Private Funder: Voya Foundation (formerly ING); Opportunity: 2016 Unsung Heroes;
Funding Focus: Education, innovation, children, youth; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: K-12 educators (all applicants must full-time employees at accredited K-12 public or private school); Funding: The program will award 100, $2,000 grants, with three top winners receiving additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 awards; Deadline: April 30.
Summary: This competition is to open later this year. The program recognizes K-12 educators for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Educators are invited to submit grant applications describing class projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system.
The Voya Foundation also operates a giving program for K-12 education. The foundation made about $2 million in awards last year. The foundation supports education initiatives in order to contribute to building an educated workforce and make an impact in reducing the dropout rate. A strong human capital pipeline is critical to the long-term success of Voya Financial, as well as to the nation’s competitiveness in a global economy, the foundation says. The Voya Run for Something Better Program, which supports school-based running programs, runs on a different funding track and can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/zporgbs
Info: http://tinyurl.com/odsjadb; questions, 507/931-1682 or 800/537-4180