Foundation Grants List 3/18/2020

Grant Recommendations

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.

This week’s focus is on Science Programs. Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.

Joseph Drown Foundation

The Joseph Drown Foundation makes grants to programs or organizations in Los Angeles County.
Program Areas of Interest:
* education,
* medical and scientific research;
* community,
* health and social services and,
* the arts and humanities.
The Foundation is interested in programs that break down any barrier that prevents a person from continuing to grow and learn. Education is the primary focus of the Foundation. The Foundation supports education programs in K-12, at both public and private schools, that seek to solve the existing problems in Los Angeles area schools. These grants for education reform can be made directly to the schools or to independent organizations which are closely involved with this issue.
In addition, the Foundation provides funds to private secondary schools, colleges and universities for student financial assistance, in the form of both scholarships and loan programs. Favor is given to those programs directed at talented middle income students who are unable to obtain assistance from sources specifically available to low income students. Although not the primary focus, the Foundation supports programs that deal with issues such as the high drop-out rate, lack of sufficient health care, substance abuse and violence. In addition, the Foundation will consider programs that address poverty issues and assist the economically disadvantaged. The Foundation does make grants for medical and scientific research, but these are initiated by the Foundation; unsolicited applications are not accepted. Although it is not the emphasis of the Foundation, grants are made for the arts and humanities and are made primarily for outreach and education programs.
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and government institutions are eligible to apply. The Foundation does not provide funds to individuals, endowments, capital campaigns or building funds. The Foundation does not underwrite annual meetings, conferences or special events, nor does it fund religious programs or purchase tickets to fundraising events.
Deadlines are: January 15th for the March meeting; April 15th for the June meeting; July 15th for the September meeting; October 15th for the December meeting. All proposals must be postmarked or submitted online on or before the day of the deadline. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day. 

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation accepts applications to Linguistics Program twice annually. This program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.
The program welcomes projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
* What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
* What are the computational properties of language or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension, or rapid learning possible?
* How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform theories of language or language processing?
* How does language develop in children?
* What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?
The Linguistics Program accepts proposals for a variety of project types: research proposals from scholars with PhDs or equivalent degrees, proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards, and CAREER proposals. Proposals for workshops, conferences, and training activities will also be considered. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.
Funding is available nationwide.

ConocoPhillips – Water and Biodiversity Stewardship

ConocoPhillips accepts applications annually to their Water and Biodiversity Stewardship program.
The program is focused on strategic and innovative projects that more effectively and efficiently advance water and biodiversity conservation efforts.
The corporation partners with communities and institutions to protect and sustainably manage water resources and ensure vital ecosystems are able to deliver the services essential to human well-being. This is approached through three execution strategies:
• Conservation: Preserving and managing habitats in greatest need of conservation and most important to ConocoPhillips’ business and communities.
• Skills Building: Strengthening individuals’ and organizations’ ability to manage water and biodiversity needs.
• Access to Technology: Fostering and promoting innovation and multi-sector solutions to water quality and accessibility challenges.
Proposals that align with this cause area are evaluated based on the following:
1. Does this proposal help support one or more of the long-term goals below:
– Conserving habitats with high biodiversity value
– Increasing water availability
– Increasing the scientific understanding of water and biodiversity conservation
– Identifying and supporting new, innovative tools, technologies and practices focused on water conservation, quality, recovery, and re-use
– Increasing public and key influencers’ awareness of the importance of freshwater resource management and biodiversity
– Tracking ConocoPhillips employee and community engagement to support conservation and water clean-up efforts
2. What are the program goals and objectives? How will key metrics, outputs and outcomes be measured and tracked?
3. How innovative or influential is this program?
4. Does this program include collaboration with other NGO’s, universities, governments/policy makers, and/or key stakeholders?
5. What is the proximity of this program to ConocoPhillips areas of operation?
6. Are there opportunities for ConocoPhillips employee and/or community engagement (e.g. volunteering)?
To be considered for a ConocoPhillips U.S. charitable contribution, an organization must be a qualified 501(c)(3) organization with a valid IRS tax ID, a government subdivision (e.g., county, parish, state, municipality or its departments such as police and fire departments), or an accredited school or an organization within an accredited school system.
It does not appear that this program is geographically restricted, but priority is given to projects in proximity to ConocoPhillips areas of operation.
ConocoPhillips has an annual open-solicitation period from April 1 through July 31.