Community and Progressive Partnerships / Social Change Activism

GRANTS / AWARDS / FELLOWSHIPS

Award / Funder: Campus Progress Action Alliance Grants
Description: Through the Action Alliance program, Campus Progress works with youth-led community and campus groups on everything from stopping climate change to creating LGBTQ resource centers. Young people can join an Action Alliance with Campus Progress by applying for one or both of the following: • Organizing Grants: We’ll give you up to $1,500 a year to help with websites, flyers or whatever else you might need. • Progressive Partnerships: Guidance, Networking, Strategic Planning, and Training for Youth-led Efforts. 
Deadline: The Fall deadline for Progressive Partnerships is in September; Organizing Grants are offered year round on a rolling basis.
Link: http://www.campusprogress.org/issues/4464/action-alliances

Award / Funder: Community Education and Community Service Grants Program / National Council for Black Studies
Description: For projects in which Black / Africana Studies knowledge and skills are made available to local communities and that involve active engagement of faculty and students with community organizations or residents. Faculty affiliated with Black/Africana Studies units that are current NCBS institutional members for a minimum of one year are eligible to apply for these grants.
Deadline: Applications on a rolling basis
Link: http://www.ncbsonline.org/community_service

Award / Funder: Usher’s New Look – Powered by Service Offers – Youth-Led Service Projects
Description: Usher’s New Look, a nonprofit organization founded by entertainer Usher Raymond IV that supports underprivileged youth in using their talents to become community leaders, has announced the launch of Powered By Service, a new initiative to encourage young people around the world to become involved in addressing the most pressing problems facing their communities. Powered By Service currently has two grant opportunities available for youth volunteers. Sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, the “Nothing but Nets” grant is designed to help youth create projects that increase awareness and funds for the purchase of bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria in Africa. Sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Learn and Serve America, the “What’s Your Power?” grant opportunity offers funding for projects that address any issue. Youth are invited to design a project around the cause that interests them.
Deadline: Open
Link: http://www.poweredbyservice.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=55

Award / Funder: Travelocity / Travel for Good Program – Change Ambassadors Grant
Description: Supports Americans who wish to travel to participate in volunteer opportunities (volunteer vacations). The program will help fund transportation and other costs of any trip organized by one of Travelocity’s volunteer travel provider partners for individuals or groups chosen on the merit of their applications (including financial circumstances) and their ability to meet the grant requirements. Grants will be awarded to people who have demonstrated long-term contributions through volunteering, but do not have the financial means to take a volunteer vacation. The grant requires applicants to select a trip as part of the application process.
Deadline: September 30, December 31
Link: http://www.travelocity.com/TravelForGood/ca-guide.html

Award / Funder: Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grants Program
Description: The Sociological Initiatives Foundation was established in 1999 to support research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions. The Foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change and/or research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that may be useful to specific groups and or communities. (e.g. literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures). We look for projects that have an explicit research design and a concrete connection to public or community impact. Concept Applications are usually due in August, though the exact date changes each year.
Deadline: 8/1/2010
Link: http://comm-org.wisc.edu/sif/index.php

Award / Funder: Arts – Nathan Cummings Foundation
Description: Supports artistic practices, programs and policies that encourage cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collaborations, and give voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities, in order to build a stronger society. Invited proposals due August 15th, but Letters of Inquiry accepted any time
Deadline: N/A
Link: http://www.nathancummings.net

Award / Funder: National Geographic Society: Genographic Legacy Fund
Description: The Genographic Legacy Fund awards grants on an annual basis for community-driven projects directly preserving or revitalizing indigenous or traditional culture. Funded projects have included documenting a traditional language, oral history, or ceremony; creating culturally-specific educational materials and programs; establishing a local museum or archive; inter-generational knowledge sharing; and preserving significant sites and artifacts. To be eligible for funding, projects must be community-driven and deliver a positive, tangible, and timely benefit that is sustainable after GLF funds have been expended. Projects must also show a strong level of local community involvement in their planning, governance, and implementation.
Deadline: 6/15/2011
Link: https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/legacy_fund.html#information_for_applicants

