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Lego Children’s Fund

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Lego Children’s Fund

The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. The primary areas the fund supports are: Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity; and Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities.  Each grant will be subject to a specified time frame for completion.



Grant Guidelines:

The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. We will give priority consideration to programs that both meet our goals and are supported in volunteer time and effort by our employees.

The Foundation awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code) including educational organizations as defined in USC 26 § 170 (C) with specific, identifiable needs primarily in these areas of support:

  • Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity
  • Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities

Grant-seekers must also be aware of what the LEGO Children’s Fund does not support as identified in the Areas of Exclusion.

Interested parties must complete an eligibility quiz, be approved and invited to submit a grant proposal as specified in our Application Procedures.

Grant Amounts:

There are no restrictions on grant amounts up to the quarterly allocation. Typical awards, however are between USD $500 and USD $5,000.

Funds not allocated in a given quarter will be available for grants in subsequent quarters.

Grant Time Limit:

Each grant will be subject to a specified time frame for completion. One appeal to this time frame may be requested due to mitigating circumstances.  This appeal will be to the Grant Administrator.

Geographic Limitations:

While our main interests are local, there are no restrictions based on geography. The LEGO Children’s Fund supports local and national programs in the United States.  Applications from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts may be given preferential consideration, as this is where we have established North American headquarters and where our employees live, but applications from other geographical areas will not be excluded.


“PALS” Grants Available to enhance K-5 Environmental Education

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

“PALS” Grants Available to enhance K-5 Environmental Education

NJSACC has been parterning with The Alliance for New Jersey For Environmental Education (ANNJEE) for the past 4 years-to increase the connection of youth to nature in T\the Garden State.  This is a great opportunity for your afterschool program to apply for this grant and partner with a local informal learning, nature based organization to
Celebrate  Afterschool: Outdoors in the Garden State

Read brelow about this great opportunity  for your program , funded by PSEG Foundation

Do you have a creative, viable idea for a partnership between non-formal environmental education providers and K-5 pre-service or practicing teachers?

Will your partnership result in authentic learning (“learning by doing”) for students, and increase the sustainability of New Jersey communities?

For the second year in a row, the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE), in partnership with the PSEG Foundation, will be providing competitive grants of $5,000-$15,000 to achieve this goal, through the PSEG-ANJEE Learners in Sustainability (PALS) program.

Eligible applicants may include: public, private and charter elementary schools; colleges and universities with teacher education programs; informal educational facilities and institutions, such as museums, nature centers and parks; after-school and early childhood education programs; and, business and government entities.







Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Has your message of community service and volunteering resonated with a young boy or girl in your program? If so, consider nominating him or her for Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. This year, Kohl’s will award more than 2,200 kids with over $440,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Among the requirements:

  • Nominees must be between the ages of 6 and 18, but not a high school graduate as of March 15.
    Nominees must be a legal U.S. resident of a state in which a Kohl’s store is located.
  • Nominees’ volunteer actions must be described in detail and should document efforts above and beyond what is expected for a child of his or her age.
  • The volunteer efforts must have occurred in the past year.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

For complete rules and prize information and to access the nomination form, go


“Speak Out & Listen Up!” Curriculum and Mini-grant Opportunity

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

2012 Semester of Service/Global Youth Service Day “Speak Out & Listen Up!” Curriculum and Mini-grant Opportunity  from NJ After 3

Thanks to the generous support of AT&T, thirty-five $200 mini-grants are available (on a first-come first-served basis) to purchase supplies needed for “Speak Out & Listen Up!” service learning projects.
Programs are also responsible for making copies of various handouts. To apply for a 2012 Semester of Service mini-grant please fill out the application:


What is “Speak Out & Listen Up!”?

“Speak Out & Listen Up!” is a 13-week curriculum during which students will explore ways that they can promote peace, hope and literacy. Students will engage in lessons that increase their sense of community and will plan service projects.

Main Components of “Speak Out & Listen Up!”

The curriculum will be provided free of charge and emailed in an electronic PDF form. All supplies necessary to the curriculum have to be purchased by the participating program. The mini-grant, if recieved, can be used to purchase supplies. Important details about your afterschool program’s participation in a “Speak Out & Listen Up!” Semester of Service are listed below.   

 Grade Levels:
The curriculum kits have four grade-appropriate versions: K – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th – 6th, and 7th – 8th. Each lession includes applicable English Language Arts Standards from the New Jersey Core Curriculum.

Start Date:
As soon as your program is accepted

End Date:
Projects should end with events during the week of Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2012.

Number of Sessions:
There are 13 sessions that occur between January 16th and April 20th. It is recommended that students meet once a week to work on the project. The curriculum schedule accommodates one week off for Spring break.

Who Leads? The site should designate an afterschool educator to lead the project in each class. If multiple classes will be participating, assign a single point person the responsibility of coordinating a large culminating event for all classes.

Events: There are two events your program should plan as part of “Speak Out & Listen Up!”:

  • Event 1:   On March 2, sites can host a reading event in recognition of Read Across America Day. The students participating in “Speak Out & Listen Up!” will help plan the event.
  • Event 2:   On/around April 20- 22 (Global Youth Service Day), your site will host a “Speak Out & Listen Up!” culminating event where students should showcase the projects they have completed.

Press & VIPs: Programs are encouraged to solicit press for their events, and invite local VIPs to attend.

Get Recognized! Classes are encouraged to submit their service projects to Students in Action New Jersey’s Make Service Count Challenge: Make Service Count Challenge Entry Form 

Be in the Loop! New Jersey After 3 suggests that every Site Coordinator read the entire curriculum before students begin the project.

Reporting: At the end of April, we ask that all programs complete a brief survey. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Disney Friends for Change Grants

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant to help make a lasting, positive change in the world.

What we’re looking for?  Projects that highlight the creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others.
The goal?  Showing how even small actions can add up to big changes.
Whether you are passionate about protecting the planet, providing meals to those who need it or giving kids just like you the resources they need to star in their own play, be an athlete or an artist, you can be a Friend for Change!  Whatever your interests, a Disney Friends for Change Grant can help you make a difference for people, communities and the planet.
Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant.Please note:

To be eligible to lead a Disney Friends for Change grant, you must be between the ages of 5 – 18.  Legally, if you are younger than 13, you must have someone older than 13 prepare and submit the application for you.

 Applications are due by midnight February 29th, ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply.

Deadline: Feb. 29, 2012.
Learn more.