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2017 Dreamstarter Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Mentor Native American
Youth in Science and Environmental Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Running Strong for American Indian Youth

Conf. Date:

11/14/17

Deadline Date:

12/16/17 6:00 PM EST via electronic submission or postmarked by date

Description:

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Grants of $10,000 to teams of USA nonprofits and Native American youth for projects in the environmental and science fields. Sponsoring nonprofits will mentor one Native American youth through the process of completing the project. Proposals may include ideas that promote scientific or environmental preservation studies and efforts in the community. Examples include, but are not limited to workshops, environmental preservation efforts, and community classes.

Successful Dreamstarter Applicants will receive an “I am a Dreamstarter” Award of $500 after the successful completion of the grant period.

Each year, Dreamstarter 50x$10K grants will be awarded to projects addressing a different theme. The themes are:
Year 1 (2015-2016): Wellness
Year 2 (2016-2017): Arts & Culture
Year 3 (2017-2018): Education
Year 4 (2018-2019): Science & the Environment
Year 5 (2019-2020): Any of the above: Wellness, Arts & Culture, Education, and Environment

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166155

Number of Grants:

10

Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000 grant award from Running Strong for American Indian Youth to help make your dream come true.

An expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to participate in Dreamstarter Academy, learn how to tell your story, meet your fellow Dreamstarters and Billy Mills!

A “I am a Dreamstarter” $500 for the Applicant at the successful completion of the grant period.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

American Indian Youth Dreamstarters must:

- Be between the ages of 14 and 30 at the time of application deadline,
- Be an enrolled member of a current or terminated federal/state Indian Nation and able to provide documentation.
- Complete the application together with their Mentor Organization,
- Agree to be featured by name in photos, videos, and written stories on the Running Strong website and other materials;
- Participate in the four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program;
- Produce at least one video and 2 blog posts with photographs during the grant period, with the help of Running Strong staff;
- Provide monthly updates on the progress of the Dreamstarter project; and
- Complete a final report and evaluation with their Mentor Organization at the end of the project.

Dreamstarter Mentor Organizations must:

- Be a 501(c)3 or 7871 non-profit organization or school serving one or more American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian communities in the United States;
- Apply together with an eligible young American Indian Dreamstarter applicant;
- Assign a staff member to mentor the youth Dreamstarter participant throughout the grant period; including participation in the four-day Dreamstarter Academy training program;
- Agree to be featured by organization and staffer’s name in photos, videos, and written stories on the Running Strong website and other materials;
- Supervise and implement the Dreamstarter-funded project, including management of the $10,000 grant award;
- Assist the youth Dreamstarter participant in producing at least one video and 2 blog posts with photographs,
- Provide monthly updates on the progress of the Dreamstarter project; and
- Complete a final report and evaluation at the end of the project.

Projects that do not relate to the annual theme; individual scholarships; and projects that do not involve the input of Native youth are not eligible for Dreamstarter funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates for Dreamstarter Year 4: 2018-2019 (Science & the Environment):

- 10/14/17: Dreamstarter Year 4: Science & the Environment Applications open
- 11/14/17: Online question & answer chat with Running Strong Staff & past Dreamstarters
- 12/16/17: Complete Dreamstarter applications due by 6:00pm EST via email or postmarked by that date.
- 3/1/18: Successful applicants will be notified.
- 4/18: Dreamstarter Academy will be held during in Washington, DC. All successful applicants and their mentor from the organization must attend.
- 6/30/19: Projects must be completed.

FAQ: http://indianyouth.org/Dreamstarter/FAQ

How to apply: http://indianyouth.org/Dreamstarter/application

Eligibility: http://indianyouth.org/Dreamstarter/eligibility

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to:

Running Strong for American Indian Youth
8301 Richmond Highway, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22309
ATTN: Dreamstarters

Submit via e-mail to: Dreamstarter@indianyouth.org

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