Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

Misk Grand Challenges
Amount: up to $100,000

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation (the non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman), have partnered to launch the Misk Grand Challenges. This new effort, to run over the next three years, will offer 100 innovators $100,000 each to turn ideas into proof of concept, with the opportunity to seek more funding following the proof of concept.

The Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, with the two initial challenges available for applicants right now:

Global Citizenship:
Seeking bright ideas for how young people can help deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Seeking innovative solutions to transform our education systems and empower young people to succeed in the knowledge economy.

Applications are accepted online and must adhere to the application form guidelines. Funds are awarded over a two year period and will not exceed $100,000. There is no limit on the number of applications the U can submit, though only one proposal is accepted per applicant. Please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220 if you plan to apply.

Public Welfare Foundation: LOIs for Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, and Workers’ Rights
Amount: Generally up to $500,000
Deadline: Rolling

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. The Foundation focuses on three program areas: Criminal Justice – supporting groups that are working to end the over-incarceration of adults while also aiming to reduce racial disparities; Youth Justice – supporting groups working to advance a fair and effective community-based vision of youth justice, with a focus on ending the criminalization and incarceration of youth of color; and Workers’ Rights – supporting policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people, with a focus on securing their basic legal rights to safe, healthy, and fair conditions at work.

Smith Richardson Foundation: Domestic Public Policy Program
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Rolling

The Foundation supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.  The funding opportunity supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

William T. Grant Foundation
LOI deadline: January 10, 2018

The foundation supports high-quality field-initiated studies that are relevant to policy and practices that improve the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States. They are particularly interested in reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence by decision makers.  Grant funds awards in two ranges: $100,000 to $1,000,000 for Major Research Grants and $5,000 to $50,000 for Officers’ Research Grants.  LOI for both award types are due to the foundation by January 10, 2018. LOI must go through the Office of National Foundation Relations prior to submission to the foundation.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Scholarly European Art Projects
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture and supports projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Art Conservation
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation – Digital Resources Program
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
Amount: Up to $100,000
LOI deadline: January 31, 2018

The foundation is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration, and childcare.  Caplan is accepting LOI for single-year projects that focus on childhood welfare, education and play, and parenting education.

Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spenser Foundation’s mission this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, the work Spencer has funded through these grants has spanned a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods.

Please contact Chris Ostrander at (801) 585-7220 for more information about Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

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