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Grants Update

Nationwide Support for Health Care Issues
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful, and timely change.The Foundation awards grants for projects in the United States and U.S. territories through Calls for Proposals that target specific health issues as well as by funding unsolicited proposals that address the Foundation’s Building Human Capital, Pioneer, and Vulnerable Populations program areas. The Building Human Capital program area focuses on assuring that the nation has a well-trained workforce in health care. The Pioneer program area supports innovative ideas that may have far-reaching impact on people’s health care. The emphasis of the Vulnerable Populations program area is the critical connections between health and social circumstances. Unsolicited proposals are reviewed throughout the year; Calls for Proposals have specific deadlines. Visit the website listed above for a list of current Calls for Proposals and detailed information on submitting unsolicited proposals.

Grants Encourage Traditional American Values
Castle Rock Foundation
The mission of the Castle Rock Foundation is to promote a better understanding of the free enterprise system, help ensure a limited role for government and the protection of individual rights as provided for in the Constitution, encourage personal responsibility and leadership, and uphold traditional American values. The Foundation provides general operating support and special project grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States whose goals and purposes address the mission of the Foundation. The upcoming application deadline is March 15, 2009. Guidelines for submitting proposals are available on the Foundation’s website listed above.

Grants Promote Knowledge Sharing Nationally and Internationally
The Annenberg Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge throughout the U.S. and globally. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following program areas: education and youth development; arts, culture, and humanities; civic and community; animal services and the environment; and health and human services. Letters of inquiry that address the Foundation’s interests are accepted throughout the year. For examples of programs funded by the Foundation and information on developing letters of inquiry, visit the website listed above.

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

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