Idaho Grants

National Rec and Parks Association: Commit to Health

Award Amount: $25,000

Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support children's health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs.
Grants in 2018 will focus on three main goals:

  1. Increasing the number of healthy meals children receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during out-of-school times;
  2. Providing evidence-based nutrition literacy to children and families that creates behavior change, including increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; and
  3. Implementing healthy living practices and policies aligned with the evidence-based healthy eating and physical activity standards that increase access to healthier foods and support a healthy environment.

Eligibility: Out-of-School Programs

Contact: Link. 

Community-Based Library Reading and Literacy Program Grants

Award Amount: $1,000 or $10,000

Deadline: April 15, 2018

"The Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation recognize public libraries creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community. School libraries serving the capacity of public libraries are also welcome to submit an application adhering to the same criteria below.
- Successful partnerships with public schools, local businesses, museums, recreation departments and other community learning resources that support learning and reading programs in the U.S.
- Strong focus on working with their local community on early childhood and pre-kindergarten learning from low-income families.
- Engagement of young adults in learning through use of digital media, mentors, or local community and civic organizations,including schools.
- Evidence of successful outcomes.
- Strong focus advancing literacy through adult programming."

Funder: The Penguin Random House Foundation
Eligibility: School, public and community libraries.

Contact: Link. 

Education, STEM Education, Neighborhood Development, Arts, Culture and Envirtonment Program Grants

Award Amount: Unspecified

Deadline: Ongoing

"We fund programs that deliver measurable, sustainable improvements in the communities we serve. We invest in organizations that have proven track records in these areas:
Education: Programs that encourage students to stay in school and develop their full potential, promote math and science, improve workforce skills, and encourage personal development through scholarships, mentoring and internships.
Environment: Programs that improve the quality of our environment; promote environmental education, conservation and preservation; develop cleaner sources of energy; protect endangered species; and beautify neighborhoods.
Arts & Culture: Cultural institutions with broad public exposure and programs designed to make arts and culture more accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.
Neighborhood Development: Programs and nonprofit organizations that support a range of offerings from health and human services to after-school programming. We contribute to many of these organizations through our Exelon employee United Way campaign, but we also make a limited amount of grants to local nonprofit organizations."

Funder: Exelon
Eligibility: "Exelon awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where our employees and customers live and work. Exelon provides grants to 501(c)3 organizations, not individuals."

Contact:  Link. 

Community Reading Program Support Grant

Award Amount: $5000 - $15,000

Deadline: January 24, 2018

"An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary books that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile community leaders and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences."

Contact:  Link. 

21st Century Community Learning Center Grants!

Award Amount: Five year grant, Up to $155,000/year ($711,250 max for 5 years), Minimum amount $63,000/year ($286,650)

Deadline: Letter of Intent to apply due by December 1, 2017*. Full proposal due January 27th,2018

(*Letters submitted after this date are allowed but may result in delayed access to the online application.)

Overview: The Idaho State Department of Education is the responsible State educational agency for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

The program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, primarily those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet challenging state academic standards and local academic standards.

Watch the Eligibility & Priority Webinar

Attend a Request for Application session in your community held around the state (Lewiston, Coeur d'Alene, Meridian, Twin Falls an Pocatello) from 11/7/2017 - 11/18/2017. Click here to view locations and times

Application and complete details, click here.

Contact:  Camille McCashland at



Be Fearless Be Kind Grant

Deadline: October 31, 2017.

f you are an organization or K-12 school that provides opportunities for youth to BE FEARLESS BE KIND and then to #LeadASAP, we are offering grants up to $2,000 each to support high quality, youth-led service projects that take place between September 18 – December 15, 2017.

Contact: Create an account to apply

Prize: Up to $2,000

The Pilcrow Foundation- Rural Public Library Children's Book Project

Deadline: Currently Closed- Should reopen next summer. Deadline will most likely be October 2017.

The Pilcrow Foundation provides matching grants to rural public libraries through the Children’s Book Project. The project aims to support the purchase of quality, hardcover children’s books suited to the community and intended to enhance active children’s departments in libraries across the United States. The foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s book from which grant recipients can select books best suited for their community. The book list includes award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations.

Applications are accepted from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries; and libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system. Eligible applicants also include branch libraries serving rural communities and school libraries that remain open to the entire community year-round as the sole public library.

Contact: Karren Timmermans, Director, 343 Washington Ave., Cottage Grove, OR 97424 or Phone-541.767.3604 or

Prize: Up to $1,200 value in children's books

Disney Summer of Service Grant- Friends for Change

Deadline: Currently Closed. Should reopen September 20, 2017.

Disney and Youth Service America have a grant available for youth ages 5-18. Kids can write and submit (an adult must submit if the kid is younger than 13) a service plan that will make a positive change in the world and help others. In order to be funded, this service project must be youth-led.

Prize: Up to $500

Whole Kids Foundation- Extended Learning Garden Grant

Deadline: Currently Closed- should reopen next fall. Deadline will likely be October 31, 2017.

The Whole Kids Foundation strives to improve children's nutrition and help kids learn about whole foods. This grant would support an educational edible garden on the property of a non-profit that works with kids K-12. Visit the website to learn more about the requirements of this grant.

Contact: Whole Kids Foundation 550 Bowie St. Austin, TX 78703 or email-

Prize: $2,000

Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize 

Deadline: Currently Closed- Most Likely Deadline is October 2017

This prize honors innovators under the age of 40 who are innovative and committed to social change. There is no one particular field that can apply and candidates can work for social change in a variety of ways including childhood education, literacy, arts, children's mental health, environment, etc. Self-nominations are not allowed. The nominating essay can be no more than 750 words.


Prize: $50,000 to the winner and $50,000 to the winner's organization

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries

Deadline: This grant is currently closed. Check back next fall.

22 schools in Idaho have received the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Library Grant since 2003. Schools with at least 85% of their students receiving free/reduced lunch can consider applying. This grant is a wonderful opportunity to add books to your school library. Awards will be announced May 2017.

Contact: Tracy Young, 214-200-4300,

Prize: $7,000

Annie's Grants for Gardens

Deadline: Currently Closed- Next deadline will likely be December 2017.

Annie’s offers garden grants to US-based K-12 school gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, raised beds, seeds or other needed supplies for your edible school garden. Check here to see if your program is eligible to apply.

Prize: $3,000 - $5,000

Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award

Deadline: Grant is currently closed. It will likely reopen November 2017.

The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are looking to award $10,000 to an afterschool program that shows excellence in providing literacy support. This year's focus is programs that provide excellent literacy support to English language learners in afterschool programs. Consider nominating a program from Idaho. The nomination form can be found here.

Prize: $10,000

Idaho National Laboratory Classroom Makeover Grant

Deadlines: Grant cycle is currently closed. It will likely open back up November 2017.

The INL Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant Program provides schools with up to $5,000 to upgrade science laboratories or transform classrooms into modern STEM learning environments. This grant is available for educators in Eastern Idaho.

Contact: Tabrie Landon 208-526-4925

Prize: up to $5,000

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