February, the Shortest Month but Historic For Sure

February may be the shortest month of the calendar year, but it is still very full with special days. These days include black history, historical events, and holidays. This chilly winter month is also full of romance, sports, and food.

Below is a sampling of the month in alphabetical order. In recognition of the month, GrantWatch is also going to mix and match dates with grants of interest for anyone who likes these topical dates.

Astronaut Alan Shepard hit three golf balls on the moon in 1971 (Feb 6)
  • Cooperative agreements to U.S. public IHEs in multiple states and territories for research related to space and aeronautics. The goal of the program is to develop research capabilities that will become nationally competitive and self-sustaining.
Bob Marley’s Birthday (Feb 6)
  • Grants to U.S. individuals in the arts or entertainment industry for urgent financial assistance. Funding is to help individuals in the entertainment or arts industries. For example, this includes authors, actors, singers, dancers, directors, producers, choreographers, musicians, artists and screenwriters.
Chinese Lunar New Year (Feb 1)
  • There are grants to U.S. universities, colleges, and nonprofit organizations for research and associated projects addressing American and Chinese relations. Funding is for proposals that address the future of China, challenges it will face, conflicts in East Asia, and the overall balance of power between America and China.
Darwin Day (Feb 12)
  • Grants to U.S. nonprofit and educational institutions for scientific research projects. For example, currently funded projects include those in the fields of neuroscience, genomics, immunology, microbiome, structural biology, cellular physiology, and more.
Ed Sullivan Show, 1964 the first USA appearance of “The Beatles” (Feb 6)
  • Funding to U.S. and territories artists and artist ensembles to participate in public performances, festivals, and presentations abroad. Eligible performances may be in the disciplines of dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.
France cedes Canada to England 1763 (Feb 10)
  • Grants to British Columbia nonprofits, groups, charitable organizations, and institutions in the Lower North Thompson Valley to establish goodwill between the local forest society and the local community. The forest society represents the area east of Barriere along Barriere Lakes Rd.
Groundhog Day (Feb 2)
  • There are also grants to U.S., Canada, and International organizations and individuals advocating and addressing the climate emergency. Funding is to support activist movements demanding change from governments.
Huckleberry Finn, published in 1885 (Feb 18)
  • Grants are available to U.S. writers for critical financial support during times of economic difficulty. Funding may assist professional journalists, poets, authors, translators, screenwriters, and playwrights based in the United States who can demonstrate how the funds will help them address an emergency situation.
Internment of Japanese Americans, in 1942 (Feb 19)
  • Fellowships to U.S. individual researchers to further Japanese studies throughout the country. The fellowship program is to support innovative research projects in subjects that include, but are not limited to, economics, sociology, political science, and international relations.
John Glenn, first US astronaut to orbit the moon, 1962 (Feb 20)
  • There are also grants of $500 to U.S. educators for classroom projects and lessons related to aviation. Eligible applicants are private, charter, and public school K-12 teachers, homeschooling cooperatives, and STEM coordinators. Grant funds may be used to defray the costs of transportation, field trips, materials, or to fund another type of project with an aviation or aerospace theme.
Kosovo Declares Independence 2008 (Feb 17)
Lincoln’s Birthday (Feb 12)
Marines raise the flag at Iwo Jima 1945 (Feb 23)
  • Grants to U.S. nonprofits to improve the lives of injured military veterans and their families. Funding is to support a range of services and programs including, but not limited to, therapeutic and recreational activities, career training and education, rehabilitation programs, shelters for the homeless, and the supply of mobility items.
NBC TV begins first nightly news broadcast in 1948 (Feb 16)
  • There are also grants to U.S. public television and radio stations and nonprofit organizations to facilitate multi-station partnerships, strategic alliances, and collaborations that will increase each station’s capacities and abilities.
Open a box of Crackerjacks and get a prize beginning 1913 (Feb 19)
  • Looking for funding for other snacks for children? GrantWatch has grants available to California school food authorities on behalf of elementary schools to provide students with fresh produce outside of mealtime. Priority will go to schools with the highest percentages of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals to the maximum extent practicable.
President’s Day (Feb 21)
  • Additionally, there are awards of $1,000 and one award of $10,000 to recognize U.S. K-12 American history teachers for excellence in educating students.
Queen Elizabeth II, becomes Queen, 1952 (Feb 8)
  • Scholarships of up to GBP 2,000 to students from Israel attending United Kingdom IHEs to advance their educational pursuits in any subject. Applicants must be accepted to a recognized school before submitting an application. Funding is intended to promote close collaboration between individuals from Israel and the UK.
Richard Nixon, first US President to visit China, 1972 (Feb 21)
  • Grants are also available to U.S. universities, colleges, and nonprofits for research and associated projects addressing American and Chinese relations. Funding is for proposals including, but not limited to those that address the future of China, challenges it will face, conflicts in East Asia, and the overall balance of power between America and China.
Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 6)
  • In addition, there are grants of up to $150 to U.S. families to increase access to youth sports programs. Funding is to provide scholarships for sports participation to children ages 4-18. The goal of the program is to encourage youth from income-restricted families to participate in multiple sports in order to develop well-rounded skills, physical conditioning, and diverse social connections.
Trans-Atlantic passenger service begins in 1958 (Feb 12)
  • There are also grants to U.S. small communities to improve air service provided by local airports. Specifically, funding is to assist airlines in providing services to underserved airports, including enhanced availability of services and decreased airfares.
Umbrella Day (Feb 10)
  • Grants to U.S. private sector entities for wide-scale projects and activities that will improve the environment. Funding is for projects focused on climate, clean energy, clean water, and cleaning up toxins and waste.
Valentine’s Day (Feb 14)
Women in Utah Territory win the right to vote in 1870 (Feb 12)
  • Grants to U.S. agencies, national laboratories, IHEs, research institutions, private corporations and organizations, and individuals for projects that increase the participation of underrepresented individuals and women in STEM fields. Specifically, funding is to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences.
X-ray first clinical use in North America, Montreal 1896 (Feb 3)
  • There are also grants to U.S. individuals to mitigate the financial burden of medical expenses. Funding is to alleviate financial pressure from families who are facing a disease or serious illness.
Yellowstone becomes the first National Park in 1872 (Feb 29)
Zombie Apocalypse, Nostradamus prediction for 2022 (Feb 21)
  • While thankfully we won’t have to worry about a zombie apocolypse any time soon, there are plenty of other disasters that we can benefit by being prepared. For this reason, there are grants to U.S., Canada, and International organizations and individuals for activities to reduce and eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons.
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