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     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

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Herb Block Foundation Invites LOIs for Defending Basic Freedoms Program
Deadline: June 4, 2020 (Letters of Inquiry)

When editorial cartoonist Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million and 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 seventy-two years of cartooning. As such, the Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged.

To advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for its Defending Basic Freedoms program, which awards grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 in support of efforts to safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public.

Letters of Inquiry are due June 4. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 6, 2020.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the Herb Block Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link: https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/grant-programs/defending-basic-freedoms

Resist Invites Applications for Social Change, Justice Grants
Deadline: June 5, 2020

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

To advance this mission, the organization welcomes applications from grassroots organizations led by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression working to advance justice and liberation. Two types of grants are available:

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

Accessibility — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to enable 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 annual organizational budget under $150,000, be based in the United States, and be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be sponsored by an exempt entity, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency. 

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

Roddenberry Fellowship
Grant amount: US $50,000 
Next anticipated deadline: Jun 13, 2020 5:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)
Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 23, 2020 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)
Applicant type: Working Professional Nonprofit
Funding uses: Fellowship, Training / Capacity Building

Overview:
The Roddenberry Fellowship is a 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. Twenty Fellows will be selected to lead a project, organization, or initiative with direct impact in one of four areas:

Civil Rights;
Environmental Protection
Immigration and Refugee Rights;
LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights.

All Roddenberry Fellows receive a $50,000 award, as well as tailored support:
One-on-one professional coaching and development opportunities
Virtual collaboration sessions to provide ongoing advisement, support, and connections
Two in-person retreats

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website: https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/roddenberry-fellowship/

Eligibility:
The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Fellowship applications from individuals who meet all of the following (see Rules for more info):
United States citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, or current visa holders who reside in the 50 United States or its territories.
Individuals who currently serve as the Founder, Co-Founder, President, CEO, or Executive Director.
Individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
Individuals employed by or affiliated with organizations or institutions with a budget of $2mil or less.
Individuals whose primary focus of their work is either immigrant & refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ & women’s rights, or environmental protection.

Defending Basic Freedoms Grant
Herb Block Foundation
Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000 
Next deadline: Oct 6, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)
Later deadlines: 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.

​​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.