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The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with the Lumina Foundation, the National Conference on Citizenship, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is inviting applications from postsecondary education institutions for the Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge. Each college or university entrant will compete for a prize to support the planning and creation of new education-affiliated service-year positions. The challenge seeks to promote innovative ideas related to the integration of learning and service during the college experience. There are three categories of entrants — public, private, and community colleges — with each category winner receiving $30,000. Additionally, an Audience Choice Award winner will receive a $10,000 prize.
The People of Color Fund grant program will: Invest in leaders (current, new, and emerging); Support organizations that serve communities of color; Help people of color change systems that create barriers to their success. The People of Color Fund will focus its grantmaking in three key areas. While applications for other projects will be accepted, the committee will give priority to projects or organizations that support: Leadership Development: providing skill building, training, and/or mentorships for leaders of color Civic Engagement: increasing understanding of and involvement in public institutions and civic processes; this includes legislative processes, voting, and citizenship classes Youth: training, skill building, promoting cultural awareness and appreciation, helping youth overcome challenges
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committed to expanding coverage and, as such, works to contribute to the policy process by funding timely and policy-relevant empirical research on questions related to health insurance. This solicitation seeks to fund quantitative studies that address the macro or micro effects of policies related to health insurance using appropriate empirical methods, including but not limited to micro-simulation and/or computable general equilibrium models.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a significant change to its Summer Seminars and Institutes program, which will no longer support projects which take place outside of the United States.
The aim is to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses.
For the past six years, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation has supported programs and organizations throughout Maine engaged in three broad categories of activity: Animal Welfare, Environment and Human Well-Being. Beginning this fall, the Foundation will be changing its approach to grant making in the areas of the Environment and Human Well-Being. A new integrated program entitled, "Healthy People Healthy Places", will replace the previously separate Environment and Human Well-Being program areas.
The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The IUSE program features two tracks: Engaged Student Learning, and Institutional and Community Transformation. Each track has two tiers of projects: Exploration, and Design and Development.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted a Request for Proposals entitled Special Research Grants Program - Aquaculture Research. Approximately $1.35 million is available to support multiple awards.
The President has set a clear goal for the Nation’s education system. By 2020 the United States will once again lead the world in the proportion of its citizens holding college degrees or other postsecondary credentials. To support this national effort the Department of Education has outlined a comprehensive education agenda that includes expanding quality and opportunity at all levels of education from early learning programs through higher education. The FITW Program is a key part of this agenda.
The U.S. Department of Education announced the awarding of more than $20.1 million to 39 colleges and universities under the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). SIP helps postsecondary schools expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen their academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability, as well as build a framework to help students complete college.


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