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Featured Grants from GrantStation Insider, August 9, 2018

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Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Cultural Projects to Engage U.S. Muslims and Non-Muslims
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Building Bridges Grants Program

The Building Bridges Grants Program, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations in the planning and implementation of projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences designed to advance relationships and understanding for mutual well-being. Proposed projects should offer engaging literary, media, or performing arts experiences to foster relationships and understanding between communities. Grants will range from $25,000 to $300,000 over one to three years. Applying organizations must have annual operating expenses greater than $100,000, of which at least $25,000 is dedicated to arts-related programming. Letters of interest are due August 23, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Building Bridges Grants Program and to submit an online letter of interest.

Programs Enhancing the Quality of Life in Rural Areas Funded
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program

The Foundation for Rural Service, established by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. The Foundation's Grant Program supports local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America, with emphasis on Business and Economic Development, Community Development, Education, and Telecommunications. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000. (Applying organizations must have a letter of support from an NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association member company endorsing the project.) The application deadline is September 15, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application information.

Education Grants Promote Diverse Leadership and Innovative Schools
NewSchools Venture Fund

The mission of NewSchools Venture Fund is to reimagine public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children—especially those in underserved communities—have the opportunity to succeed. The Fund’s Diverse Leaders program invests in entrepreneurs with bold ideas to grow, advance, and support Black and Latino leadership in education. Ideas may include efforts to recruit new diverse leaders, accelerate the careers of diverse leaders, create networks of diverse leaders, etc. Nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for one-year grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is September 7, 2018. The Fund’s Innovative Schools program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new nonprofit public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 26, 2018. Visit the NewSchools website to learn more about both programs.

International Theatre Collaborations Supported
Theatre Communications Group: Global Connections

The Global Connections program, administered by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), is dedicated to building bridges between U.S. theatre professionals and their counterparts abroad, identifying theatre professionals who will further the growth of the field, and creating opportunities for the U.S. theatre field to engage in international conversations. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and individual artists through the following two initiatives: Global Connections: On the Road will award grants of up to $5,000 to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange. Global Connections: In the Lab will award grants of $10,000 to further pre-existing international collaborations by supporting residencies that either advance the research and development of a theatre piece or explore elements leading up to a full production. The final application deadline for Global Connections Round Six is September 18, 2018. Application guidelines are available on the TCG website.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Funds Available for Tribal Public Transportation
Department of Transportation

The Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program supports planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. The application deadline is September 10, 2018.

Program Supports HIV Relief
Department of Health and Human Services

The Ryan White Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program provides funds to jurisdictions with a high incidence of reported cases of AIDS to develop or enhance access to a comprehensive continuum of high-quality, community-based care for low-income people living with HIV. The application deadline is September 21, 2018.



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