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].

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—our access to affordable and stable homes, quality schools, reliable transportation—make a difference in our opportunities to thrive, and ultimately all of this profoundly affects our health and well-being. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that better health flourishes everywhere, for everyone. Deadline: November 1, 2018. Read more and apply here.
  • 2019 Budding Botanist Grant: The Klorane Botanical Foundation is committed to supporting programs to teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. In early 2019, six grant packages valued at $3,000 in cash and supplies will be awarded to six schools across the United States. Deadline: November 19, 2018. Read more and apply here.
  • Transportation Alternatives Program Grants: The TAP Application Guide and Pre-Application Registration are now available. A formal Call for Projects will be announced on October 1, 2018, and applications will be due November 30, 2018. Read more here.
  • FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA: Farm to School programs support local communities through a variety of activities, including taste tests, farm visits, local purchasing, and farmers and producer training. USDA will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. In FY 2018, USDA awarded 73 grants across the United States.The RFA includes three tracks—Implementation, Planning, and Training.  These will support a variety of projects and implementation stages. The Grant RFA can be found on  Complete applications must be submitted on by 11:59pm ET on December 4, 2018.
  • The KidsGardening Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities since 1982. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. KidsGardening education specialists will select 25 programs based on program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will receive award packages valued at $2100, and 20 programs will receive awards valued at $500. Deadline: December 17, 2018. Read more and apply here.
  • Carton 2 Garden Contest: Evergreen Packaging and are proud to present their fifth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Entries due March 25, 2019. For more information about award packages and to find out how to get started, click here.
  • Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) Grants: To assist states in helping schools and child care programs address lead in drinking water, Congress appropriated $20 million for fiscal year 2018.  The funding priority of this grant is to provide grants to states to help assist schools and child care programs to test for lead contamination in drinking water, utilizing the EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools guidance, or equivalent program. Submit letters of intent to EPA by January 11, 2019. Detailed information sheet is attached. Also, click here to learn more.
  • TSET Healthy Incentive Grants – This program promotes wellness by offering grants to schools, school districts and local communities that adopt health-promoting policies and strategies. They are designed to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles. Read more here about program parameters.
  • 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. For more information, click here.

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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