Award / Funder: Documentary Photography Audience Engagement Grant – Open Society Institute
Description: The Audience Engagement Grant (formerly the Distribution Grant) supports innovative projects that use existing bodies of work to actively engage audiences on human rights and social justice issues. Projects should include a partnership between individuals and organizations that combines expertise in documentary photography with experience working on the topic or community the project addresses.
Deadline: 7/23/2010
Link: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/photography/focus_areas/engagement/guidelines

Award / Funder: Reducing Obesity and Obesity-Related Health Conditions Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Disabilities From Diverse Race and Ethnic Backgrounds CFDA Number 84.133A-7 – US Department of Education
Description: The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, by developing methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that advance a wide range of independent living and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. DRRPs carry out one or more of the following types of activities, as specified and defined in 34 CFR 350.13 through 350.19: (1) research,(2) training,(3) demonstration,(4) development,(5) dissemination,(6) utilization, and (7) technical assistance. An applicant for assistance under this program must demonstrate in its application how it will address, in whole or in part, the needs of individuals with disabilities from minority backgrounds. This award is a discretionary grant. The estimated available funding amount is $400,000. The maximum award is $400,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The estimated number of awards is one. The project period is up to 60 months.
Deadline: 8/10/2010
Link: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-14128.pdf?CFID=9896871&CFTOKEN=24677692

Award / Funder: Open Meadows Foundation Grants
Description: Open Meadows Foundation makes grants for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for projects that: are designed and implemented by women and girls; promote building community power; promote gender, racial, social, economic and/or environmental justice; reflect the diversity of the community served; and have limited financial access.  Grants are made to international organizations (based outside the U.S.), as well as organizations/projects within the United States.
Deadline: 8/14/2010
Link: http://www.openmeadows.org/

Award / Funder: Cultural Contact Program / The Russell Sage Foundation
Description: To bring social science to bear more effectively on improving the quality of contact among the many racial and ethnic groups that make up American society. An example of past grant project: ‘Understanding and Improving Students’ Experiences in Racially Diverse College Settings’.
Deadline: Unless otherwise specified in the request for proposals in a particular research competition, the deadline for submissions to the November funding round is mid-August, and to the June round is mid-March.
Link: http://www.russellsage.org/programs/main/culturalcontact/

Award / Funder: Community Relations Grants Program – Ameriprise Financial
Description: In the meeting basic needs category, the company supports programs and services that help at-risk populations stabilize their lives and become more self-sufficient. Consideration will be given to programs that help provide food, shelter, and self sufficiency. The supporting community vitality category supports programs and services that build strong communities by creating economic vitality and cultural enrichment. Support is provided in the areas of community development, cultural enrichment, civic leadership, disaster response and recovery, and environmental awareness.
Deadline: 9/1/2010
Link: http://www.ameriprise.com/about-ameriprise-financial/company-information/ameriprise-community-relations.asp

Award / Funder: Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21) – Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health
Description: Health disparities between (1) racial/ethnic populations, (2) lower socioeconomic classes, and (3) rural residents, and the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: (1) public policy, (2) health care, and (3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing health gaps among groups. Proposals that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as system science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged.
Deadline: 2010-09-14; 2010-12-11; 2011-01-11
Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-137.html?CFID=9919127&CFTOKEN=72297572

Award / Funder: The Equity Fund – Maine Community Foundation
Description: The Equity Fund’s mission is to strengthen lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations in Maine and support community-based initiatives that address LGBTQ issues and needs. The vision driving the fund is one of inclusive, diverse, prejudice-free communities for the LGBTQ population and for all people in Maine. The Equity Fund currently encourages two types of grant proposals: project grants and capacity building grants.
Deadline: 9/15/2010
Link: http://www.mainecf.org/grants/foigrants/equityfund.aspx

Award / Funder: 2010 Annual Grant Competition – United States Institute of Peace
Description: The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help: * Prevent and resolve violent international conflicts * Promote post-conflict stability and development and * Increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Grant and Fellowship Program expands the work of the Institute by investing in individuals, universities, nonprofit organizations and civil society organizations around the world.  The program supports innovative projects, involving academic and applied research, the identification of promising models and effective practices, and the development of practitioner resources, tools, and training programs related to conflict management, international peace and security and peacebuilding.
Deadline: 10/1/2010
Link: http://www.usip.org/grants-fellowships/annual-grant-competition

