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Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Seeks Applications for Social and Environmental Justice Projects
Deadline: October 16, 2019

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-based groups in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. The foundation prioritizes the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is 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; constituent and ally mobilization; 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.

Pre-applications are due October 16. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

See the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Here is a link to the website to apply for grants: ​https://benandjerrysfoundation.org/the-grassroots-organizing-for-social-change-program/

Borealis Philanthropy Invites Applications for Immigration Litigation Fund
Deadline: November 1, 2019

     ILF is a national funder collaborative that works to ensure the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The fund believes that litigation is an essential tool in achieving public policy and social change on immigration issues.
     To advance this mission, the fund will award time-limited grants of up to $75,000 in support of impact litigation efforts that challenge discriminatory, unlawful, and overly punitive immigration enforcement policies and practices at any stage of the enforcement trajectory, from identification and apprehension to detention and removal, as well as efforts to exclude certain immigrants from entering the country.
     ILF will provide project support for needs related to impact litigation focused on immigration enforcement issues, including but not limited to staff time, some organizational overhead (5 percent), travel, research, filing fees, and interpreter and translation costs; convenings meant to advance coordination and strategy on an issue related to impact litigation efforts; legal trainings and training materials on immigration enforcement-related issues; and organizing and communications efforts related to impact litigation efforts. The fund will prioritize litigation efforts that are connected to, and coordinated with, immigrant communities and organizations.
     To be considered for funding, applicants must first speak with a Borealis staff person to discuss their project. If Borealis staff determine that the project fits within ILF guidelines, the applicant will be instructed to use the online grant portal to submit an application for funding.
     Eligible applicants include public interest legal groups, advocates, and community-based organizations.
     See the Borealis Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines and application instructions at https://borealisphilanthropy.org

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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