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Grants Update: September 17, 2007

For a list of grants with multiple or no deadlines, please visit the ALA Washington Office’s Grants page.

Broadband Economy Awards for Communities
Intelligent Community Forum: Intelligent Community of the Year Awards

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a nonprofit think tank that focuses on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy. Each year, ICF presents the Intelligent Community of the Year Awards program for communities and the public-sector and private-sector partners that contribute to them. The goal of the awards program is to raise awareness of how communities can develop and maintain local prosperity and inclusion amid the challenges of the Broadband Economy, and to generate valuable data on their best practices. Communities large and small, urban and rural, in developed and developing nations, are eligible. The deadline for submission of completed nominations is October 17, 2007. Visit the website listed above for nomination information and forms.

Technology-based Programs Funded
Verizon Foundation

The mission of the Verizon Foundation is to improve education, literacy, family safety, and healthcare by addressing Verizon’s commitment to deliver technology that touches life. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that benefit communities in the locations the company serves within the United States. One of the Foundation’s priority categories is Education and Literacy, with emphasis on innovative, technology-based approaches to literacy and K-12 education. In addition, through the Safety and Health category, the Foundation supports initiatives that contribute to the safety and well-being of families, with emphasis on domestic violence prevention and technology for healthcare and healthcare accessibility. The Foundation reviews proposals from January 1st through November 30th, annually. Visit the website listed above for online application information.

Creative Learning Programs Supported
LEGO Children’s Fund

The LEGO Children’s Fund is committed to helping children develop their creativity and learning skills through constructive play. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that support innovative programs to cultivate and celebrate a child’s exploration of personal creativity and creative problem-solving in all forms. Primary areas of support include early childhood education and development, technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities, and sports or athletic programs that concentrate on underserved youth. There are no restrictions based on geography; however, applications from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts may be given preferential consideration. Requests are reviewed quarterly. The next application deadline is November 1, 2007. Visit the website listed above for more information.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy works to achieve sustainable political change in emerging democracies. The Foundation seeks to strengthen the institutions of democracy, principally political parties, parliaments, and the range of institutions that make up civil society: non-governmental organizations, trade unions, and free media, among others. Areas of interest include politics, elections, local government, civic participation, parliaments, rule of law, media, trade unions, women, and youth. The Foundation supports programs in Africa, North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Feed the Minds

Feed the Minds supports a variety of projects throughout the developing world, including projects that aim to transform lives in developing countries through education, communication, and the provision of information to under-resourced people. Areas of interest include education for development, training and communication for development, and publishing for development.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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