Social Justice Projects Supported
Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grant Program
The Peace Development Fund was founded on the belief that lasting change will come only when a large amount of people are well informed and empowered to make change. The Fund’s Community Organizing Grant Program provides support to U.S.-based groups that are engaged in community organizing work for social justice. The Fund is committed to supporting organizations and projects that recognize that peace will never be sustained unless it is based on justice and an appreciation of both the diversity and unity of the human family. Applying organizations must have an annual budget of less than $300,000. In addition applicants should create a power base that can hold leaders accountable to the people who are affected by their decisions. Grants will range from $2,000 to $5,000. The application deadline is May 20, 2011. Visit the Fund’s website to download the application guidelines and forms.
Grants Promote Electoral Empowerment
Mitchell Kapor Foundation: Voting Integrity and Civic Engagement (VoICE)
The mission of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation is to ensure fairness and equity, especially in low-income communities of color. The Foundation’s Voting Integrity and Civic Engagement (VoICE) initiative supports nonprofit organizations that are directly increasing the electoral empowerment of low-income communities of color. Grants are provided to 1) organizations that provide leadership development, organizing, and issue advocacy, and 2) organizations that are improving the national elections infrastructure and systems, namely voter registration modernization and campaign finance reform. For electoral empowerment work grants, priority is given to partners working in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout the state of California, and nationally, in that order. Since elections infrastructure work is generally occurring at the federal and state level, in this area priority is given to federal/nationwide efforts above individual state work. The remaining application deadlines for 2011 are May 18, July 20, September 14, and November 16. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Programs for Children, Families, and Pets Funded
Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation
The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada that enhance the quality of life for children, families, and pets. The Foundation’s grant categories include children’s health and wellness, domestic pets, and literacy and education. Individual project grants as well as organization program grants are provided. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores (NOTE: THERE ARE THREE IN PITTSBURGH). For 2011, the Foundation will accept grant requests from March until October. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines for each of the grant categories and submit an online application.
K-12 Educators Recognized
ING Unsung Heroes Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes Awards, sponsored by ING Insurance USA, recognize K-12 educators who are pioneering new methods and techniques that improve student learning. Educators’ projects are judged on innovative method, creativity, and ability to make a positive influence on the children they teach. Full-time K-12 education professionals from accredited public and private schools throughout the United States are invited to apply. One hundred finalists will be selected, with at least one award given in each state, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Each of the 100 finalists will receive a $2,000 award. Of the 100 finalists, the three top winners will receive an additional $5,000, $10,000, or $25,000 award. The application deadline is April 30, 2011. Application guidelines and forms are available on the program’s website.