Grants for Extracurricular Youth Activities







Are you a nonprofit, school, or other organization looking for funding for extracurricular activities for youth or sports and recreation?

Or, are you a small business or individual looking for funding for extracurricular activities for youth or sports?

Maybe you want to enhance learning, safety and health for youth; maybe you want to start a sports program; or maybe you need funding for classroom projects and field trips.

Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Under the Youth/Out-of-school Youth category, you will find grants and awards suitable for you. According to More4kids, extracurricular activities benefit high school students in the following ways:

  1. Learning Time Management and Prioritizing
  2. Getting Involved in Diverse Interests
  3. Learning About Long Term Commitments
  4. Making a Contribution
  5. Raises Self Esteem
  6. Building Solid Relationship Skills
  7. Looks Great on College Applications


Additional Benefits

In a 2005 study, it was found that participation in extracurricular activities was related to better academic, psychological, and behavioral adjustment among high-schoolers. In another 2008 study, it was found that participation in organized activities was associated with higher grades. In addition, the value of the school or perception of the school’s importance for the future was enhanced.  Also, self-esteem and resiliency were improved upon; and engagement in risky behaviors became less frequent.

Organized Activities As Contexts of Development

Here is a special read for professionals who administer extracurricular activities for youth and develop youth policy: Organized Activities As Contexts of Development: Extracurricular Activities, After School and Community Programs by Joseph L. Mahoney, Reed W. Larson, and Jacquelynne S. Eccles. It discusses how organized youth activities help develop a sense of emotional, social, and civic responsibilities.  The book explains how it allows young people to develop skills in competencies that are overlooked by schools.

If you’re a small business or individual interested in getting funding for extracurricular activities for high schoolers or out-of-school youth, check out the following MWBEzone categories:

Youth/Out-of-school Youth

Secondary Education

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Grants for Farming and Agriculture








Are you in agriculture and looking for the appropriate grants? Check out for grants in Farming/Agriculture. There, you’ll find grants and awards for conservation activities, agricultural techniques, and continued education.


Agriculture was a driving force of human civilization. It was and is the practice of cultivating animals, plants, and other products for food. Without safe and effective farming and agriculture, we would not have food on our dinner tables. According to the USDA, the number one crop in America is corn. This is followed by cotton and wool.

If you’re considering starting an agricultural business, MWBEzone is also the place to be. We get many calls from people wanting to start up farming or agricultural businesses. So, if you fall into that category, check out the grants and awards we have listed.




Grants and Awards

At, you will find relevant grants and awards for established agricultural organizations and startups. For example, here are some contracts available now:

Grants to Wyoming Agricultural Producers to Enhance Crop Production and Conserve Water

Deadline: 08/01/2016

Awards to Indiana Farmers for Outstanding Agricultural Techniques and Community Service

Deadline: 08/01/2016

Grants to Kentucky Individual Farmers for Resources and Continued Education in Agriculture

Deadline 1: 08/01/16; Deadline 2: 10/01/16; Deadline 3: 12/01/16; Deadline 4: 02/01/17

How to Get FREE Government Grant Money for Almost Anything

To learn more about how and where to apply for grants, check out How to Get FREE Government Grant Money for Almost Anything: How to get free government grants and money. This book explains that the US government gives what it calls $300 billion worth of free money to taxpaying citizens. In addition, it gives billions to private businesses and foundations. was originally intended for women and minorities. Today it now lists grants for both genders and all small businesses in conjunction with For a subscription to, check out the pricing and plans page. We recommend the one year subscription at $199 because it is the biggest bang for your buck.

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A Generous Individual Offers 3 Free Subscriptions











Pam Thomas, a generous individual of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is offering to sponsor three (3) free subscriptions to! She raised enough money, in a group effort at her church, The Rock Metropolitan Community Church. Each subscription is a $78 value for a 3-month subscription.


When asked why she chose to give something away, Pam answered that she sees a lot of poverty in Chattanooga. She noticed the costs to have access to grants and understood that people in inner city or rural areas may not have the funds for the service.

“They don’t have the opportunity to apply for grants and I want to help,” she said.

