Solidaire Network Invites Applications for Movement Infrastructure Fund
Deadline: April 23, 2021

Born out of a need to fight against corporate greed, economic inequality, climate change, gender and racial injustice, and anti-Blackness, Solidaire Network is a community of donor organizers who mobilize quickly to get critical resources and unprecedented amounts of solidarity to the frontlines of social justice movements.

To that end, the network welcomes applications for the Movement Infrastructure Fund, which supports work that provides long-term scaffolding for movement organizations working to transform what’s possible. The fund invests in bold visions that are often overlooked and underfunded. Supporting work that is led by those most impacted by injustice, the fund invests in movements that work to dismantle and disrupt extractive, exploitative, and oppressive systems.

In 2021, Solidaire is interested in movement infrastructure proposals that support resistance through systems and tools, as well as proposals that build transformative futures through agency and scale. Examples include starting or expanding a community-owned broadband initiative; building out communications tools or staff to advance narrative or culture change; intervening on cases against corporations or the government with progressive legal assistance; expanding organizers in rural places; security training and equipment purchases; or campaigns for local housing solutions.

Examples of movement infrastructure include buildings and land, new incorporations or entities, democratic governance structures, expertise and skill building, system development and sustained people power. The network also welcomes participatory research projects that are led/informed by folks directly impacted and that look to create or invest more deeply in movement infrastructure projects with broad impact. Work should be led by the most directly impacted people working on the front lines.

Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 over up to five years will be awarded.

To be eligible, organizations or groups must have an organizational budget under $3 million. Grants can support (c)3, (c)4, LLCs, and other vehicles.

See the Solidaire Network website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://solidairenetwork.org/grantmaking/movement-infrastructure-fund/

Rose Foundation Issues RFP for Consumer Privacy Rights Fund
Deadline: April 28, 2021

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment has issued an RFP for its Consumer Privacy Rights Fund.

The fund supports privacy protection and privacy education efforts, and in this cycle will award grants in accordance with the requirements set by the HSBC Card Services, Inc. et al. settlement agreement.

Through the fund, grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded in support of proposals that advance consumer privacy rights in the state of California. (Proposals seeking general support or that are conducted nationally or across multiple states are eligible if they have a clearly articulated benefit to Californians in particular.) Preference will be given to proposals focused on the recording or monitoring of conversations without consent, including wiretapping or illegal recording; the collection or use of people’s personal data without their consent, including personal data related to the COVID-19 pandemic; surveillance and other intrusive behaviors, including surveillance of protestors and surveillance technologies such as facial recognition software and cell-site simulators (“stingrays”); transparency with regard to the decision-making and use of personal data in artificial intelligence (AI); and general support for organizations that are primarily or wholly dedicated to advancing consumer privacy rights in California.

Project strategies or activities may include but are not limited to policy and/or regulatory development, implementation, and advocacy, including related research. "Pure research" projects are discouraged. Instead, proposals should articulate an action component describing how any research activities will be used to advance privacy protections; educational events for legislators and other policy makers that help them understand pertinent issues; legal advocacy, including case development and litigation; public education or organizing; and the development of privacy-enhancing technologies.

Advocacy or educational projects focused on specific goals and/or sectors of the general public are encouraged and should articulate at least some level of immediate outcomes that are achievable within the grant period.

Projects that create educational materials (guides, videos, worksheets, websites, etc.) should clearly state the existing need for the resource, why it is not duplicative of existing resources, why the applicant thinks the resource would be effective, and a plan to distribute the resource to its intended audience.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Nonprofit colleges, universities, university clinics, and graduate programs are eligible to apply, but the university overhead should be limited to 5 percent of the grant award.

See the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://rosefdn.org/wp-content/uploads/Consumer-Privacy-RFP-2021.pdf?utm_content=Foundation%20Center&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Click%20here%20to%20view%20the%20RFP&utm_campaign=Application%20Now%20Open%3A%20Consumer%20Privacy%20Rights%20Fund

J.M. Kaplan Fund Issues Open Call for 2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize
Deadline: April 30, 2021

The J.M. Kaplan Fund is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize.

