The Open Society Fellowship program will fund individuals working on projects which address the Foundation's core areas of concern: human rights, government transparency, access to information, access to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.
Fellowship projects should identify a problem not previously recognized, advance a new policy idea to address a familiar problem, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Fellows may produce books, reports, blogs, innovative public-education projects, or create a new campaign or organization. They may also host public panel discussions, travel to conferences, participate in policy debates, and should aggressively promote their ideas in public venues. Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach, and advocacy around documentary film and other forms of cultural production.
Full-time fellows based in the United States will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on their work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be pro-rated for part-time fellows.
Deadline to apply is February 5, 2015. For full information, click here
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will offer grants up to $30,000 to help organizations fund projects which foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply or funding for project-related expenses for work that promotes dialogue and raises public awareness about the role of architecture in culture and society. Projects may include (but are not limited to) conferences, lectures, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.
Applications available January 9, 2015 and due February 25, 2015. For complete information, click here
The U.S Soccer Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Safe Places to Play program, which will provide grants up to $200,000 for organizations help build or enhance soccer field space in under-served and urban communities.
To be eligible, an applicant must apply on behalf of a program or project operating in the U.S., and be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, school, municipality, college or university, or sovereign tribal nation. Letters of Intent will be accepted through January 30, 2015. Successful letters will be invited to submit full grant applications by February 6, 2015. For more information, click here
Teams of students from public, private, and charter middle schools and high schools are invited to apply for grants of $1,000, $5,000 and $25,000 in support of projects which address a hunger-related issue.
Each team must include at least three students and a sponsoring teacher or adult adviser. The teams are challenged to create and execute a service-learning project that attempts to solve a local, statewide, or national hunger-related issue; develop an action plan to achieve the goal; and demonstrate leadership.
These grants are administered by the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and the Lift a Life Foundation, with support from the Yum Foundation, the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge. Submissions will be accepted through April 17, 2015. For full requirements, click here
Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation will offer grants of $5,000 to public K-12 schools or nonprofit parent groups associated with such schools. The grants support projects which encourage parent involvement in local schools and help build community spirit. Typical projects may include a facility enhancement, landscaping, clean-up projects or to support larger scale projects that will be completed within 12 months of the award date.
Parent groups who wish to apply (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Preschools are not eligible. The foundation will award up to 1,500 grants. The Lowe's Toolbox for Education Program Spring 2015 grant cycle deadline is February 13, 2015 11:59pm EST. For complete information, click here.
The New York Women's Foundation funds organizations and programs in the five boroughs of New York City that seek to move women and girls toward long–term economic security. The NYWF will provide general operating and program-specific support to organizations whose constituencies are primarily women and girls living at or below the poverty level. Grants range in size from $50,000 to $70,000.
The foundation prioritizes support for:
To be eligible, applicants must be an emerging and/or small nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an annual operating budget under $2 million and must be located in or operate within the five boroughs of New York City and have been in existence for at least six months.
Deadline to apply is Monday, January 5, 2015. For full details, click here
The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting proposals in 2015 from nonprofit organizations for local and national projects designed to improve the quality of life for older Americans. The foundation will consider proposals on February 2, May 1, and August 3.
Local projects: To be eligible for funding, projects must have a local focus in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Florida
National projects: Advocacy, training, and research projects of national relevance will be considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.
Grants will be awarded in 4 areas: Direct services, Advocacy, Education and training for professionals working with elders, and Research. For full information or to apply, click here
Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit organizations. Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded for projects that are action-oriented, build public involvement and support, focus on root causes, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term change.
The company does not fund organizations without 501(c)(3) status or an eligible fiscal sponsor. Grants are not provided for general environmental education efforts; land acquisition, land trusts, or conservation easements; research; environmental conferences; endowment funds; political campaigns; or green building projects.
Funding is limited to programs in the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Argentina, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, and Austria.
Deadlines annually in April and August. For full information on how to apply, click here