800 4th Street SW, No. N517   Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 240-421-6395   E-mail: tramstack@gmail.com


Open Technology Fund Invites Applications for Internet Freedom​

Deadline: September 1, 2019 (Concept Note)

An initiative of the Open Technology Fund, the Internet Freedom Fund strives to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, and companies working to advance technology-centered efforts designed to strengthen Internet freedom and promote human rights by circumventing repressive censorship and surveillance, improving related digital security capabilities, and contributing to the overall health of the Internet.

To that end,  ITF is inviting applications focused on creating new open source circumvention technologies that fill a current need of target users; improve the security, usability, and adaptability of existing open source Internet freedom technologies; and/or provide new or deeper insight into the challenges of front-line communities that ultimately contribute to the improvement of technological solutions. The fund also supports applied research; research that focuses on real-time monitoring and analysis of both technical and political threats to Internet freedom; new content redistribution methods able to reintroduce content behind firewalls; making targeted communities more resilient to digital attacks via customized solutions in-line with OTF criteria; creating new open source circumvention technologies that fill a current need of targeted users; and next-generation tools that move beyond traditional "cat-and-mouse" circumvention techniques.

Organizations may apply for one-year grants ranging between $10,000 and $900,000. OTF’s target support ceiling is $300,000, and most grantees will receive between $50,000 and $200,000.

Preference is given to organizations and individuals without a history of prior support and who have a deep understanding of the surveillance, censorship, and security issues affecting communities from the Global South living in repressive environments. Strong priority will be given to projects with the potential for immediate impact and long-term sustainability and that make intellectual property publicly available via open licensing and open source code.

Concept notes from prospective applicants are due September 1, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Eligible applicants include individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, residency, creed, gender, or other factors (except for individuals in countries the United States has imposed trade restrictions or export sanctions on as determined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control); nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations (including U.S.-based NGOs, PIOs, or foreign NGOs); nonprofit universities or research institutions (in any country); and for-profit organizations or businesses (in any country). Consortia of multiple people or organizations with a single lead are also eligible.

See the Open Technology Fund website for complete program guidelines, eligibility criteria, an FAQ, and application instructions, which can be found at https://guide.opentech.fund

Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation Announces Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fellowship
Deadline: September 3, 2019

     The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has announced that will select its first Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fellow in 2019.
     The fellowship is a two-year, full-time paid position in the foundation’s office in Washington, D.C. The fellow will work closely with the senior director for strategy and equity and the senior director for program and community to help advance the foundation’s work in racial equity through research, trainings, and capacity building.
     Among other things, the fellow will contribute to the development of a regional racial equity indicator tool; assist in the planning and facilitation of external meetings, training sessions, convenings, and special events as well as internal team building, culture building, and education activities to support the development of an anti-racist culture; support the planning and implementation of cohort-based capacity-building programs and convenings to advance racial equity and systems-approaches in the nonprofit field; conduct, analyze, and synthesize research on best practices and approaches in advancing racial equity; and provide project management, administrative assistance, and general support, as needed.
     The fellowship begins in fall 2019 and concludes in fall 2021 and will culminate in a second-year capstone project of mutual interest to the foundation and the fellow.
     Applicants must have a minimum of five years of work experience in any field, have a demonstrated personal commitment to racial equity, be curious about philanthropy and how foundations operate, and like working in a fast-paced environment as part of a team. There is no requirement to be currently enrolled in a degree awarding program. The fellow also must be available to work from the foundation’s office in Washington, D.C., for the duration of the fellowship.
     The fellow will be paid an annual salary of $60,000 and will be eligible for health care, prescription, vision, and dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, and a generous leave policy.
     Individuals interested in applying are encouraged to complete the online Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fellowship application by September 3, 2019. The form will ask applicants to respond to three prompts: 1) describe your experience advocating for people of color and racial equity/justice; 2) tell us why you're interested in learning about and/or contributing to the field of philanthropy; and 3) tell us about the key skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives you would bring to the fellowship.
     For more information, see the Eugene & Agnes Meyer Foundation website at https://www.meyerfoundation.org

     To apply for the fellowship, copy and paste the following link: https://www.meyerfoundation.org/sites/default/files/docs/racial_equity_in_philanthropy_fellowship.pdf

Borealis Philanthropy Invites Applications for the Spark Justice Fund
Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Letters of Intent)

     The Spark Justice Fund is a donor collaborative at Borealis Philanthropy that supports grassroots organizing and advocacy groups working to end the use of money bail in the criminal justice system, transform pretrial justice, and build power in communities most impacted by incarceration in the United States.
     To advance this mission, the fund is inviting LOIs from innovative grassroots organizing and advocacy groups that work authentically with constituencies most impacted by mass incarceration (particularly those groups led by individuals directly impacted by the system); demonstrate a clear power-building and leadership-development strategy that meaningfully engages directly impacted communities in defining problems, solutions, and actions; engage in bail reform efforts that advance decarceration; and are connected to a broader and holistic vision of reform. The fund will consider requests for support both to advance policy reforms and to ensure effective implementation of reforms already adopted.
     The fund prioritizes efforts to end money bail and transform pretrial justice that align with its goals of decriminalizing poverty; dramatically reducing the number of people incarcerated in jails; advancing transformative community-based models of justice; securing justice and equity for low-income communities of color most impacted by incarceration, including women and LGBTQ people; and elevating the leadership of those most directly affected by the criminal justice system.
     Grants ranging between $75,000 and $100,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded, along with organizational development and capacity-building support and technical assistance and peer-learning activities aimed at fostering deeper coordination withi the field.
     To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or be fiscally sponsored by an organization with such status) and work at the local and/or state level.
     Letters of Intent are due September 9. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by December 1, 2019.
     See the Borealis Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

