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Resource Bank - Grants and Awards

Catching the Dream

Catching the Dream (CTD) is a national Native American scholarship program providing support and financial resources to students in Indian Country. CTD actively seeks Native high school students with academic potential from all regions of the country and help prepare them for college.

CTD Scholarships are offered for the fall, summer, and spring semesters to recognize and reward outstanding student achievement. The application includes a letter of recommendation, essay, application form, and a scholarship search record (minimum requirement of 50 searches).

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Spring Semester/Winter Quarter Application Deadline: September 15, 2015

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (S-STEM) addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships, and to enhance and study effective curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions, collaborations of STEM faculty and educational and social science researchers, or partnerships among institutions of higher education and business and industry.

The program seeks:

  1. to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the STEM workforce or graduate study;
  2. improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and
  3. advance understanding of the factors or curricular and co-curricular activities affecting the success of low-income students.

The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and urban public and rural institutions.

Students who are interested in scholarships should contact their Institution's Office of Financial Aid to inquire about this and other scholarship opportunities. Students who are awarded S-STEM scholarships must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees.

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Notah Begay III Foundation

  1. Promising Program Grants: The purpose of the Promising Program Grant will be to partner with Native communities to support projects that strategically target childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention through existing youth focused physical activity and/or healthy nutrition programs. Grants will be awarded up to $40,000 each. Applications will be accepted from throughout the U.S. However preference will be given to grantees from three specific regions - the Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona), the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin) and the Southern Plains (Oklahoma, Texas).

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Nike N7 Foundation

  1. Nike N7 Fund
    The N7 Fund is committed to creating early positive experiences in sport and physical activity for Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America. Organizations that support Native American and Aboriginal communities through sport and physical activity programming for youth can apply.

    The N7 Fund grant cycle is now open. The application will be available until November 15, 2015, 11:59PM PST.

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Corporation for National and Community Service

Inter Tribal Sports VISTA Open Positions: VISTA Events Coordinator and VISTA Development/Volunteer Coordinator

Inter Tribal Sports is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of 20 tribes and tribal organizations based in Temecula, California. Our service area currently consists of the Native American population in San Diego and Riverside counties. ITS serves more than 1,200 youth through programs that promote physical activity, cultural awareness, sportsmanship, wellness, leadership, self-esteem, education, and delinquency prevention. Coed basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and flag football leagues are the foundation of the year-round programs, with additional enrichment and prevention activities provided through camps, group outings, cultural gatherings, leadership programs, and special events. Our mission is "Unifying tribal youth and communities through structured athletic programs, while providing necessary resources and developing a strong foundation in native culture, leadership, and wellness."

Open VISTA service positions:
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VISTA Development/Volunteer Coordinator Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov

Applications are due September 15, 2015.

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United States Department of Agriculture

  1. Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP)
    This program was designed to assist 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges) in building institutional research capacity through applied projects that address student educational needs and solve community, reservation or regional problems. Awards are to be made on the basis of a competitive review process. Collaboration with 1862 or 1890 Land Grant Institutions is a requirement. Eligible institutions may propose projects in any discipline of the food and agricultural sciences.

    Who Is Eligible to Apply
    • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
    • Other or Additional Information (See below)

    More Information on Eligibility
    Grant applications submitted under this program must certify that the research to be conducted will be performed in collaboration with at least one 1862 or 1890 Land-Grant college or university.

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Kellogg Foundation

  1. First Food Grants
    We support a broad-based approach to first food that seeks to accelerate a cultural shift in the acceptance of breastfeeding and recognition of its benefits to children and their mothers. Our approach emphasizes working with communities where health disparities are most prevalent, and where mothers and children will benefit the most from increased breastfeeding. By supporting community-based approaches to supporting breastfeeding moms, we help advocates learn what works in vulnerable communities.

    We support organizations that expand community supports for mothers and families, improve hospital and workplace environments to make breastfeeding easier, encourage new social norms for breastfeeding and strengthen the network of groups working together to increase breastfeeding rates. We invest in a number of national, state and local organizations across the United States and in tribal nations committed to supporting mothers who want to breastfeed. By funding local efforts, we improve breastfeeding rates in our priority places. And by seeding a national movement, advancing research and advocating for change, we create systems to support mothers in breastfeeding.

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Ventures Scholars Program

  1. The Ventures Scholars Program is a national membership program designed to help underrepresented and first-generation college-bound students interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers link to information, resources, and opportunities that will help them successfully pursue their career goals.

    The Program collaborates with colleges, universities, professional associations, and organizations nationwide (VSP Partners) and offers a variety of tools to link students to the partners' information, resources, and opportunities. The Program also invites parents/guardians and guidance counselors to receive these resources, too.

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Centers for Disease Control

  1. Funding Opportunity Announcement: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) - financed in part by Prevention and Public Health Funding.
    (DP14-1419PPHF14) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, or REACH, focuses on racial and ethnic communities experiencing health disparities. This 3-year, $35 million/year project will support policy, system, and environmental improvements in those communities to improve health and reduce health disparities. Awardees will include local governmental agencies, community based non-governmental organizations, American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Health Programs, and tribal and intertribal consortia. They will work to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities. An estimated 15 to 20 organizations will be funded for basic implementation activities to strengthen their infrastructure, activate coalitions and partners, and prepare and implement a focused community action plan. An additional 30 to 40 organizations will receive comprehensive awards to support immediate implementation of activities addressing an expanded scope of work to improve health and reduce health disparities. CDC Website Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov.

  2. Funding Opportunity Announcement: A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country - financed solely by Prevention and Public Health Funding.
    (DP14-1421PPHF14): A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country This 5-year, $14 million/year initiative aims to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and associated risk factors in American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages through a holistic approach to population health and wellness. The initiative will support efforts by American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages to implement a variety of effective community-chosen and culturally adapted policies, systems, and environmental changes. These changes will aim to reduce commercial tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition and physical activity, increase support for breastfeeding, increase health literacy, and strengthen team-based care and community-clinical links. Funds will support approximately 12 American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages directly and approximately 12 Tribal Organizations (one of each in each of 12 IHS administrative areas) to provide leadership, technical assistance, training, and resources to American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages within their IHS Administrative Areas. CDC website Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov.