Dow Community Grants, Deadline March 31

Community Grants

Grant Timeline

  • 2nd Cycle
    • Application Deadline – march 31, 2013
    • Notification Date – May 1, 2013

by Heather Brady

The Community Grants category includes yearly grants for Community projects.

The companyGIVES Community Grant Program provides funding for projects that contribute to the success of local communities with the objective of making them better places to live and work. Grants are given to one-time projects that have the potential to provide visible, long-term, sustainable benefits for community members.

Applicants must be charitable or non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Faith-based non-profit organizations may qualify, provided their proposed project is for the benefit of the community as a whole rather than just the members of their congregation or organization.

Projects must be initiated by the non-profit organization and contribute to Dow’s global community success and local quality of life impact in at least one of the following areas:

Science – Enhancing understanding of the roles of chemicals and plastics in the chemical industry or having the potential to increase interest in careers and opportunities linked to chemistry, engineering, technology and other sciences
Community Success – Promotes job creation, meets community defined needs, provides permanent improvement to the social infrastructure of a disadvantaged or underprivileged section of the community or provides funding for materials or tools which will be widely available within a community or will offer long-term benefit to the community
Sustainability and Innovation – Enhances or protects the natural environment or raises awareness among a broad public audience of environmental issues and relationship to social and economic consideration

Projects should also align to local Community Success goals. To meet Dow’s goals for Community Success, requests for funding should also show how a proposed project will impact community residents and include details about how the community will learn of Dow’s involvement.

A selection committee will review grant applications and choose grant recipients.

  • Applicants should request only the amount needed to fund the project
  • Funding cannot be used for operating expenses, personal computers, travel expenses, dues, advertising, fund raising events, giveaways or prizes, individual scholarships, dues and memberships or lobbying expenses
  • If additional funding is required to complete the project, the funding sources must be secured and confirmed prior to applying for a Dow Community Grant
  • Application should not exceed 4 pages in length, including the project description and itemized budget.
  • Applications must be signed by the organization’s Executive Director or equivalent

What kinds of projects do not apply?

  • Those submitted by for-profit businesses, religious organizations for the sole benefit of the organization, individual sports teams, political organizations or candidates, labor unions, homeowners’ associations or individuals

Contact us for more information!


Dow Community Grants, Deadline March 31

4-H Grants, Deadline July 1

2011-12 County 4-H Innovative Grant Timeline

May 31, 2011: 2010-11 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted Oct. 1 to Apr. 30.
May 6, 2011:
Grants applications available
July 1, 2011:
Grant applications due
September 30, 2011: Grant recipients announced
September 30, 2011: 2010-11 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted May 1 to Aug. 31.
May 31, 2012:
2011-12 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted Oct. 1 to Apr. 30.
or September 30, 2012: 2011-12 grant reports due to the State 4-H Office for programs conducted May 1 to Aug. 31.

County Innovative Grant Application Packet & Form NOW AVAILABLE!

4-H County Innovative Grants offered for 2011-12:

The Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees annually approves the distribution of competitive grant funds to encourage development of innovative
4-H program opportunities in local communities. These grants are designed to encourage program planning and participation by 4-H members and volunteers in partnership with county MSU Extension 4‑H program staff members.

We are pleased to be able to offer eight grant opportunities for the 2011-12
4-H program year.

1. Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants

The purpose of the Michigan 4-H Legacy grants is to encourage creativity and support the implementation of great ideas that promote positive youth development in communities. Grants are available for Michigan 4-H volunteers, 4-H youth members and 4-H staff members to develop a new program or initiative or to strengthen, enhance or expand a current program that’s making a difference.  Innovative local projects that build on solid principles of positive youth development and expand 4-H opportunities for young people will be considered. These grants are funded by the Michigan 4-H Legacy Fund endowment. A total of two (2) $1,000 grants are currently available.

