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New Opportunities and Funding: April 7, 2015

Aetna Foundation GoLocal Grants  for Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Farmers Markets

The Aetna Foundation is accepting applications for GoLocal: Cultivating Communities 2015 grant program. Through their Local Roots grant program, the foundation seeks to fund the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets in underserved, low-income and minority communities. Projects must also include one or more of the following: (1)Nutrition education or cooking classes focused on the health benefits of fresh produce, (2) Growth or distribution of produce that reflects the food traditions of the target area, (3) Opportunities to learn job skills or entrepreneurship within the context of gardens, farms or farmers markets or (4) Opportunities for community service or volunteer work with the project. Grant awards will be a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $50,000 over two years. Applications are due by May 6, 2015.


Department of State Offering English Access Microscholarship Program

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged 13- to 20-year-olds worldwide through after school classes and intensive sessions in their countries. Access programs expose students to U.S. culture and democratic values, improve the students’ potential to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and increase their chances of competing for and participating in future U.S. exchange and study programs. The program will also support programming for alumni, teachers, directors, administrators and ministry officials that can be conducted in-country, in the region or in the U.S.  Grant ceiling is $25,000,000. Deadline to apply is May 15, 2015. 


Russell Sage Foundation: Future of Work Research Projects

The Foundation is interested in research that examines the causes and consequences of the declining economic fortunes and stagnant wages of many U.S. workers, and their effects on workers and their families. The foundation seeks research proposals that broaden understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of American workers. The foundation is looking for proposals with a well-developed conceptual framework and research design, preferably with methodological variety. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. All applications should limit budget requests for no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project, including overhead (F&A). All potential projects must be preceded by a letter of inquiry.
For Funding Decision in November, 2015: Deadline to submit inquiries is June 1, 2015. Invited Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2015.


Russell Sage Foundation: Cultural Contact Program Grants

The Foundation’s Cultural Contact program is concerned with understanding and improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other key institutional settings. Founded in 1992, the program has examined the effectiveness of diversity training and affirmative action in work places and on college campuses. It has also sponsored a series of working groups looking at how the American legal, education, and health care systems are responding to increased ethnic and cultural diversity. The current working groups address two new areas: the interaction between police and minorities, and the cultural frictions between immigrants and local residents in new areas of immigrant settlement. All applications should limit budget requests for no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project, including overhead (F&A).  All potential projects must be preceded by a letter of inquiry.
For Funding Decision in November, 2015: Deadline to submit inquiries is June 1, 2015.  Invited Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2015.


Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration Program Grants

Since 1991, the Foundation’s Immigration program has looked beyond the immediate costs and benefits of immigration to the United States to examine how well immigrants and their children are adapting socially, politically, and economically. To assess the long-range progress of today’s immigrants, the program sponsored three large-scale surveys of second-generation immigrants to address a series of questions, including English proficiency, job history, and marriage patterns. Currently, the program has turned to two new areas of research: one on the entry of immigrants into the civic and political life of the nation, and another exploring how immigrants fare as they settle in new destinations outside traditional gateway cities. All applications should limit budget requests for no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project, including overhead (F&A). All potential projects must be preceded by a letter of inquiry.
For Funding Decision in November, 2015: Deadline to submit inquiries is June 1, 2015.  Invited Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2015.


Russell Sage Foundation: Social Inequality Program Grants

Since 2001, the Foundation’s Social Inequality program has examined the social and political consequences of rising economic inequality. The program has investigated a variety of areas of social life, from education and health care to intergenerational mobility, to determine whether the increasing financial gap between the rich and poor has also exacerbated social inequalities of the kind that amplify and entrench economic differences. Recently, the program has turned to in-depth examinations of two key institutions the United States relies on to counteract market-driven inequality: public education and the democratic electoral system. All applications should limit budget requests for no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project, including overhead (F&A).  All potential projects must be preceded by a letter of inquiry.
For Funding Decision in November, 2015: Deadline to submit inquiries is June 1, 2015.  Invited Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2015.


Call for Manuscripts: Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal, free to all readers, published semiannually in November and May. Many people recognize that holistic thinking and inclusive participation are required to generate effective solutions for our complex and critical challenges. IJPS believes that the partnership paradigm can help people fashion innovative solutions by fostering new ways of thinking. This journal encourages similar thinking from all disciplines, and invites both scholars and activists to contribute to the advancement of partnership knowledge. Manuscripts are due by August 1, 2015.


Quality of Life Grants to Benefit Older and Disabled Community

The Christopher and Dane Reeves Foundation is supporting a Quality of Life grant program, that strives to empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations that improve quality of life through inclusion, access, independence, opportunities for community engagement, and other life-enhancing endeavors. QoL grants fund a wide array of programs that are organized in three key thematic areas: (1) Actively Achieving, (2) Bridging Barriers, or (3) Caring and Coping. The Reeve Foundation awards Quality of Life grants up to $25,000 to organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis. The Foundation gives special consideration to organizations that serve returning wounded military and their families, and to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities. Deadline to apply is August 3, 2015. 


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