Awards & Grants
The Congressional Award is a public private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative, and service in America's youth. The Congressional Award provides a unique opportunity for young people to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.
Are you an official Do Something Club working on social action projects in your community? Need some money to help sustain your Club and your projects? Are you working to start a community action project or program? Are you looking for funding to take your already successful project or organization to the next level? Do Something gives awards & grants to help young people just like YOU!
Everyday Young Heroes
YSA features an Everyday Young Hero each week in the National Service Briefing.
MLK Drum Majors for Service Award
This first MLK Day award option is based on the qualities of the person nominated for the award. Drum Majors for Service are the helping hands who perform extraordinary everyday acts of service with reliability and commitment, but who seldom receive recognition. They are individuals within your organization who are service leaders in the community. With this option your Drum Major is eligible to receive a special PVSA certificate and letter from the President of the United States. Package cost is $3.75 plus shipping and handling.
MLK Drum Majors for Service Presidential Volunteer Service Award
This second MLK Day award option is based on the number of hours an individual serves over a 12 month period or over a lifetime. With this package, your Drum Major is eligible to receive the PVSA pin in Bronze, Silver, Gold or Lifetime depending on the numbers of hours served as described below, as well as a special PVSA certificate and a letter from the President of the United States. Package costs range from $2.00 to $4.75 each, depending on the items selected, plus shipping and handling.
President's Volunteer Service Awards
As a Certifying Organization of the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, Youth Service America distributes the PVSA to those who meet or exceed the award criteria. Established in 2003, the PVSA is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months.
The Starbucks Foundation awards grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve low income, at-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 18. These grants support innovative programs that enhance culture diversity and involve families, schools and neighborhood organizations, particularly in traditionally underserved communities. Grants are concentrated on two areas of interest: the Power of Literacy, which focuses on programs that stimulate personal development and encourage commitment to social equity, justice and environmental awareness through writing, literacy and the promotion of the voices of youth in public forums, and Leaders in Diversity, which focuses on programs that teach the value of societal diversity, with an emphasis on the development of leadership skills to build bridges of understanding between individuals, groups and communities. Preference is given to programs that offer opportunities for Starbucks employees and stores to be involved. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000.
State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants
Deadline: May 6
Are you looking for different ways to increase student engagement and motivation in your classroom? Increase academic achievement, workplace readiness, and stronger communities during the school year with up to a $5,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant. Educators from all fifty US states and D.C., and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Alberta are invited to apply. Each teacher awarded a grant will also receive a one-day professional development training in one of five cities around the country.
The Power of Children Awards
The Power of Children Awards: Making a Difference is an annual event intended to honor and further empower youth, in grades 6–11, who have made a significant impact on the lives of others, demonstrated selflessness, and exhibited a commitment to service and the betterment of society.
The Harris Wofford Award, presented by Youth Service America and proudly sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation, were established in 2002 to honor former Senator Harris Wofford, one of our nation's greatest public servants and long-time board member of Youth Service America. Following Wofford's goal of "making service and service-learning the common expectation and the common experience of every young person on America," the awards recognize extraordinary achievements in four categories: Youth, Organizations, Media, and Public Officials.
Youth Turn It Around Awards
Turn Adversity Into Action! Do you have a traffic adversity that you want to address, or have you had a tragedy occur that you want to prevent from happening again! Now middle school, high school, and college students can turn Adversity Into Action & register for the 2012 YOUTH-Turn It Around Awards contest! $9,000 will be awarded in CASH PRIZES! The first 20 teams to register receive a FREE YOUTH-Turn Bonus Toolkit!
All Program Related Grants
Campbell's: Labels for Education
The Campbell's, Inc. Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.
Additional Grant Resources
GrantStation - An online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the world. Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grant makers, as well as other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions.
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ENERGY STAR® Appliance Upgrade Program
Family and Consumer Education Teachers can apply to trade in your old refrigerator for a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator for your classroom! It can often make dollars and sense to replace an older appliance before the end of its useful life. Prior to 1990 many name brand refrigerators used vastly more electricity than current models.
Schools that participate in this effort will reap significant benefits, including the following:
- Access to new equipment for the classroom
- Opportunity to integrate hands-on learning about energy efficiency into the curriculum
- Opportunity to build a school-community connection
- Incentives for innovative teaching strategies
Go to the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) web site and click on ENERGY STAR Appliance Upgrade Program to find out more information.