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Give a Sick Child More Time With Family

     Faced with a child’s illness, life stops overnight and parents enter a world of fear and worry. For parents who don’t live close to the medical care their child needs, there’s an added stress: Distance. 
     Hundreds of families in our region travel hours every day to come to the DC area for treatment. Living expenses quickly add up. Long drives, lost jobs, worried siblings, sleeping in cars. Being far from family and friends. These are extra burdens no family should have to experience.
     At Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC), our mission is to ease the hardship of childhood illness on families and children. And we need your help!  
     Your support of just $15 will cover a one-night stay for a family when their child needs medical care.  Donate now to give families the ability to spend more time with their sick children, to interact with their doctors, and to make important decisions about their children’s care.

Give now at www.rmhcdc.org. 

For more information, contact Sarah Quillen at squillen@rmhcdc.org or (202) 424-2708.




Impact Fund Offers Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice
Deadline: April 7, 2020

The Impact Fund provides grants to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice and poverty law.

To that end, the organization awards grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofit legal service providers, private attorneys, and/or small law firms seeking to advance justice in the areas of civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases that affect a marginalized group. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $25,000 and are usually awarded for a particular case, but occasionally the fund will support a series of cases connected by a common strategy. Most grants are for class actions, but multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system are encouraged.

Impact Fund grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs, but may not be used for attorney's fees, staff, or other overhead.

For the summer 2020 grant cycle, Letters of Interest must be received no later than April 7. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 5.

See the Impact Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://impactfund.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new

National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, Hilton Foundation Invite Research Proposals
Deadline: April 10, 2020 (Concept Papers)

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR) is partnering with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to offer a new research funding opportunity focused on the impact of gun policy on law-abiding gun users.

Decisions about gun laws and programs in the United States must consider the interests of gun owners as well as potential reductions in firearms violence and suicide. Currently, however, there are few good measures of the harms or benefits to legal gun owners. To address the need for better information, NCGVR is issuing a special call for proposals to develop an objective method for estimating the impact of gun policy on the interests of gun owners.

In its inaugural round of funding, NCGVR received no fundable proposals evaluating how gun policies might benefit or harm gun owners. To address that gap, NCGVR is seeking proposals for white papers describing a rigorous method for evaluating the benefits or harms gun policies impose on gun owners and users. The concept outlined in the white paper ideally should provide guidance for the development of a scale or measurement approach that could be used to quantify the impact of programs or policies related to gun use or possession on the interests of gun owners. The concept paper may lead to a funded invitation to fully develop the proposed measurement approach.

The collaborative plans to issue a single grant of up to $30,000 to one white paper, with an expected timeline for the project of six to eight months. The white paper should consider the applicability of the proposed method for a wide range of program and policy evaluations.

The award will be announced in late May/early June.

Proposals are due Friday, April 10, by 5:00 p.m. PST and should be emailed as a single PDF attachment to proposals@ncgvr.org.

For a downloadable copy (PDF) of the full RFP, budget template, and FAQ, see the National Collaborative on Gun Violence website at https://www.ncgvr.org/rfp.html

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Seeks Applications for Social and Environmental Justice Projects
Deadline: April 15, 2020 (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 $25,000 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 puts a priority on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is working to address. 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 are due April 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

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/

Roddenberry Fellowship
Grant amount: US $50,000 
Next anticipated deadline: Jun 13, 2020 5:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)
Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 23, 2020 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)
Applicant type: Working Professional Nonprofit
Funding uses: Fellowship, Training / Capacity Building

The Roddenberry Fellowship is a 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. Twenty Fellows will be selected to lead a project, organization, or initiative with direct impact in one of four areas:

Civil Rights;
Environmental Protection
Immigration and Refugee Rights;
LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights.

All Roddenberry Fellows receive a $50,000 award, as well as tailored support:
One-on-one professional coaching and development opportunities
Virtual collaboration sessions to provide ongoing advisement, support, and connections
Two in-person retreats

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website: https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/roddenberry-fellowship/

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Fellowship applications from individuals who meet all of the following (see Rules for more info):
United States citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, or current visa holders who reside in the 50 United States or its territories.
Individuals who currently serve as the Founder, Co-Founder, President, CEO, or Executive Director.
Individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
Individuals employed by or affiliated with organizations or institutions with a budget of $2mil or less.
Individuals whose primary focus of their work is either immigrant & refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ & women’s rights, or environmental protection.

Defending Basic Freedoms Grant
Herb Block Foundation
Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000 
Next deadline: Oct 6, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)
Later deadlines: Dec 15, 2020 (Full proposal)
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

The Foundation
When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million with instructions to create a foundation to encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed during his 72 years of cartooning. The Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. In addition, the Foundation seeks to provide educational opportunities through scholarships, and to promote editorial cartooning through continuing research.

Defending Basic Freedoms
This program helps safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in our Bill of Rights, to help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public. The Herb Block Foundation will also consider contemporary societal issues that may arise. Grants are available nationwide.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website: https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/grant-programs/defending-basic-freedoms

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) organizations by the Internal Revenue Service.
Applicants for the Defending Basic Freedoms may be national.

Grants will not be made for capital or endowment programs, nor for sectarian religious purposes.
No more than 10% of a grant may go to indirect costs (outside of those for general operating support).
Grants cannot be used for lobbying or other partisan purposes.

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.

​​Legal Forum Grant Writing

     The Legal Forum offers free or discounted grant writing services to qualified nonprofit organizations. The services include anything required to respond to Requests for Proposals as well as legal representation if a problem arises.

     The grant writer is an award-winning journalist, an author and a lawyer who has won a decision allowing nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area to share monetary awards when their clients win court cases.

     For more information, contact The Legal Forum at email: tramstack@gmail.com or phone: 202-479-7240.