Award / Funder: Radcliffe Institute Fellowships
Description: Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. The Radcliffe Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.
Deadline: The deadline for applicants in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is 1 October. The deadline for applicants in natural sciences and mathematics is 15 November.
Link: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/apply.aspx?CFID=9896908&CFTOKEN=94185560

Award / Funder: Spencer Foundation Civic Learning and Civic Action Initiative
Description: Supports research studies that examine the commitments, conditions, and contexts that stimulate and sustain civic action, as well as those that constrain or discourage it (influences of civic motivations and other psychological processes; influences of learning experiences and environments; and influences of social, political, cultural, historical, and other contextual influences on individual and group action)
Deadline: 10/1/2010
Link: http://www.spencer.org/content.cfm/civic-learning-and-civic-action

Award / Funder: Essay Competition – The S.E.VEN Fund (SEVEN) and Center For Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA)
Description: Writers are asked to submit a first-person narrative describing enterprise solutions to poverty that are faith-based, faith-inspired, or interfaith efforts. Illustrations may come from any domain, including healthcare, education, consumer products, human rights, and others; examples must represent innovative private solutions to public problems.
Deadline: 10/15/2010
Link: http://www.sevenfund.org/faith-and-development/

Award / Funder: Hooks Institute Book Award – The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change
Description: The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change solicits nominations for its Book Award, given to the book published in 2010 that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy. The recipient of the Book Award wins $1,000 and an invitation to deliver the inaugural address in the Hooks Institute Lecture Series during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://benhooks.memphis.edu/bookaward.html

Award / Funder: Annual Student Essay Competition – National Council for Black Studies
Description: Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
Deadline: 1/14/2011
Link: http://www.ncbsonline.org/student_essay_contest

Award / Funder: Jacobs Research Funds – Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
Description: Grants for anthropological and linguistic research working with Native American (First Nations) peoples. Grants are given for work on problems in language, social organization, political organization, religion, mythology, music, other arts, psychology and folk science. Priority is given to research on the Pacific Northwest (the Pacific Coast from Northern California to Alaska and the Columbia Plateau in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho). However, research on other areas in Canada, the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and South America will be funded if possible.
Deadline: 2/15/2011
Link: http://depts.washington.edu/jacobsf/application.html

Award / Funder: Wayne F. Placek Grants
Description: These grants support scientific research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience in this and future civilizations. Two $15,000 grants are available in research support. The grants support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, or bisexual issues. Proposals are especially encouraged for empirical studies that address the following topics: *Heterosexuals’ attitudes and behaviors toward lesbians and gay men, including prejudice, discrimination, and violence, *Family and workplace issues relevant to lesbians and gay men, * Subgroups of the lesbian and gay population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research
Deadline: 3/1/2011
Link: http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/placek-rfp.pdf

Award / Funder: Lesbian Writers Fund – The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
Description: Provides grants to emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers across the U.S. Email grants@astraeafoundation.org  with any questions regarding this fund
Deadline: 3/1/2011
Link: http://www.astraeafoundation.org/grants/grant-applications-and-deadlines/#writers_fund

Award / Funder: 2011 Purpose Prize Honoring Older Social Innovators – Civic Ventures
Description: A program of Civic Ventures, the Purpose Prize annually provides five awards of $100,000 to people over the age of 60 who are working to address society’s biggest challenges. To be eligible for the prize, a nominee must be at least 60 years old by the deadline of March 10, 2011,and be a legal resident of the United States (including U.S. territories). Nominees should have initiated important innovations, in a new or ongoing organization, in an encore career. “Encore careers” are those that combine personal meaning and social impact with continued work in the second half of life. Nominees must currently be working in a leadership capacity in an organization or institution (public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit) to address a major social problem in the United States or abroad. Nominees should have demonstrated recent creativity and leadership, with the promise of more to come.
Deadline: 3/10/2011
Link: http://www.encore.org/prize#h_491#p_home

