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Herb Block Foundation Invites LOIs for Encouraging Citizen Involvement Program
Deadline: June 30, 2021 (Letters of Inquiry)

When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million and instructions to create a foundation dedicated to encouraging the art of editorial cartooning and to charitable and educational programs that promote and support the causes Block 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 help advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for its Encouraging Citizen Involvement program. Proposals may focus on citizen education and greater voter participation in the electoral process. All projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates. In addition to providing grants in this area, the foundation has initiated an annual public policy lecture program featuring prominent speakers on issues of national importance. Grants from between $5,000 and $25,000 will be awarded.

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

Letters of Inquiry are due June 3. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 17, 2021.

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

Impact Fund Offers Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice
Deadline: July 13, 2021 (Letters of Interest)

The Impact Fund provides grants to advance social justice in the United States.

To that end, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded 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 impact a marginalized group. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $50,000 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.

Due to the effects of the pandemic, the fund will fast-track urgent COVID-19-related requests submitted in the month following the LOI deadline.

Letters of Interest must be received no later than July 13. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by August 10, 2021.

See the Impact Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://www.impactfund.org/legal-grants/application-requirements

Barbara McDowell Foundation to Accept Applications for Social Justice Litigation Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2021

Established in 2009 to honor and continue the work of social justice advocate, Barbara McDowell, the Barbara McDowell Foundation aims to improve the economic well-being, social conditions, and civil liberties of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States.

To that end, the foundation will be accepting social justice litigation grant applications through its online application form from June 1 through August 1, 2021, for grants to be awarded for the following fiscal year of the foundation (October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022). The foundation anticipates making grants totaling $200,000 to $250,000 for the coming fiscal year. 

The foundation works to advance its mission by making grants to organizations engaged in systemic, social justice litigation, with a focus on access to benefits, children’s rights, disability rights, discrimination, domestic violence, environmental justice, healthcare, homelessness, housing, Native American rights, prisoners' rights, refugee and immigration rights, voting rights, and veteran's rights.

A review of the foundation’s mission statement and its sixty grant awards over the last ten years to forty-five organizations provide insight as to the issues and problems that interest the foundation. Generally, the foundation funds litigation matters that are consistent with its namesake Barbara McDowell's past legal efforts and her beliefs regarding social justice. 

Interested applications should click on the "Grant Applications" link on the navigation bar of the foundation's website to review each step in the application process.

​Here is the link to apply: https://www.mcdowellfoundation.org/application-overview

Borealis Philanthropy Communities Transforming Policing Fund Welcomes LOIs
Deadline: Rolling (Letters of Inquiry)

The Borealis Philanthropy Communities Transforming Policing Fund welcomes Letters of Inquiry.

CTPF is a donor collaborative that provides resources to organizations in local communities impacted by deadly and discriminatory policing practices working to build power, increase police accountability and transparency, and redefine safety by advocating for investment in community-based programs and services as alternatives to police, jails, and prisons.

To that end, CTPF provides one-year general operating support grants to ranging between $15,000 and $30,000. (Amounts will be determined based on the nature of the request and available resources.) In addition to financial support, all grantees will have access to ongoing capacity-building opportunities, including regular learning webinars dedicated to key issues related to their work, opportunities for peer sharing with other grantees, and weekly newsletters that compile field-related news, updates, resources, and funding opportunities.

Applicants must work authentically within communities impacted by policing and incarceration; have an explicit, demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice that is reflected in the organization’s leadership and staffing and in how it conducts its work; and demonstrate a clear power-building and leadership-development strategy that meaningfully engages directly impacted communities in defining problems, solutions, and actions.

Priority consideration will be given to Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led organizations; organizations led by individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system; ongoing campaigns in jurisdictions with particularly timely opportunities for change; and groups who do not receive significant support from national foundations.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.

Letters of inquiry will be accepted on a rolling basis. Within two to four weeks of submission, the fund will respond to applicants to inform them whether they are able to move on to the proposal stage.

See the Borealis Philanthropy website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://borealisphilanthropy.org/ctpf2021loi/

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/

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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