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Grants Update

Funds for Literacy and Safety Initiatives
Verizon Foundation
The mission of the Verizon Foundation is to improve lives through literacy, knowledge, and a readiness for the 21st Century. The Foundation’s funding priorities include: supporting literacy and K-12 education for children and adults, preventing domestic violence and helping victims gain independence, improving healthcare through technology, and educating parents and children about Internet safety. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000. Online applications may be submitted from January 1 through November 1, annually. Visit the website listed above to learn more about the Foundation’s grant guidelines and application process.
Grants Encourage Collaborative Rural Efforts
Laura Jane Musser Fund: Rural Initiative
The Rural Initiative component of the Laura Jane Musser Fund supports collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wyoming. Grants are provided for programs that will help to strengthen rural towns and regions in the targeted states in a number of civic areas, including economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of its location. Planning grants of up to $5,000 and implementation grants of up to $25,000 are provided. The application deadline is November 5, 2008. Complete funding guidelines are available on the Laura Jane Musser Fund?s website.
Foundation Supports Arizona Women
The Arizona Foundation for Women offers two grant programs to support nonprofit organizations whose programming fulfills the unmet needs of Arizona’s women.
Youth Lead the Way to Literacy
The National Education Association, in collaboration with Youth Service America, is accepting applications for the Youth Leaders for Literacy initiative.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Bilateral Digital Humanities Program
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., DFG) are working together to support digitization projects in the humanities.

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