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Grants Update

Jewish Identity Programs Supported
Righteous Persons Foundation
Steven Spielberg established the Righteous Persons Foundation to help promote a flourishing and vibrant future for the Jewish community. The Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations that: use the arts, culture, and media to engage a broad audience in an examination of what it has meant and can mean to be a Jew today; educate youth on issues of Jewish identity and community; promote understanding between Jews and those of other faiths and backgrounds around shared values and common goals; encourage Jews to participate in the work of tikkun olam (social justice); and educate people about the events of the Holocaust and its lessons for civic responsibility, tolerance, and social action today. Letters of inquiry are due December 1, 2008. Instructions for developing letters of inquiry are available on the website listed above.

Grants Help Interpret Historic Sites
National Wildlife Refuge System “Preserve America” Grant Program
The National Wildlife Refuge System Preserve America Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, provides grants to help foster interpretive, education, and visitor initiatives that incorporate history and historic sites into the Refuge System’s mission. This program seeks to protect historic sites, integrate history into refuge interpretive and education programs, and build partnerships with communities and organizations interested in supporting refuge programs. Collaborative projects between local refuges and schools are also encouraged. Grants range from $10,000 to $15,000 and require matching funds. Proposals must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2008. Visit the website listed above to review the Requests for Proposals.
Grants Encourage Children’s Creative Play
LEGO Children’s Fund
The LEGO Children’s Fund is committed to helping children (age birth to 14) develop their creativity and learning skills through constructive play. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that offer innovative projects to cultivate and celebrate a child’s exploration of personal creativity and creative problem-solving. 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. Applications are considered from nonprofit organizations located anywhere within the United States, with emphasis on Connecticut and western Massachusetts. Requests are reviewed quarterly; the next application deadline is November 1, 2008. Visit the Fund’s website to take the required eligibility quiz.
U.S. Cellular Connects with Nonprofits
U.S. Cellular’s corporate giving program, Connecting with Our Communities, is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations in company communities.
Young Scholars Attract Foundation Support
The Foundation for Child Development is accepting applications for the Changing Faces of America’s Children — Young Scholars Program.

Health and Human Services: FY 2009 Own Your Future Long-Term Care Awareness Campaign Cooperative Agreements
This program is a joint federal-state initiative to increase awareness among the American public about long-term care risks, costs and payment options, and the importance of planning for future long-term care needs.

Department of Labor: Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative Grants
This program seeks to reduce recidivism by helping inmates find work when they return to their communities, keep those jobs, and increase their earnings over time.

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

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