The following grant announcements and deadlines are being posted for your general information as possible grant opportunities for members of the Rider University Community.  A link with further information is provided for each announcement, since such details are helpful in determining whether the funding source is appropriate for a particular project.   If you are interested in pursuing an opportunity, after reviewing one or more announcement, please contact Denise Pinney, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, or her administrative specialist, Pamela Rivera,, x7030.

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OrganizationThe Achelis and Bodman Foundations
Deadline:  There are no deadlines and applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Each request is reviewed by staff and will usually receive a written response within 30 days.  All grants are reviewed and approved by the Trustees at one of their three board meetings in May, September, or December.
Nonprofit organizations based in New York City and northern New Jersey that are tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) and fall within the program areas of the Foundations are welcome to submit an inquiry or proposal letter by regular mail. (Please do not send CDs, DVDs, computer discs, video tapes, or proposals unless requested.)  An initial inquiry to The Achelis and Bodman Foundations should include only the following items:  A proposal letter that briefly summarizes the history of the project, need, objectives, time period, key staff, project budget, and evaluation plan; Latest annual report; Latest complete audited financial statements; and IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exemption letter.
Range of Support:  $10-$50,000 in 2014 (arts and cultures category)
Focus:  Funding is spread over six program areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Employment, Health, Public Policy, and Youth and Families.  Arts and Culture: Cultural institutions are among New York City's most valued resources. They attract visitors from around the world and are one reason why so many people choose to live there. They are also major employers and vital to the City's economy. The arts were important to Miss Achelis and Mr. and Mrs. Bodman, and so the Foundations have continued to support this area, generally through operating grants to the City's prominent cultural institutions. The Foundations are most likely to support organizations that promote and sustain traditional concepts of artistic excellence.
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OrganizationThe Bunbury Company
Deadline:  Your LOI should be submitted at least one full week before the application deadline in order to allow time for review and to provide your organization enough time to complete the entire application process.  Deadlines are typically Nov. 5, Feb. 11, May 13, and Aug. 5, but confirmation may be needed.  
Range of Support:  The average award is $15,000.
Focus:  Bunbury seeks to assist organizations primarily in Mercer County, but also in Camden, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset, with programs in the following areas:  1) Educational programs that provide opportunities for intellectual, societal or cultural growth to youth and families, 2) Environmental programs that help conserve threatened farmland, habitat or waterways and regional planning efforts that help advance these goals, 3) Community building and social service programs that empower the underserved, and 4) Cultural programs that promote local artistic initiatives.
The Foundation is particularly interested in programs that are local and have the ability to positively impact the quality of life within their community. A snapshot of the 47 organizations Bunbury provided support to in 2012 show that 4% were new grantees and 67% were organizations or programs located in Mercer County. Underserved youth and families received approximately 50% of the allocated funds with 26% going to education, 16% to environmental programs and 8% for the arts.
The Foundation provides basic needs support within the following areas: General operating support, Building Funds, Challenge grants or matching funds, and Funds for special programs.
The Foundation will not provide support for the following: Endowment campaigns; Sporting activities, outings or events; Fraternal or religious organizations, including schools with religious affiliation; Individual fellowships or scholarships; Summer camps or day care facilities, unless part of a comprehensive after care program; Organizations with multiple chapters if outside Mercer County; Specific cultural performances; Publications or surveys.
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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.
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Organization:  Community Foundation of New Jersey:  The Mercer Fund
Deadline:  October 1 and March 1
Range of Support:  $2,500-$5,000
Focus:  Members of the Mercer County community use their personal philanthropy to make a difference in the community via The Mercer Fund.  Recipients of support tend to be in Trenton or similar nonprofits that support underserved populations (i.e. Meals on Wheels, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, etc.)
More information:   Contact Faith Krueger at 973-267-5533, x227 or via

