public Library - July 21
Intro to 3D Printing CAD Design: TinkerCAD - July 23 

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

Indiana Department of Education STEM School Certification Program
For details on the process to earn the IDOE designation of a STEM School, follow THIS LINK Note that, to be certified as an IDOE STEM school, a school must offer an afterschool program in STEM.
Connect & collaborate with STEM programs through The Connectory!
With the launch of The Connectory, it's easier than ever for kids to connect with STEM programs and opportunities, and for STEM practitioners to collaborate, develop partnerships, and share resources. This free online collaboration tool gives STEM program providers a chance to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. Families, in turn, have a free, go-to resource to connect the children in their lives to STEM learning opportunities in their community.    
NASA Ignite! Free Curriculum and Training in Indiana
You don't have to be a STEM expert to facilitate fun, hands-on activities to help kids learn about survival in space, how to train like an astronaut, rocketry, and much more. NASA Ignite provides free staff training and easy to implement curricula, games, and videos for afterschool, summer and in-school learning. Each activity gives you a lesson plan, list of supplies, and estimated preparation/implementation time.. Activities are geared toward youth in grades 4-9, but can be modified for any grade level. Contact the NASA Ignite! team to learn more and get started. Visit the Ignite! Dashboard for upcoming events, free training materials, webinars, lesson plans, and more.
Lessons on Scholar enrollment, ScholarTrack, Scholar Success Program and Senior Affirmations have been updated as part of DOE's Online Professional Development Lessons. To view the lessons visit The enrollment key for all lessons found under the School Counselor and Social Worker heading is 'counselor'. 

Indiana Youth Institute's NEW College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit
The FREE Toolkit offers a complete plan for your program, whether you already focus on postsecondary readiness or you're looking to include it. The Toolkit has an appendix that's full of sample forms, links to program resources and a program assessment tool! Download your copy today!

New 21st Century Scholar Resource Available! The purpose of the Community Partner Training Manual is to provide schools, youth serving organizations, colleges and volunteers with tools, guidance and information to best support 21st Century Scholars. Click here for additional Scholar resources available on our website.
Connecting Learning & Life
Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes.

ISM College Planning promotes educated decision making for higher education choices to students, families and counselors. Strong choices before college are the best way to limit debt after college. For over 30 years, the goal of ISM has been to provide students and their parents with solutions to help put higher education within reach. To learn more about ISM College Planning please contact us via email, phone, or in person.

Indiana Department of Education Office of College and Career Readiness This site will provide you with helpful information regarding the new Indiana Academic Standards, as well as information about content subject areas, Career and Technical Education, STEM and eLearning. What does it mean to be college and career ready? In Indiana, this is defined as an individual who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in post-secondary education and economically viable career opportunities.

The Commission for Higher Education's Outreach Staff are looking to connect with community leaders, volunteers, community-based organizations, college partners and school leaders to trainings and support on enrolling students into the 21st Century Scholars Program, guiding Scholars in the Scholar Success Program requirements and utilizing Learn More Indiana's resources around college planning and career success. To learn more about training and partnership opportunities within your community, please contact your Regional Outreach Coordinator.   

* Visit Learn More Indiana's NEW website:   
* To track your LMI shipment order visit the "Educators" tab on the Learn More Indiana website or go to: 
* Counselors and Partners who are in need of Learn More Indiana resources can request materials by completing the following request form. Learn More Indiana Material Request Form. 

Indiana Youth Institute's Trip to College Alerts program provides students, parents and youth-serving professionals with the most up-to-date information about preparing for college. Subscribers to this FREE service receive three to four texts per month with reminders about deadlines for tests, applications and financial aid, tips to prepare for college and encouragement to stay on track with postsecondary goals. To sign up, text grad + the student's graduation year (ie: "grad2015") to 69979.
Professional Development Grants from IYI
IYI offers professional development grants of up to $750 to help youth-serving professionals pay for the registration cost and hotel or travel costs associated with a professional development opportunity. Submit an application by the tenth of the month to receive a decision by the first of the following month. More HERE.

