Social Justice Groups
The Fund for a Just Society, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the next application deadline is Sept. 17. Visit www.uua.org to review funding guidelines.
Economic Literacy Initiatives
The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation provides grants to programs with national impact that address the following issues: raising the public's participation in economic education and creating a demand for greater economic literacy; encouraging measurement of economic understanding; developing the application of new strategies for teaching economics, including online instruction; and helping disenfranchised youth or young adults with children learn to participate in the economic system. Requests are reviewed two times per year; the upcoming application deadline is Sept. 15. Visit www.kazanjian.org to review the application guidelines.
Innovative K-12 Projects
The Kids in Need Foundation is dedicated to engaging students in the learning process by providing grants towards the purchase of supplies for students to participate in special classroom learning experiences. Grants, sponsored by retailers and education credit unions, help K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Approximately 200 to 300 grants from $100 to $500 are awarded each year. The application deadline is Sept. 30. Visit www.kinf.org/grants to submit an online application.
K-12 Community Projects
Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant Program provides grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to public K-12 schools and school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools throughout the United States that develop projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping/clean up projects. The fall 2012 application deadline is Oct. 12 (or once 1,500 applications are received). Visit www.toolboxforeducation.com to submit an online application.
Innovative Contemporary Visual Arts Presentations
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts fosters innovative artistic expression and the creative process by supporting cultural organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. Grants are provided to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other relevant activities. The next postmark deadline for proposals to the Foundation is Sept. 1, 2012. Visit www.warholfoundation.org to review the grant guidelines.
*The above grant notifications provided courtesy of GrantStation and the Florida Association of Non-Profit Organizations (FANO).
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