2. Dow Chemical County 4-H Youth Conservation Council Grants

The purpose of the Dow Chemical County 4-H Youth Conservation Council Grant is to encourage and support development of county-based youth conservation councils. County youth conservation councils consist of a group of teens, ages 13 to 19, who have an interest in learning about local environmental issues and influencing public policy in their county, city or township governments. Applicants for the Dow Chemical County 4-H Youth Conservation Council mini-grant must be willing to engage youth representing multi-ethnic communities in this leadership opportunity that provides environmental stewardship education and advocacy and also encourages the use of technology as a learning, research and presentation tool. Currently five (5) grants valued at $1,000 in training, curriculum and financial support are available. Each grantee will receive $750 in cash to develop a county-based 4-H youth conservation council and $250 in required training scholarships and handbook for developing a local council. These grants are funded by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation.

3. 4-H On-Target County Grant

The On-Target County Grant is designed to help county 4-H Shooting Sports programs enhance existing programs, develop a new program or offer a special experience related to 4-H Shooting Sports. Thanks to the generous support of Thomas Cobb, former Michigan 4-H Foundation president, counties have an opportunity to apply for funds in this area each year. Two (2) $500 grants are available.

4. NorthStar Cooperative 4-H Dairy Science Grant

The NorthStar Cooperative 4-H Dairy Science grants offer opportunity for 4-H youth and volunteers working in 4-H Dairy Science to strengthen existing county 4-H dairy science programs or use as seed money to develop new innovations in the way 4-H Dairy Science learning takes place for young people. Thanks to the generous support of the members of NorthStar Cooperative, Inc., county or state 4-H groups have opportunity to apply for funds to advance their learning. Two (2) $500 grants are available.

5. OMEDA Youth Tractor Safety Education Grants

Helping families living and working on farms develop youth tractor safety practices is the purpose of the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association (OMEDA) grants for county MSU Extension educators. 4-H youth staff members are encouraged to partner with their county MSUE agricultural educators and volunteers to offer learning experiences that promote safe tractor operations. These grants are funded by a gift from the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association. Two (2) $250 grant awards are currently available.

6. Ousterhout Regional or District Teen Leadership Training Grant

This grant is offered every other year to provide support for the addition of a teen leadership training focus to any regional or district 4-H volunteer training event. The grant can be used to provide scholarships for teens to attend a relevant regional or district volunteer training event, or to support the addition of a specific teen leadership focus to a regional or district event. This grant is made possible by the Ousterhout Regional Endowment and the Turner-Outsterhout Endowment for Teen Leadership Training. One (1) $500 grant is available.

7. Michigan 4-H Outbound International Travel Grants (New This Year!)

These grants are awarded to 4-H youth who have applied and been accepted to travel as part of a Michigan 4-H sponsored outbound international travel experience such as Labo, IFYE, Poland, Belize or other Michigan 4-H sponsored international travel opportunities. These travel scholarships are provided with support from the Michigan Division, Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, raised annually through their International Tea; and the Michigan 4-H International Endowment Fund created with gifts from Michigan 4-H IFYE alumni and other donors. Four (4) $500 travel scholarships are available for 2011 travel experiences.

Those receiving scholarships will be required to complete the following as part of their scholarship requirements:

  • Write an article (1-2 pages or more) on one or more concepts learned through the travel program.  Submit at least two good photos with the article (completed by September 15).

  • Develop a display poster on your experience.  This should include photos and information telling about your experience. (Completed by October 1).

  • Give a talk/report to two or more groups in your county.  These may include 4-H groups, service clubs (i.e. Kiwanis, Rotary), grange, school classrooms, etc. (completed by December 1).

  • A scholarship winner must attend and do a presentation at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association International Tea in the first September after their return.

  • Scholarship applications are only made available to 4-H members approved for international travel each 4-H program year.

8. 4-H Educational Garden Grant

The purpose of 4-H Educational Garden Grants is to stimulate the creation of local 4-H educational gardens in Michigan. This program will increase the opportunities for high quality and high visibility 4-H programming in communities, will create a connection for youth and 4-H volunteers to resources from the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden and will encourage creative 4-H volunteer leadership in communities.  These grants are made possible by the Albert A. Albright Endowment for Plant Science and Gardening Education. Currently two (2) $1,000 grants are available. An award could be made in subsequent years to the same project. Other requirements are:

  • Gardens must be in public places but not necessarily on public property. 4-H centers, YMCAs and other community centers, fairgrounds, places of worship, parks and schools are examples of suitable places.

