Funder: NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation (formerly the NASDAQ Stock Marked Educational Foundation); Program: Education grants; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits, schools and colleges; Funding: Up to $265,000 each (the foundation distributed $9 million in grants last year; Deadlines: TBA, the competition is to open soon; last year’s LOI deadline was Aug. 1.
Summary: Awards help high school students learn how the financial markets work. The grants support programs which teach students about capital formation, financial markets, and entrepreneurship through innovative educational programs. The foundation is especially interested in projects which promote classroom and extracurricular financial markets literacy programs at the high school, college, and university levels. Programs targeting teacher training and professional development for adults are also eligible for support. In addition to the Educational Projects or Programs category, grants are provided for research, fellowships, and curriculum development at the university level.
Youth/education groups have benefited; Mentoring USA, New York City, won a $25,000 grants for a youth development program and the foundation has supported the Fund for Teachers, which provides professional development grants for pre-K-12 grade educators.