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PEN American Accepting Applications for Writing for Justice Fellowships
Deadline: May 15, 2019

Founded in 1922, PEN America champions the freedom to write, recognizes the power of the word to transform the world, and works to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

To that end, the organization is accepting applications for the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, which seeks to harness the power of writers and writing in being witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system.

Proposed projects may include but are not limited to fictional stories, works of literary or long-form journalism, theatrical scripts, memoirs, poetry collections, or multimedia projects. The proposed project should engage issues of reform, fuel public debate, crystallize concepts of reform, and facilitate the possibility of societal change.

Through the program, fellows will receive an honorarium of up to $10,000, and expense budget requests up to $2,500 will be considered. Fellows also will be paired with a mentor, and the entire cohort will convene in person twice during the course of the fellowship. In addition, PEN America will offer assistance in the areas of publication and dissemination of fellows' work, with opportunities for sharing work organized in New York City at the PEN World Voices Festival, in the fellow's home community, and possibly in other locations.

Eligible applicants must be 21 year of age or older and a resident of the United States. Currently and formerly incarcerated writers are encouraged to apply, and special provisions will be made for incarcerated writers to participate through alternative methods.

See the PEN America website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link: https://pen.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Print-WFJ-Application.pdf

Contact PEN America if you have quick questions regarding the application requirements, submission policies, deadlines, or other Fellowship-related issues at ​writingforjustice@pen.org​ or by writing to us at 588 Broadway, Suite 303 New York, NY 10012.

J.M. Kaplan Fund Accepting Applications for 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize
Deadline: April 30, 2019

Founded in 1945, the J.M. Kaplan Fund is a family foundation with a longstanding history of advocacy for and support of social, artistic, and environmental causes. The fund’s current initiatives are dedicated to social justice, the environment, and historic conservation.

In honor of its history and mission, the fund is accepting applications for the 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize. Through the prize program, grants of up to $175,000 over three years will be awarded to ten early-stage innovators helming creative projects that stand to benefit numerous individuals, communities, and/or sectors. Project priorities include the preservation of natural resources and mitigation of the environmental impact of climate change; heritage conservation; and social justice-focused reforms of the criminal justice and immigration systems in the United States.

In addition to funding, the award includes significant in-kind support, including mentoring, community-driven learning experiences, media training, and resources for board/organizational development.

Application for the prize is a two-step process, with initial applications due by April 30, 2019. Applicants selected to move forward will be asked to submit additional information in the late spring, with finalists invited to present their ideas in person to the fund’s trustees in the fall. Awardees will be announced in November 2019.

See the J. M. Kaplan Fund website for detailed program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously funded projects. Here is the link: https://www.jmkfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/JMK-Innovation-Prize-2019.pdf

Russell Sage Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Social Inequality Research
Deadline: May 23, 2019 (Letters of Inquiry)

One of the oldest American foundations, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for "the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States." In pursuit of this mission, the foundation now dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, knowledge, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.

The foundation's program on Social Inequality supports research on the social, economic, political, and labor market consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States. The program seeks Letters of Inquiry for investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden current understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequality. Priority will be given to projects that use innovative data or methodologies to address important questions about inequality.

Examples of the kinds of topics that are of interest include but are not limited to economic well-being, equality of opportunity, and intergenerational mobility; the political process and resulting policies; psychological and/or cultural change; education; labor markets; child development and child outcomes; neighborhoods and communities; families, family structure, and family formation; and other forms of inequality.

Two-year grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to qualified organizations.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered a monprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Review Code.

The foundation encourages methodological variety, but all proposals should have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models should be specified and research questions and hypotheses should be clearly stated. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than November 30. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a complete proposal by March 4, 2019.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, information about previous grant recipients, and an FAQ, see the RFP guidelines on the Russell Sage Foundation website at 


William T. Grant Foundation Seeks Applications for Inequality Research Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2019

In recent years, inequality in the United States has become increasingly pervasive. At the same time, prospects for social mobility have decreased. The William T. Grant Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of youth between the ages 5 and 25, believes that the research community can play a critical role in reversing this trend.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for research projects designed to advance understanding in the area of inequalities in youth development and/or to increase understanding of how research is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making.

Through its Research program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in youth’s academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality also will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the William T. Grant Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ.

Link to Complete RFP: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2018/11/2019-Research-Grants-App-Guide-_-RI.pdf

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