Foundation Grants List 9/30/2020

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

Sociological Initiatives Foundation

Applications are now open for the Sociological Initiatives Foundation (SIF) to support social change by linking research to social action.

It funds research projects that investigate laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the United States and Puerto Rico. It gives priority to projects that seek to address racism, xenophobia, classism, gender bias, exploitation, or the violation of human rights and freedoms. It also supports research that furthers language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.

The Foundation supports research that focuses on improving services and systems and increasing positive social and physical conditions through:

  • Policy development
  • Placement and shaping of the policy agenda
  • Policy adoption or implementation
  • Policy blocking
  • Increasing advocacy capacity and political influence
  • Shaping public sentiment
  • Addressing challenges related to language and literacy

Language issues include literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language and national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures, and second language acquisition.

In the context of social and racial inequality dating back centuries, the Foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change.  It seeks to fund research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that can help specific groups and or communities expand opportunities and challenge injustices.

Funding Information

Grant sizes normally range from $10,000 to $20,000.


  • Preference is given to providing support in areas that tend to be under-funded and for projects of a size where a Sociological Initiatives Foundation grant can make a difference.
  • For nonprofits, grants are restricted to organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as “not a private foundation” under section 509(a).
  • The Sociological Initiatives Foundation does not make grants directly to individuals for any purposes.
  • SIF also welcomes applications from academic institutions and other qualified organizations wishing to sponsor research projects by individual scholars or practitioners.
  • No awards are made for dissertation research, honoraria or political purposes.
  • The Foundation does not provide operating support or capital grants.
  • The geographic focus is limited to the United States and its territories.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all.

A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live. 
At RWJF, building a Culture of Health has become the central aim of what they do, with a goal of giving every person across the nation an opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Communities are already leading the way to drive local change and providing all residents opportunities to live their healthiest life possible. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize, a collaboration between RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, is the Foundation’s way of honoring communities—urban, rural, tribal, large, or small—that are beacons of hope and progress for healthier people, families, and places.
In this ninth round of the annual Prize competition, up to 10 winning communities will receive:
  • A $25,000 prize.
  • Communications funds to help share their story. Communities will have the opportunity to determine the communications tools that will best support their work.
  • Strategic guidance and training from communications professionals. Communities will receive support and resources to aid in the national and local promotion of their stories and training to improve media skills.
  • National and local promotion. Stories will be shared to inspire others’ efforts, such as outreach to media, policymakers, and networks of organizations.
  • Opportunities to expand networks. Winners will have opportunities to connect with other national and local leaders working to build a Culture of Health such as past Prize-winning communities. 
Eligibility Criteria
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors U.S. communities. Submissions representing the work of a single organization will not be considered. With the exception of previous Prize winners and 2020 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to re-apply for 2021.

U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation (USV/SFF)

rogram Grants will be awarded from the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation (USV/SFF) to help the disadvantaged, improve the quality of people’s lives, and strengthen our communities.

Funding Priorities

Consideration is given to needs that fulfill the Foundation’s mission within the following impact areas:

  • Education
  • Jobs & Economy
  • Family Support & Social Connectedness
  • Physical Health
  • Psychological Health & Addiction
  • Human Services
  • Other

Program Grants will typically Fund

  • Requests that demonstrate long-term results for a substantial number of people
  • Organizations with clarity of mission and a strong focus on effective outcomes
  • Organizations in good health, including financial stability, high caliber of staff and board
  • Requests with support from a broad base of funding sources; U.S. Venture prefers not to be the sole funder of any one project or program

Typically Outside Program Grant Funding

  • Grants to individuals or specific families, to underwrite conference expenses, or to fund medical procedures or research
  • Events that occur before funding is awarded or previously incurred expenses
  • Political organizations or causes
  • Requests for support from schools or government agencies
  • Annual meetings
  • Religious organizations attempting to build membership or requiring specific religious affiliation for services rendered.
  • Capital campaigns for schools, religious institutions, sports facilities and endowments
  • Organizations outside the geographic footprint of U.S. Venture facilities and its team members

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations eligible to receive grants from the USV/SFF are those determined by the IRS to be public charities, preferably those with 501(c)(3) status. The USV/SFF gives strong consideration to requests within giving guidelines that show documented support (email, letters of support, board membership, donor or volunteer activity) from a U.S. Venture team member or shareholder.