CALLS FOR PAPERS

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Social Justice – Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor
Description: The Editors of Studies in Social Justice invite submissions all year round. Studies in Social Justice is published twice yearly by the Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor. This electronic journal publishes articles on issues dealing with the social, cultural, economic, political, and philosophical problems associated with the struggle for social justice. This interdisciplinary journal aims to publish work that links theory to social change and the analysis of substantive issues. The journal welcomes heterodox contributions that are critical of established paradigms of inquiry. The journal focuses on debates that move beyond conventional notions of social justice, and views social justice as a critical concept that is integral in the analysis of policy formation, rights, participation, social movements, and transformations. Social justice is analysed in the context of processes involving nationalism, social and public policy, globalization, diasporas, culture, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, welfare, poverty, war, and other social phenomena. It endeavours to cover questions and debates ranging from governance to democracy, sustainable environments, and human rights, and to introduce new work on pressing issues of social justice throughout the world. Nicole A. Noël, Journal Manager, Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor. Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4; tel: 1 519 253-3000 ext. 3492 Email: nnoel@uwindsor.ca
Deadline: N/A
Link: http://ojs.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/ssj

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Black New England Conference 2010: The Politics of Race: Movements, Protests, Leaders, and Representation
Description: Thursday, October 14th 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010 – The 2010 conference will cover the history of cultural, social, and political movements in New England from the 1700s to the present. As the word ‘representation’ indicates, the conference will include presentations on the politics concerning and the forms of representing such events and people of African descent in New England.
Deadline: 7/23/2010
Link: http://www.neculture.org/bnec/2010/call-for-papers.html

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: The Arts Council of the African Studies Association
Description: The Arts Council of the African Studies Association is seeking papers proposals for a various panels for the upcoming Triennial Symposium to be held in Los Angeles March 23 to 26, 2011. Please respond the the individual panel organizers if you have a paper to propose. 1. Marketing African Contemporary Art: The role of commercial galleries in the shaping of artistic careers and discourse. This panel will explore the influence of commercial galleries on the identification and shaping of the careers of African artists. Pamela Allara, Associate Professor emerita, contemporary art and visual culture Brandeis University Allara@brandeis.edu; 2. Documentary/Archive? The panel seeks to explore the extent to which contemporary South African documentary practices might be trapped in a social-realist mode in which the archive plays a central mediating role. We are seeking papers that examine the different ‘documentary’ or ‘factual’ modes in post-apartheid South African photography, as well as how archival and other factors have ameliorated stasis and change within the genre. Rory.Bester@wits.ac.za; 3. Africa and Its Diasporas in the Market Place: Cultural Resources and the Global Economy This panel encourages the submission of papers that explore how the public and private sectors value traditional and contemporary African art, and how value is justified by both tangible and intangible properties
Deadline: 9/15/2010
Link: http://www.acasaonline.org/conf_next.htm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: ‘Women of the world’: women’s international activism in national contexts from 1945 until now”
Description: CECILLE research laboratory at Lille 3 in partnership with CRIDAF at University of Paris 13 are organising a second workshop on ‘Women of the world’: women’s international activism in national contexts which will take place at University Paris 13 on November 18, 2011. This second workshop seeks to deepen reflection on the process of the internationalization of women’s movements and on the articulation between women’s international mobilizations and their national and local contexts. This workshop seeks to understand to what extent women’s mobilizations at international conferences (either informal or institutional ones) since 1945 and in particular after the 1970s have helped to consolidate collective consciousness-raising, reinforced interaction and the comparison of their respective situations and claims. For questions, contact Philippe Vervaecke philippe.vervaecke@univ-lille3.fr
Deadline: 10/15/2010
Link: N/A

