The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy change and system reform. The foundation focuses on three program areas: Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Workers’ Rights. The Criminal Justice Program supports groups working to end over-incarceration of adult offenders in the United States, also aiming to reduce racial disparity. In particular, the Program makes grants to groups that are working on sentencing reform, primarily in the states. We seek to reduce lengths of criminal sentences through a range of reform efforts, including charging, sentencing and supervision policies and practices. Deadline is ongoing.
“Pot of Gold” is a joint funding initiative launched last year by UT, Knoxville (UTK); The Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) and the Institute for Agriculture (UTIA). Three, one-year grants of $10,000 each will support projects involving combinations of faculty members from UTK, GSM, and/or UTIA. The grant period runs from November 1, 2015 through October 31, 2016, with the possibility of a 6-month extension. Applications are due October 1, 2015.
Our Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education to fund individuals and groups for: high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research, collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff. Applications are reviewed three times per year in February, June and October. 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. Upcoming deadline to apply is October 15, 2015.
The University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications will sponsor its annual prize in public interest communications. Public interest communications is a growing discipline that uses science-based, strategic communications to drive positive social change on issues like education, better health and climate change. It draws principally on the disciplines of public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, sociology, communications, psychology, public health, and political science. The university will award a single $10,000 prize and two $1,500 prizes for research that informs and drives better practice in the field of public interest communications. Only completed research intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or research that has already appeared in a peer-reviewed journal may be submitted for the prize. Deadline to apply is November 6, 2015.
The Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards will award child care teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and on U.S. Miltary bases and installations around the world are invited to apply. Fifty teachers will be selected for their commitment and dedication to providing quality early care and education. Applicants must be teachers of infants, toddlers, or preschool-age children, and must work full time in a home, group, or center-based program. Award recipients receive $500-$1,000 for the teacher’s personal use and $500 to implement the project. Application deadline is January 4, 2016.