She sited that she sees a lot of homeless and disabled while volunteering at her local church. In fact, lists a related grant:

Intensive Business Course and Mentoring Program for USA Veterans with Disabilities

Deadline: Ongoing


Pam had been looking for opportunities to help her fellow man and met with her Mayor. She recited to the Mayor, the old adage,

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Particularly, Pam wants people to have funds to start a business. She thought would be the opportunity for that. does list grants for startups. Normally, you have to be a paid subscriber to do an advanced search for this, but we will link them here.


Pam wants to give her subscriptions to members of 3 specific groups:

  1. The LGBT community
  2. The African American community
  3. Veterans

Pam is a member of the LGBT community, herself.

She sees where the disparities are and admits, “There is not a lot of opportunity for LGBT individuals.”

She feels the same way about gangs. She identified the area surrounding her church in Chattanooga, as a poor African American neighborhood. They are riddled with gangs and feels that if an individual had an opportunity, they could lift themselves out of the environment.

Veterans have also proven to her to be a group in need, in Chattanooga. While volunteering for her church in the winter, she gave away winter products and hygiene products and noticed that a considerable portion of the homeless population were veterans. She also has a close friend who was a member of the army and has struggled to find work after leaving.

“This is a way to give back to veterans.” is meant for minority and female individuals. Pam did not want to exclude females from her offer. She said that women can be a part of any of those groups. Grants at are linked to So, a subscription at would enable you to apply for grants at

Pam’s offer is open until all three subscriptions are taken. If you’re in the Chattanooga or north Georgia area and interested in her offer, call our office at (561)249-4129.

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Rikki Techie Tavi

Technology has come a long way. In the past 30 years, I have seen the transition from VHS to DVD to streaming; the transition from audio cassette to CD to mp3; the transition from cordless phone to cell phone to smart phone. Don’t even mention the changes my parents have seen. But are all these changes good? Of course they are! They make our lives easier. has grants for technology.

Teaching and Technology

Teaching applies the use of innovative technology. While I was introduced to a MOS operating system to do math problems in the 2nd grade, 1st graders are now using portable devices to practice math. But is it better? Well…maybe, maybe not.

According to Carnegie Mellon University,

A tool (no matter how technologically advanced) is measured by when, where, why, and how it can be used.


In this day, let’s agree there are technological standards that must be met for anyone. Internet is a must. Most places of education or employment are enabled with online portals that allow students/parents or employees to communicate with educators or administrative staff. This means every home or person has to be equipped with a computer, at least.

Be the Hero

Just like Rikki Tikki Tavi saved his owners by ingenuity, you can be Rikki Techie Tavi and help a community by bringing technological advancements. Maybe you are a technology educator, an individual, or working on a technology project to better your community. You could get improved technology in your classroom, get support for your individual interests, or find funding for your project. Search on

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For example, here are some available grants:

Awards to USA High School Teachers and Advisers for Journalism, Media and Technology Education

Deadline: 07/09/2016

Grants to Canada Individuals and Production Companies to Create Digital Media Content

Deadline 1: 07/15/16; Deadline 2: 10/03/16

Grant to a Washington, DC Individual Youth for an Innovative Arts, Technology or Community Service Project

Deadline: 07/22/16

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Universities for Technical and Commercial Development Projects

Deadline 1: 07/13/16; Deadline 2: 02/15/17

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, Schools and Government Agencies to Install Solar Electricity

Deadline: 07/19/16













If you want to own the story of Rikki Tikki Tavi, check out Jerry Pinkney’s illustrations of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. It is a timeless masterpiece that has been passed down from generation to generation.












The Second Machine Age

Or, if you want to learn more about how technology causes reinvention in our lives and in our economy, read The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by  Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of MIT. The authors identify one strategy for survival among all the changes as reformulating education.

So, if you are working towards technological advancements for your educational system, community or the population at large, check out the available grants on

About the Author: Sabeen is currently an MPH student with a background in Mass Communications. She writes for and its affiliates.

Educational Grants for Minorities









With a 62.7% increase of minorities enrolled in 4-year universities, studies show minorities are still underrepresented in higher educational institutions. Grants are available at for individual minorities and on for IHE, Institutes for Higher Education looking to provide minority higher education programs to increase the involvement of minorities in higher education activities.

Minorities More Prominent

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the fall of 1998, 6,228,052 white students enrolled in 4-year universities compared to 1,983,275 minorities. Fast forward to the fall of 2008 when 7,269,860 white students enrolled in 4-year universities compared to 3,226,979 minorities. There was a 62.7% change from 1998 to 2008 among minorities enrolled in 4-year universities. This is a huge improvement.

