Sample GrantStation Insider – June 25, 2015
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Volume XIV | Issue 25
Support for Workers' Rights Efforts
General Service Foundation: Human Rights and Economic Justice
The General Service Foundation dedicates its resources to bringing about a more just and sustainable world. The Foundation’s Human Rights and Economic Justice program supports efforts that protect, promote, and create good jobs with living wages for workers, including low-wage workers, in the United States and Mexico so that people on both sides of the border can live and work in dignity. The program seeks to strengthen worker voices, promote public policies that protect labor rights, and democratize corporate power and promote corporate accountability. Priority is given to organizations that address needs identified by the underrepresented and low-income communities that are directly impacted, and that connect local and national level work. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 1, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and to submit an online letter of inquiry.
Economic Literacy Initiatives Funded
Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation
The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation is dedicated to the goal of increasing economic literacy throughout the United States. The Foundation provides grants to programs with national impact that address the following issues: raising the public’s participation in economic education and creating a demand for greater economic literacy; encouraging measurement of economic understanding; developing the application of new strategies for teaching economics, including online and web-based instruction; and helping disenfranchised youth or young adults with children learn to participate in the economic system. Requests from nonprofit organizations and educational institutions are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming application deadline is September 15, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application guidelines.
Grants Address Social Issues Worldwide
The goals of the Ford Foundation are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations worldwide that address the following social justice issues: Educational Opportunity and Scholarships; Democratic and Accountable Government; Economic Fairness; Freedom of Expression; Human Rights; Sustainable Development; Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Justice; and Metropolitan Opportunity. When assessing grant applications, the Foundation looks for long-term strategies, knowing that lasting social change requires decades of effort. Nonprofit organizations and international non-governmental organizations may submit online grant inquiries at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the specific initiatives listed under each of the issues and for more information about the grant application process.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs Supported
Children’s Obesity Fund
The Children’s Obesity Fund seeks to educate parents, teachers, and other caregivers about the rising obesity rates in America, reverse the statistics and dangerous trends, and help prevent the next generation from continuing down this alarmingly unhealthy road. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that share the Fund's goal of eliminating the epidemic of childhood obesity. The focus is on increasing awareness and understanding of how to raise healthy and happy children and make sure that ensuing generations are strong and live vital, active lives. Grant requests are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website to submit an online application form.
Funds for Health Projects in Iowa and Illinois
Telligen Community Initiative
The mission of the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) is to support innovative and forward looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being, and educational attainment. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies serving communities in Iowa, Illinois, and Oklahoma. TCI's funding priorities include the following: Health Innovation, Health for the Underserved, and Healthcare Workforce Development. The deadline for applicants in the states of Iowa and Illinois is August 4, 2015. (The deadline for Oklahoma applicants as a new state of focus for TCI was earlier in 2015.) Visit the TCI website to learn more about the funding priorities and application procedure.
Grants Promote Environmental Causes in the Southeast
Merck Family Fund
One of the Merck Family Fund’s goals is to restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four program areas: The Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing program supports the development of political and economic drivers at the federal and state level in the Northeast and Southeast to establish or expand carbon pricing mechanisms. The Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land program provides grants for land conservation efforts in the Southeast. The Urban Farming and Youth Leadership program supports initiatives in low-income urban areas in the Northeast that help young people to create urban farms and local markets. The Making Paper Production Sustainable program seeks to increase the rates of recycled paper in large paper sectors, reduce sourcing from endangered forests, and maximize clean production nationwide. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. The upcoming deadline for invited proposals is August 3, 2015. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the program areas.
Support for Health Care Initiatives in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Utah
Cambia Health Foundation
The Cambia Health Foundation is dedicated to creating a more person-focused and economically sustainable health care system. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations serving the residents of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, or Utah that address one of the following three program areas: Transforming Health Care, Children's Health, or Sojourns (palliative and end-of-life care). Requests are reviewed three times per year. The final 2015 deadline for letters of inquiry is August 14. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the guidelines for each program area. Application details are available on the Grant Application Center page.
Charitable Programs in Company Communities Funded
Gannett Foundation: Community Action Grant Program
The Gannett Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities where Gannett Co., Inc., owns a newspaper or broadcast station. The Foundation’s Community Action Grant Program’s priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Grants are generally in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Grant requests are considered twice each year; the upcoming postmark deadline is August 29, 2015, for most locations. (Some locations have earlier deadlines, which are listed on the Foundation’s contact page.) Proposals should be submitted to the local newspaper publisher or TV station general manager. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines and download the application form.
Funds Provided for Art Projects
National Endowment for the Arts
The Art Works program is funding projects that meet the highest standards of excellence, encourage public engagement with diverse and excellent art, promote lifelong learning in the arts, and work to strengthen communities through the arts. The application deadline is July 23, 2015.
Program Supports Rural Community Development
Department of Agriculture
The Rural Community Development Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to recipients in developing their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. The application deadline is August 13, 2015.
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