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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.




Resist Invites Applications for Social Change and Justice Grants
Deadline: March 6, 2020

Boston-based Resist redistributes resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their efforts to build a better world.

In support of this mission, the organization welcomes applications from grassroots organizations led by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression that are working to advance justice and liberation. Two types of grants will be awarded under this call:

General Support — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support groups that are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making, and resilience building.

Accessibility — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded for work that specifically allows a group's work to be more accessible. Examples of potential accessibility needs include interpretation services, wheelchair ramps, childcare, transportation for folks with mobility aids, etc.

To be eligible, applicants must have an organizational budget under $150,000 per year, be based in the United States, and be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) according to the Internal Revenue Code, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency, or be sponsored by a previously listed entity.

See the Resist website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://resist.org/grants/programs

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Invites Proposals for Fund for a Just Society
Deadline: March 15, 2020

Inspired by the richness and diversity of its liberal religious tradition, the mission of the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program (UUFP) is to promote the influence of Unitarian Universalist Association principles through grant making. 

To that end, UUFP welcomes applications to its Fund for a Just Society. Through the program, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that are engaged in community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; are mobilizing those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active, focused campaign to create systemic change.

Priority will be given to campaigns aimed at creating change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect people’s lives. The fund welcomes projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency.

Completed applications must use the format detailed on the UUFP website and be postmarked by the March 15 deadline.

Grants are not made to individuals, and UUFP will only consider funding films, publications, or curricula if they are an integral part of a strategy of collective action for social change.

See the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://www.uufunding.org/fund-for-a-just-society.html

Manhattan Institute Invites Nominations for 2020 Civil Society Awards
Deadline: March 20, 2020

Based in New York City, the Manhattan Institute is a free-market think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility. For nearly twenty years, the institute has sought to support and advance America’s long tradition of civil society organizations and leaders who, with the help of volunteers and private philanthropy, work to address and prevent the nation’s most serious public problems.

The organization currently is accepting nominations for its 2020 Civil Society Awards, which were created by the institute to reinvigorate public understanding of America’s historically vibrant civil society and honor nonprofit leaders who take it upon themselves to address or prevent social challenges and work toward a common purpose in their communities. These inspiring individuals and their organizations rely on philanthropy and volunteers — rather than government support — to empower the poor and disadvantaged, build caring relationships to support those in crisis, prepare the next generation to realize their full potential, restore and revitalize struggling neighborhoods, and much more.

Through the program, four winners will each receive a $25,000 award for their efforts to keep the social fabric from fraying, assist those who need it most, and help people change the course of their lives.

In 2019, the winners were selected from more than one hundred nominations of civil society organizations located in fifty-six cities across the United States. Nominees are evaluated by a selection committee composed of Manhattan Institute staff and external judges.

Those looking to nominate a nonprofit must complete the short nomination form by March 20, 2020.
For additional information, including eligibility criteria and a list of past award winners, see  the Civil Society Awards page on the Manhattan Institute website. Here is the link to apply: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/tocqueville-civil-society-awards/#eligibility

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

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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     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.