Differences Are Still Apparent

Representative differences are still apparent. For instance, only 27% of the population enrolled in 4-year universities in the fall of 2008 were minorities compared to the 60% majority of white enrollees. Plus, research evidence points to the fact that minority, low-income, and first generation populations, are worried about acquiring debt through school.

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Grants are an award and are non-repayable. If you’re an IHE or an individual minority looking to fund your education, search for grants for higher education and for minorities at or

(We add new grants daily)

Higher Education and the Color Line

With grants like these, minorities can fulfill their dreams of higher education. Let’s raise the percentage of minorities enrolling in 4-year universities, together! To learn more about the political climate of education in America, read the following book: Higher Education and the Color Line: College Access, Racial Equity, and Social Change by Gary Orfield, Patricia Marin, and Catherine L. Horn. In this book, the authors discuss the racial conversion in higher education as well as basic occlusions that maintain racial hierarchy in postsecondary education.

MWBEzone and GrantWatch

Both are search engines that have categories for grants for minorities and women. There, you can find grants that fit under a variety of categories. If you’re an IHE looking to support the education of minorities and women, check it out!

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Marketing Grants for Small Businesses

Marketing your product is vital in the business world. At, you can find grants that help enhance the marketability of products or improve marketing strategies for businesses. is a site dedicated to minorities and women, especially those with small businesses, where you may search from hundreds of grants to select the right one for you.

MWBEzone advanced search for marketingMarketing 101

Sounds like a college class, right? Well, there are a few things your business can pick up from a marketing class. According to, there are two overseeing principles to marketing:

  1. Because you must reel in customers and keep them in order to grow, all of your codes and actions should be aimed at gratifying the needs of your customers.
  2.  Profitable sales are more valuable than maximum sales.

To successfully apply these principles, a business should do the following:

Conduct Market Research

Market research is most easily conducted through customer questionnaires. Questionnaires and surveys are used across the world by many different businesses.  Even industries like public health use surveys to discover problems in the delivery of healthcare. When conducting market research, be aware of the local economic climate and look into the market strategies of your competitors.

Develop A Market Strategy

A Marketing strategy focuses on a group of customers better served by you than by your competitors. The strategy should be directed to unmet customer needs with the most possible profitability.

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Complete Target Marketing

Target marketing is best suited for small businesses rather than large corporations. By focusing on a few key market segments, small investments can reap the most return. There are 2 types of segmentation used in target marketing:

  1. Local segmentation
  2. Consumer segmentation

Local segmentation is the specialization of serving a population within a certain geographical location. Consumer segmentation is the identification and targeting of a group of people most likely to buy your product. When considering consumer segmentation, think of the characteristics a person interested in your product would possess.

Identify A Market Mix

Every marketing program has the following four keys:

  1. Products and Services
  2. Promotion
  3. Price
  4. Distribution

Marketing Program

Together, all of the aforementioned elements create a marketing program. You can alter and apply them as you progress. As your data and results change, you must remember to adjust your business accordingly.

Free Marketing

For a cost-effective marketing lesson, check out the following book: Free Marketing: 101 Low and No-Cost Ways to Grow Your Business, Online and Off by Jim Cockrum. In this book, Mr. Cockrum gives small businesses more than 100 ideas to help bring in money, without a significant marketing budget.

So, if you’re a small business looking to grow your marketing sector, check out MWBEzone for grants for small businesses. Conduct an advanced search with the keyword “marketing” and check out all the results.

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Children Are Like Sponges – Early Development and Grants







You’ve probably heard “Children are like sponges.” According to Laura E. Berk, author of Exploring Lifespan Development, 3rd Edition, there is a surge in neuronal development between the ages of 2 and 6. During this age range, a child’s mind is like a sponge. If you’re a minority or woman who works in early childhood development, check out the grants available at You may find some Head Start grants that can be beneficial to you!

neuronal -Any of the impulse conducting cells that constitute the brain, spinal column, and nerves in vertebrates…

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start sponsors grants in multiple states for low-income children under the age of 3. And, according to the CDC: parents, health professionals, educators, and others play pivotal roles in the health and development of a child in the early years of his or her life. There are social, emotional and educational needs that must be met. Low-income children often-times are not able to attend pre-school.

