The national and statewide Funding Opportunities listed here are for Alaska Native Youth and those who support Alaska Native Youth. These opportunities have been reviewed and shared by The Resource Basket Staff. Please help fill The Resource Basket and share Funding Opportunities unique to supporting Alaska Native Youth! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadline: January 31, 2016
Eligibility: Schools and Non-profit organizations
Award: Several grants $500-$2500
Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:
- Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
- Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
- Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
Learn more or apply here.
Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund
Deadline: February 15, 2017
The Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund is now accepting applications for a number of annual scholarships awards for students interested in pursuing a career in public service or education.
The top applicant will be awarded the Eugene A. Kennedy Award, which is a $2,000 annual scholarship, renewable for up to a full four years. A number of other scholarships of up to $1,750 are also available.
Applicants must be Alaska residents at the high school senior level or above. Click here to apply.
Award: Ten $10,000 grants
Running Strong is giving away fifty $10,000 grants over five years to jumpstart the dreams of American Indian youth. Over the past two years, we’ve given out grants to twenty incredible Native young people and witnessed their dreams come to life. Our first class tackled projects around the theme of wellness, from grief support groups to a mentorship program for young Native dental students to a wheelchair basketball camp for Native youth with disabilities. This year, our Dreamstarters are inspired by Native arts and culture, with projects like hoop dancing, documenting Native historical sites with photography, and traditional storytelling to create children’s books with Crow stories.
Applications are officially open for our third class of Dreamstarters around the theme of education. We’ll choose ten outstanding young people with inspiring projects to teach the next generation of Native youth.
Start a Snowball, Inc. is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring kids of all ages to engage in philanthropic and community service activities. We believe that even just one child with the right intentions and support can start a project that seems small in the beginning and eventually grows or “snowballs” into something that inspires an entire community with widespread benefits to the world around them. In order to help kids kick off their philanthropy efforts, we offer funding to act as “seed money” of up to $100 for projects taken on by individuals or organizations. If you would like to apply for a grant to support a project, please fill out one of the applications below. Please visit Start a Snowball for additional information and guidelines.
Additionally all grant recipients are required to fill out a Grant Follow Up Form
One of the biggest challenges many communities face in their efforts to prioritize play is fundraising. That’s why KaBOOM! offers grant opportunities to help communities take steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects. Applications for Let’s Play Imagination Playground Grants and Let’s Play Rigamajig Grants are accepted on a rolling basis with deadlines at the end of each month. Applications for Build it with KaBOOM! Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis and approximately 175 – 200 nonprofits and municipalities are awarded annually as funding becomes available. KaBOOM! grant programs include:
- Build it with KaBOOM! – Bring outdoor play to your community by working with KaBOOM! and our corporate partners.
- Build it Yourself – Kick-off a new, self-guided playground project with $15,000 to be used toward playground equipment.
- Creative Play Grants – With their custom built loose parts, Imagination Playground and Rigamajig encourage creativity, communication, and collaboration in play.
Learn more about all of these programs at www.kaboom.org/grants
For Tribal Youth: Make a Difference in Your Community! Mini-Grant
Award: Up To $475
Eligibility: American Indian and Alaska Native youth, 13-21 years old
WeRNative wants to support you with your goals to give back in your community. This mini-grant is designed to help you promote your project and start making a difference today!
Karma for Cara Foundation Microgrants
Award: Between $250-$1,000
As part of an effort to support youth volunteerism, the Karma for Cara Foundation started a microgrant program in fall 2014. The Foundation encourages kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, the Karma for Cara Foundation want to hear what project you’re passionate about. To date, we have awarded 21 grants worth $14,323.50. These grants engaged hundreds of volunteers in more than 1,000 hours of community service.
Good Sports is a non-profit whose mission is to increase youth participation in sports, recreation and fitness activities. Good Sports provides sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth organizations offering sports, fitness and recreational programs to youth in need. We do ask that all applicants meet the following criteria:
- You directly serve youth between the ages of 3-18 years old
- You serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area
- You are located in North America (U.S. and Canada)
- You operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children
All approved organizations will receive an email containing information on our donation policies and restrictions, as well as instructions on how to set up your online account, which will allow you to view a real-time display of the equipment, apparel and footwear that we currently have available. To learn more about their grant opportunities, visit goodsports.org.
Pollination Project Grant
Funder: The Pollination Project
Eligibility: Passionate, committed people with a social change vision
The Pollination Project gives out $1,000 grants to people who can envision and lead projects that will grow, blossom, and truly change the world. They look for projects in their early stage of development and the grant supports supplies, program materials, direct travel expenses, website fees, among others. Projects should have a clear target audience and compelling plan to reach and impact that target audience in a positive way.
Alaska Humanities Project Mini-Grants
Award: Up to $2,000
The Alaska Humanities Forum’s Mini-Grant Program makes possible short-term, small-scale humanities projects in Alaska. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants can expect a decision within one month of submission. Applicants may request up to $2,000 for projects that:
Educate the public in the humanities and pass on the values, methods, and wisdom of the humanities to future generations of Alaskans.
Create access to humanities resources and experiences.
Engage the public in civic dialogue and exchange.
Preserve our history.
Explore a sense of personal identity and a sense of place through history, traditions, and new ideas and support our living heritage.
Promote cross-cultural awareness and empathy.
Apply traditional bodies of wisdom to present concerns
Visit the website for more details.
Scholarship Opportunities for Youth
INSPIRE Program Scholarship
Program Dates: July 2 – 21, 2017
Deadline: March 1, 2017
The INSPIRE program offers full scholarships to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students to student applied American politics as part of a three (3) week summer program at George Washington University. Funded by a generous grant from AT&T, the scholarship includes tuition for one course in Native Politics and the American Political System, on-campus room and board, round-trip air travel, and all required textbooks.
The students who have received the INSPIRE scholarship overwhelmingly report returning to their schools and communities with fresh perspectives, knowledge, and skills about the political process and community organizing. They find themselves better prepared to give back and take a leadership role in their communities.
American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values.
The American Indian College Fund also provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.
Center for Native American Youth
The Center for Native American Youth posts a wide variety of scholarship opportunities for Native youth. Explore the opportunities available here.
Native One Stop
NativeOneStop.gov is a one-stop shop for American Indians and Alaska Natives to access resources available from the U.S. Government. Check out the scholarships and other funding opportunities for Native youth here.
Planet Youth, a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, connects American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian youth to people, cultural resources and fun using the internet. Find scholarship opportunities and other resources here.