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Grants Update

Grants Address Economically Isolated Communities
Hitachi Foundation: Business and Communities Grants Program
The Hitachi Foundation’s grantmaking strategy is aimed at enhancing opportunity and quality of life for economically isolated people. The Foundation’s Business and Communities Grants Program focuses on the role of both businesses and communities in addressing economic isolation and strengthening the field of corporate citizenship. Through the program, the Foundation develops partnerships with nonprofit organizations that enable economically challenged people to retain and advance in their jobs, earn living wages, and accumulate savings and assets. Interested organizations may submit an online inquiry to provide information about project ideas at any time. If the idea addresses the Foundation’s priorities, a proposal may be requested. Visit the Foundation’s website for program details.

Social Change Projects Funded Nationwide
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation provides support to nonprofit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States that facilitate progressive social change. Grant applicants need to demonstrate that their projects will lead to societal, institutional, and/or environmental change; address the root causes of social or environmental problems; and lead to new ways of thinking and acting. Projects must facilitate leadership development and strengthen the self-empowerment efforts of those who have traditionally been disenfranchised in our society. The Foundation does not make grants to support basic or direct social service programs. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the website listed above to review the funding guidelines and download the application form.

Grants Enhance the Pacific Northwest Region
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) by supporting nonprofit organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The priorities of the Trust’s General Grants program include educational programs offered in both formal and informal settings; performing and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region; and preventive health and human services programs, with a focus on youth. General Scientific Research Grants and Formal Program Grants in Science are also provided. With the exception of the Formal Program Grants in Science, which has specific deadlines, letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Trust’s website for details on each of the grant programs.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Small Grants to Libraries – Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
This program provides financial support to libraries for the planning, arranging, administering, and promoting of the traveling exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
This program supports projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, to conduct research on the library profession, and to support early career research.

Grants Enhance Company Communities
Regal Foundation
The Regal Foundation supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Grants are provided to both local charities based in the communities the company theatres serve and to national projects that have a multiplier effect by benefiting local groups across the country. The Foundation is primarily interested in supporting organizations that benefit persons suffering economic, social, physical, or educational hardship or disadvantage, or who are otherwise in need of assistance. Examples of funded programs include food banks, children and youth services, and K-12 education. Requests may be submitted at any time, and are reviewed three times per year. Visit the company’s website listed above for application guidelines and forms.

Grants Address Tolerance Education
Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching Tolerance Grants
The Teaching Tolerance Grants Program, administered by the Southern Poverty Law Center, offers grants to pre-K-12 educators throughout the U.S. for rigorous innovative projects designed to reduce prejudice among youth, improve intergroup relations and equitable school experiences, and/or support educator professional development in these areas. Proposals from community organizations and houses of worship will be considered on the basis of direct student impact. Projects funded by Teaching Tolerance tend to be focused on character/moral education, conflict resolution, multiculturalism, community service, and other aspects of tolerance education. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Southern Poverty Law Center website to download the application form.

Department of Homeland Security: Federal Emergency Management Agency: Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program
This program supports hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.

Training Focuses on Google Documents
TWS Consulting: Google Docs Webinar
TWS Consulting is offering a webinar on how to replace costly software with no-cost Google Documents. Learn how to take advantage of free Google productivity software to save your nonprofit money, increase collaboration, and expand your knowledge about these easy-to-use tools. The focus of the webinar will be on word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. The webinar will be held December 1, 2008, at 2 p.m. EST. Visit the website listed above to register.

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

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