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New Opportunities and Funding: August 12, 2016

$100K Grinnell Prize: Young Innovator for Social Justice

The Grinnell Prize, open to a global and diverse pool of candidates, honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Nominee must have earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent between 2001 and 2007.

Nominations are due by October 9, 2016.

$25K Ben and Jerrys: National Grassroots Grant Program

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and is our most competitive grant program. While the program’s broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, it focuses on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing.

The foundation makes one-year grants for up to $25,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.

Next Deadlines for Pre-Applications: Oct. 14, 2016

Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities (SENCER): Leadership Fellows

The SENCER Leadership Fellows program recognizes members of the SENCER community interested in taking on more advanced involvement through formal roles in the project. Leadership Fellows are appointed for 18-month, renewable terms, and work on projects of their own design. Fellows’ projects have included course design, faculty development, research into student learning, and initiatives to assist other members of the SENCER community in their professional development. The goals for the Leadership Fellows program are five-fold: (1) recognize the leadership of those who have made reforms into campus realities, (2) broaden the impact of individual SENCER activities on campus, (3) apply what has been learned to new challenges, (4) create regional and, where desired, issue-specific organizations to nurture the expanding community of practice that SENCER has helped to foster, and (5) plan for sustaining and continually refreshing the SENCER Ideals and national program over the long term.

The deadline for fall applications is October 15, 2016.

$2K-5K NEA Foundation Invites Applications for Learning and Leadership Grants

National Education Association’s Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:

  • Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research
  • Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information.

Next Deadline: October 15, 2016.

Russell Sage Foundation: Up to $150K for Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration  grants

The Russell Sage Foundation launched its program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the spring of 2015. This new program seeks investigator-initiated research proposals on the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American. We are especially interested in innovative research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, and legal status in outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline Invited Proposal Deadline Funding Decision
September 9, 2016 (2pm EST) November 14, 2016 (2pm EST) March 2017
January 9, 2017 (2pm EST) March 13, 2017 (2pm EST) June 2017

Russell Sage Foundation: Up to $150K for Program on Social Inequality

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. We seek investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline Invited Proposal Deadline Funding Decision
September 9, 2016 (2pm EST) November 14, 2016 (2pm EST) March 2017
January 9, 2017 (2pm EST) March 13, 2017 (2pm EST) June 2017

Russell Sage Foundation: Small Grants Program on Behavioral Economics

The Foundation’s Behavioral Economics program supports research that incorporates the insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior. Launched jointly with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1986, the program was instrumental in the development of this new interdisciplinary field. The Foundation supports the Behavioral Economics Roundtable, a consortium of leading researchers which provides a small grants program for exploratory research, a two-week summer workshop for younger scholars, research grants, and a book series for major works in behavioral economics. There is a $7,500 lifetime limit for these small grants.

Rolling deadline

Russell Sage Foundation: The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 represents the most significant reform of the U.S. health care system in decades. It was enacted with the goals of increasing access to health insurance, enhancing the quality of care and moderating the growth in costs. The new law is likely to have far reaching effects, beyond the way health insurance markets operate and beyond its impact on population health outcomes. It is those other social, economic and political effects of the ACA that we seek to understand.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline Invited Proposal Deadline Funding Decision
October 31, 2016 (2pm EST) February 27, 2017 (2pm EST) June 2017
July 17, 2017 (2pm EST) October 23, 2017 (2pm EST) March 2018
March 30, 2018 (2pm EST) July 16, 2018 (2pm EST) November 2018
2018–2019 April 14 – June 30, 2017 (11:59pm EST) December 2017