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New Opportunities and Funding: May 31, 2016

Registration Open for the 2016 CUMU Annual Conference

This October, hundreds of attendees will converge on our nation’s capital to examine the biggest issues facing our urban campuses for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities’ annual conference, to be held October 23-25 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. 140+ presentation proposals have been submitted, several distinguished keynote speakers have been confirmed, including the largest number of community partners in CUMU’s history. Register by August 15 to receive early-bird discount.

NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The Noyce Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective K-12 STEM teachers, especially in high-need local educational agencies. The program offers four tracks:

  • Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track
  • Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track
  • Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track, and
  • Track 4: Noyce Research Track.

In addition, Capacity Building proposals are accepted from proposers intending to develop a future Track 1, 2, or 3 proposal. This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, K-12 Educators.  The total anticipated annual Noyce funding for up to 66 awards is $56,530,000. Application Deadline: September 6, 2016.

National Endowment for the Arts: Creative Placemaking Proposals for Our Town Grant Program

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide up to $200,000 for creative placemaking projects that deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. Our Town grants require partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Application deadline: September 12, 2016.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards

A single grant of $100,000 and two grants of $25,000 will be presented to recognize the creators and founders of social impact organizations that are working to improve the lives of women and children in the areas of health, education, social reform, and self-esteem. Self-nominations are welcome.  Organizations must be US-based and must provide programming for US-based recipients. Deadline: June 15, 2016.

Best Buy Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grants

The Best Buy Foundation will provide up to $10,000  to local and regional nonprofit and public organizations, including schools, that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.

Examples of program activities include:

  • Computer programming
  • Digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography)
  • Music production
  • Robotics
  • Gaming and mobile app development

Community Grants are designed to support local efforts and are reviewed for consideration by Best Buy teams across the nation. The average grant amount is $5,000 and will not exceed $10,000. Deadline: July 1, 2016.

Apply Now: Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows Program

Imagining America (IA) invites applications from graduate students whose community engagement, public scholarship, and/or creative art practice exist at the crossroads of democracy, citizenship education, and social change.  PAGE is IA’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. Awardees receive $300 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on October 5th and the 2016 IA national conference, October 6-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fellows may apply for additional modest travel support. Fellows also commit to participating in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects. Application deadline: June 1, 2016.

New course from AAAS Career Development Center: Engaging in Science Policy

This course introduces several opportunities for scientists to be engaged in the policymaking process and various levels of possible engagement, from what can be done in an hour to what can be done in a year or more.

Webinar: Building the Foundation – Applying Definition and Structure to Your Institution’s Economic Development Strategies

Co-hosted by the University Economic Development Association & the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, this interactive webinar will explore ideas for advancing university and and regional economic development efforts.

In this webinar, presenters will explain a conceptual framework published in Higher Education Engagement in Economic Development: Foundations for Strategy and Practice. The presentation will include an example of how one university used the Foundations to enhance the definition and structure of its economic engagement enterprise, followed by a discussion of how you might use it at your institution. It is hoped that this webinar will be the first of a new series. Registration is required.  Webinar date: June 9, 2016, 1:00-2:00pm Eastern U.S.