A fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is offering grants of up to $5,000 to assist school libraries in updating and diversifying their collections. Grants are awarded to schools, rather than districts, counties, foundations, or other organizations. Schools must have a student body where 80% or more are eligible for free or reduced lunches to apply, and preference will be given to student bodies that are 90% eligible or more. Schools may be in any of the 50 states or American territories, the District of Columbia, or a Department of Defense school in another country, and includes all public, private, charter, parochial, reservation, and detention center schools, serving any combination of pre-K through high school students. Funding is available for books and serial/magazine subscriptions and cannot be used towards A/V equipment, furniture, tests or exams, software, shelving, classroom book sets, or videos. For more information and application materials, please see the Laura Bush Foundation website. The deadline is December 1.
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, dedicated to improving life outcomes for at-risk and low-income youth, has announced the application period for a new round of grants from its Social Innovation Fund of up to $5 million over 2 to 3 years. The Foundation is seeking U.S. organizations that serve disadvantaged youth ages 9 to 24 with a track record of strong leadership, potential for growth, operational and financial capacity, and commitment to youth in communities in need. Preference will be given to programs that benefit philanthropically underserved populations, such as rural areas. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) or 170(c)(1) or (2) entities and must be active for 3 years prior to application. Recipients will be responsible for meeting a 1:1 match of grants.
Entities must file a Notice of Intent to Apply by November 9. Full information can be found at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation website. Applications are due November 20.
The Point Foundation’s mission is to empower “promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential”. One-year scholarships of $25,000 per scholar are being offered to students who have lost the support of families or communities as a result of revealing their gender identity or expression or sexual orientation. Eligible students will be enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs for the 2013-14 school year who agree to maintain a high level of academic performance and to giving back to the LGBTQ community via an individual service project during the year. Past scholarship recipients have also benefited from internship opportunities. Nominations are encouraged. The first part of the application will be due January 14, 2013 and is available now. Part II of the application will become available from November 2, 2012 to January 28, 2013. For more information, please see the application flyer or the application home page.
The Bruner Foundation has opened the application period for its Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. The award consists of one Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 each. Awards may be used in any way that benefits the projects. The award is “designed to celebrate urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to American cities.” Award-winning projects are determined by a selection committee and as such are not determined through criteria, but must by real places rather than merely programs or plans, and must exist in the contiguous 48 U.S. states. Application materials and information on past winners can be viewed at the foundations website. Applications are due December 10.