Grants, Awards, and Careers

GRANTS

Funding Links:

Current Grants:

Community Solutions Program
The U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites proposal submissions for the Community Solutions Program, which funds 4- to 6-month fellowships. The program supports initiatives organized by young civic and community leaders, ages 25-38, working to address the economic, environmental, political, and social challenges confronting their respective local communities. Higher education and nonprofit institutions are encouraged to apply by March 31, 2014.  Learn more>

Mutual of America Community Partnership Award
The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award recognizes outstanding nonprofit organizations that have shown exemplary leadership by facilitating partnerships with public, private, or social sector leaders who are working together as equal partners to build a cohesive community. The winning partnership will receive $25,000 and a documentary video of their activities. Applications are due April 1, 2014. Learn more>

CNCS Social Innovation Fund
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of up to $65.8 million for the 2014 grant competition of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). This is the largest grant pool in the history of the program. The deadline for applications is April 22, 2014. Successful applicants will receive grants of between $1 million and $10 million per year for 3 to 5 years.

The SIF unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions that work. These solutions must have at least preliminary evidence of results in low-income communities in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. Learn more>

MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Host Campus RFP Now Open
Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC), in partnership with the Massachusetts state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is accepting proposals to host MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA members for the 2014-2015 academic year. The deadline for proposals is April 25, 2014. Learn more>

Presbyterian Hunger Program
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is offering grants to organizations that address hunger through direct food relief, development assistance, public policy advocacy, lifestyle integrity, or education and interpretation. The deadline for submitting letters of inquiry is April 30, 2014. Learn more>

Bank of America Housing/Community Development and Hunger/Basic Human Services Programs
Housing/Community Development
The Bank of America will fund housing/community development projects focused on creating and preserving affordable housing and homeownership opportunities, foreclosure counseling and mitigation, real-estate owned (REO) disposition, and programs that help individuals and families create better money habits and become more financially capable. The application period for these programs is is April 21-May 9, 2014.

Hunger/Basic Human Services
The Bank of America will fund hunger/basic human services programs that help families at their point of need, from food and shelter to addressing financial stability issues facing low-income communities and providing access to benefits and resources. The application period for these programs is July 21-August 8, 2014.

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The 2014 Ford College Community Challenge: “Building Sustainable Communities”
The Ford College Community Challenge is awarding up to 10 $25,000 grants  to student-led projects at higher education organizations that catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local needs. Participants are urged to think broadly and explore a variety of potential topics including infrastructure and workforce needs, education pipeline issues, design issues, new approaches to student volunteerism, etc. The  deadline for submitting proposals is May 2, 2014.  Winning proposals must:

  • Describe an innovative approach to “Building Sustainable Communities”
  • Involve students in a leadership role
  • Seek to address an urgent and unmet community need in a tangible way
  • Involve a community-based organization as a partner
  • Involve the School of Business, Engineering, or Design in some way

NSF Faculty Early Career Development Grants
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, education, and integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Junior faculty members at CAREER-eligible organizations—especially women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities—are encouraged to apply. The NSF expects to give out 600 grants, with estimated program funding totaling $220 million. The application deadline is July 21, 2014. Learn more>.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning
The National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of  STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants.

The AISL program supports five types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, and (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops. The full proposal deadline is November 14, 2014. Learn more>

Ongoing Grants:

Department of Health and Human Services
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Division of Special Populations, invites applications from eligible institutions to conduct health disparities-related workshops, meetings, and symposia with community organizations. The purpose of this project is for NICHD to assess the benefit of bringing community organizations and academic institutions/organizations together to identify opportunities for Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The terms community organizations is defined, for the purposes of this award, as organizations that 1) have a documented (e.g. mission statement) interest in improving the health of the relevant community and 2) have a history (3 years or more) of serving the health needs and interests of the relevant community. Learn more >

Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Planet Foundation supports educational programs that enable youth to understand and appreciate our world through hands-on projects to improve the environment. The Foundation is interested in funding innovative programs that inspire youth to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. An additional priority is to fund programs that encourage environment-based education in schools. All funded projects must involve young people ages 6-18 (elementary through high school). Nonprofit organizations and public schools are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500. Proposal deadlines: September 30 for spring and summer projects, January 31 for fall and winter projects. Learn more>

FedEx Global Citizenship Program
The mission of the FedEx Global Citizenship Program is to support the communities the company serves through charitable contributions, in-kind shipping services, and volunteer services of employees. The company’s core giving areas include: Emergency and Disaster Relief, Child Pedestrian Safety, and Environmental Sustainability. In addition to its commitment to these core areas, FedEx supports select educational as well as local community projects identified by company team members. FedEx is especially interested in supporting organizations that request 5% or less of the total project budget, contingency grants, or seed monies with the expectation that other sources will contribute matching amounts. Priority is also given to communities where FedEx employees live, work, and volunteer. Learn more>

AWARDS

Annual National Awards from Campus Compact
Each year Campus Compact presents awards for exceptional work in the field of civic engagement in higher education. For more information about these awards please visit the national Campus Compact website.

Student awards: Newman Civic Fellows
Faculty award: Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Other Awards
Information on other awards can be found here.

CAREERS

For a current listing of jobs in the field nationally, visit the Campus Compact website.

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