2016 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning Videos are LIVE!
Checkout full video of our three general sessions from April's Summit. Special thanks to all of our presenters, sponsors and partners, AND WFYI for capturing these great two days! More HERE

Indiana Child and Youth Care Certification Testing
Indiana has joined a national certification for child and youth care workers administered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board.
This certification will soon become the highest standard for quality as a person develops their career as a youth development professional (Youth Worker). There are three levels of certification, descriptions and additional information can be found at this site.

The exam will be offered three times this summer:
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm ET Location to be Determined in Indianapolis
Monday, August 1, 2016, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm CT Location: Cenacle Retreat Center, 513 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL

The fees for taking the test and completing the portfolio will be covered if you complete the process this calendar year. More info HERE.

How to inspire youth giving webinar on July 20 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Explore how you can inspire youth to share their time, talent and treasure in your communities in this second in a series of four. Participants will find out how to inspire personal youth giving, learn group consensus activities and hear about impactful youth grantmaking. Cost: $15, per session. Learn more.
Covering Kids and Families of Central Indiana 16th annual Back-to-School Family Day on Saturday, July 30, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Marion County Public Health Department, located at 3838 N. Rural St.
The parking lot just north of the main building will host a large number of community groups and organizations offering resources and information to help with the upcoming school year. The Indianapolis Fire Department will host its popular Fire Safety Festival, offering hands-on fun and education for children. Health services available at the event include immunizations, sports physicals, health screenings, and birth certificates. On-site enrollment for health insurance will also be available. Plus, kids receive a bag of free school supplies.
To learn more, call 317-221-2464 or visit 

Save the date:Storytelling for nonprofits on August 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at United Way of Central Indiana (3901 N. Meridian St.). Join us to learn how to incorporate storytelling into your nonprofit's fundraising, development, marketing and volunteer recruitment efforts. Cost and registration to be announced. 

On August 26 is the Indiana State Suicide Prevention Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. This year's conference theme is TAKE ACTION. The cost attend is only $25 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and CEU's). More info HERE.

2016 Equity Leaders Institute, Centering Equity in Curricular and Instructional Practices: Using Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
Equity Leaders Institutes (Institutes) provide opportunities for education practitioners to engage in two full days of intensive, collegial study, discussion, and custom planning related to targeted issues of educational equity. The 2016 Institute will take place on September 21 - 22, 2016 at the Indiana University-Purdue University- Indianapolis Campus Center 

Camptown First Aid Training 
You can gain the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.  Every year millions of people learn how to help their families, co-workers and neighbors with courses in First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Whether you choose the basic Heart Saver program which includes First Aid, CPR, & AED for Adult, Child, & Infant or you need the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers Camptown can meet your training needs.  Camptown offers deeply discounted First Aid & CPR training for schools, churches, camps and other, not for profit organizations.  For more information, please contact us at

Free Domestic Violence 101 and Safe Dates Training for Middle and High School Students
Safe Dates is the only evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating abuse: a factor often linked to alcohol and other drug use. Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. Designated as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. If you or those you know are interested, please contact Amanda Wyneken at Families First Indiana.

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
offers trainings across Indiana on a wide range of nonprofit management topics. The upcoming calendar of workshops and more info here:
Indiana Youth Institute Trainings and Cafés NEAR YOU
Topics including Technology Safety, Reaching Uninsured Families and others will be provided at various locations in including: Merrillville, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville and New Albany.  More info here:


Getting ready for summer programming? Jump into summer staff training with Better Kid Care!
Better Kid Care's online modules provide a great orientation for summer youth programs. Start with our suggested summer training package below, or create your own customized orientation with our 200+ other titles.

Summer Training Package PYD Foundations:
- Child and Youth Growth and Development
- PYD Foundations: Interactions with Children and Youth
- Tools of the Trade for School-Age Practitioners: Positive Guidance Building Relationships with Children and Youth Who Challenge Us
- Click2Science: Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM
- Click2Science: Selecting STEM Activities

All On Demand modules are free. $5.00 fee for certificate of completion. 

