This week in Funding News: Arcus Foundation, Steelcase Education, Herb Block Foundation, James Graham Brown Foundation

Welcome to Funding News Weekly—your weekly connection to funding opportunities, tools, and grant makers that meet your mission. These curated opportunities represent potential investments and partnerships for MBK network communities to support strategies and initiatives for boys and young men of color.

his week features Active Learning Center Grants from Steelcase Education to outfit classroom and other physical spaces; Pathways Out of Poverty grants from Herb Block Foundation; and grants from James Graham Brown Foundation for Quality of LIfe Core Organization Support to strengthen non profits.

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New Funding Opportunities

  1. Steelcase Education: Active Learning Center Grants $$Deadline:February 1, 2019Amount: $67,000Category: Education

    Eligibility: Educational Institutions – Grades 6-12, colleges and universities

    Description: Steelcase Education partners with institutions across North America to create effective, rewarding, and inspiring active learning environments. The Active Learning Center Grants program is for applicants interested in using physical classroom spaces to advance learning in new and important ways. Each grant includes furniture, design review, installation, onsite training, and a Learning Environment Evaluation measurement tool to elevate connection, improve engagement, and spur collective success of students and staff. Applicants may choose from four classroom styles for up to thirty students.

    Complete RFP

  2. Herb Block Foundation: Pathways Out of Poverty Program $Deadline: Feb 19, 2019 (Letter of Intent)
    Amount: $5,000 – $25,000Category: EducationEligibility: 501(c)(3) organization located in and/or provide services in the greater Washington, D.C. region, (District of Columbia, the counties of Arlington and Fairfax and the City of Alexandria in Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland).

    Description: Pathways Out of Poverty program focus on helping needy young people and adults gain a quality education. For Youth-Serving programs: The Foundation seeks proposals which focus on improving student achievement, high school graduation rates and healthy development of young people. May include in-school and community-based educational programs, after-school activities, and mentoring programs. For projects serving adults, The Foundation seeks proposals to provide literacy education and GED preparation, and to offer vocational training and job placement.

    Complete RFP

  3. James Graham Brown Foundation: Quality of Life Core Organization Support Grants $$$$Deadline: March 1, 2019Amount: $25,000 – $1MCategory: Education, Human services, Community and Economic Development, Youth Development

    Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organization serving Kentucky, emphasis on Jefferson County and Louisville

    Description: The Quality of Life Core Organization Support program is designed to strengthen nonprofit organizations working to address key community needs in the metro Louisville region. Priority will be given to organizations and projects that address a need for action, have multiple sources of support, and have a clear path to sustainability.

    Complete RFP

Funder Spotlight

Arcus Foundation, New York
Focus Areas: US Social Justice for LGBTQ people

Attendees arrive at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, IL on Sunday November 18, 2018. Please credit “The Obama Foundation.” The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.

Arcus believes that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all its inhabitants. The mission of the foundation is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of the great apes. Arcus’ Social Justice Program is now accepting applications for LGBTQ funding.

Foundation Directory Profile

Tip, trick or tool of the week

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