In recent years, America has been reshaped by seismic social and environmental forces. A worldwide pandemic has laid bare deeply-rooted inequities. Communities from coast to coast have been upended by growing climate impacts. And efforts to dismantle democratic institutions have struck at the bedrock values of our nation. These compounding crises — affecting communities both rural and urban, from historically underrepresented voters to undocumented immigrant farmworkers — have forced social-impact organizations to reimagine how they respond to systemic societal challenges. In short, we need social innovators like we never have before.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to respond to this moment. Since 2015, over three biennial prize cycles, the fund has supported thirty wildly creative social and environmental initiatives, ranging from neighborhood-led youth justice councils to researchers using wastewater to pinpoint COVID-19 hot spots. Leveraging a legacy of catalytic grant-making at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the prize seeks out visionary nonprofit and mission-driven for-profit organizations that work within, across, or in a manner related to one or more of the fund’s three program areas:  

Social justice — buttressing democracy, voter education, and reforms to the criminal justice and immigration systems.
The environment — slowing the pace of climate change and mitigating climate impacts.
Heritage conservation — conserving the places that communities care about most.

In 2021, the fund will award up to ten prizes, with each prize including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds (for a total award of $175,000).

Individuals or teams representing nonprofit or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Prizes will be awarded to projects or ideas that represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need; are innovative within one or more of the fund’s three program areas; demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot or prototype with prize funding; and hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change.

A first-round application will be made available on the JMKFund.org website on February 3 and will be open until April 30. Select applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed second-round application in late spring. Finalists will present their ideas to the trustees of the J.M. Kaplan Fund in the fall, with awardees formally announced in November 2021.

The fund will host an informational webinar on March 30. (Registration required.)

For more information and the online application forms, see the J.M. Kaplan Fund website. Here is the link to apply: https://www.jmkfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/JMK-InnovationPrize-2021.pdf

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Invites Applications for Social, Environmental Justice Projects
Deadline: June 1, 2021 (Pre-applications)

The Ben and Jerry's Foundation is inviting applications for its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program.

Through the program, grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to nonprofit community-organizing groups in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. The foundation gives preference to activities and strategies used for creating social change rather than on the specific issues an organization may be addressing. Priority strategies identified by the foundation include community and ally outreach; leadership development; constituent empowerment and decision-making; popular education; root cause analysis; power analysis; campaign development; mobilizing constituents and allies; coalition building; and direct action.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor with such status, and must have a budget under $500,000.

Pre-applications will be accepted from May 1 to June 1, 2021. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 16, 2021.

See the Ben and Jerry's Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://benandjerrysfoundation.org/the-grassroots-organizing-for-social-change-program/

Ford Foundation launches $50 million global fellowship program

The Ford Foundation has announced the launch of a ten-year, $50 million initiative aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of social justice leaders working to advance solutions to inequality.

The inaugural cohort of twenty-four Ford Global Fellowsincludes social change leaders from Brazil, the United States, East Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa with a range of approaches to the challenge of ending inequality, from restoring voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, to advancing LGBTQ+ rights, to boosting the political and economic power of people with disabilities. Many of the fellows are members of communities directly impacted by inequality and will be drawing on their lived experience.

This week, participants in the initiative will kick off the program, which was developed in partnership with the Institute of International Education, by attending a multi-day virtual training convening. In addition to a $25,000 stipend, each fellow will benefit from an individualized learning program and be expected to participate in additional convenings, either virtually or in person, over the next eighteen months.

"The Ford Global Fellowship builds on the Ford Foundation's long-standing commitment to investing in the ideas, individuals, and institutions that drive meaningful, systemic change," said Hilary Pennington, the foundation's executive vice president of programs. "We are proud to introduce our inaugural cohort of Ford Global Fellows, which includes some of the world's most innovative and promising social change leaders committed to tackling inequality — the defining challenge of our time, now more than ever. We cannot go back to the old normal that existed before the pandemic, and this program is an investment in reimagining solutions to global challenges that respect no borders. By connecting fellows to each other and to the broader Ford network, we hope to create a catalytic effect that accelerates the impact of their individual and collective work, to address challenges during the pandemic and beyond."

For a complete list of the inaugural class of Ford Global Fellows, see the Ford Foundation website. Here is the link: https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/investing-in-individuals/the-ford-global-fellowship/

Omidyar Network Welcomes Applications to Economic Response Advocacy Fund

Rolling Deadlines

As the coronavirus pandemic upends the economy, it is critical that government respond with action to support the stability and well-being of American families, particularly those already struggling economically and vulnerable to the consequences of an economic recession.

