The Dannon Company has announced the opening of the sixth annual Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants program, which is designed to support programs that help children develop good life-long nutrition and exercise habits. Dannon will award grants of $30,000 to four non-profit organizations working to promote healthy eating and nutrition education for children in each of the four communities where a Dannon facility is located, including New York. To qualify for funding, an applicant must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and must already be engaged in a nutrition education program for children up to age 18, or be able to launch such an initiative in 2011. The application is due March 29, 2011. Complete program guidelines and application forms can be downloaded at the Dannon Company Web site http://dannon.com/ .
ING Run For Something Better, in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, has announced that it will provide a minimum of fifty grants of up to $2,500 each to U.S. public elementary and middle schools planning to establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one. Awards are available to programs with at least twenty-five kindergarten to eighth-grade students who have committed to participate. To be eligible, programs must be at least eight weeks in duration. Programs can take place in physical education class, during recess, before school, after school, or any combination of these, and may be facilitated by a physical education teacher, coach, classroom teacher, or school administrator. The application is due May 1, 2011. Visit the NASPE Web site for the complete school award program guidelines and application: http://www.ingrfsb.com/ .
The mission of BJ’s Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Funding goes to community organizations that provide services (in the form of hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care and education) to those in need in the 15 states where BJ’s Clubs are located. Educational support will be given to nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged and includes the purchase of supplies for literacy skills, mentoring, tutoring and career development. The deadline for submission is April 8, July 9 and October 8. The maximum award is $5,000 for new applicants. For additional information, visit: http://www.bjs.com/about/community/charity.shtml .
GTECH's After-School Advantage program provides state-of-the-art computer labs to organizations in inner-city communities. GTECH supports after-school programs by targeting disadvantaged youth and at-risk children aged 5-15 with multiple awards, ranging up to $15,000 each. Eligible applicants include nonprofits with existing after-school programs in need of a computer lab Awards include up to $15,000 worth of computers, online technology and computer software. More than 90 After School Advantage computer centers already are operating successfully since 1999. More than 20,000 children between the ages of 5-18 have gained access to computers. There is a rolling deadline for applications. Go to the GTECH website for guidelines and additional information: http://www.gtech.com/about_gtech/proposal_guidelines.asp.