Voya Unsung Heroes Competition Now Open

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.

Other Grants

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

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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