  • The garden must use the 4-H name and must follow appropriate use of the 4-H emblem as stated online at The garden planners/managers will commit to a set of educational programs that involve 4-H members and other children with the garden for a minimum number of years. The curator of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden and/or designee will visit any funded local 4-H garden at least once in the initiation phase and on future occasions as arranged.

  • Every effort will be made to link the local 4-H educational gardens with the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens through technology and on-site visits to the MSU campus gardens.

  • For creative ideas, we encourage you to visit the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden at or contact Norman Lownds, Curator of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University at or (517) 355-5191, ext. 1-349.

4-H Grants, Deadline July 1

Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Recreation Passport Grant Applications Now Available

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that local units of government interested in applying for public recreation grants through the Recreation Passport Local Grant Program have until May 1, 2011 to apply.

Funding for the grant program is made possible through the new Recreation Passport Program. On Oct. 1, 2010, the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) replaced the state’s annual $24 motor vehicle permit, or window sticker, that was required for a Michigan-registered vehicle to enter a state park or recreation area, as well as the $24 annual boating access permit. The Recreation Passport helps fund Michigan’s state parks, state recreation areas, boating facilities, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, and historic resources in state parks. In addition, the program provides park and recreation development grants for local units of government.

The Recreation Passport Grant Program provides funding assistance for local public recreation needs through the development of public recreation facilities. The program emphasizes applications for parks and recreation infrastructure renovations and major repairs, while excluding the use of funds for operational expenses.

The maximum grant request this year is $30,000. Total funding for this year is expected to be between $150,000 and $200,000.

Contact us for more information!

Recreation Passport Grants, Deadline May 1

Captain Planet Foundation Grants, Due March 31

Eligibility: In order to be considered for funding, proposals must:

• Promote understanding of environmental issues

• Focus on hands-on involvement

• Involve children and young adults 6-18 (elementary through high school)

• Promote interaction and cooperation within the group

• Help young people develop planning and problem solving skills

• Include adult supervision

• Commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation (specific requirements are explained once the grant has been awarded)

The Foundation is interested in funding innovative programs that empower children and youth to work towards solving environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. All funded projects must involve young people ages 6-18 (elementary through high school).
Deadline: March 31, 2011
Maximum Award: $250-$2500
For questions regarding the grant program, please contact Taryn Murphy at <> or visit here.


Captain Planet Foundation Grants, Due March 31

Wildflower Planting Grants, Due December 4

Source: The Wildflower Assn of Michigan, Photo: Otsego Conservation District

The Wildflower Association of Michigan, in a partnership with the Harold & Jean Glassen Foundation, awards grants annually to fund projects involving the creation of an outdoor classroom, the enhancing of an existing site, or other educationally directed projects that support the WAM Mission. It is our goal to reach as many of Michigan’s youth and citizenry as possible through the use of our grant program. It is our desire not only to educate Michigan’s students in the areas of recognition, preservation and proper procedures for the repopulating of endangered, threatened and/or special concern native species, but also projects that pass on the appreciation and respect for our native flora that will ensure survival of these species in the future.

Please review the criteria for application to this year’s grant program as well as the summarization of the follow-up procedures and reports required of all recipients of WAM awards. Please review this document carefully prior to completing your application form. Review of this information may prove of value in the approach your group will take in designing your project and application. Please note in particular the deadlines and signatures required for each application. Improperly submitted applications will not be considered for funding.

Since it is WAM’s desire to be of service to as much of the public as possible, all grant recipients will receive packets of information to assist them in fulfillment of their projects. Included for your use is a list of sources for educational materials, a list of Michigan native species nurseries and seed suppliers, additional grant dollar sources, and other selected reading materials.

Thanks to the generous monetary support of the Harold and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation, WAM is pleased to announce that it has a total of $5000 available for allocations in this year’s grant program. Each applicant may request up to $500 in support. The application deadline is December 4, 2010. All applicants will be notified if they are or are not recipients of an award no later than January 30, 2011. Awardees will receive their funds at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday during the Michigan Wildflower Conference at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus. If you have any further questions pertaining to the grant application process please contact Robert Krueger, Grants Coordinator, at the address below. Electronic submission (e-mail) is encouraged. Please do not fax your application. Good luck and thank you for your interest in WAM’s Glassen Educational Grant Program.

