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New Engagement Funding: Nov. 20, 2014

Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association accepting applications for Local Action Grants

EMRA is accepting applications for their Local Action Grants to promote involvement of EM physicians-in-training in activities which support Emergency Medicine through community outreach and other community-driving events. A single grant of $1,000 will be awarded for projects related to improving community health through education, direct services, or preventive programs. Grants will be available to any EMRA member (medical students, residents, fellows) or any emergency medicine interest group whose principal applicant is an EMRA member. This challenge furthers NSF’s mission by enabling students to discover and demonstrate their capacity to use science to make a difference in the world, and to transfer knowledge into action.

Deadline is February 15, 2015. 

Lawrence Foundation Accepting Proposals for Environmental, Education, and Human Services Projects

The Lawrence Foundation awards grants in support of the environment, education, human services, disaster relief, and other issue areas.  The foundation awards both program and operating grants to nonprofit organizations that qualify for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as public schools and libraries.

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2015.

Rauschenberg Foundation: Art + Environment

The goal of the Art + Environment program is to support effective methods for addressing climate change that leverage creativity and broad-based civic engagement. A new initiative, the Climate Change Solutions Fund, will award grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to organizations working to either mitigate the causes of climate change or adapt to the new physical and social environments it generates through civic engagement and culture.

Deadline: December 22, 2014 (Letters of Intent)

Calls for Proposals: Rauschenberg Foundation to fund civic-engagement with climate change solutions 

The Rauschenberg Foundation honors the life and legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg, who created the first poster for Earth Day in 1970. The foundation currently has open calls for proposals for their Climate Change Solution Fund, which seeks to support effective methods for addressing climate change that leverage creativity and broad-based civic engagement. Ideal programs will depict Creative problem-solving and solutions orientation – looking at an issue in new ways that actually shift its paradigm, Interdisciplinary collaboration – experience and enthusiasm for working with people who have a variety of expertise, experience, and training, as well as those whose beliefs, values, and norms differ from your own and Risk-taking – an ability to move outside of the status quo; comfort with uncertainty, improvisation, and/or iteration in the context of continuous learning.

Deadline for Letters of Intent is December 22, 2014.

Campus Launches VOLstarter to Impact Students’ Ideas and Projects

The university has launched a new crowdfunding site, VOLstarter. The site offers a way for students and departments to raise money for projects that change lives. From providing funds for students to attend leadership training to supporting a group that improves the homes of needy families, VOLstarter links donors with opportunities to support specific projects and initiatives. Applications will be reviewed and chosen based on professionalism, innovation, university and social impact, feasibility, and the project leader’s overall commitment to the fundraising process. The average project will raise between $500 and $2,500. Featured projects must be completed within one year from the close of the fundraising.

Deadline:  Ongoing


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