Ray C. Anderson Foundation Issues RFP for $100,000 Grant to Help Reduce Global Warming

The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for a single $100,000 grant to fund work in the 2021 calendar year for a new or existing program that helps to reduce global warming, whether through direct carbon avoidance, climate communication, climate education, industry engagement, or other activity.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a private family foundation committed to advancing the legacy of its namesake by supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. Anderson’s five grandchildren, along with their spouses, comprise the foundation’s NextGen Committee, which makes recommendations to the board of trustees for worthwhile grants and initiatives.

In 2019, the NextGen committee awarded a $100,000 grant to the Inga Foundation for its “Land for Life” program, and in 2018 its awarded a $90,000 grant to Second Nature.

Grants are only awarded to 501(c)(3) charities in the United States.  Those interested in applying should visit the Anderson Foundation website to review the proposal guidelines.

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NIH Funding Opportunities

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U.S. Bank Welcomes Applications for Work Grants Program

U.S. Bank welcomes applications for its Work Grants program, which supports organizations and programs that help small businesses thrive, provide pathways to higher education, and enable people to gain greater financial literacy and succeed in the workforce.

To that end, grants are awarded in the following categories:

Workforce Grants — Grants will be awarded in support of organizations that provide training for small business development, as well as programs that support individuals across all skill and experience levels, with the aim of ensuring they have the skills needed to secure employment that supports them and their families. Examples of grant support include small business technical assistance programs and job-skills and career readiness training programs with comprehensive placement services for low- and moderate-income individuals entering or reentering the labor force.

Pathways for Educational Success — To address the growing need for postsecondary education in securing competitive jobs in the workplace, U.S. Bank supports organizations and programs that help low- and moderate-income and at-risk middle and high school students prepare for community college, university, trade, technical school, and career readiness programs, as well as programs and initiatives at postsecondary institutions that support access to career and educational opportunities for low- and moderate-income students.

Financial Well-Being — Programs that positively impact K-12 and college student financial literacy, adult and workforce financial literacy, senior financial fraud prevention, and/or military service member and veteran financial literacy.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a municipal entity.

See the U.S. Bank website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Mary Kay Foundation Invites Applications for Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program

Founded in 1996 by Mary Kay Ash, the Mary Kay Foundation is dedicated to eliminating cancers affecting women and stopping domestic violence, as well as breaking the silence and making a difference for these women and children.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program. Each October, the foundation observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by awarding grants to deserving women’s domestic violence shelters across the United States. In 2018, the foundation awarded $3 million in grants to more than one hundred and fifty women’s shelters.

Through the program, the foundation awards funding to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state. Any remaining funds are distributed based on state population.

See the Mary Kay Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous recipients.

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Pulitzer Center Announces New Grant for Innovative Coronavirus Reporting Collaborations

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a nonprofit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking proposals focused on innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders.

At a time of scarce media resources, the coronavirus story challenges newsrooms to find creative ways to bring accurate, compelling, and timely information to their readers. To that end, the center seeks strong proposals that involve a strategic and concerted effort by multiple journalists and/or newsrooms to pursue a reporting project together, leveraging resources, expertise, and publication platforms.

In addition to a strong collaboration component for reporting and publication, the center encourages proposals that are focused on systemic, underreported issues underlying the coronavirus crisis; use data-driven and/or interdisciplinary approaches to reporting on coronavirus; and hold the powerful accountable.

Applicants will be asked to provide a description of the proposed project, including distribution/publication plan; a description of methodology (including who has agreed to take part in the collaboration; who will coordinate the effort; what resources will be shared across teams/newsrooms; what outputs are expected; and timeline); a preliminary budget estimate; three examples (links) of published work by the applicant (or someone on the project team); three professional references; and a copy of the applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae. (Note: only one project proposal per team.)

The opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad.

The center will select multiple project proposals for support in 2020 and will consider projects of any scope and size.  Please choose a team leader to submit the proposal.

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, rolling basis.

For additional information, see the Pulitzer Center website.

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MIT Solve Invites Proposals for Health Security & Pandemics Challenge

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza. While scientists and drug developers, with support from governments and multilateral organizations, have been rushing to produce, test, and deliver vaccines and treatments, tech innovators also have a crucial role to play, both in the near term and to prevent and mitigate future disease outbreaks.

In the near term, the world needs improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve, through its Health Security & Pandemics Challenge, is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak — for example, by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that protect health workers.

At the same time, the global community cannot only respond to disease outbreaks reactively. Climate change and globalization leave us ever more vulnerable to future epidemics and pandemics, and it’s critical to be prepared. For that reason (and others), Solve is seeking solutions focused on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.

All solutions selected for this global challenge will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at the Solve Challenge Finals during the meeting of UN General Assembly in New York City on September 20, 2020.

For more details on the Health Security & Pandemics Challenge, see the MIT Solve website.

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Toshiba America Invites Applications for Grade 6-12 Science Projects

The Toshiba America Foundation is accepting grant applications from grade 6-12 teachers for innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects.

Through the program, grants of at least $5,000 will be awarded to teacher-led projects with the potential to provide students with opportunities to “do science” in ways that increase their engagement with the subject matter and improve their learning. The foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms.

(Note: the foundation supports project-based learning and does not consider requests for computers, laptops, or tablets.0

For complete program guidelines, information about past recipients, and application instructions, see the Toshiba America Foundation website.

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