To inform this conversation, Omidyar Network’s COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund will infuse 501(c)(4) funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping economic structures to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future.

Between now and the end of the year, Omidyar Network plans to award $1.5 million to groups working to realign the nation’s economic policies and systems so that they work better for everyone.

The fund is not intended to support entirely new efforts; instead, funds will be awarded to campaigns that are already in motion and can leverage 501(c)(4) dollars to capture the attention of policy makers. Omidyar Network will continue to review applications and award 501(c)(4) funding to support advocacy response work on a rolling basis through the rest of the year, with a focus on direct advocacy efforts aimed at achieving policy or regulatory solutions at the national, state, or local level that protect and assist working people and small businesses now and establish new precedents that improve worker power and well-being in the future; digital organizing that reconfigures campaigns that can no longer be carried out in person due to the virus; and/or strategic communications, coordination, and narrative development efforts that bring like-minded organizations together to create a more unified voice calling for policy and regulatory changes at the national, state, or local level that result in a stronger economy.

Through this open call for proposals, ON hopes to reach grassroots groups that are underresourced and hit  hardest by fundraising constraints stemming from the current crisis. The rolling application process will get some funds to campaigns immediately while ensuring there are additional resources in reserve to maintain momentum throughout the year.

For additional information and/or to access the application form (passcode: “advocacy”), visit the Omidyar Network website. Here is the link: https://www.omidyar.com/spotlight/omidyar-network’s-covid-19-economic-response-advocacy-fund-aims-help-working-families-now

Knight Foundation Accepting Applications for 'Governance, Norms and Values – Research on the Future Internet'

Rolling deadlines

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to support fundamental research that addresses issues of rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms. Recent research, policy debates and public controversies have highlighted the absence of uniform consensus on the norms, rights and responsibilities that should govern digital services, in particular social media. We wish to fund scholarly inquiry and novel approaches that will strengthen our democracy as the digital age progresses.

Please see below for additional detail on the opportunity and application instructions.

In recent years, significant questions have surfaced about the basic norms and values undergirding the regulation of the internet, with a focus on social media. The convergence of these questions has drawn attention to less-developed issues in law and research that demand further scrutiny from a range of perspectives. Some of these issues include: harms associated with online content, censorship, free speech, data ownership, antitrust and competition, private rights of action and effective regulatory approaches when confronted with quickly-evolving technologies.
Long one of the largest independent funders of journalism, Knight Foundation has begun to explore these issues through a range of grant-making aimed at the sea change in how our society is informed in the digital age.*

We seek to support efforts that advance research – both theoretical and empirical – on topics related to governance and the rights and responsibilities of individuals, commercial interests, non-governmental organizations and government in the digital era. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Content: the rights and responsibilities of users of services, as well as the rights and responsibilities of social media companies and digital service providers, with regard to content. This includes issues of content moderation, content liability, algorithmic content generation and optimization, as well as actual or potential harms and benefits associated with digital/platform services.
Market: how to understand the digital services and social media marketplaces, including theories of competition, empirical work on the nature of these markets, and issues of market concentration and power.
Regulation: regulatory response – in terms of self-regulation, consumer behavior and government regulation – including new regulatory theories and specific regulatory proposals. Our interest comprises laws and rules, jurisdictional questions, regulatory infrastructures—within government, specific commercial concerns and civil society (consumers and non-governmental actors), and regulatory enforcement.

We will consider proposals to support:
Research and Pedagogy
Course relief to enable faculty research
Publication development, such as special journal issues or volumes
Collaborative efforts of researchers from multiple institutions
Research assistant(s)
Symposia, workshops or other convenings
Legal clinics or other innovative pedagogy that engages students in these topics
Data acquisition

New full-time faculty or researchers
Visiting professorships

Post-doctoral fellows
Visiting fellows (for non-faculty or mid-career scholars from industry/government)

We invite letters of interest of no more than three pages that address the following, as applicable:
What is your research objective?
Why is it significant in understanding the future of internet governance?
What activities do you seek to have funded?
Budget (if multiyear, include a complete budget by year)
Short bios of the principal investigator(s), with emphasis on previous ad rem research

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This call will remain open until otherwise indicated. Please monitor kf.org/internetrfp for updates.
Please send all questions and letters of interest to John Sands at sands@kf.org.

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org.



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