More information on native plants is available from your local conservation district.

Grand Traverse County Soil Conservation District


Wildflower Planting Grants, Due December 4

Library Grants, Deadline Nov 15

The IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a new IMLS funding opportunity within the National Leadership Grants program. These grants encourage libraries, archives, and museums to challenge existing assumptions about how they operate and the services they provide. These small grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Applicants may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways cultural heritage institutions serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, archives, and/or museums, will test innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of these tests widely and openly accessible. To maximize the benefit of federal investments, the Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums will fund projects with the following characteristics:

  • Broad Potential Impact—Applicants should identify a specific problem or need that is important to many libraries, archives, and/or museums, and propose a testable and measurable solution to the problem. Proposals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues and practices in the project’s focus area and discuss the project’s potential impact within libraries, archives, and/or museums. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable.
  • Significant Innovation—The proposed solution to the identified problem must offer strong potential for non-incremental, significant advancement in the operation of libraries, archives, and/or museums. Applicants must explain how the proposed activity differs from current practices or exploits an unexplored opportunity, and the potential benefit to be gained by this innovation.

Institutions of all sizes and types are encouraged to develop projects that meet the specific needs of their counterparts across the country. Examples of projects that might be funded by this program include, but are not limited to:

  • exploring the potential of highly original, experimental collaborations,
  • implementing new workflows or processes with potential for substantial cost savings,
  • testing new metrics or methods to measure the impact of promising tools or services,
  • rapid prototyping and testing of new types of software tools, or creating useful new ways to link separate software applications used in libraries, archives, or museums,
  • offering innovative new types of services or new service options to library, archive, or museum visitors, or
  • enhancing institutions’ abilities to interact with audiences in new ways to promote learning or improve services, such as through the deployment of innovative crowd-sourcing techniques.

Grant funding for such activities may include all activities associated with planning, deploying, and evaluating the innovation, as long as the expense is allowable under federal and IMLS regulations and guidelines. Sparks! Ignition Grant funds may not be used for:

  • evaluation of an existing program or service,
  • projects that are only for planning,
  • projects that are only for research (as distinguished from experimentation),
  • projects that are limited to existing and traditional approaches to exhibitions, performances, or other types of public programs,
  • projects that involve mainly digitization, unless the applicant is proposing an innovative method for digitization,
  • activities that will produce only incremental improvements in operational or business processes,
  • support of conferences or professional meetings, or
  • acquisition of equipment in excess of 50 percent of the total funds requested from IMLS.

The Sparks! Ignition Grants intentionally are designed to foster broad sharing of information about project findings. Successful proposals are expected to include innovative and well-rounded communication plans that exploit multiple media and technologies to share project information with targeted audiences. Additionally, grant recipients at the end of the project will be required to submit a five- to ten-page white paper that IMLS will disseminate widely. This paper will describe the identified problem or need, original project goals, and the innovation tested, and report the findings and lessons learned through the activity. Grant recipients also will be expected to participate in a January 2012 online discussion among all the 2011 Sparks! Ignition Grants awardees.

Award Amounts
Sparks! Ignition Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. IMLS will review and negotiate budgets as necessary. IMLS may award an amount less than that requested by an applicant. If IMLS funding is requested for salaries of permanent staff, the proposal should explain how their regular duties will be performed during the grant period.

Eligibility for Libraries and Archives

An eligible applicant must be:

  1. either a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;
  2. located in one of the 50 states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and
  3. one of the six types of organizations listed below:
    • a library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a state agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include public libraries, elementary and secondary school libraries, college and university libraries, research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available,1 and private or special libraries that have been deemed eligible to participate in this program by the state in which the library is located,
    • an academic or administrative unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science that is part of an institution of higher education through which it would make application,
    • a digital library, if it makes library materials publicly available and provides library services, including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation, under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian,
    • a library agency that is an official agency of a state or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction,
    • a library consortium that is a local, statewide, regional, interstate, or international cooperative association of library entities that provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources of eligible libraries, as defined above, and information centers that work to improve the services delivered to the clientele of these libraries, or
    • a library association that exists on a permanent basis, serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, state, or local level, and engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession.

