Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

Soros Justice Fellowships
Deadline: October 22, 2018

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The fellowships are part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the United States by challenging the over reliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

Fellows receive funding through the following three categories: 

Advocacy Fellowships

The Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken with the support of a host organization, and can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Advocacy Fellowships come with an award of either $87,000 or $120,000 (depending on level of experience), plus project-related expenses, for the 18 months.

Media Fellowships

The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. The Media Fellowships aim to mitigate the time, space, and market constraints that often discourage individuals from pursuing vital but marginalized, controversial, or unpopular topics in comprehensive and creative ways. Media Fellowships are 12 months in duration, and fellows are expected to make their projects their full-time work during the term of the fellowship. Projects can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Media Fellowships come with an award of either $58,000 or $80,000 (depending on level of experience), plus project-related expenses, for the 12 months.

Youth Activist Fellowships

The Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships, in partnership with the Open Society Youth Exchange, support outstanding individuals aged 18 to 25 to take on projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Projects can range from public education and training to grassroots organizing and policy advocacy to social media campaigns and other forms of creative communications. Youth Activist Fellowships must be undertaken in partnership with a host organization. Projects can be full-time or part-time, 12 or 18 months, and can begin anytime between July and November 2019. Youth Activist Fellowships come with an award of $52,500 for full-time, 18-month projects (the award is pro-rated for part-time or 12-month projects), plus project-related expenses, as well as access to a range of training and professional development opportunities.

For more information on applying please visit the Open Society Foundations website or contact Chris Ostrander.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation
LOI Deadline: November 5, 2018

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is committed to leveraging the power of data, research, and innovation to improve community safety by reducing crime, increasing police effectiveness, and working to ensure that laws are enforced in a fair and equitable way.

LJAF is committed to working with jurisdictions to evaluate interventions that leverage partnerships between police, fire departments, and EMS/EMTs to divert individuals who are homeless or who experience mental illness and/or SUDs—with a particular attention to those with opioid use disorder (OUD)—to evidence-based treatment and services. We are specifically interested in approaches that: (1) seek to improve emergency responses for individuals in moments of crisis, (2) provide immediate post- crisis alternatives to arrest or unnecessary hospitalization, and (3) connect individuals with evidence- based treatment programs and services.

  • Emergency Response: We seek proposals to evaluate programs that aim to increase the capacity of police, fire, or EMS/EMTs to recognize signs of mental illness and/or substance misuse, safely de-escalate and stabilize emergency situations, and maximize diversion to treatment and services.
  • Post-Crisis Stabilization: Many communities have redesigned or are in the process of redesigning their crisis response system to include alternatives to jails or emergency rooms for people experiencing a mental health or substance induced crisis, with the goal of transitioning these individuals to targeted long-term treatment and services.
  • Treatment Programs and Services: We would like to continue to build the evidence base for treatment programs and services—for individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or who are homeless—that reduce unnecessary encounters with the criminal justice and emergency response systems, improve individual outcomes, and generate public cost savings.

For more information please see the attached RFP. If you are interesting in applying please contact Chris Ostrander.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deadline: November 14, 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Applications on the following six topics will be accepted until Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:30 am PST: 

We also invite all who have applied to Grand Challenges Explorations over its 10-year history to fill out a short survey. This survey was sent to you on August 2 from our research partner, the National Business Research Institute (NBRI). Thank you to the over 5,000 who have already responded. We will be resending the survey to those who have not yet responded. We hope to learn as comprehensively as possible what direct and indirect impact the initiative has had, whether the proposal was funded by the Gates Foundation or not – and we expect to identify ways we can improve this way of seeking and funding great ideas from all over the world.

If you are interested in applying please contact Chris Ostrander.

Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative
Deadline: November 13, 2018

The Human Cell Atlas is a global effort to create a reference map of all cells in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Helmsley Charitable Trust invite applications to support the continued development of the Human Cell Atlas.

CZI will seek applications to form Seed Networks consisting of at least three principal investigators that will support continued growth, solidify collaborations, and help generate valuable data and tools for the first draft of the Human Cell Atlas. Helmsley’s Crohn’s Disease Program, committed to improving the lives of Crohn’s patients while pursuing a cure, will seek applications from principal investigators that will contribute collectively to creating a Gut Cell Atlas, cataloguing the many cell types in the gut (Please note that CZI’s applications do not require a gut component). Full details here.

Brady Education Foundation
Deadline: December 1, 2018 

The Foundation is currently focused on the development and evaluation of educational programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective and sustainable. This grant program focuses on 2 areas:

(1) New Program Development – where projects develop and test the feasibility of new programs for promoting positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities.

(2) Existing Program Evaluation to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities.

For program details and eligibility please see the Brady Education Foundation application guidelines. Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

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