Youth thrive when they have a voice and engage in genuine decision-making. Come join Neutral Zone's summer Youth Engagement Institute on August 22-23 in Ann Arbor. This 2-day training will prepare your organization to integrate youth-driven practices into your programs and increase youth engagement to support development of 21st century skills. We design our workshops to be active, engaging and focused on practical strategies and practices that can be directly applied in schools, libraries, community organizations or health centers. As a result of the training participants will:

· Identify meaningful roles youth can play in programs
· Learn the components and stages of Neutral Zone's Teen Advisory Council
· Examine participatory research processes as a way to engage youth
· Learn and use planning strategies that can be applied to involving students in projects
· Understand the components of youth-adult partnerships (YAP) and how to support YAP
· Practice strategies, including scaffolding and divergent questioning to effectively support youth-driven initiatives

Info & Registration at or contact John Weiss for questions

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference- October 2-5 Dr. Eric Thomas headlines the event with the theme Powering the Students' Education Agenda. Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI. Learn more HERE.

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning: Dare to Disrupt!- October 24-26 Discover game-changing strategies, partnerships and people as we dare to disrupt the role of afterschool and summer in an emerging new learning frontier. Location: Westin Seattle, Seattle, WA. Learn more HERE. 

DistinXion, A Zeller Family Program, is hosting several basketball and character camps in July and August for kids across southern Indiana!

DistinXion is a non-profit organization founded by the Zeller family to provide a way to integrate elite character and sports training to help build family relationships. DistinXion strives for excellence in both character and sport by hosting summer basketball and cheerleading camps along with a number of other services with the mission to positively impact the families of the community.

To find more information about our mission, upcoming camps, training sessions, and other DistinXion events go to our website at or by phone number at (812) 250-9594.

McCoy's Youth Activity Directory This new edition of the directory is a listing of over 600 programs and activities for youth of all ages in the Indianapolis metro area. It's available as a printed booklet, a PDF and a free mobile app. 

Register for the Summer Family Reading Challenge!
There is still time to join Hoosier Family of Readers for the first-ever Summer Family Reading Challenge! The Challenge kicks off today and runs until July 31st! For the next two months, "reading families" are challenged to explore reading together and share the joy of exploring new books with one another.
We'll offer resources to help you along the way, as well as contests and prizes to keep everyone motivated! Visit our sign up page online and register your program. You will receive challenge updates, get ideas and strategies to share, and information regarding prizes available to both programs and individual participants!
Use the hashtag #HoosierReaders on social media to share those special moments that happen when you read together and help inspire others.  

Summer Reading Program Secretary of State Connie Lawson recently launched the Indiana Secretary of State Summer Reading Program. The program is part of her efforts to teach Hoosiers the importance of financial literacy and smart money management. Students who complete the program will receive a piggy bank to help them on their way to becoming more financially literate.

Election Resources from the Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance recently posted two new tools to help make afterschool a part of the conversation during the election season. Election season presents an important opportunity to put afterschool on the radar of policy makers and the public in a visible and meaningful way. Make afterschool a part of the public debate! 

The Campaign for Afterschool Toolkit: This is a comprehensive guide for afterschool advocacy during an election year, including how to mobilize support, sample talking points and outreach materials, social media support, the do's and don'ts for non-profit organizations.

The Candidate Resource Guide on Afterschool: This may be given to any candidate for office as a primer on all the information they need about afterschool. It includes a new fact sheets/messaging on building safe communities, advancing academic achievement, promoting STEM learning and career readiness, encouraging health and wellness, and closing opportunity gaps. More HERE.

Every Day Language
What is Every Day Language?
Every Day Language offers a second language program before or after school for elementary aged students.
Which languages are offered?
Spanish. Lesson plans in development for French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, German, and Arabic.
What do I need to know? Our mission is to create confident and proficient 2nd language speakers by offering a language immersion program focused on verbal fluency and understanding through fun, interactive, multi-disciplinary, project based activities.
Why learn a second language? The benefits of learning a second language at a younger age are many!
- Promotes higher order, abstract, and creative thinking
- Enhances cognitive abilities
-Promotes cultural awareness and understanding 

Join the "Community Schools" movement and Sign-Up for the launch of the FREE mobile app that will help increase engagement and interactions with community partners, families, and schools.
The fall launch of FACEspi will help school and community coordinators by using real time data, innovation, and connectivity to support the whole-child approach to student achievement.
Sign-Up at:

Jump IN for Healthy Kids now offers a searchable resource hub full of tips and strategies for organizations striving to create healthier environments for youth. Look for ideas on incorporating physical activity and healthy eating into afterschool programs.  For more tips and strategies tailored to your organization, take the Jump IN Pledge to inspire children and their families to live healthy lives.    