Eligibility for Museums

An eligible applicant must be:

  • either a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code,
  • be located in one of the fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau,
  • and qualify as one of the following three types of organizations:
  1. a museum2 that, using a professional staff,3
    • is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes;
    • owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate;
    cares for these objects; and
    • exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates4.
  2. an organization or association that engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of museums and the museum profession,5 or
  3. an institution of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities.

Please note that a museum located within a parent organization that is a state or local government or multipurpose not-for-profit entity, such as a municipality, university, historical society, foundation, or cultural center, may apply on its own behalf if the museum (1) is able to independently fulfill all the eligibility requirements listed above , (2) functions as a discrete unit within the parent organization , (3) has its own fully segregated and itemized operating budget , and (4) has the authority to make the application on its own. When any of the last three conditions cannot be met, a museum may apply through its parent organization, and the parent organization may submit a single application for one or more of its museums.

Library Grants, Deadline Nov 15

Library Mini-Grants, Apps Due Sept 15

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program For Public Schools and Public Libraries
Minigrant Award = $500

1. Accepting applications from public schools and libraries anywhere in the United States and its protectorates.

2. Funds will not be granted for:
– general operating costs
– administrative costs
– transportation of the audience
– purchase of books, tapes, software or equipment unrelated to a specific program described. 3. Creative programs funded in the past have included:
– Ongoing pen-pal projects bringing disparate communities together,
– Multi-cultural portrait projects,
– Art projects culminating in art shows, murals, or quilts,
– Bookmaking,
– Creation and performance of puppet shows,
– Inter-generational journals.*

* These are examples…we welcome new ideas.

4. Applications will only be accepted if they are submitted on the form and in the space provided without reformating or attachments.

5. Only one application will be considered from each library or school.

6. Applications cannot be accepted for consideration if:
– they are for programs being held in any type of private or parochial school or library,
– they are for duplicated programs,
– they are emailed,
– they are sent by registered mail,
– they require a signature upon delivery,
– they are postmarked after the September 15 deadline of each year.

7. If an award check is not to be made out to the library or school:
– please indicate clearly the name of the entity cashing the check,
– how it is connected to the institution using the award,
– who at that institution is serving as contact for the program and
– how we can reach them.

8. We cannot send you a replacement if you lose the award check.

9. Make sure you have:
– answered all the questions
– signed the application
– stapled the pages together
– checked the accuracy of your return address and email (or we will not be able to inform you of your status.)
– kept a copy of the application for your files.

10. Mail the completed application form to:
Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program
450 14th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215

11. Decisions will be announced by December of each year. You will receive notification by mail whether or not you have been awarded a grant.

Click here to download the Minigrant Application Form
Library Mini-Grants, Apps Due Sept 15

Youth Arts & Culture Grants, Due May 8

The retention and community engagement of young people (14-25 years-old)
through arts and culture in Michigan.

Program Objectives: The NLACM want to support the following:
♦ Cool programs or projects young people are already working on to help make them “cooler”
♦ Ideas young people have about how to make their community cool
♦ Projects that use arts and culture to empower young people in Michigan
♦ Projects that involve the creative mentorship of young people

♦ The program must be led by a young person or young people… 14-25 years-old
♦ The program must have a 1:1 match, cash or in-kind
♦ Project budget and budget itemization
♦ List of people involved with the project (include leadership and administrative positions, if possible)

Narrative (Questions to be answered in three pages or less)
♦ General: Project description, timeline, desired outcomes (impact on young people), evaluation(ways to determine success), budget
♦ How does this program promote youth empowerment?
♦ How will this program encourage young people to stay Michigan?
♦ How are young people mentored as part of this program?
♦ How are young people involved in the implementation, administration, and/or leadership of this program?

♦ Applicants must be a Michigan Non-profit 501c(3) or other tax exempt organization, proof of tax exempt status must accompany the grant application. Applications may be in partnership with youth based organizations or student groups
♦ Applications must be postmarked no later than May 8, 2010.
♦ The project must occur between June 1 and September 30, 2010.
♦ Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Complete guidelines

Youth Arts & Culture Grants, Due May 8