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Grants Update

Seed Money for Innovative Projects
Sparkplug Foundation
The Sparkplug Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations that are proposing start-up projects in the fields of music, education, and grassroots organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with “the whole student” and with learning as a community activity. Through Grassroots Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. In addition to these three categories, the Foundation is currently interested in supporting communities working on sustainable energy and Gulf Coast reconstruction democracy. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Israel that involve Palestinian communities. The next application deadline is October 31, 2008. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. A telephone conversation to determine eligibility must be scheduled in order to initiate the application process. Prospective applicants are strongly urged to read the Foundation’s website listed above carefully before requesting a telephone interview.

Grassroots Local Projects Funded
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the communities the company serves through support of public education, community improvement projects, and home safety initiatives. Support is provided to grassroots projects located in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. Priority is given to projects that can utilize Lowe’s volunteers. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the website listed above to take the eligibility test and submit an online application.
Grant Program Addresses Educational X-Factor
Submissions are now being accepted for the District Administration X-Factor Student Achievement Grant Program.

Foundation Supports Professional Development for Educators
The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation is accepting applications for the third round of Learning and Leadership Grants.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
This program assists innovations in the digital humanities. The program aims to encourage the development of projects that are particularly innovative, have the potential to make a positive impact on the humanities, and take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence.
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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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