EARN INDIANA- Resource for finding your next afterschool hire!
EARN (Employment Aid Readiness Network) Indiana, launched in Summer 2013, revamped the existing state work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while employers receive state matching funds in exchange for hiring these students. EARN Indiana has partnered with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers to maximize each student's academic success and career achievement and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team. EARN Indiana gives students professional experience and networking opportunities, readying them for a career after graduation.

The Children of Indiana Nature Park, A Celebration of the Hoosier Bicentennial,  Coming Summer 2016!
Did you know that kids need nature? They do! Research shows that children who spend time outside are more creative and are better problem solvers. They're healthier, more physically fit, more confident, better test takers, and less stressed! The Nature Conservancy is inviting schools, libraries and youth-serving organizations to help connect youth to nature by hosting events and activities that focus on nature in Indiana. The Conservancy has developed a web platform that will enable libraries, schools, and youth-serving organizations to provide participating K-12 students with honorary deeds to the Children of Indiana Nature Park. Every K-12 student in Indiana is eligible to participate in the Indiana Bicentennial by claiming their Nature IN-Deed! Contact the Children of Indiana Nature Park at or visit for more information about the project.

Unprecedented Access to Thousands of Digital Books
Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home. More info at:    

Hoosier Family of Readers, a literacy initiative of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the Indiana Department of Education, encourages all members of the Indiana Afterschool Network to sign up with First Book. First Book is a non-profit social enterprise that distributes tens of millions of new books and educational resources every year to schools and programs serving children in need nationwide. Their mission is to elevate the quality of education by ensuring that educators and organizations like yours get the resources they need to help kids read, learn and succeed. Register with First Book (it's free!) to peruse their site and discover how you can immediately access books for the students you serve:

Accessible High-speed Internet- Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national not for profit initiative through Brighthouse, aimed at bringing students and families nationwide online by providing $9.95/month high-speed Internet, low-cost computers and free digital literacy training. Visit  for more information or to sign up. INTERNET ESSENTIALS, is a Comcast program designed to expand broadband adoption among low-income American households with at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunches. To learn more or to apply, please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855­-846­-8376) or visit  

The Office of Child Care's Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN)
Website featuring a wide range of resources to help communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children.

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections provides a continually updated, free, and easily searchable collection of research on child care and early education for researchers and policymakers. The Web site, , provides access to more than 25,000 resources, including original scholarly research, government reports, factsheets and briefs, data sets, and instruments.

The Homework Hotline started in 1991 as a toll-free telephone service. Several online features have been added in recent years, and the iPhone app gives students easier access to Rose-Hulman students that are available as hotline tutors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday during the school year. Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Homework Hotline provides toll-free math and science tutoring services by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or through the website

Resource available Students Stumped by Studies - Thanks to an innovative Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student, there's now The AskRose app, which links Indiana middle and high-school students with free homework math and science assistance. The app is available at the iTunes App Store

2-1-1 is now State-Wide in Indiana!   All 92 counties with all 6,483,802 Hoosiers now have access to the free 24/7/365 service that helps people find the help they need to obtain safe, affordable housing, food and utilities, mental and physical health care, employment, volunteer opportunities and many other things that can lead to happier, healthier, safer individuals and families in our communities. DIAL 2-1-1 TODAY IF YOU NEED HELP OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE HELP.

Nonprofit Jobs Board
The Not-for-Profit News jobs database, in partnership with ExactHire, which gives nonprofit employers and workers tools to promote and manage your job searches.  

Charitable Advisors also now has newsletters for northern and southern IN


Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation
Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges. They provide financial support for medical treatments, prostheses, and mobility devices that children living with physical deformities and medical issues need to overcome obstacles. More info HERE.

