Got a “big idea” for character building? Clifford the Big Red Dog may have a community grant for you!

Clifford the Big Red Dog supports character education with his “Big Ideas” — principles like kindness, responsibility, and fairness.

Now Scholastic and the volunteering advocacy organization HandsOn Network are offering grants of between $1000 and $5000 for community projects that promote good character among kids.

Why not submit your idea? The application process is fairly short, and you never know! You could end up with the funds you need to complete that dream project you’d like to finally bring to fruition.

Last year, winners ranged in age from 17 to 70, and the grants supported projects like bringing dance classes to poor children, providing birthday parties for homeless kids, recycling crayons that would otherwise be thrown out by family restaurants, and providing free cell phones for homeless veterans. Visit the website for a slideshow of all the winners.

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