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$250 Do Something Club Grants

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? Then apply for a Do Something Clubs Grant! We're giving out 5 grants worth $250 every single month.

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$500 Do Something Seed Grants

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?  We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU!

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Congressional Awards

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.

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Everyday Young Heroes

YSA features an Everyday Young Hero each week in the National Service Briefing.

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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.

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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.

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Project Yellow Light
Deadline: March 17, 2014

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits.  For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,00.  To compete for this scholarship you must put together a video designed to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. 

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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.

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Starbucks Foundation

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.

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State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants

Deadline: June 14

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 2013-2014 school year with a $1,500 State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant.  The grant requires a 14+ week Semester of Service™ starting in Fall 2013. 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.

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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.

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Wofford Awards

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.

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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!

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YSA Service Stars

Through the Get Ur Good On program, YSA also recognizes YSA Service Stars with awards, including concert tickets and meet-and-greets with celebrities. YSA Service Stars are chosen from PVSA recipients, Everyday Young Heroes, YSA grantees, and active members of the Get Ur Good On social network.

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Home Baking Association

Do you teach baking in a classroom or community program?  Start planning your entry for the 2014 Educator Award Contest and be eligible to win $1,000 and a trip to the 2014 Home Baking Association Annual Meeting. Entry deadline is March 31, 2014!

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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.

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Additional Grant Resources


An online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the world.  Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grantmakers, as well as other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions.


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