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The National Forest Foundation (NFF), chartered by Congress, engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 192 million acre National Forest System, and accepts and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests.  The NFF funds action-oriented projects that enhance the viability of natural resources while considering the benefits to, and the involvement of, surrounding communities.  Projects address NFF’s four programmatic priorities – community-based forest stewardship, watershed health and restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, and recreation. In 2005, the NFF will accept applications from non-governmental, nonprofit organizations to accomplish ecosystem restoration-related work in Congressionally designated Forest Service Wilderness Areas.  Community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, Resource Conservation and Development Districts, Native American tribes and educational institutions, especially those with a focus on wilderness areas, are eligible to apply.

For more information go to www.natlforests.org     Applications are due March 4, 2005.


 Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse

The purpose of the Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse program is to provide resources for local educational agencies to develop and implement innovative and effective alcohol abuse prevention programs for secondary school students. Applications from rural and low-income applicants will be read and scored separately and up to 25 percent of the available funds will be reserved for awards to these local educational agencies.  To make the application process for grants more user-friendly; particularly for rural and low-income local educational agencies, we have (1) decreased the number of elements under the selection criteria thereby decreasing the application burden; (2) provided two sources of technical assistance to help applicants prepare their application; and (3) now read and score rural and low income applicants in a separate pool. 

For more information go to www.ed.gov   Application deadline is March 28, 2005.


U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans - Link to ED.gov Home Page


The Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program promotes comprehensive local strategies to improve student reading achievement by improving school library services and resources. The LSL program is one component of the Department's commitment to dramatically improve student achievement by focusing available resources, including those of school library media centers, on reading achievement.  Only local education agencies in which at least 20.00 percent of students served are from families with incomes below the poverty line are eligible to apply.  Eligible counties in southwest Virginia include Lee, Wise, Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell. 

For more information go to www.ed.gov  Application deadline is March 14, 2005.


Dollar General Literacy Foundation


Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has increased the functional literacy of adults by providing grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.  The Dollar General Literacy Foundation accepts proposals from non-profit literacy providers on an annual basis. The Foundation's next submission deadline is April 8, 2005.   For more information go to www.dollargeneral.com


The Virginia Mini-Grant Program supports community-based efforts to strengthen environmental education and to promote stewardship of Virginia's waterways. These are intended to be one-time, start-up grants, and preference is given to modest local projects. Public and private schools (K-12) and nongovernmental, nonprofit community organizations in Virginia are eligible. 

For more information go to www.vee.org   Applications are due June 15, 2005.



Established in 1978, the Acorn Foundation supports projects dedicated to building a sustainable future for the planet and to restoring a healthy global environment.  The Acorn Foundation is particularly interested in small and innovative community-based projects which:

bullet Preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife;
bullet Advocate for environmental justice, particularly in low-income and indigenous communities; and
bullet Prevent or remedy toxic pollution.

For more information go to www.commoncounsel.org     

Due June 15, 2005

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