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.

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​​Grants

Borealis Philanthropy Spark Justice Fund Invites Proposals for COVID-Related Needs
Deadline: October 21, 2020

The Spark Justice Fund is a donor collaborative at Borealis Philanthropy that supports grassroots organizing and advocacy groups to end the use of cash bail in the criminal justice system, transform pretrial justice, and build power in communities most impacted by incarceration in the United States.

To that end, the fund has issued a call for proposals COVID-related rapid response grants. Grants of up to $50,000 (though most are anticipated to be in the range of $15,000 to $25,000) will be awarded to grassroots organizing groups working to transform pretrial justice to meet urgent needs emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic in jails and communities.

Given the grave harms facing people in jails due to COVID and the wide-reaching impact the pandemic is having on grassroots groups and the communities in which they work, the fund defines "COVID-related" needs broadly. Funding may be used both for strengthening organizational infrastructure and for substantive campaigns. Examples of such COVID-related needs could include accelerating work to secure the immediate release of people from jails, including work to respond to arrests and jailing of people protesting police violence; developing alternative, community-led services and supports; deepening campaigns to end cash bail and advance other pretrial decarceration practices/policies; working on campaigns to close — and divest from — jails and invest instead in communities most impacted by incarceration; providing mutual aid and healing justice supports; and strengthening organizational infrastructure.

Applications from groups working at the intersections of policing and jails will be welcomed; however, proposals exclusively centered on policing will not be funded. The fund is particularly interested in supporting groups led by individuals most directly impacted by the criminal legal system.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or fiscally sponsored by an organization with such status and work at the local and/or state level.

See the Borealis Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://borealisphilanthropy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SJF-Rapid-Response-Call-for-Proposals-2020.pdf

Resist Invites Applications for Social Change, Justice Grants
Deadline: December 4, 2020

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

To help advance this mission, the organization welcomes applications from grassroots organizations working to advance justice and liberation. Two types of grants will be awarded:

General Support — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to 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 in support of efforts that specifically enables 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 a year, be based in the United States and be tax exempt under section of 501(c)(3) of 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/resist.org/grants/apply​

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/

Defending Basic Freedoms Grant
Herb Block Foundation
Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000 
Deadline: Dec 15, 2020 (Full proposal)
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Overview:
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

Eligibility:
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.

Ineligibility:
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.

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.

BACKGROUND
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.*

OPPORTUNITY
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.

TYPES OF ACTIVITIES FUNDED
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

Faculty
New full-time faculty or researchers
Visiting professorships

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

HOW TO APPLY
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.

ABOUT KNIGHT FOUNDATION
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.

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