OrganizationDoris Duke Charitable Foundation
Deadline:  There are no open competitions administered by DDCF at this time.  
Range of Support:  Varies
Focus:  The foundation supports four national grant-making programs: the Arts Program, the Child Well-being Program, the Environment Program and the Medical Research Program.  The Arts Program primarily distributes its support through grants administered by intermediary organizations.  The Arts Program typically encompasses jazz, contemporary dance and theater.  To see the full list of future opportunities available through these organizations, visit each of the initiatives in the Arts Program's Initiatives & Strategies section.
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OrganizationFrank and Lydia Bergen Foundation
Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by April 10 to be reviewed at the grant meeting in May, and August 15 to be reviewed at the grant meeting in October.
Range of Support:  $5-$20,000
Focus:  The Bergen Foundation provides funding to organizations that support musical performing arts and musical education programs, preferably in traditional classical music forms. Preference is given to programs that "arrange for musical entertainment, concerts, and recitals appropriate for the education and instruction of the public in the musical arts."
Predominant consideration is given to programs that deal with traditional classical music programs. They also give special consideration to "aid worthy students of music to secure complete and adequate musical education" and to organizations that are presenting "fine music to the public, provided that such organizations are operated exclusively for educational purposes."
All of the Bergen Foundation's grants are administered through Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services and applications can be done online.   
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OrganizationThe Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Range of Support:  Up to $25,000
Focus:  Arts Guidelines:  Pursue and demonstrate the highest standards of artistic excellence in the performing and visual arts; enhance the cultural health and richness of New Jersey communities; inspire learning and understanding; and contribute to our state's creative economy.  The Dodge Foundation strives to fulfill this vision for the Arts in NJ by funding organizations that:  1) Provide opportunities for meaningful connections between people & art within their communities, and partner with others to expand the inclusiveness and the impact of the arts; 2) Use the arts to revitalize communities, public places and natural spaces; and 3) Commit to creative and economic opportunities for NJ artists.
Education Guidelines:  ARTS EDUCATION – The Foundation believes a multi-pronged strategy is needed to fulfill the promises of a comprehensive arts education agenda. Strong policies, nonprofit arts organizations and program models, as well as creative principals and teachers are essential. To that end the Dodge Foundation provides general operating and program support to nonprofit organizations that: 1) Partner with  school districts in developing sustainable  arts education strategic plans; 2) Offer high-quality, sequential model arts education programs that accelerate a district’s or school’s  arts education strategy; 3) Offer specialized, high-level arts training to help talented low-income students develop their artistic skills or pursue a career in the arts; 4) Provide professional development for teachers and for “creativity teams” of principals, art specialists and other classroom teachers to collaboratively integrate the arts and the artistic process with the Common Core State Standards and science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) curricula and programs; 5) Improve how NJ schools of education prepare teachers to include innovative arts education and arts integration training for all  teachers, including teachers of non-arts subjects; and 6) Work to advance arts education policies and/or provide research and data that demonstrates the impact and value of arts education practices.  
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OrganizationGertrude L. Hirsch Charitable Trust
Deadline:  July 7 for a September decision
Range of Support:  Average grant size: $2-$20,000
Focus:  The Gertrude L. Hirsch Charitable Trust awards grants exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to organizations that will fulfill those purposes.  Focus areas include:  Arts, culture, and humanities; Education; Environment, animals; Health; Human services; and Public/society benefit.  The Gertrude L. Hirsch Charitable Trust is administered through Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services.
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OrganizationThe John A. and Margaret Post Foundation, Inc.
Deadline:  April 1 and October 1
Range of Support:  Average grant size: $5-$50,000
Focus:  The John and Margaret Post Foundation supports charitable organizations that benefit the quality of life for families and society in general, with a primary focus on organizations in northwest New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania.   Priorities include Arts, culture and humanities; Education; Environment, animals; Health; Human services; and Public/society benefit.
When submitting a grant application to the foundation, please focus on providing the pertinent information in an efficient and concise manner. Please do not submit an application that is overly explanatory or too lengthy.  When submitting a grant application to the foundation for a building project or repairs, the foundation requires contractor bids, estimates, and any other pertinent information be submitted via e-mail to in addition to your grant application. Please reference your application when e-mailing this information.  Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.  The Foundation is administered through Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services.
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Organization:  Karma Foundation
Deadline:  Organizations interested in submitting a proposal should complete the LOI in the Foundation’s Funding Section. The board will review this LOI and inform the organization whether or not they are interested in a full proposal. This process will take between 2-4 weeks.
Range of Support:  The majority of grants range from $1,000-$10,000.
Focus:  The Karma Foundation was established in 1996 to provide grants in support of organizations engaged in activities and programs in the areas of Arts & Culture, Autism, Education & Literacy, Health & Human Services and Development & Enrichment of Jewish Life.  Grants are made to local, national and international organizations. Grants to local organizations are limited to parts of New Jersey. New Jersey grants are restricted to Middlesex, Union, and Mercer Counties. Organizations based in New Jersey with regional or statewide scope will also be considered.  The foundation makes grants in the following categories: Capacity Building, Capital needs, Disaster relief, Equipment and materials, Operating expenses, Special projects and programs, Start-ups
More information:   Organizations that have not received funding from the Karma Foundation in the past should email to ask questions and receive assistance before beginning the LOI/Application Process.

