Impact Fund Offers Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice
Deadline: July 14, 2020 (Letters of Interest)
The Impact Fund provides grants to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law.
To that end, the organization awards grants of up to $50,000 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 affect a marginalized group. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $50,000 and are usually awarded for a particular case. Occasionally, however, 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.
For the fall 2020 grant cycle, Letters of Interest must be received no later than July 14. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by August 11, 2020.
See the Impact Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link to apply: https://www.impactfund.org/about-legal-case-grants/
Nathan Cummings Foundation Accepting Applications for Sixth Cycle of Its Fellowship Program
Deadline: September 1, 2020
The Nathan Cummings Foundation is accepting applications for the sixth cycle of its Fellowship program. The program provides three individuals with up to $150,000 over eighteen months to turn an inspired idea that advances social justice into a reality. Fellows also receive hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to scale the impact of their work.
The Fellowship is designed for emerging leaders in the U.S. who have limited access to institutional philanthropy and whose work is traditionally underfunded. The topic of a fellow’s project should generally align with the foundation’s focus on climate change and inequalityand should aim to transform systems and mindsets that hinder progress towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. The foundation is also interested in innovative approaches that cut across topics.
Current NCF fellows are engaged in groundbreaking work that builds power in their respective communities for the long-term. Chas Moore is helping cities across the United States renegotiate police union contracts and reinvest dollars in communities through Better Before More and the Austin Justice Coalition. Wahleah Johns is bringing solar energy to Native communities while training the first generation of Navajo solar installers through the Native Renewables’ Navajo Clean Energy Program. Jonathan Lykes is providing healing and training systems operators in trauma-informed, Black, queer, and feminist approaches to care and policymaking through the Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network (KBCAN).
The foundation strongly encourages movement builders, disruptors, and system thinkers from all backgrounds and fields to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a deep understanding and clear analysis of the field in which they work and should have a history of success in their field but be positioned to benefit from the foundation’s support.
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST on September 1, 2020.
Fellows will be selected within eight months of the application deadline, with the 2021-22 fellowship cohort to begin in June 2021.
To learn more about the program and/or apply, see the Nathan Cummings Foundation website at https://nathancummings.org/apply-for-a-grant/
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
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:
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/
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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'
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.
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
Symposia, workshops or other convenings
Legal clinics or other innovative pedagogy that engages students in these topics
New full-time faculty or researchers
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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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!
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