Head Start and Early Head Start emphasizes the roles parents play in their children’s lives and engages parents in their children’s learning. Head Start also provides support to the parents by engaging them in their own educational and employment goals. So, if you’re a nonprofit with programs for low-income early childhood development and low-income employment services, take the first steps toward becoming like a Head Start agency. Grants are available at MWBEzone in all low income regions.  Here is a sample of these grant listings:

Grants to Hallandale Beach, Florida Public School Teachers to Improve Pre-K-12 Education

Deadline: 11/30/16

Grants to Broward County, Florida Teachers for Projects in STEM, Early Childhood Literacy, and Arts Education

Deadline: 11/30/16

Early Development

From the age of 2 to 6, a child’s mind is literally like a sponge soaking up all needed nutrients for proper development. At the same time, there is an understandable a growth in cognitive ability. According to the CDC, by age 3, children should show developments in social and emotional, language/communication, cognitive, and movement/physical areas. For example, a 3-year old should show a wide range of emotion; name most familiar things; work toys with buttons, levers and moving parts; and run easily.

What’s Going on in There?

If you’re more interested in learning about childhood development, check out the following book: What’s Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot. In the book, Eliot discusses what techniques are most effective at prompting cognitive development; how cognitive development differs based on gender; and how nutrition, stress, physical factors and social factors come together to make permanent marks on a child’s brain.


Remember if you are a for-profit to check out preschool early childhood grants at Non-profits should check out the preschool early childhood grants at for valuable grants for early childhood development. Find these grants by selecting “Children” in categories including your geographic focus and funding source.

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The Color Wheel vs Visual Spectrum – Artists Need Funding

I have been creating art competitively since I was a young girl. I am near 30 now and if you can believe it or not, it wasn’t until recently that I learned the artist’s color wheel! Shading came naturally to me as I studied realism. I never really thought about color. I just used black. This may be appalling to a skilled artist but I admit, I come from a formal science background. I learned white was the reflection of all the colors in the visual spectrum and black was the absorbance of all of them. If you’re an individual artist, check out grants at One of the most important parts of being an artist is being a business man or woman.


If you’ve studied physics too, you’re familiar with ROYGBIV. If you haven’t, this may sound like gibberish. ROYGBIV is an acronym for colors that are visible by the human eye: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Physicists look at color as reflections of high or low frequency light.  Reds and oranges are low frequency; blues and violets are high frequency. Infrared light is so low frequency, and Ultraviolet light is so high frequency, they exist outside the visual spectrum.

The Color Wheel

Artists look at colors as complementary or not. But, they too, acknowledge the visual spectrum. To put it simply, imagine what is known as “Indigo” on the electromagnetic spectrum is known as blue-violet. I recently learned that blue, yellow and red were artist’s primary colors. This means that no other colors can combine to make these colors. And confusingly, for physicists, primary colors are red, green and blue. These are defined as the colors which, when combined, reflect white. So naturally, then I learned the artist’s color wheel, I was befuddled.

For an artist, the secondary colors are orange, green, and violet. These are created when combining two primary colors. For a physicist, secondary colors are a combination of 2 primary colors, as well. It’s just, the colors that result are different: Red and green make yellow! Red and blue make magenta! And blue and green make cyan! For an artist, blue and green simply make blue-green. For physicists, colors are the reflection of light at wavelengths approximately from 400-700 nm.

Secret Language of Color

If you’d like to learn more about how color is viewed in this natural world, check out the following book: Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Violet. In this book, you will learn about the physical and chemical definition of color.

Shading and Tinting

I recently did an exercise where just by using the ARTIST’S primary colors, I created tinted and shaded colors. This means, I lightened or darkened the primary and secondary colors by adding white or adding complementary colors. Shading in the art world leads to brown, not black! As you recall, I was shading by adding black! This was a physicist’s way of thinking. The proper way of shading is to add the complementary color. So now, when I want to shade a large green leaf (my favorite subject is foliage), I will add red, not black.


As an artist who’s displayed at a handful of venues, I’ve also learned that every artist is their own business man or woman.  MWBEzone is particularly meant for minorities and women in business. If you’re an artist, check out MWBEzone for grants for individuals. There are numerous grants geared towards individual artists.

About the Author: Sabeen is currently an MPH student with a history in Mass Communications. She is currently writing for and its affiliates.