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New Opportunities and Funding: March 4, 2015

2015 Fuller Challenge for Philanthropy and Volunteerism

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced a request for applicants from all over the world to submit proposals for innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy. The 2015 Fuller Challenge is recognized as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” Buckminster Fuller called for a design revolution to “make the world work for 100 percent of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” The Fuller Challenge invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, students and planners to apply. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2015. 


2015 Community Partnership Award Competition from Mutual of America

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award recognizes outstanding nonprofit organizations in the United States that have shown exemplary leadership by facilitating partnerships with public, private or social sector leaders and working together with them as equal partners, not as donors and recipients, to build a cohesive community that serves as a model for collaborating with others for the greater good. 10 organizations will be selected for a Community Partnership Award of $50,000 and a documentary video will be produced of their partnership. The video serves as a valuable tool in the partnership’s efforts to expand public awareness of their crucial work and help them attract additional partners and new sponsors. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2015.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Grants to Fund Research on Eliminating Health Disparities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting RFPs for their Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities program to advance building a Culture of Health by recognizing and celebrating individuals who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health. Recognition of these efforts increases the visibility and awareness of the urgent need for systems changes to eliminate health disparities in our society. Eligible applicants will be from national nonprofit membership organizations and/or associations. Organizations must have experience with systems change in one or more of the following areas that influences health outcomes: access to quality health care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing or public safety. A total of 10 grants of up to $60,000 each will be awarded through this program. Each grant will support an annual awards program for seven years. Proposals are due by April 14, 2015. 


Newman’s Own Foundation: $200,000 for Organizations Supporting Military Families

Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times (a Gannett Government Media Corporation) is jointly offering $200,000 in grants for creative military quality of life improvement plans. Active duty soldiers, veterans and their families face many challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while facing the unique trials with long deployments and separation, and other lasting effects associated with the military service community. Innovative ideas that focus on improving the quality of life for military families could be awarded up to $50,000 in funding. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2015. 


Captain Planet Foundation Ecogrants for Schools and Non-Profits

The Captain Planet Foundation is awarding 16 EcoTech grants of $2,500 to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields that use innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Ideal projects will integrate environmental education with opportunities for children to solve real-world problems by using science practices and technology to help care for the environment. The Captain Planet Foundation has funded close to 2,000 projects centered on imagining a better tomorrow using innovative technologies of today. Deadline is April 30, 2015. 


United States-Japan Foundation: Joint Pre-College Education Programs

Through its Pre-College Education Program, USJF supports initiatives that take advantage of new technology to bring Japanese and American teachers and students together; build human networks among teachers on both sides of the Pacific with a mutual interest in teaching and learning about Japan, the U.S., and U.S.-Japan relations, particularly in the fields of social studies and Japanese language instruction; and invest in programs in underserved regions in both countries. The foundation supports programs that leverage the expertise in institutions of higher learning and NGOs on behalf of U.S.-Japan studies programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both countries. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2015.


Limited Submission Opportunities

      • National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS) and National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP)

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