Foundation Funding

Foundation Sets 2018 Deadline

Through its three funding programs, the foundation supports projects with the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life of children from birth to age five. Early childhood welfare funding supports programs that research best child-rearing practices and identify models that provide environments that ensure all children thrive. Early childhood education and play grants improve the quality of early childhood teaching and learning through the development of resources and learning environments. Parenting education grantees teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet.

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Program Has Five Funding Focuses

The program has the following focus areas to: (1) to protect earth's beauty and bounty; (2) create a robust, healthy food system; (3) increase opportunities for outdoor activity; (4) reduce environmental health hazards; and (5) build stronger communities. Preferences include those offering clearly defined objectives and viable plans and operating at the community level with strong community ties.

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$50K Awards to Go for Conferences

The Spencer Foundation invests in research to improve the nationís education system. The conference grants support efforts to bring together scholars to devise ways to enhance U.S. education methods. The conferences will encourage collaboration within the educational research community.

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Grants to Assist Individuals with Disabilities

The program assists agencies in their work to integrate people with disabilities into the whole of society. Grants may be used for a specific program, project or general operating expenses if related to a specific program or project, in furtherance of providing advocacy, education, vocational, or other areas of particular interest, including full scale legal representation where there currently is a void for this population.

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Fellows to Guide Justice Debate

The program supports outstanding individuals working to implement innovative projects that advance reform and spur debate on a range of criminal justice issues. These fellowships are part of a larger effort at the foundation to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies that rely too much on incarceration and harsh punishment.

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Foundation Offers Multiple Deadlines

The foundation seeks to close the achievement/opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty. About 11% of Stage 1 applications result in funding. Approximately 23% of Stage 1 applicants are invited to continue to Stage 2 and approximately 50% of all Stage 2 submissions are funded.

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Council to Determine Winners

The program supports research to improve concrete materials, construction and structures. The CRC will make funding decisions. Those with industry partners and offering project cost sharing funds receive preference.

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Nonprofits, Schools Can Apply for Awards

The program supports high quality, public skateparks in low-income areas. Only organizations seeking to build free, public skateparks in low-income communities may apply for a grant.

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Foundation to Scale Proven Solutions

The program supports evidence-based solutions addressing housing security, social connections, income security or food security needs of low-income and vulnerable older adults. Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Nonprofits are encouraged to submit an application, which offers general organizational information and contains a list of basic information about how the current intervention aligns with AARP Foundationís mission and strategic objectives.

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Foundation Seeks Innovative Ideas

The foundation supports nonprofits committed to strengthening their communities. In general, it considers program support for organizations that explicitly state their intended impact, have a proven record of accomplishing their goals and demonstrate financial stability.

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Proposals Due Nov. 14

These undergraduate scholarships are intended to cover a significant share of a student's educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, books and fees. Applicants may choose any area of study. Those receiving scholarships will receive personal assistance on applying for student aid and weathering the transition from high school to higher education.

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Proposals Due in January, August

The foundation provides grants to nonprofits committed to helping disadvantaged populations and underserved communities in three funding areas: (1) youth and children development; (2) community development; and (3) health care.

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Awards up to $75K Available

The foundation supports K-12 education with a specific focus on STEM subjects, in addition to the environment. Job training and literacy proposals also will be considered. The aim is to reward programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives.

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Teams to Devise Solutions

The program provides high school students with the opportunity to cultivate their creativity and to experience invention. InvenTeams are comprised of high school students, teachers and mentors who invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

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Guidelines to be Available by Oct. 13

The foundationsí giving seeks to create vibrant communities whose skillful collaborations assure just and ecologically robust outcomes for present and future generations.

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Professionals to Receive Learning Experiences

The program provides midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy with the nationís most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science and policy in Washington, D.C. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy.

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Online Application Starts Process

A grocery store chain focuses giving on strengthening neighborhoods where it has a presence. To apply for a grant, applicants must complete an online application. The online system will triage the requests and send them to the appropriate geographic team for consideration.

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Competition to Advance Epilepsy Technologies

The program will recognize the most innovative ideas in epilepsy and seizure treatment and care. Grantees will use the funds to develop important new products, technologies or therapeutic concepts.

