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New Opportunities and Funding: Feb. 2, 2016


Proposals Sought for New Online Journal – Unbound: Reinventing Higher Education

This is an online journal intended for all those interested in higher education issues, especially those that affect adult students. This journal aims to engage a broad audience of readers and contributors who are interested in important trends and innovations in education. Unbound considers itself a learning community, extending beyond the classroom into the larger community. Proposals may explore issues in leadership and strategy, innovation, online, global, engagement, and research and policy.

Call for Entries: Eco-Comedy Film Competition

Sponsored by the American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Nature Conservancy, this year’s eco-comedy theme is “Clean Water.” Contestants are to produce a short, humorous video that reaches a broad audience and addresses this year’s theme, “connecting the drops” between water and life. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016.

CommunityWINS Grants Program

Wells Fargo Bank and the Wells Fargo Foundation are teaming up with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) to offer the CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program. The program will support local nonprofits in promoting long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for their community. One of the following categories must be addressed: neighborhood stabilization, economic development, or job creation. All programs must be initiated with the full support of the mayor to be eligible, including those developed and implemented in collaboration with the private sector, community groups, and other partners. The deadline for application submissions is March 18, 2016.

Hilliard P. Jenkins Frontline Solutions Fellowship

This fellowship is designed for emerging leaders generally interested in the intersection of social justice, entrepreneurship, and consulting in the non-profit sector. The program is structured as a summer internship with supplemental professional development opportunities. Fellows are place at one of Frontline’s three offices in Durham, NC, Philadelphia, PA, or Washington D.C. Fellows receive introductions to organizations in their base office and around the country, and also work on a variety of high-impact projects. The deadline for applications is February 26, 2016.

STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMEX)

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-Libraries) and National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-Museums), under which this special initiative falls, will provide up to $1M for research on informal educational approaches that leverage community Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professionals in the broadest sense. Funded research projects will create a foundation for reaching children and families from diverse economic, social, and cultural backgrounds, with different levels of knowledge about STEM. In particular, proposals should address the role of expert oral narratives (e.g., storytelling, personal histories, and analogies) as part of object-based science inquiry. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2016.

Abelard Foundation – East Grants to Support Community Organizing

Fundamental to the grantees of this program is the strategy of community organizing as they work toward the goal of a more democratic, just and equitable society. Part of an organizing strategy is the development of local leadership and the empowerment of their constituents. The Foundation is also interested in strategies that reflect the connection between local work and broader policy issues and the efforts to address them at the state, regional or national levels. Grantees are involved in a broad range of issues which involve the question of civil and human rights. The deadline for applications to be reviewed for the spring is March 15, 2016.