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New Opportunities and Funding: April 1, 2015

Call for Chapter Proposals: Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities 

The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) seeks chapter proposals for a new volume, Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change, and Responsible Citizenship.

The editors of this volume are Dr. Krista M. Soria and Dr. Tania D. Mitchell (University of Minnesota). The text will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Chapters should be no more than 6,000 words and full chapters are due July 30, 2015.  Chapter proposals are due April 10, 2015.

 Chapter proposals are due April 10, 2015. 


J.M. Kaplan Fund Social Sector Innovation Prize

Through the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the foundation will award up to 10 prizes to U.S.,-based individuals and teams working to address the country’s most pressing needs through social sector innovation. The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, making a total award of up to $175,000. The prize will be awarded to projects or ideas that represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need; demonstrate an interdisciplinary or hybridized approach, ideally involving at least two of the four areas of interest described above; demonstrate the potential to use the prize to develop an actionable pilot or prototype; show scalable impact or impact beyond the initial pilot or prototype; and hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change. Finalists will be flown out to New York City in the fall to present their ideas to the trustees of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. First-round applications are due April 30, 2015. 


Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking to Fund Private-Public Partnerships in Wetlands Restoration

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $24.6 million for 24 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) proposals for U.S Standard Grants. The Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. Grant totals are considered on a project-by-project basis. Deadline varies.   


New Health Through Sports Award Offered by RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Sports Award recognizes the ways in which sports influence healthy change in communities by helping children maintain a healthy weight, creating safe play environments, encouraging positive behaviors, eliminating bullying, abuse and violence, and expanding opportunities for children living in poverty. Eligible applicants will be making communities healthier through sport in the following three categories:

  1. A professional sports team community relations department or foundation based in North America
  2. An individual athlete or professional coach’s foundation based in North America
  3. An organization in North America that is an influential leader and model for others

Each of the above categories will receive a $5,000 cash prize. RWJF’s new Sports Award will place a greater emphasis on collaboration across communities and sectors to build a Culture of Health, the Foundation’s core vision. Deadline to apply is May 13, 2o15. 


NEA Accepting Applications for Learning and Leadership Grants 

The National Education Association Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. Applicants must be public school educators in grades pre-K through 12, public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at a public institution of higher education. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2015. 


National Weather Association to Fund Education Outreach Grants

Teachers, program directors, school district supervisors and other individuals or groups proposing to improve the education of K-12 students in meteorology may submit an application. The program will award grants of up to $750 to help teachers purchase scientific materials for the classroom, school, or community; create school or community science outreach and education programs; enhance or expand existing meteorology/science education programs; and/or attend accredited courses, workshops, or conferences related to meteorology that will significantly enhance their teaching. Apply by June 1, 2015.


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