Support for Wireless Technology to Tackle Social Issues
Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project
The Vodafone Americas Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless-related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Funded projects must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling a social issue in the areas of education, health, access to communication, environment, or economic development. The technology should demonstrate a significant advancement in wireless-related technology, and have the potential for replication and large-scale impact. The Wireless Innovation Project will provide support for projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. (Although organizations must be based in the U.S., projects may operate and help people outside of the U.S.) Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000, which will be paid in equal installments over three years. The application deadline is March 5, 2018. Visit the Vodafone Americas Foundation website to take the required Eligibility Questionnaire and submit an online application.

Support for Financial Education and Empowerment Programs
Investopedia
The mission of Investopedia, a financial education website, is to educate people to make smarter financial decisions. Investopedia.org, an initiative of Investopedia, supports programs that enhance financial empowerment among low-income individuals and communities. Investopedia.org defines “financial empowerment” as providing the information, tools, and coaching needed to achieve financial sustainability in the short- and long-term. One-year grants in the range of $10,000 to $25,000 are being offered to nonprofit organizations that are working to help low-income individuals and communities reduce bad debt, make the most of their financial resources, and build assets. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the United States. The application deadline is January 31, 2018. Visit the Investopedia website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Conflict Resolution Initiatives for Youth Funded
JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth
The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) skills from adults to youth. The emphasis for 2018 is on programs that advance the development, implementation, or assessment of conflict prevention and resolution strategies to serve youth in families whose integrity is jeopardized by changes in social environment that can lead to gang involvement. The possible contexts for projects include community organizations, alternative education, online education, charter schools, after-school programs, juvenile justice facilities, etc. (Traditional K-12 schools may be considered; however, they are not a priority.) Initial project idea descriptions must be submitted by February 14, 2018; invited full proposals will be due June 26, 2018. Visit the ACR website to download the application information.

Programs Promoting Education and Equity for Women and Girls Supported
American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) works to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States. The AAUW Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals, AAUW organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities) throughout the country for innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-14 women and girls’ achievements in science, technology, or math. One-year grants of $2,000 to $7,000 provide funds for community-based projects. Two-year grants of $5,000 to $10,000 provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. The application deadline for both types of grants is January 15, 2018. Visit the AAUW website to submit an online application.

Veteran Businesses Supported
Small Business Administration
The Veterans Business Outreach Center Program offers support to provide quality training and counseling to veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs. The application deadline is January 8, 2018.

Program Funds Humanities in the Media
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Development and production grants are available. The application deadline is January 10, 2018.

Progressive Justice Initiatives in the U.S., Haiti, and Mexico Funded
Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants 
The Peace Development Fund believes that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world can come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities that value the importance of building movements to create systemic social change. The Fund’s Community Organizing Grants provide support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations, efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources, community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level, groups that have a genesis in Occupy or Movement for Black Lives, collaborative peace initiatives led by women, or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. Applying organizations must have an annual budget of $250,000 or less. The application form will be available December 1, 2017, and the application deadline is January 12, 2018. Visit the Fund’s website to download the grant guidelines for the Community Organizing Grants program.

Grants Promote Youth-Led Environmental Education Projects
Captain Planet Foundation: ecoSolution Grants 
The Captain Planet Foundation supports educational programs that enable youth to understand and appreciate our world by getting involved in hands-on projects to improve the environment. The Foundation provides ecoSolution Grants to educators working with youth in the United States to help fund solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants of $500 to $2,500. Priority is given to projects with matching funds or in-kind support. The first application deadline for 2018 is January 15. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

Award Strengthens Solutions to Systemic Criminalization
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: Human Rights Innovation Fellowship
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has selected “Resisting Criminalization” for the topic of the 2018 Human Rights Innovation Fellowship. Nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the United States that have an innovative idea for combating the systemic criminalization of immigrant communities, communities of color, Muslims, LGBTQI communities, or those at the intersections are invited to apply for an award of up to $25,000. Innovations may be legal strategies, methods of mobilization, methods of community outreach, technological or financial products or apps, path-breaking applied research, advances in corporate accountability, or other new approaches. The application deadline is January 17, 2018. Visit the UUSC website to submit an online application.

Program Funds Technology for Historic Preservation
National Park Service
The Preservation Technology and Training Grants program provides support to create better tools, materials, and approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The application deadline is January 4, 2018.

Transportation Service Learning Supported
Department of Transportation
The Youth Service and Conservation Corps Workforce Development program provides support to youth service or conservation corps to perform projects eligible under the Federal-aid highway program, and to expand youth workforce development opportunities while strengthening transportation career pathways. The application deadline is January 8, 2018.


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