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New Opportunities and Funding: August 18, 2016

$2-5K Yelp Foundation: Local Community Grant Competition

The Yelp Foundation Gives Local (#YFGivesLocal) is a contest that encourages the public to vote for non-profits in their communities that support the Yelp Foundation’s mission of addressing the needs of local communities, including access to information, education, local economic development, and freedom of expression. In order to participate in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local contest, non-profits must nominate themselves by August 31st, 2016. Based on submissions, the Yelp Foundation Board will choose three organizations (“Finalists”) in each of its US Markets to advance to the voting portion of the contest.

Deadline: August 31, 2016


Russell Sage Foundation: Up to $150K for Future of Work Research

(note:  see also the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Work Program, Expiring 9/15/2016.)

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Future of Work program examines the causes and consequences of the deteriorating quality of low-wage jobs in the United States. Projects sponsored by the program have examined a wide range of causal factors, from foreign outsourcing and immigration to the decline of unions and technological change, that may have depressed wages of low-education workers. Current research under this program includes a new investigation to re-assess how minimum wage increases affect employment and the broader labor market; a new study of the extent of offshoring of production by U.S. firms and its impact on the economy; and a project that examines the role of job search behaviors on the employment and wage outcomes of women and minorities in the post-recessionary U.S. labor market, among others.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline Invited Proposal Deadline Funding Decision
September 9, 2016 (2pm EST) November 14, 2016 (2pm EST) March 2017
January 9, 2017 (2pm EST) March 13, 2017 (2pm EST) June 2017

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Seeks Proposals for Conservation and Community Partnerships Program

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) grants contribute to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests. Funded projects provide the science-based data and community engagement needed by resource professionals need to improve forest management and to assess conservation values at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities.

Deadline: October 10, 2016


$25K Impact Fund: Litigation to Advance Social Justice

The Impact Fund awards grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.

Deadline (Letters of Interest): October 11, 2016


Up to $5M for NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

The AISL program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments.

The AISL program supports seven types of projects: (1) Collaborative Planning, (2) Exploratory Pathways, (3) Research in Service to Practice, (4) Innovations in Development, (5) Broad Implementation, (6) Conferences, and (7) Informal STEM Learning Resource Center (FY 2016 only).

Proposal Deadline: November 8, 2016.


UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists: $2.5-$25K Giving Circle Grants

The UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists is accepting grant applications for its Giving Circle grants program. Students, faculty, staff, departments, and university-recognized student organizations from any University of Tennessee campus or unit may apply. Applicants may develop a new project or program which benefits their campus or expands upon an existing program. Winning initiatives will promote the spirit of the Alliance by providing opportunities which inspire leadership and collaboration within the UT community. Grants range from $2,500 to $25,000.

Funding MAY NOT be used for any of the following activities or expenditures:

  • General operating expenses or overhead, including faculty salaries
  • Grants to benefit only one individual
  • Endowment funding
  • Interim or bridge funding

Application Deadline:  November 11, 2016


$60K Multidisciplinary Doris Duke/ U. Chicago Doctoral Fellowships: Promotion of Child Well-Being

With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago offers these fellowships, designed to develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy that will improve the nation’s ability to enhance child development and prevent all forms of child maltreatment. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—but not limited to—social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology. In order to maximize the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, Chapin Hall is building a sustainable peer learning network among the fellows and mentors through a series of in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls, and social networking opportunities.

Deadline: December 1, 2016


$7-10K AAUW Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers Community Action Grants to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math.

One-Year Community Action Grants provide up to $7,000 for community-based projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls.

Two-Year Community Action Grants provide up to $10,000 in startup funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls.

Deadline: January 15, 2017


$7.5K Horowitz Foundation: Ph.D Student Grants for Social Policy Research

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences, which include psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, and political science.

Foundation awards grants of $7,500 — $5,000 at the start of the project and $2,500 at its completion — support Ph.D. dissertations that address contemporary issues in the social sciences at either the global or local level.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

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