More Grants available for communities and non-profits

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Native Plant Education

Wild Ones, a nonprofit environmental education and advocacy organization, is accepting applications from projects that aim to enhance and develop an appreciation for nature among high school students using native plants. Through the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund, grants of up to $500 will be awarded for projects that emphasize the involvement of students and volunteers in all phases of development. Examples include the establishment of a native plant community in an educational setting such as an outdoor classroom, developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities, and/or developing a wetland area so as to study the effect of native vegetation on water-quality improvement.

STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics) Education

The Voya Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Voya Financial, works to ensure that youth are equipped with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) expertise and financial knowledge necessary to compete in the twenty-first century workforce and make smart financial decisions that lead to a secure retirement. To that end, Voya is accepting applications from organizations that provide innovative and experiential K-8 STEM learning opportunities that promote an early interest in STEM career fields and improve teachers' capabilities in STEM; or that provide financial education curriculum to grade 9-12 students focused on navigating major financial milestones such as student debt, credit, home ownership, financial products and services/financial capability, and family needs.

Grassroots Environmental Campaigns

Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in environmental work. The company's environmental grant program supports small, grassroots activist organizations that have provocative direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded in support of projects that are action-oriented, build public involvement and support, are focused on root causes, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term change.


The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses that seeks to protect threatened wild places in North America for their habitat and recreational values. As a group of outdoor industry companies, the alliance recognizes its responsibility to help protect the waterways and wildlands on which its customers recreate and wildlife thrives. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for projects that seek to secure permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific waterway or wildland. Priority will be given to landscape-scale projects that have a clear benefit for habitat. In addition, campaigns should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the effort and have a clear recreational benefit.


New Grants available for communities

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Global Learning Teacher Fellowships

The National Education Association Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 Global Learning Fellowship program. By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the skills needed to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age, and thus contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap. Through online courses and webinars, workshops, and a nine-day field study, the program offers educators twelve months of professional development opportunities as they cultivate global competence skills and build global lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world. Over the course of a year, fellows are supported by NEA Foundation staff, partners, and other field experts.


 Youth Service Micro-grants

The Karma for Cara Foundation promotes and supports youth voluntarism, k4C started a microgrant program in the fall of 2014 to encourage kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include but are not limited to turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter.
Farmers Markets

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grants are designed to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Businesses, cooperatives, economic development corporations, cities and counties are eligible for this opportunity.

Local Food Promotion

The Local Food Promotion Program offers grant funds with a 25% match to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by: developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises.


The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to provide service at the Broadband Grant Speed in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not currently exist. Grant funds may be used to: (1) deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses, (2) construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and (3) equip a community center that provides free access to service at the Broadband Grant Speed to community residents for at least two years. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for entities to serve all premises in eligible rural areas at the Broadband Grant Speed to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of broadband services as are available in urban and suburban communities.

Utah Tech Leaders Unite on Capital Hill to Advance Worforce Initiatives

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SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 30, 2017)— Less than a week after Gov. Herbert announced Talent Ready Utah in his State of the State address, Utah tech leaders joined legislators for Tech Day on the Hill to show their support for collaboration between industry, government and education. Today the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Women Tech Council and Silicon Slopes announced a partnership to unite technology workforce development efforts.

“Utah’s tech industry has pressing workforce challenges that need to be addressed,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “Formal partnerships with Women Tech Council and Silicon Slopes are an investment in the tech industry’s sustainable growth. We are grateful for their support and for our industry partners statewide.”

The three partners will continue to combine forces to find solutions that ensure Utah’s tech industry enjoys lasting success. GOED will partner with Silicon Slopes to form the Governor’s Tech Cooperative, directly engaging Gov. Herbert and other key stakeholders in discussion, promotion and action around technology workforce needs.

“Silicon Slopes exists to empower Utah’s tech community to learn, connect and serve,” said Clint Betts, executive director of Silicon Slopes. “We believe entrepreneurship is about giving as many chances as you take. We’re excited to continue working with GOED and Women Tech Council to grow Utah’s tech talent base and give every member of our community a chance to have their voices heard on Capitol Hill.”

Additionally, Women Tech Council will help lead Talent Ready Utah initiatives by leveraging and building sustainable programs that increase student STEM activation, technology career development, and attract and retain C-level and board-level female talent to Utah. The Women Tech Council has a history of providing successful programming to help drive these strategies across the state including SheTech, Women Innovators series, Women in Tech Corp Talent Development Forum, Women Tech Awards and the TechArt Hour of Code. This new partnership with GOED will continue to support and amplify Women Tech Council’s successful programs and meet the objectives of Talent Ready Utah.

“Economic growth in Utah and beyond requires successful programs that build the technology talent pool, create a more inclusive tech community and help make our workforce ready for the increasing number of technology jobs,” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council. “This partnership will enable these and other important programs to broaden and expand their impact, and help support a sustainable technology ecosystem to grow the industry, state and economy.”

The Utah STEM Action Center, Women Tech Council, Silicon Slopes and GOED hosted Tech Day on the Hill. Legislators, students and industry leaders participated in hands-on exhibits from 15 companies including Ancestry, Domo, Adobe, Pluralsight, IMFlash, eBay and Vivint Smart Home. The event highlighted the importance of industry-led involvement in Utah’s schools, including an upcoming computer science pathways initiative led by the STEM Action Center and Utah tech companies. The STEM Action Center continues to leverage several partnerships to increase the K-12 pipeline and contribute to tech workforce development.