A reminder to school partners, YEP chapters and Springfield-Greene County nonprofits that two grant rounds have deadlines at 5 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 7.
First, applications for 2014 YEP Student Conservation Grants are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 (that’s a week from this posting).
Up to $10,000 is available for student-led conservation projects. The Student Conservation grants are funded through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Rural Schools Conservation Fund and the Rural Schools Conservation Fund. All grants will be awarded through Youth Empowerment Project chapters. Please speak with your district’s YEP sponsor for more information.
Ready to apply? You can find the online application here.
Second, a total of $50,000 is available in the Metropolitan Springfield Early Childhood Grant program, with a $10,000-$12,000 range suggested for proposal consideration. Definition of “early childhood” for this grant opportunity is limited to programming for children ages 2 to 5 years. Proposals should reference “best practices” for quality childcare and/or appropriate school-readiness programming. Matching funds are not required.
Proposals should focus on efforts to sustain or enhance existing early childhood programs that have a record of success in meeting needs identified as red-flag concerns in the Community Focus Report or, in the case of innovative programming, has a demonstrative potential for affecting those concerns through the requesting agency’s past programming practice.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate:
• The effectiveness of the existing early childhood programming or demonstrate potential for success for innovative programming through previously successful program outcomes;
• The impact of the program on the red-flag issue or potential for impact for innovative programming.
For questions on either of these grant opportunities, contact Bridget Dierks, grants program officer, at (417) 864-6199.