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Two Grant Opportunities

We recently heard from our friends at Everyday Democracy about two foundations that make engagement-related grants, and we wanted to make sure to share about them. Funding is almost always a challenge, and we know every bit counts, so we encourage you to check out what the Norman Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities have to offer.

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The opportunity from the Norman Foundation is oriented toward social change efforts and has an environmental slant:


Thomas Jefferson observed that “the ground of liberty is won by inches.” The Norman Foundation seeks to help win some of those precious inches.  We support efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives.  These efforts may:

  • promote economic justice and development through community organizing, coalition building and policy reform efforts;
  • work to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities, and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice;
  • link community-based economic and environmental justice organizing to national and international reform efforts.

We will consider the following in evaluating grant proposals:

  • Does the project arise from the hopes and efforts of those whose survival, well-being and liberation are directly at stake?
  • Does it further ethnic, gender and other forms of equity?
  • Is it rooted in organized, practical undertakings?
  • Is it likely to achieve systemic change?

In pursuing systemic change, we would hope that:

  • the proposed action may serve as a model;
  • the spread of the model may create institutions that can survive on their own;
  • their establishment and success may generate beneficial adaptations by other political, social and economic institutions and structures.

The Foundation provides grants for general support, projects, and collaborative efforts. We also welcome innovative proposals designed to build the capacity of social change organizations working in our areas of interest.   Priority is given to organizations with annual budgets of under $1 million.

To find out more about how to apply for a grant from the Norman Foundation, visit their How to Apply page.

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Next, the opportunity from the National Endowment for the Humanities is oriented toward supporting museums, community institutions like libraries, and historic places:

Brief Summary

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.

Grants support the following formats:

  • exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues;
  • interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions;
  • book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and
  • interpretive websites and other digital formats.

Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

For more information on applying for NEH grant, you can contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at publicpgms@neh.gov, or visit their grants website for more information.

Good luck, and here’s hoping these opportunities can help us advance our work!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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