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New Engagement Funding: Dec. 5, 2014

Limited Submission Opportunity: Countering Closing Civic Space in Kenya and Uganda

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that will support efforts of local civil society groups to protect and promote civic space in Kenya and Uganda. Up to $841,500 available: please see the full RFP for complete information. This is a limited submission opportunity. The DRL only allows The University of Tennessee – Knoxville (including UTSI) to submit one application. Potential applicants should submit a notification of interest to limitsub@utk.edu by 12 PM 12/11/2014.Notifications of interest received past this deadline will not be consideredApplication due to Agency by January 23, 2015.

Only individuals who have e-mailed their intent to propose by 12 PM 12/11/2014 may be allowed to participate if an internal competition is necessary.


Limited Submission Opportunity: Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in Ghana

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that will increase civil society’s ability to participate in the development of Ghana’s Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) National Plan and promote the incorporation of the VPs as a priority element in the Government of Ghana’s strategy for the development of its extractive sectors.. Up to $300K available: please see the full RFP for complete information. This is a limited submission opportunity. The DRL only allows The University of Tennessee – Knoxville (including UTSI) to submit one application. Potential applicants should submit a notification of interest to limitsub@utk.edu by 12 PM 12/11/2014Notifications of interest received past this deadline will not be consideredApplication due to Agency by January 23, 2015.

Only individuals who have e-mailed their intent to propose by 12 PM 12/11/2014 may be allowed to participate if an internal competition is necessary.


Deadline Extended  for Environmental Justice Small Grants Program 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended its deadline for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program to Jan. 9, 2015. The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities. The EPA recognizes the critical role of helping communities with localized strategies to avoid, lessen, or delay the risks and impacts associated with our changing climate. As a result, this year’s program will have a special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). EPA anticipates awarding up to four grants per EPA region for up to $30,000 per award for a one-year project period. Deadline for submission is January 9, 2015. 


American Music Abroad  International Exchange Program

American Music Abroad is an international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to audiences around the world. Each year, approximately 10 ensembles are selected to embark on a month-long, multi-country tour, where they engage with international audiences through public concerts, interactive performances, demonstrations, workshops and more. The exchange program is a partnership between AMA and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The State Department will fund travel, hotels, and provides an allowance for meals and other expenses. In addition, a tour honorarium of $200 per day spent on the road is awarded to each musician in an ensemble. Deadline for the program is January 9, 2015. 


Artslink Projects Grants:  Funding for Collaborative Global Arts Projects

Artslink grant applicants must be working with an artist or organization in one of 37 countries, and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the U.S. and the host country. The maximum award is $10,000 for projects that support the creation of new work that draws inspiration from interaction between artists and the community in the host country. Winning projects must establish a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations, and the local community, and/or pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development, or has potential to expand the community’s access to the art of other cultures. Further questions can be directed to Artslink staff at al@cecartslink.orgDeadline to apply is January 15, 2015.

The Charles Bronfman Prize: $100,000 For High-Impact Community Work

The Charles Bronfman Prize recognizes Jewish humanitarians whose work, while inspired by personal Jewish values, is of universal benefit to ALL people. The Prize accepts nominations for this $100,000 award for all areas of humanitarian endeavor across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Humanitarian efforts include ground-breaking applications of medicine and science, education, human rights, conflict resolution, community development and compassionate care. The award program seeks to honor next-generation leaders who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way, and who have created a mechanism for acting on that vision in ways that deliver measurable results. Nominees must self-identify as Jewish. Deadline: January 15, 2015

National Community Health Challenge to Strengthen Community Partnerships

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the BUILD Health Challenge will give two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. Up to $75,000 may be awarded for planning strategies and $250,000 for implementation that will strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations. Pre-application deadline is January 16, 2015.


Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Projects with Diverse Communities in Public Schools and Libraries

Public schools, public libraries, and preschool Head Start programs are eligible to apply for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation mini grant. The mini-grants program supports projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. Projects funded in the past include murals, pen pal groups, quilts, theater productions, newspapers and other publications, intergenerational activities, and programs that bring disparate communities together. Deadline for mini grants is March 15, 2015.


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