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: National Council for Black Studies
Description: NCBS is accepting abstracts for individual paper, poster, panel, session, roundtable discussion, workshop, town hall meeting that explore the Black experience locally, nationally, and/or globally from a variety perspective. Of particular interest are presentations that comparatively explore these experiences, as well as those that examine the discipline of Africana/Black Studies using multi-layered frameworks and methodologies. Papers that incorporate various combinations of race/nationality, class, gender, and sexuality, through the lens of but not limited to Afrocentric, cross and multicultural, diasporic, feminist, postcolonial, postmodernist or transnational interpretative schemes are welcomed. Send a 150-400 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each panelist), and/or individual paper and poster presentations. For roundtable discussions submit a 500 word abstract that explores the discussion topic. For town hall meetings submit a 500 word abstract specifying the roles of the facilitator(s) and recorder(s).
Deadline: 10/15/2010
Link: http://www.ncbsonline.org/conference_call_for_papers

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Third Annual Open Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals – SEVEN Fund
Description: The SEVEN Fund is a virtual nonprofit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. SEVEN believes that such solutions already exist but are not sufficiently studied, analyzed, and exhibited as examples. The SEVEN Fund has published its annual open “Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty” Request for Proposals. The competition will award up to two research grants of up to $100,000 each to support innovative original research in enterprise solutions to poverty. The RFP has four goals: 1) to expand scientific inquiry to include disciplines fundamental to a deep understanding of entrepreneurship and economic development currently unsupported by conventional grant sources; 2) to forge and maintain useful collaborations between researchers and on-the-ground actors of enterprise-based solutions to poverty; 3) to provide the public with a deeper understanding of this area and its potential implications; and 4) to find, research, and analyze role-model entrepreneurs and companies whose lesson may inspire others.
Deadline: 10/15/2010
Link: http://www.sevenfund.org/enterprise-solutions-poverty/

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Joint National Conferences – National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies
Description: February 14-19, 2011 Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Joint National Conferences. Papers that relate to any aspect of the African and African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American or Asian experience should be submitted. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business and many other subjects.
Deadline: 11/5/2010
Link: http://www.naaas.org/call.html

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Western Social Science Association
Description: The Western Social Science Association invites papers and panels on American Studies topics for its 53rd annual conference, April 13-16, 2011, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The WSSA’s annual meeting presents panels in 30 different academic fields, offering an extensive, interdisciplinary range of subjects for scholars to explore. Individual paper — or panel — proposals on American Studies topics could be submitted. The subjects may range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Send a 150-word abstract and c.v. by 1 December 2010 to: daniel.mcinerney@usu.edu — or to Prof. Daniel J. McInerney, WSSA-American Studies Program Chair, Department of History, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-0710. Scholars willing to serve as moderators/discussants should indicate their research specialties.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://wssa.asu.edu/conferences/default.htm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: “Latino Cultures of NYC.” New York Institute of Technology  -seventh interdisciplinary conference- March 4, 2011
Description: Scholars from a range of disciplines are invited to interpret the theme broadly for this one-day conference at NYiT’s Columbus Circle campus on Friday, March 4, 2011. This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the Latino cultures of New York City and its surrounding areas. At a moment when Latino migration to the United States has become a hot-button political issue and Latino culture continues to exert phenomenal worldwide influence, we propose to examine and discuss the historical and current role New York City, or other urban spaces, play in Latino culture, and how Latino migration has changed the way such sites are conceived. We welcome paper proposals that analyze these issues from both geopolitical and rhetorical perspectives; we are particularly interested in fresh readings of Latino cultural objects (defined widely – either produced by Latino subjects or focusing on Latino culture), including literature, film, music, visual art, websites, video games, or television.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://www.latinoculturesnyc.com/

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Civil Society, Social Movements and Transitional Justice – 2011 IJTJ Special Issue
Description: The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions for its 2011 special issue titled ‘Civil Society, Social Movements and Transitional Justice,’ to be guest edited by Moses Chrispus Okello, Project Coordinator, Beyond Juba Project and Senior Research Advisor, Refugee Law Project, Uganda and Lucy Hovil, Senior Researcher, Citizenship and Displacement in the Great Lakes region, International Refugee Rights Initiative. The International Journal of Transitional Justice publishes high quality, refereed articles in the rapidly growing field of transitional justice; that is the study of those strategies employed by states and international institutions to deal with a legacy of human rights abuses and to effect social reconstruction in the wake of widespread violence.
Deadline: 4/1/2011
Link: http://ijtj.oxfordjournals.org/