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Big Money Mondays

Every Monday LetMeThink4U will provide a list of funding and grant opportunities to assist small businesses. We all know that regardless of how great our ideas and business plans are, money makes it all a reality. We hope that these opportunities prove to be fruitful for you and your company,but LetMeThink4U has NO further information and does not endorse any of the below listed resources.

Miami-Dade County Mom and Pop 2012 Small Business Grant Program!
The Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program was created to provide financial and technical assistance to qualified for-profit small businesses that are approved for funding. Mom and Pop Grants are administered in collaboration with each Miami-Dade County Commissioner’s Office. Applications will be available in January 2012, with different dates for each commission district. Deadlines also vary according to commission district. Applications for Commissioner Jean Monestime’s District 2 office will open first on January 2nd and will be due on January 20th. For more information, please contact the Neighbors and Neighbors Association at 305-756-0605 or your respective commissioner’s office.



BoatUS Foundation 
Grants are available for innovative projects that promote safe and/or clean boating on local waterways. Applicants can include boating groups, clubs and associations, student groups, and local nonprofit organizations, including local chapters of national organizations. Deadline to apply: 1-4-2012



Lincoln Financial Group Foundation 
Grants support life-long learning with an emphasis on financial literacy and improving student achievement. There are four grant categories with different deadlines: Art, Education, Human Services, and Workforce and Economic Development. Funding is generally limited to primary business locations. Application form can be found online and must be submitted electronically.  Deadline to apply: 3-15-2012



KFC Colonel Scholars 
This program provides students with scholarship resources to attend an accredited public college within the state of their residence. The program accepts applications from U.S. high school students with entrepreneurial drive, strong perseverance, and demonstrated financial need, applying to study at an accredited public institution in the state where they reside. Award Ceiling: $5,000 per year for four years. The scholarship provides funding for tuition, fees, books, room, and board.  Deadline to apply: 2-8-2012



American Association of University Women (AAUW) 2012 – 2013 International Project Grants
The International Project Grants program supports community-based projects that benefit women and girls. Applicants must be former AAUW International Fellows who held Fellowship between 2001 and 2010 and are living and working in their home countries.  Deadline to apply: 1-15-2012



Federal Express (FedEx) Grants
FedEx grants support communities the company serves through financial contributions, in-kind shipping services and volunteer services of employees. FedEx has three core focus areas where it focuses funding: Emergency and Disaster Relief, Child Pedestrian Safety, and Environmental Sustainability. Only online applications are accepted from registered 501(c)(3) organizations. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Nonprofits are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply: 12-29-2021



Yum! Brands Foundation 
The Yum! Brands Foundation supports charities working in the areas of hunger relief, youth, and the arts through annual unrestricted and restricted grants. The foundation awards grants on a national basis and also has a generous employee-matching giving program. Eligibility, close dates, and award ceiling not specified.  Deadline to apply: 12-29-2021



Do Something Seed Grant
Do Something is a national nonprofit organization that inspires young people to believe that change is possible, and trains, funds, and mobilizes them to be leaders who work to strengthen their communities. Do Something Seed Grants are available to U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 25 or under, who want to create a community action project or further the success of an existing program. One grant is awarded each week. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Deadline to apply: 12-29-2021



Tourism Cares
This grant focuses on cultural, historical, and natural tourism-related sites around the world for projects to conserve, preserve, or restore the site, or educate visitors at the site. Requests may include brick-and-mortar capital improvement projects or educational programs that will enhance interpretation of the site. Application is a two step online process requiring a letter of inquiry. Nonprofit, tax-exempt public charities may apply. Deadline to apply: 3-1-2012



Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellowship Grants to Support Research in Entrepreneurship

Fellowships will be awarded to junior faculty in the United States who exhibit the potential to make significant contributions in the field of entrepreneurship research. Nominees must be tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education who are currently researching issues of theoretical and practical importance to the domain of entrepreneurship. nNominees must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2010. Deadline to apply: 1-23-2012

Coca-Cola Foundation The Coca-Cola Foundation support projects most relevant to local communities around the globe. Community support is concentrated in several priority areas: Water Stewardship, Healthy and Active Lifestyles, Community Recycling, and Education. HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs are also community priorities in Africa and Latin America. Eligible applicants include 501(c)3 non-profit organizations and 509(a) foundations. The Coca-Cola Foundation also provides funding for emergency relief. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.



Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab This funding is designed to nurture emerging independent film producers with project-specific support through labs, grants, and long-term advisor relationships. The program is designed to hone emerging producers’ creative instincts and further develop their communicating and problem-solving skills at all stages of realizing a project. To be eligible, candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film; must have a completed, legally-optioned, scripted narrative project in hand with a director attached to the project; may not be the writer or director of the submitted project; and must live in the United States. Deadline to apply: 2-10-2012



Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums These small grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, museums, and/or archives. Libraries, museums, institutions of higher education, and public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may apply.  Deadline to apply: 2-01-2012


Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership GrantsThese grants support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields.  Successful proposals will seek innovative responses to the challenge(s) identified in the proposals, and will have national impact.  Applications are accepted under four main categories: Advancing Digital Resources, Research, Demonstration, and Library Museum Collaboration. Applicants may choose to submit a Project Grant, Planning Grant, or National Forum Grant proposal in any of the above categories.  In 2012, a funding priority will be projects that promote early learning.  Libraries, museums, institutions of higher education, and public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may apply. Deadline to apply: 2-1-2012



Families USA Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice

This fellowship was created to inspire and develop the next generation of healthcare justice leaders. During the year-long program, the fellow will work on a variety of healthcare justice issues and develop an understanding of the federal legislation process. S/he also will be exposed to different advocacy strategies, including producing analytic reports, disseminating effective messages through the media, coalition building, and e-advocacy techniques. In order to be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Preference is given to applicants that have or will have received a college degree by August 2012. Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Award Ceiling: $38,000 along with healthcare benefits. Deadline to apply: 1-10-2012



EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) EPA will award grants that support activities designed to educate, empower, and enable communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits, federally recognized tribal governments, or tribal organizations. Deadline to apply: 2-29-2012



Oregon Small Business Funds The State of Oregon has several programs offering financial assistance to small business owners within the state.  The programs have different criteria, awards, and deadlines.



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