DuPont Pioneer's giving program focuses on preK-12 education, food security and community betterment. Amount: $5000 Contact your local DuPont Pioneer Representative for more information. More info HERE.

Fuel Up to Play 60 
The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials.

Surdna Foundation 
The Surdna Foundation believes that art and culture training programs can help young people achieve their educational and career goals, and catalyze change in their communities. The Thriving Cultures Program therefore supports programs that successfully connect teens to artistically rigorous and culturally relevant programs that equip them with practical and life-enhancing skills. The Surdna Foundation value programs that prepare young, emerging artists to be creative and innovative leaders in their communities. Amount varies. More info HERE

Good Sports  
helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By working closely with teams, coaches, and community leaders across the United States, the organization is able to focus on the respective needs of each individual program and help offset the main factors causing the greatest challenges. Good Sports is accepts applications on a rolling deadline from organizations and schools for equipment, apparel, and footwear for a wide range of sports. 

The NEA Foundation
 is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education through grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or to groups for collegial study (including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new faculty or staff). To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades Pre-K-12; a public school education support professional; or faculty and staff members at a public institution of higher education. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15.
The Safeway Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. All organizations funded by The Safeway Foundation must serve the community where we operate stores. Amount: Varies. Deadline: Quarterly.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world. BTF funds programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses. In addition, BTF provides educational support to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective. Rolling deadline. More HERE.

Grant Opportunities: Voices for Healthy Kids 
Both opportunities have rolling deadlines and the amount varies. More info HERE.  
Strategic Campaign Funds: (Open RFA grant opportunity) aim to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. The duration of these grants will vary but will generally be 1 year or less. Awards can be made up to $90,000. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign goaled to change public policy in one state, local, or tribal geographic location and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Budgets must include one Campaign Coordinator position and a legal contingency of no less than 5% of the operating budget as well as matching funds on behalf of the applicant.  
Rapid Response grant opportunities: aim to fund short-term, reactive projects expected to be pushing policies for passage in the next three to six months and must align with one of the six Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. These grants provide strategic and supplemental funding for ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact in the fight against childhood obesity. Rapid Response awards range from $15,000 to $100,000 and project duration is anywhere between two weeks to six months. Funding is for non-lobbying activities only, must include a legal contingency of no less that 5%, and cannot be used for staff salaries.

Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children. This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs which specifically focus on children's oral health. More HERE.

Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
Supports a wide range of programs that serve vulnerable children including children who are ill, orphaned, disabled, injured, abused or malnourished as well as children with limited or no access to education. Grant range:  $1,000 - $15,000.  Deadline:  rolling. 

The American Electric Power Foundation considers requests from organizations in communities served by AEP's regional utilities. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching the quality of life in communities through art, music and cultural heritage. Deadline: Rolling Amount: not less than $15,000.
American Family Insurance protects dreams by helping strengthen and support individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. American Family Insurance also sponsors events and activities that build stronger ties with customers through memorable, beneficial experiences. Deadline: rolling Amount: $250-$10,000 Info HERE.

Signing for Change grants available from $1,000 to $10,000 for nonprofit organizations driving social change in their communities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information including selection criteria, click HERE.

Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation's grantmaking is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Amount: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Rolling
Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Deadline: Rolling  Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000.

Advancing Student Achievement, a program of the Actuarial Foundation

ASA grants support math programs that open students' minds to the practical power of math. The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. MORE HERE. 
Deadline: Rolling Amount: up to $5,000
The First Lady's Foundation exists for the purpose of encouraging and supporting Indiana youth and families. Deadline: Rolling (one application per 365-day period) Amount: $500 or $1,000
Marsh Supermarkets believes that giving back to the community is essential for their growth. Their participation carries forward a long tradition and a steadfast commitment to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.  Under $1,000: Six weeks in advance of the event or date needed.$1,000 or more: Six months in advance- preferably by November of the year prior to your event for consideration during annual budget planning.

Sears Holdings
The goal of Sears Holdings is to be part of the community and contribute in ways that enrich the lives of people residing in those areas. By helping to create stronger communities, they enhance the quality of life for customers and associates. Amount varies. Deadline varies.

