Welcome! Here are this week’s recommended foundations. These grants will be for various types of organizations, so they may not always be a perfect fit for you. However, there will be some that are. We also offer customized grant research reports that offer grants researched specifically for your organization, provide you with all of the submission requirements, deadlines, and a researched recommended request amount so that you can put your best effort forward when you apply. Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.
Community Action Grants Program
Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as community-based nonprofits for innovative programs that promote education and equity through projects focused on encouraging girls to select, before entering college, the physical sciences or engineering as a career.
- Postage, mailing, shipping.
- Photocopying, duplicating.
- Office supplies.
- Audiovisual materials.
- Project-related telephone costs.
- Professional fees or honoraria for speakers or special consultants.
- Equipment purchases.
- Meals, food, beverages, or lodging for camps or related activities.
- Temporary, hourly clerical help.
- Lease of facilities (does not include permanent office space).
- Advertising, publicity, graphic design.
- Transportation (should be no more than one-third of grant request; $0.545 per mile for auto expenses).
- Applicants must be individuals, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations or local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities).
- The proposed activity must have direct impact to encourage girls to select, before entering college, physical science or engineering as a career.
- Nonprofit organizations and universities must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Organizations (including universities) must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. AAUW branch and state applicants must have 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
- Proposals from AAUW branches or states must be approved and signed by the branch or state president.
- Proposals from local community-based nonprofit organizations must be approved and signed by the organization’s executive director.
- Previous Community Action Grant awardees must wait three application cycles before applying for another grant and may not apply for duplicate funding.
- Members of the AAUW Board of Directors, committees, panels, task forces and staff, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A person holding a current award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels, and task forces.
Brady Education Foundation
The Brady Education Foundation is currently accepting proposals focused on evaluating programs that have the potential of helping to close the opportunity and resulting achievement gaps associated with race and family income.
- Primary aim:
- What works: The primary aim must concern evaluating the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (specifically minoritized ethnic groups, low-income families) in order to inform ways to close the educational opportunity gaps associated with race and income.
- Secondary aims may also focus on one or more of the following:
- What works for whom, under what conditions: Investigate variations in program effects; that is, test for moderation effects that inform whether effects are stronger for certain groups and/or under certain conditions than other groups or conditions.
- Reasons for effects: Investigate mechanisms through which effects occur; that is, test for mediation effects that inform why the program is effective.
- Cost-benefit analyses: Compare the total costs of the program (start-up and ongoing operational costs) with its estimated monetary benefits to determine the net cost or benefit associated with the program.
- Represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers and practitioners and other community stakeholders (as appropriate).
- Evaluate programs that show promise of being feasible, accessible and sustainable
- Evaluate programs consistent with strength-based approaches rather than deficit models and consider the specific and unique assets and needs of children from diverse racial and ethnic groups and/or from low-income communities. Concerning race and ethnicity, the Foundation seeks to increase understanding of what works best for children from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds (e.g., Black / African Heritage, Latine, Indigenous Peoples).
- Projects for which operational funding for the program is already secured so that funding from the Foundation is used only for evaluation activities.
- Projects that employ randomized control designs (including wait-list control designs when assignment to wait-list condition is randomized). Comparison group designs may also be employed when strong efforts are made to control for potential confounding variables (e.g., due to selection effects). The Foundation very rarely funds evaluation projects that employ neither randomized control nor comparison group designs.
- Projects that evaluate effects on measurable child outcomes.
- Projects that include a member of the team (not necessarily the PI) who has experience leading projects of similar or greater scope. Applicants at all career stages may apply; teams are evaluated in terms of their abilities to successfully carry out the proposed work.
- Capital projects
- Continuing education for providers
- Projects outside of the United States or its territories
- Support for scaling up programs already found to be effective
- Evaluations conducted by for-profit organizations
- Evaluations of for-profit programs
- Evaluation of programs for children at risk for poor cognitive and academic outcomes due to medical conditions (including developmental delays or disabilities associated with biological causes) or substance abuse
Chicago Foundation for Women’s COVID-19 Community Response Grants Program
The Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) has launched the COVID-19 Community Response Grants Program to provide modest short term funding to organizations that are community-based and are in the position to rapidly move resources into the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Relief/services to address immediate or on-going needs or short term emergency advocacy activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or
- capacity-building support to stabilize organizations that directly serve communities. These grants are time-limited and flexible to support organizations as circumstances change and new needs and challenges are identified.
- Women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color, frontline workers, single-parent headed households, immigrants, and domestic workers.
- Frontline organizations, grassroots organizations, and/or women of color-led organizations that serve women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people of color with budgets below $4 million.
- Be a 501c3 or have a fiscal agent with a 501c3
- Provide services in the Chicagoland area (collar counties and in some cases statewide)
- Organizational Budget under $4 million
- Serve one or more priority communities
- Be able to affirm CFW’s Guiding Principles:
- Chicago Foundation for Women is committed to supporting basic rights and equity of women, girls, transgender, and gender non-binary people. They consider work both in terms of the outcome as well as the process. It is not just what they are doing, but how they are doing it. The Guiding Principles provide a framework for sharing CFW’s values with the wider community, connecting its work across all issue areas and change strategies.
- The organization supports Chicago Foundation for Women’s Guiding Principles of:
- The importance of a gender lens in projects and organizations, meaning it is designed to benefit women, girls, transgender, and/or gender non-binary people.
- A woman’s right to reproductive justice.
- Organizational board and staff members strive to reflect the diversity of communities served.
- Increasing accessibility to persons with disabilities.
- Providing a respectful environment for LGBTQ people.