Organization: The Charles LaFitte Foundation
Deadline: Applications will be accepted after September 30
Range of Support: $1,000-$40,000
Focus: The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research & issues, and the arts. The Foundation underwrites programs that can become self-sustaining with long-term commitment and measurable impact. In determining grants, CLF looks for solutions that lead to independence and self-empowerment for individuals, and to the establishment of effective, long-standing programs and organizations. More than 50% of CLF’s awards are given to the arts. According to CLF, “Exposure to the arts is vital to fostering and sustaining healthy communities. With diminished civic support and declining patronage, most arts organizations are increasingly challenged. Innovation, creativity, initiative, and risk taking are intrinsic to artistic expression, inspiring audiences to dig deeper into their personal potential and freeing minds to contemplate dreams.” CLF goals for arts funding include: cultivating new talent, supporting established artists, providing educational programs that encourage children’s creativity, furthering equal access to the arts, establishing therapeutic arts programs.
Organization: State Street Foundation
Range of Support: $10,000-$25,000
Focus: The Foundation’s primary focus is on initiatives that ultimately help disadvantaged populations obtain the skills required to compete in the 21st-century, knowledge-based global economy. To be included in our funding portfolio, organizations must have a direct and proven connection to the outcomes in the following impact framework: a) Contribute to the overall health and well-being of our communities around the world by promoting economic self-sufficiency among disadvantaged populations via projects focused on education, employment, and credentials and employability; and b) Workforce development sector improvement (workforce sector and education sector) to enable success in basic education, increase access to industry-recognized credential programs, enable attainment of industry-recognized credentials, build basic job-readiness skills, increase employment experience, increase job placement. Grant support is focused on supporting disadvantaged populations, with emphasis on teens through adults, that may include: low-income, undereducated, unemployed and underemployed, secondary school dropouts, at-risk/high-risk youth, disabled seeking employment or advancement, immigrants entering or advancing within the workforce. Note: the State Street Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in the communities in which its offices are located. A State Street office (Princeton Financial Systems, LLC) has led to funding of numerous Mercer County and Trenton-specific projects.
O rganization: TD Charitable Foundation
Deadline: The fourth Friday of February, May, August or November
Range of Support: $5,000-$50,000
Focus: The TD Charitable Foundation focuses on the following areas of giving: 1) Affordable Housing, including community revitalization and the preservation and development of affordable housing; 2) Education/Financial Literacy, including reading, writing, math and financial literacy for all ages, pre- and after-school programs that reinforce basic learning skills, English as a second language, tutoring and mentorship, and education-focused youth development programs and initiatives; and 3) the Environment, including programs and initiatives that help improve the environment through energy-saving and sustainable measures, promoting environmental awareness and education, and engaging our communities in the active preservation of our natural surroundings.
Organization: Fulbright Specialist Program
Deadline: Throughout the calendar year
Range of Support: varies
Focus: The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide. Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments. International travel costs and a per day grant payment are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. U.S. faculty and professionals apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a five-year term. Roster candidates are reviewed by peers in their discipline and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).
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Miscellaneous/Multiple Areas of Support
O rganization: Compton Foundation
Deadline: Not posted, potentially rolling
Range of Support: $20,000-$50,000
Focus: The Compton Foundation seeks to ignite change. It supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future. The Foundation strives to support projects that highlight a sense of urgency and a willingness to take risks in order to transform the way we live. According to the Compton foundation, “Bringing forth a positive future requires innovative ways of understanding and naming the problems we face, as well as new methods for collaborating to solve them. Implicit in the mission is support for progressive and democratic social change. Consequently, the Compton Foundation will support organizations building the long-term capacity to ignite change as well as provide rapid response and emerging opportunity funding. In particular, the Foundation values projects that explore the connections between its areas of focus which include: Transformative Leadership, which is no limited to strategizing, organizing, and campaigning, but also on personal relationships. As the Foundation indicates, “Success in creating a more just and sustainable world will require emotional authenticity in addition to intellectual analysis, and the courage to lead morally, as well as politically. The leaders (and the institutions that support them) with whom we will engage are driven by a strong sense of social purpose and have a searing passion for making a difference. As leaders, they are able to craft and communicate a compelling vision of the future, translate that vision into clear strategies and achievable goals, build community, and adapt flexibly to shifting contexts for their work. They take risks. Not only do they respect and embrace diverse voices, they are also able to work across boundaries to find agreement around shared goals.” Courageous Storytelling includes efforts to “Disrupt our understanding of the status quo, to give voice to previously unheard narratives.” Projects may involve visual art, music, drama, film, writing, and creative social media to amplify critical issues and to blend personal with political, emotional with intellectual.
