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Volume 11 Issue # 13     December 17, 2013 

In This Issue:
  • K-12 School Facility Improvements
  • Environmental Improvements
  • Mountain Forest Conservation
  • Public Dental Health
  • Massage Therapy
K-12 School Facility Improvements

Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2014 Toolbox for Education grant cycle. The program supports projects that encourage parental involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. Toolbox for Education grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community. Grant funds cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, or scholarships. Only 10 percent of any award can be allocated for outside expenses such as labor, installation, consultation, and delivery. Lowe's will only consider grants for projects that can be completed within a year of receipt of the grant. A Toolbox grant can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground as long as the grant is used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award.

Environmental Improvements

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation are offering financial assistance through their Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative, a grant program designed to help communities in the United States create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. Priority will be given to projects that successfully address one or more of the following: cost-effective stewardship efforts to enhance water quality and quantity and/or improve wildlife habitat for species of concern while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity; community-based conservation of local habitats and natural areas; efforts to enhance water quality, promote urban forestry, educate and train community leaders on sustainable practices, promote related job creation and training, and/or engage diverse partners and volunteers; cost-effective and environmentally friendly approaches to improve environmental conditions within urban communities by "greening" traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, public parks, and public facilities; and the economic and biological resiliency of the nation's coastal communities and ecosystems (including the Great Lakes).  Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000 for projects of up to eighteen months in duration.

Mountain Forest Conservation
The Mountaineers Foundation seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that promote the study of the mountains, forests, and streams of the Pacific Northwest and contribute to preserving the region's natural beauty and ecological integrity. The foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 for small, short-term projects that yield new data aimed at protecting the wilderness and wildlife of the Northwest; biological, economic, legal, or policy studies; direct educational programs and materials related to environmental preservation; and relevant lectures, conferences, and seminars.

Public Dental Health

The American Association of Public Health Dentistry, foundation's Small Grant Program supports education and research designed to benefit  dental public health. This includes projects designed to improve access to personal and population-wide oral health services, build and strengthen the dental public health workforce, translate science into practice, and maintain competency in dental public health. The program will provide small grants of up to $5,000 that serve as an incentive to individuals and organizations to advance science, policy, and practice designed to enhance oral health.

Massage Therapy

The Massage Therapy Foundation is accepting applications for its 2014 Community Service program, which is designed to promote working partnerships between the massage therapy profession and community-based organizations. Community Service grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations that provide massage therapy to individuals who currently have little or no access to such services.