Open funding opportunities – see what’s new this week!

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This post is updated weekly. To find additional OPEN opportunities, which may have tight deadlines, or to see past funding announcements, visit the Funding Opportunities thread in the Forum [members only].

  • Community Assistance Projects: Prospective community partners are currently invited to submit ideas for a collaborative effort between the OU Institute for Quality Communities, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, and representatives from communities in Oklahoma. Projects result in conceptual design and planning assistance. Common topics include land use, urban design, public spaces, historic preservation, streetscapes, and other aspects of the built environment. Studio courses may also address building projects, with particular emphasis on multi-family housing, senior housing, healthcare, commercial and industrial building types, or cultural facilities. View example projects online. A select number of communities can receive matching funds available through the Oklahoma Municipal League.   Proposals are due by April 18, 2019 for projects that will take place in the 2019-2020 academic year. Questions? Contact IQC Associate Director, Hope Mander.
  • Small, Rural School Achievement Grant Program: Funding from the U.S. Department of Education for small, rural Local Education Agencies for initiatives aimed at improving student academic achievement. Activities may include drug prevention, violence prevention, school-based health services, and other health-related programs. Application Deadline: April 26, 2019.
  • AARP Foundation: Direct Service, Research, Education, Outreach and Field-Building Projects: With its Request for Applications (RFAs), AARP Foundation seeks direct-service projects with evidence that low-income older adults who participate in the proposed project experience improved social connectedness as measured by the DSSI or increased food security as measured by the USDA Adult Food Security Survey. Other types of projects that improve social connectedness or food security in low-income older adults on a systemic level (e.g. research, field-building) will also be considered. Application deadline: May 3, 2019.
  • Action Based Learning Game Changer Grant: Available to all K12 and university educators to apply for up to $10,000 in Action Based Learning (ABL) or Kinesthetic Classroom Products! If you are like most schools with limited budgets, an award like this could be exactly as described…. “A Game Changer.” Each year, the ABL Game Changer Grant awards up to $10,000 to schools in need!! The Game Changer Grant was created in order for us to fulfill our mission of changing the future for all children, More specifically we focus on the “3L’s.” The Last child in line at recess; The child Lost in the school system; The child Least likely to succeed. These funds are a chance for educators to join our mission and reach the children who need us the most. Thanks to research, we have found a way to increase children’s health, wellness, and education… through movement! If you are a supporter of our mission, and are interested in implementing Action Based Learning, Kinesthetic Classrooms, or Teacher Training at your school,  this is the grant for you. Deadline to Submit Proposals: May 15, 2019.
  • National Quality Initiative to Improve School Health and Mental Health – The School-Based Health Alliance and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) invite states—in collaboration with five local entities (e.g., school-based health centers, school regions, school districts, hospitals, local public health authorities, federally qualified health centers, etc.)—to apply to participate in a 12-month Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). The CoIIN is a professional learning community that will bring together multidisciplinary teams working together to adopt, report, and improve on the standardized performance measures for SBHCs; shape state policies that support SBHCs; and elevate the visibility of SBHCs. Through in-person and virtual meetings, participants in this CoIIN will: 1) access a national network of peers working to achieve similar goals, 2) receive expert technical assistance and coaching, 3) share best practices and lessons learned, and 4) track their progress toward similar benchmarks and shared goals. Applications to join this community are due by Friday, May 31. For more information and to review the Request for Applications, visit our website. We strongly encourage anyone interested in the program to attend an informational webinar on April 9. The webinar will be recorded if you are unable to attend.
  • Shade Structure Grant Program: The American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. Since its launch in 2000, the program has awarded 368 shade structure grants. The structures supported by the program provide shade for more than 880,000 individuals each day. No Deadline.

If you know of an open funding opportunity that may be of interest to the OK In the Know community, tell us about it! Post a comment below, add it to the Funding Opportunities thread in the Forum [members only] or contact us.


  1. Since the funding opportunities thread is no longer receiving new posts, here is one:

    2017 Community Change Micro Grants
    Deadline: Applications are due by November 10th at 5pm Eastern

    America Walks is “extending a round of community change micro grants to individuals and communities interested in improving the public sphere for walking or helping to make walking more commonplace. The program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking.”


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