Beyond traditional banking products and services, Key supports communities through the important work of KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. The Foundation's mission is to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through the two funding priorities of thriving students and a thriving workforce. Amount varies.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. Amount varies.

The Bright House Classroom Innovators Grants is an ongoing program to assist innovative educators with classroom needs. The program is available to educators who teach K-12 curriculum at public and private schools or at an afterschool nonprofit program that are within Bright House Networks service areas. Recipients are eligible to receive up to one grant per year of no less than $250 and no greater than $500, to assist in their efforts to move students toward a brighter future through innovative learning.

My Macy's District Grants support nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are important to individual local communities where Macy's stores are located and that fall within the Macy's focus areas-arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS and women's issues. Amount varies. MORE HERE. 

The Children's Obesity Fund
offers grants to nonprofit organizations that share its mission for improving children's health. Preference is given to organizations with programs that fight childhood obesity. Amount varies.

Tyson Foods invests in community projects that make a difference in the Tyson Foods communities where employees live and work. Tyson Foods focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, education, community development, and environment and sustainable agriculture. Amount Varies

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)
awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply. To date, an average of 400 requests are received annually; approximately 10 percent are awarded grants. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. More HERE

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education

Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16. Amount: Varies Deadline: Rolling. More HERE.

Reiman Foundation Grant
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline: Rolling Award Amount: Vary

Let's Play grants offer ten different grant opportunities for organizations in need of support for youth sports or recess equipment, afterschool programming and playgrounds/outdoor fitness equipment. Amount: varies Deadline: varies

The Hearst Foundation
Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests - culture, education, health and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

The Kroger Company Foundation's philanthropic objective is to enhance the quality of life in communities with a concentration of Kroger customers and employees. The Foundation exists for the betterment of the people and communities where Kroger operates.
The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development. Amount: Varies

Connect a Million Minds (Time Warner)
Connect A Million Minds supports include after-school STEM programs, mentorship programs that inspire the pursuit of STEM education and careers, STEM-related competitions, visitations to technology companies and labs, and apprenticeship programs.
No deadline. For more information, go to: 
Wells Fargo offers grants to assist a variety of nonprofit organizations that provide human services, community development, educational, artistic, cultural, civic and environmental programs. Applications are accepted in Indiana on a rolling basis; organizations are encouraged to prepare a proposal using the guidelines and contact their local Wells Fargo location to submit an application.

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. Human service programs of particular interest to the foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The foundation supports a variety of community improvement programs including those that enhance nonprofit management and promote philanthropy and volunteerism. Youth development programs supported by the foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.  Deadline: Rolling  Amount varies.

The World We Want Foundation
Offers youth-led service learning grants.
Deadline: Rolling,  Amount varies.

Ford Foundation Educational Grants
The foundation's grantmaking focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Types of grants the foundation makes: General/core support, Project, Planning, Competition, Matching, Recoverable, Individual, Endowment, Foundation-administered project, and Program-related investment. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling

Share Our Strength Grants
Share Our Strength offers grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations involved in increasing access to nutrition and anti-hunger advocacy. Amount varies. Deadline: Rolling 
Lumber Liquidators offers in-kind donations for nonprofit organizations in need of new flooring for their facilities.
KaBoom! offers "Let's Play Land Use" playground grants. Deadline: Rolling

Public Welfare Foundation is accepting letters of intent from organizations and programs working to end the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. Deadline: Rolling More info HERE.

The Indiana Division of State Parks and Reservoirs is pleased to offer field trip grants to Indiana educators and their students. Field trips can engage students in learning about Indiana's fish, forest, wildlife, or natural habitats and their conservation, or about Indiana's history and cultural resources as they relate to Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.

Half Price Books
will consider book donation requests from nonprofit organizations and educators that focus on literacy, the environment, or education.

AND  for more grants-

Afterschool Alliance list of STEM funding

STEMfinity STEM Grants Listings: Indiana

The BOOST Collaborative  Funding Opportunities Listing

Find a long list of grants and deadlines including several open deadline opportunities:
The Youth Today Newsletter Grants Newsletter
Fundsnet, Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.   
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