Religion Communicators Council Invites Entries for 2019 Wilbur Awards
Deadline: February 6, 2019

The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than four hundred religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States, with members representing Bahá'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faith communities.

The council currently is accepting entries from secular communicators for its annual Wilbur Award, which recognizes outstanding coverage and representation of faith and religion in the media. The prize is designed to honor excellence by individuals in secular media — print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures — in communicating religious issues, positive values, and themes.

For consideration for the 2019 Wilbur Award, entries must have been produced and published in 2018. Winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy and national recognition for their work.

For complete submission guidelines, information about previous award winners and application instructions, see the Religion Communicators Council website.

Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Capacity Building Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2019

The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting applications for its Standard OCB Grants program.

The program supports nonprofits looking to make long-term improvements in their management, governance, and/or organizational capacity. OCB grants may be used to support capacity-building activities that include (but are not limited to) strategic planning; financial management, including cash flow analysis, budget development, and financial controls; program evaluation planning; communications and marketing, including website development, public relations, and use of social media; resource development and fundraising; human resources, including professional development, succession planning, staffing structure, assessment, and retention; information systems management, including technology enhancements; board development, including assessment, recruitment, training, and structuring; and restructuring and collaborations with other nonprofits with the goal of strengthening service delivery, reducing costs, and sharing resources.

Grants generally support consulting, training fees, information technology, staffing, and other costs directly related to capacity-building activities. Additional funding is available to OCB grantees for technical assistance support in the form of seminars, workshops, short-term courses, publications, or other training related to organizational capacity building.

To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; have been in operation for at least three years and have annual revenue of at least $75,000; be located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, or McHenry counties in Illinois; and place a high priority on providing services to the elderly.

See the Retirement Research Funding website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Gay Community Endowment Fund Issues RFP for Akron LGBTQ+ Organizations
Deadline: December 15, 2018

Founded in 2001 as a permanent endowment of the Akron Community Foundation, the Gay Community Endowment Fund advances a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in greater Akron by investing in strategic and responsive grantmaking that empowers the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

To advance this mission, grants of at least $10,000 will be awarded to projects aimed at improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. Priority will be given to projects that create safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combat phobia of the LGBTQ+ community, and support mental health and suicide prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people. In addition, micro-grants of at least $1,000 will be awarded for a wider range of programs that benefit the LGBTQ+ community, including but not limited to the arts, community events, and nonprofit operational needs.

In preparation for the new grant cycle, the Gay Community Endowment Fund will host an information session for local nonprofit leaders on Thursday, November 8, at 3:00 p.m. at the Akron Community Foundation.

The fund will begin accepting applications on November 15. Separate applications will be available for each type of grant, and decisions will be announced in early March.

See the Gay Community Endowment Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Nathan Cummings Foundation Accepting Applications for Climate Crisis, Inequality Fellowships
Deadline: December 14, 2018

Rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, the Nathan Cummings Foundation focuses on finding solutions to the two biggest problems of our time — the climate crisis and growing inequality.

As part of this mission, the foundation is seeking applications for its annual Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship program, which provides three individuals with up to $150,000 each over eighteen months to pursue a visionary social justice, economic justice, and/ or climate change objective.

The foundation is interested in projects that demonstrate exceptional vision and a willingness to disrupt entrenched systems and take risks. All proposed projects must relate to at least one of the major challenges the foundation is dedicated to addressing: inequality and climate change. Fellowship applications should align with at least one of the foundation’s four focus areas within these two major issues: Inclusive Clean Economy; Racial and Economic Justice; Corporate and Political Accountability; and Voice, Creativity and Culture.

The NCF Fellowship welcomes a diverse pool of applicants representing a variety of fields. Applicants should hold a deep understanding of their subject area, possess a clear analysis of their field, and be able to demonstrate a proven history of professional accomplishment and risk-taking.

See the Nathan Cummings Ffoundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Impact Fund Offers Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice
Deadline: January 8, 2019 (Letters of Interest)

The Impact Fund provides grants to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and/or small law firms working to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law.

Through the fund's litigation program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of public interest litigation that has the potential to benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, and raise public consciousness of social justice issues. Preference is given to civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases that will affect a marginalized group. Most grants are for class actions, but the fund also will support multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system. Impact Fund grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs, but not for attorney's fees, staff, or other overhead.

Grants will be awarded to private attorneys, small legal firms, and nonprofit legal entities that do not have sufficient access to funding sources. Specifically, grants are intended to support cases that could not be effectively prosecuted and/or in which financial hardship would occur to the applicant if supplementary funding were not available. Grants may cover reasonable costs and out-of-pocket expenses (including non-recoverable costs) such as deposition expenses, expert fees, and investigation expenses.

For the 2018 Spring grant cycle, the deadline for Letters of Interest is January 8, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 5, 2019.

See the Impact Fund's website for complete program guidelines.

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