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Letters of Intent Due Feb. 15

The foundations focus their grant programs on private higher and K-12 education, with a special focus on interfaith partnerships. They currently are accepting letters of intent for three funding programs.

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Home Improvement Company to Award $5K Grants

The program supports the renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting, accessibility modifications and weatherization of existing homes, centers, schools and other similar facilities. The ultimate goal is to improve communities where Home Depot has a presence.

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Fellows to Conduct Cancer Research

Fellows use these funds to hone their skills while conducting innovative cancer research with mentors at top universities and center. Applicants can propose to research various types of cancer research, including causes, therapies and prevention.

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Applicants Start Process with Letter of Inquiry

The foundation focuses its grant programs on social science research. The foundation is seeking letters of inquiry for three endeavors.

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Teachers to Integrate Arts into Programming

Through its Teacher Art Grants, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation offers awards up to $1,000 for pre-K-12 teachers to integrate the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways.

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Networks to Enhance Research

The program advances research and education endeavors by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational and geographic boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations and address interdisciplinary topics.

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Nonprofits to Conduct Outreach

The foundation awards grants to nonprofits for pro bono financial advice and community outreach activities. The proposed programs must provide one-on-one sessions between underserved populations and pro bono financial planners and practitioners.

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Foundation Sets Fall Deadline

These funds support school improvement projects at K-12 public schools, with priority going to projects providing basic necessities and permanent impact, such as facility enhancement and landscaping/cleanup. Projects with parent involvement and other community partners are encouraged. Sample project ideas include: reading and vegetable gardens; physical fitness areas; school nature trails; parent involvement centers; peer tutoring centers; and rotating student art exhibits.

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STEM Efforts to Receive Priority

The foundation focuses giving on K-12 programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of children and youth. Priority is given to efforts that focus on science, math and music, including tutoring; and arts education programs. Applicants can expect a funding decision within 90 days of submission.

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Addiction Services to See Enhancements

The program supports improvements in alcohol addiction prevention services through increasing treatment options, elevating awareness and facilitating access.

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Nonprofits, Schools to Submit Proposals by Oct. 31

The program helps schools grow students' relationships with food through gardening. FoodCorps helps administer the grant program and provides mentorship services and other resources to grantees. The nonprofit national service organization seeks to reverse childhood obesity by increasing children's knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food.

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Foundation Sets 2018 Deadlines

The program supports research projects on sustainable solid waste management practices. Topics include: waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses; and landfilling. In addition to research, applicants can use the funds for economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory and policy analysis. Some proposal ideas require pre-approval prior to submitting a pre-proposal. The grant guidance offers full details on this process, including submission of ideas for pre-approval.

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Local Offices to Handle Grantmaking

The foundation focuses on creating educated, healthy and financially secure communities where it conducts business. Each office handles its own grantmaking, so nonprofits located in these areas can direct queries to the local office. Applications for foundation grants are reviewed upon receipt by local committee representatives.

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Teachers to Receive Experiences

The program supports nonprofits to provide summer professional development opportunities for current teachers. The grantees will: provide teachers with engaging hands-on environmental education experiences with a cohort of other teachers; and include networking and follow-up activities to support teachers in building their skills and bringing innovative and inspiring environmental stewardship education back to their classrooms in the fall.

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Schools, Nonprofits to Benefit from Foundation

The foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs. These items are lightly used, blemished or otherwise imperfect and have been collected from manufacturers and retailers. Descriptions regarding the specific imperfections of each instrument will be available to selected programs.

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Investigations to Uncover Effects of Alcohol Consumption

The program supports research on the effects of alcohol consumption on health and behavior. The foundation encourages basic and clinical research, including epidemiology. The foundation does not support research on treatment of the complications of advanced alcoholism.

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Grants to Promote Healthy Communities

The annual prize honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Communities must select primary and alternate contacts for their application. These individuals will indicate their organizational affiliation, which could be a: business; community coalition or resident group; hospital or health care organization; local foundation; government agency or department; school; or nonprofit community-based organization. Each applicant community will be required to designate a local U.S. governmental entity or 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in its community to accept the $25,000 prize on the communityís behalf should they win.

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