     Review the Spark Justice Fund Funding Priorities (http://bit.ly/SJF2019fundingpriorities) and FAQs (http://bit.ly/SJFfaq2019).
     Create an account or log on: We use an online proposal system that can be accessed here:https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=borealisphilanthropy
     New Users: please click on "Create New Account" to complete the registration process and create your login credentials. Be sure to keep this login information for your organization's records. TIP: This email address is the one we will use to communicate with you if we have questions, which sometimes require immediate response. We suggest using an email address that is available to anyone at your organization who needs to access the application.
     Existing Users: Please enter your credentials and log in. If you forgot your password, please use the “Forgot your Password” link to the left to reset your password.
     Not Sure? If you think that you or someone at your organization has already registered in the system, DO NOT create a new account. Please contact Tashie Sloley, Senior Grants Manger, at tsloley@borealisphilanthropy.org to receive your username and password.
Begin your application:
     Upon logging in select “apply” from the upper menu, then select “Spark Justice Fund_General Operating_Y2” and click “apply.”
     Please note that groups have the option of submitting either written responses or oral responses. Oral responses can be submitted by providing a URL link (for each question) to an audio or video file on any platform, such as YouTube, Vimeo, or Dropbox. Regardless of whether you choose to submit written or oral responses, you must submit the online application and provide individual answers to each question and make sure it is clear which question you are answering.
     Complete and submit your application by September 9, 2019: Unfinished applications can be accessed using the same link:https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=borealisphilanthropy

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Accepting Applications for 2020-21 Fellowships
Deadline: September 16, 2019

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study offers research fellowships to scholars working on projects that engage with questions of ethics, value, meaning, or purpose. NDIAS supports research in all disciplines, including the arts, engineering, humanities, law, and formal, natural, and social sciences. As a residential research community, NDIAS Fellows live and work at the University of Notre Dame and present their research in weekly discussion seminars, attend institute-supported programming, and participate in the intellectual life of the university. For that and other reasons, the institute seeks outstanding scholars who are working on projects that can benefit from the collaborative, interdisciplinary setting it provides.

Inspired by the classical values of truth, goodness, and beauty, NDIAS challenges its fellows to address fundamental and enduring questions about life, meaning, and purpose in relationship to their particular research projects, to examine how their findings might influence the world in positive and concrete ways, and to think through the ethical implications of their research.

NDIAS currently offers two kinds of fellowships;

Residential Fellowships for scholars, artists, and scientists who have already earned the highest degree in their field (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., etc.) or who have obtained an equivalent stature in their discipline. Residential Fellows receive up to $90,000 per academic year, subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside the South Bend area), a research allowance, a private office in the institute, a computer and printer, and access to the university’s library and other facilities. NDIAS offers residential fellowships for periods ranging from three weeks to a full academic year (fall and spring semesters, August through May), though preference is given to candidates who are able to join the institute for the entire academic year. 

Graduate Student Fellowships for scholars who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. To qualify for a graduate student fellowship, a student must remain in graduate-student status for the full period of his or her fellowship. (Graduate students who will receive their terminal degree during the fellowship period and thereby no longer maintain graduate-student status should apply for a Residential Fellowship.) As with Residential Fellows, Graduate Student Fellows receive a fellowship stipend (up to $28,000 per year), subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside the South Bend area), a research allowance, a private office in the institute, a computer and printer, and access to the university’s library and other facilities. Graduate Student Fellowships are currently available only to students able to join the institute for a full academic year. 

In response to new and emerging opportunities, NDIAS has added a thematic option to its call for fellowship applications. The institute is particularly interested in fostering the interdisciplinary study of the nature of trust. To that end, fellowship applications are encouraged from all eligible scholars and scientists whose work engages the theme and who are interested in advancing their project through interdisciplinary reflection, discussion, and collaboration at NDIAS. Potential research proposal topics on the trust theme may address but are not limited to: the social, technological, biological, economic, and psychological dimensions to how trust may be manifested; the moral and rational demands we have when it comes to belief, evidence, intellectual humility, and social forms of knowledge; concepts of trust related to public information, discourse, speech, and the media, in historical as well as modern contexts; trust as a component in transactions and finance; evolutionary modeling of trust and interdependence; institutional features that promote or inhibit trust (both contemporary and historical); the role of design thinking, network theory, and data science in promoting or inhibiting trust; the role of trust in theological inquiry and in religious traditions; and creative research and research in the arts that explore trust, doubt, and related virtues.

Applicants for the trust theme should briefly describe the dimension of trust/connection with the theme in their research statement. (Note: Applications from scholars working on projects outside this theme are also still encouraged.)

The fellowship application period for 2020-2021 closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 16, 2019. Awards will be announced in spring 2020. Please direct questions to Kristian Olsen, NDIAS Fellowships Program Manager, at kolsen1@nd.edu.

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Invites Proposals for Fund for a Just Society
Deadline: September 16, 2019

     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 Associationprinciples through grantmaking. 
     To that end, UUFP is inviting applications for 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 who are engaged in community organizing aimed at bringing about systemic change leading to a more just society; are working to mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active campaign to create systemic change.
     Priority will be given to active, specific campaigns to create change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect their 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 September 15 deadline.
     UUFP does not award grants to individuals and it 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. The website is https://www.uufunding.org.

Borealis Philanthropy Invites Applications for Immigration Litigation Fund
Deadline: September 1, 2019 and 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.

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.