Foundation Grants List 3/31/2021

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.

Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.

Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund

End Violence and the Technology Coalition have launched the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). They are seeking proposals for research that will expand knowledge of online CSEA and explore the most effective measures for preventing it.

The objective is to advance the understanding of experiences and patterns of online CSEA for child and adolescent victims as well as offenders and would be offenders, and learn from effective efforts (behavioral, technological, and educational) to prevent, deter and eradicate it.

Research should increase their understanding and provide the application of:  

  1. Efficacy and impact of online CSEA deterrence and prevention interventions, including an understanding of offender pathways and children’s digital experiences. This includes increasing the evidence base for effective, actionable industry reporting to and investigation by the appropriate authorities; impactful education and outreach strategies; and strengthening the capacity of all stakeholders in preventing, disrupting and responding to online CSEA. 
  2. Evolving technology may present new or exacerbate existing threats by contributing to changes in offender or children’s behaviour or creating new challenges and risks. Research could provide solutions to respond to implications of evolving technology, for example, abuse detection in encrypted environments or real-time reporting in live streams. This area of focus also includes potential solutions and opportunities offered by technology developments for risk mitigation and better tools and strategies around behavioural interventions. 
  3. Well-being, collaboration and support for survivors, improving well-being and resilience for staff such as content moderators and others, as well as enhancing collaboration among all sectors working to end online CSEA. 
  4. Policy and legal considerations are critical to shaping online CSEA deterrence and response. In this channel, research could include assessment of policy implementation over time and upstream interventions such as public health or safety-by-design approaches; addressing age-appropriate design and experiences; and understanding how privacy and ensuring children’s rights intersect in the fight against CSEA

 Funding Information

Winning proposals will be awarded grants from $20,000 to $250,000. 

What they will fund?

They are actively seeking submissions of proposals from non-profit organizations, such as research institutes and academic institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations. Consortia are also encouraged to apply; however, the organization submitting the application will be considered the main grantee, bearing all the contractual responsibilities vis-à-vis End Violence.

Eligibility criteria

The Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund is looking to provide project grants for research to non-profits as well as consortia with non-profits (i.e. such as research institutes and academic institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations) as the primary applicant. Only entities that fulfill these mandatory requirements will be considered eligible:

  • legally registered non-profit entity
  • the research addresses one or more of the four areas of the 2021 Open Call
  • all funding will be directed to an institution, not to individuals
  • the research project lead may submit one proposal
  • at minimum, the applicant organization should have demonstrated relevant prior expertise and/or research experience
  • the organization has a safeguarding policy in place or is willing to develop a policy

What is the geographical focus of the Open Call?

This Open Call is global. They encourage proposals from researchers, or collaboration with researchers, that are based in or with situational awareness of the country/countries being researched. End Violence and the Technology Coalition encourage applicants from diverse contexts, countries and cultures, as well as applications with representation from or inclusion of Global South countries.

Deadline: April 11

For more information, visit End Violence against Children.

Let Us Breathe Fund

North Star Fund’s Let Us Breathe Fund supports Black-led organizations building collective power through grassroots organizing in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Grassroots organizing seeks not only the transformation of individual lives, but the undoing of systemic racism, including specific laws and institutional policies that create inequities.

The Fund seeks to address the philanthropic sector’s historic disinvestment in Black communities and Black-led efforts for social change. To do so, the Fund mobilizes resources from individuals and foundations to provide renewable, general operating support grants.

Funding Information

  • Most of their 2019 grants were $10,000. Some were $15,000.
  • There is no need to apply for a specific amount when you submit your application. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • They Fund Organizing: North Star Fund provides grants to organizations in NYC and Hudson Valley whose missions are to advance grassroots organizing—the process of building collective power so that communities impacted by injustice can make systemic change. Grantees can articulate the root causes of the injustices, pointing to systems and policies affecting their community.  These organizations see community members impacted by this injustice as essential stakeholders, from whom they recruit leaders and seek stories, ideas, campaign strategy, and organizational direction.
  • They Fund both New and Established Groups: These grants are intended for both new and emerging organizations as well as established movement builders with a track record of success. New and emerging organizations are not expected to meet all of the community organizing criteria, but some priorities include:
    • Mass mobilizations efforts and other activities that shift public opinion and change political conditions.
    • Founders and key leaders come from the impacted community.
    • New members can join and take part in leading the organization’s efforts.
    • Founders and leaders can identify and articulate the root causes of injustice that they seek to address.
  • They Fund Small Organizations: North Star Fund grants support small organizations which typically lack access to support from national foundations. Organizational budgets range from $0 to a maximum of $800,000.

In addition to the general eligibility criteria above, the Let Us Breathe Fund prioritizes support for Black-led organizations in New York City and the Hudson Valley, meaning:

  • the composition of staff, board, or volunteer leaders reflect the community being organized; and
  • the organization has a collective leadership model where staff, board, volunteer or member-leaders share decision-making and stewardship.

Deadline: April 15

For more information, visit North Star Fund.

Learning Disabilities Foundation of America 

Applications are now open for the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America (LDFA) Grant Program.

The Foundation provides funds for research and education and to broaden the base of public awareness in the field of Learning Disabilities. The Foundation provides support for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes, and specifically for the accurate identification, ongoing evaluation and complete education of and services for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Project Areas
Examples of project areas that fall within this philosophy:
  • Innovative research into the causes, the prevention and/or the alleviation of learning disabilities
  • Distinctive public awareness programs to advance public understanding of the needs of persons with learning disabilities
  • Innovative programs to advance the achievement of persons with learning disabilities, increase the support skills of their families, support academic and professional advisors, and enhance the understanding of learning disabilities by their colleagues and employer
Eligibility Criteria
  • Projects of national impact and projects that may be replicated are given preference.
  • Grants will not be made for routine organizational expenses (ex. Salaries, Overhead), capital campaigns, endowment funds. Exception of certain funds restricted for use by the LD Association of America.          
  • Grants will not be made to individuals or for individual scholarships.
  • The Board of Managers of the Foundation may request an interview with the primary facilitator and/or site visit, in addition to the written grant application.
  • Grants can only be made to an organization within the United States or any of its possessions exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and contributions to which are tax deductible.
Deadline: April 15
For more information, visit LDFA.