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U.S. Department of Energy’s Conducts its 2018 Office of Indian Energy Program Review

December 10-14, 2018
Lakewood, Colorado
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, this annual Program Review provides the opportunity for Indian tribes to meet, learn from other Indian tribes that are pursuing energy self-sufficiency, and share in each other’s successes.
The 2018 Program Review features project status updates from tribes across the nation who are leveraging Office of Indian Energy grant funding to deploy energy technologies or initiate the first steps to energy development.
There is no registration fee, but advanced registration is required to ensure seating and availability of food.A block of rooms is available at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel. To book your room at the group rate, please visit the Sheraton Denver West Hotel website. Note that the discounted group rate is only available until Nov. 12, 2018.
For More Information
To register to attend, click here.  For more information, call (240) 562-1352 or email

USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap
USDA has unveiled a new webpage featuring the importance of rural e-connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America.

USDA has been investing in rural telecommunications infrastructure for decades, and our current programs offer more than $700 million per year for modern broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities.  In the coming months, USDA will almost double these longstanding programs with at least $600 million of additional funds for expanding rural broadband infrastructure in unserved rural areas and tribal lands.

For More Information
 For more information, visit the new web page: https://www.usda.gov/broadband.
Whole Kids Foundation Accepting Applications for School Garden Grant Program
Deadline: October 15, 2018
The Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with FoodCorps, is accepting applications for its School Garden Grant Program. The annual program supports school garden projects designed to help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness.
The program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden. To be eligible, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds with the goal of inspiring an interest in fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the applicant must have the support of a specific partner organization from the community (such as a nonprofit, a farm, a local business, a Whole Foods store, or a garden club) that provides added support and sustainability for the initiative.
Attend a Garden Grant Application Process Webinar for more information about the garden grant program and application process. Register here for either session:
  • September 6 at 1pm EST/12pm CST
  • October 4 at 4pm EST/3pm CST
For More Information
Visit the US Gardens Grant Program website, click here. Email grants@wholekidsfoundation.org with any other questions.
Home Depot Foundation Invites Applications for Community Impact Program
Deadline: December 31, 2018
The Home Depot Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that use volunteers to address the physical needs of their community.
Through its Community Impact Grants program, the foundation awards grants of up to $5,000  for projects that repair, modify, weatherize, or otherwise improve low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities.Grants are awarded in the form of Home Depot gift cards that can be used to purchase tools, materials, and services.
The program focuses on serving veterans within local communities and programs that support diverse and underserved communities. The program feels strongly about empowering volunteers to serve and give back to their community.
For More Information
For information, visit the Home Depot website.  If you have any questions, email THDF_CIG@homedepot.com.
The CLIF Bar Family Foundation Accepting Applications for their Small Grants Program
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Established in 2006, Clif Bar Family Foundation today supports hundreds of innovative small and mid-sized nonprofits working to strengthen our food system and communities, enhance public health, and safeguard our environment and natural resources.
 The Foundation awards small grants for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects that advance the Foundation’s priorities:
  • Protect Earth’s beauty and bounty
  • Create a robust, healthy food system
  • Increase opportunities for outdoor activity
  • Reduce environmental health hazards
  • Build stronger communities
Many of the Foundation’s priorities are deliberately interconnected. These connections enable us to achieve a core set of goals through numerous routes. By addressing one of our priorities, we can advance efforts in one or more of our other priority areas, leveraging the Foundation’s resources in the process. For example:
Preserving our wild, open places offers us opportunities for vigorous outdoor activity in clean air and water without leaving a large footprint on the land. Bike and pedestrian routes build stronger, healthier communities by creating more green jobs and reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions, and air pollution.
Amount: Grants average approximately $7,000 each.
For More Information
Visit the Clif Bar Family Foundation website, click here.
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The Booking Cares Fund champions non-profit sustainable travel projects which present new and unexpected solutions to re-imagine the industry. The Booking Cares Fund supports projects that strengthen local communities, preserve and promote local culture, help disperse tourism and protect natural resources.
Projects can come from and take place all over the world, for example, representing universities, non-profits, research institutes and governments. Those that present bold, ambitious plans to truly transform the travel industry will be invited to Amsterdam to develop their project plan with the support of Booking.com and have the chance to receive funding to fuel their progress over the course of the following year.
10-20 teams with innovative, extreme and ambitious ideas will be invited to take part in our assessment and project building days in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from December 4-7, 2018. Each team will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from Booking.com mentors and experts in order to further develop and perfect project plans. In addition to this, the programme will consist of talks on sustainable tourism, lessons on building a structure and plan around your ambitious idea, inspiration from successful ideas and include the opportunity to network with other like-minded innovators.
At the end of the programme, all teams will sit down for a private interview with the judges to give them the chance to share their vision, explain their plans and have their projects evaluated for a share of the fund. Following this, judges will be given some time to deliberate and select the projects that will be awarded grants. The Booking Cares Fund programme has been designed to provide ambitious non-profit ideas with support and expertise to turn visions into reality.

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SEALASKA Offers New Art and Museum Studies Scholarships for Alaska Native Students
Sealaska Heritage is offering three new scholarships in 2018 for art and museum studies students enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Through the program, SHI will offer scholarships to Alaska Natives attending either UAS or IAIA who are studying the following: Northwest Coast arts at UAS; studio arts or pursuing a bachelor of fine arts at IAIA; or museum studies at IAIA. The program is part of SHI’s goal to support a Northwest Coast arts associate degree or certificate at UAS and a studio arts and museum studies degree at IAIA.
For More Information
Contact Sealaska Heritage Institute at ( 907) 463-4844 or email

heritage@sealaska.com. For the application: Click here for application

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