Organization: Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ)
Deadline: New student scholarship opportunities are posted on an ongoing basis.
Range of Support: Typically, student scholarships range from $1,500 to $6,000
Focus: The ICFNJ partners with corporations to establish scholarship opportunities for its member institutions. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Select opportunities require faculty nominations; in other instances, students may apply on their own. Please contact Denise Pinney (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to nominate students for select scholarships.
Organization: Open Society Foundations
Deadline: Deadlines may be found on website.
Range of Support: Varies
Focus: The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. Featured grant opportunities include Fostering Open Society in West Africa, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Freedom of Communication in the Digital Environment Initiative, Mental Health Initiative, SOROS Justice Fellowships, and Open Society Fellowships. The Open Society Foundations do not make awards outside their specific funding priorities.
Organization: W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Range of Support: $40,000+
Focus: The W. K. Kellogg Foundation website provides information regarding the Foundation’s programming framework for educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement. Faculty and administration are encouraged to visit the website for information about these priority areas as well as grants that have been funded in the past.
Organization: Walmart Foundation
Deadline: The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program has two application cycles per year. The first cycle runs January to March. The second funding cycle begins in June and ends in August.
Range of Support: State grants start at $25,000 and cap at $250,000. They are available only to programs with partners/affiliates and a goal to reach the entire state.
Focus: The proposed use of the grant must fit within one of the Walmart Foundation's core giving areas: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on a regional/state level or be affiliates/chapters of larger organizations that operate on the regional/state level.
Science and Public Health
Organization: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: Calls for Proposals may be found on the RWJF website.
Range of Support: Varies
Focus: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation works with a diverse organizations to address problems at their roots to help make a difference on the widest scale—particularly for the most vulnerable populations. For projects to be eligible for funding, they must address one of the following program areas: childhood obesity, healthcare coverage, human capital, innovation, public health, quality/equality, vulnerable populations.
Sexual Identification and Gender
Organization: Arcus Foundation
Deadline: Grants are awarded four times a year, but letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time.
Range of Support: $25,000+
Focus: Discrimination, social exclusion, violence and persecution adversely affect millions of individuals whose sexual orientation and gender identity are seen as nonconforming around the world. The Arcus Foundation seeks to help overcome cultural and policy obstacles that are barriers to the full acceptance, respect and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Working on national, regional, and international levels, Arcus is helping to build a global movement integrating sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) into shared conceptions of human rights.
STEM and Education
Organization: Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Deadline: Rolling – please provide the Foundation with ample lead time
Range of Support: $100,000
Focus: Secondary Education (grades 9-12 only) In order to concentrate efforts in strengthening education in grades 9 - 12, grants are made for innovative professional development programs that strengthen teachers and their teaching in grades 9-12. Special consideration will be given to projects in their early stages that address the concerns and problems of secondary education on a national level. Therefore, proposals should strive to develop solutions with potential for wide application or replication by others. Evaluation is often an important component. Requests to support well-established programs should be for initiatives with the potential to improve the program significantly. Proposals should indicate other sources of support for the project, including contributions of the requesting institution and plans for sustained funding beyond the term of the grant. Normally, proposals that result only in local betterment will not be competitive. In considering proposals to support high school teaching, the Foundations encourage sustained partnerships between the faculties of colleges (e.g., arts and sciences and education) and school districts, or collaborative efforts involving reform organizations, colleges/universities and high schools. Proposals may cover a wide range of initiatives intended to improve teaching. For example, projects might be designed to improve professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, strengthen teaching skills, support practical research in teacher and high school education, or encourage innovative use of technology and new techniques for presentation of classroom materials in high schools.
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Organization: Longview Foundation
Deadline: Funding inquiries required January 23, 2013 or June 5, 2014
Range of Support: $15,000-$20,000
Focus: Internationalizing teacher preparation. Preference given to programs that maximize the number of teacher candidates reached and that involve both the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Organization: National Science Foundation, Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Range of Support: $100,000 - $600,000
Focus: This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution & Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities.
Organization: RGK Foundation
Deadline: An electronic letter of inquiry (LOI) is the first step. LOI’s are accepted on a rolling basis.
Range of Support: $25,000 is the average grant award
Focus: The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.