OrganizationRobert A. Mills Foundation
Deadline:  Grants are made annually each July. Applications are accepted year-round but must be submitted by May 15 for a July decision.
Range of Support:  $5-$15,000
Focus:  The Robert A. Mills Foundation was established under the will of Robert A. Mills as a perpetual trust, the income of which is distributed for charitable purposes. Mr. Mills lived in the City of Paterson, New Jersey, and was affiliated with an industrial supplies and equipment business known as H.W. Mills & Company.  Mission:  To provide grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations supporting charitable, religious, scientific, literary, humanitarian, scholarship, or educational purposes.  Priorities include:  Arts, culture, and humanities; Education; Environment, animals; Health; Human services; Public/society benefit; and Religion.  Administered by the Wells Fargo Trust.
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Organization:  The Tianaderrah Foundation
Deadline:  none
Range of Support:  $5-$25,000 for organizations new to the Foundation
Focus:   The Tianaderrah Foundation is a personal philanthropy vehicle founded by Robert Livingston Gipson in 1996.   Since 2001, he has been honoring the memory of his late mother, Madeleine LePine Gipson ’33, who passed away when he was only 4, by donating to causes he believes would have mattered to her.  The Iroquois word for “meeting place,” Tianaderrah is also the name of Gipson’s family home in Unadilla, N.Y., where his mother was raised. The foundation supports educational and cultural organizations in the Upstate New York region in which the Gipsons live, as well as national entities such as Sweet Briar College, his mother’s alma mater and the Gipsons’ alma maters, Princeton, Hunter College and New York University. A third of distributions, which total approximately $2 million per year, is allocated internationally, particularly in Bulgaria, Nellie Gipson’s native country.  (An event taking place on the Princeton University campus may be of interest.)
More information:   Submit a LOI to The Tianaderrah Foundation, c/o Robert L. Gibson, 130 Butternut Road, P.O. Box 639, Unadilla, NY 13849-0139.

Disadvantaged Populations

Organization: State Street Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
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.
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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.
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Faculty Scholarship

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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Organization: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends 2015
Deadline for Submission to Late September, 2015 (expected)
Deadline for Internal Nomination Submission: 5:00 p.m. EST August 21, 2015
Range of Support: Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.
Focus: The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars.  Scholars must be nominated by their institution.  Up to two scholars per institution may be submitted for consideration.
Nomination Process for Rider University: Please visit the Eligibility section of the Request for Proposal to ensure you are eligible for nomination.
Those interested in and eligible for applying for nomination must: 

  1. Register as an individual account holder with (to get started, click here).  This step can take up to two weeks, so get started early. 
  2. Complete the grant narrative in the format prescribed in the NEH Request for Proposal. 
  3. Send your narrative to (Cathlene Leary-Elderkin, Associate Director for Grants Development and Science Literacy) by 5:00 pm on August 21, 2015.
  4. Nominating Committee members led by Dean Mosto will review the narrative, select nominated proposals, and communicate to all applicants.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months and support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars.  Scholars must be nominated by their institution; up to two scholars per institution may be submitted for consideration.

This opportunity is now closed.  Information on the next submission cycle will be posted in Summer 2016.

Questions for a Rider Grants Officer? Contact Cathlene Leary-Elderkin, Associate Director for Grants Development and Science Literacy at or 609-896-5000 ext. 7257

Miscellaneous/Multiple Areas of Support

Organization: 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.
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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 ( if you wish to nominate students for select scholarships.
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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.
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Organization: W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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: 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.
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