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6 Federal Grant Programs for People Who Want to Volunteer
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides grants to qualified organizations to engage persons from all walks of life and all age groups to perform meaningful and constructive service as volunteers to meet critical community needs. EducationMoney.com repackages information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance in an interesting manner.
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Aspen Institute
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. The student must be able to intern for 12-15 weeks at the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute. Fall and Spring internships will be part-time (15-20 hours per week) and Summer internships will be full-time. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student. Fellowship Stipend: A fellowship grant of approximately $2,000 will be awarded to the Fall and Spring fellows and approximately $4,000 will be awarded to the Summer fellow.
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Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help strengthen communities. Sponsors AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America.
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Draper Richards Foundation
The Draper Richards Foundation provides fellowships to help entrepreneurs start nonprofit organizations. The foundation annually awards up to six fellowships of $300,000 each over three years to support the establishment of organizations that are national or global in scope and whose focus may include the arts, community and economic development, education, the environment, health, youth and families, or another area. For more information send an email to info@draperrichards.org
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Duke University
Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy
Fleishman Civil Society Fellows Program
Deadline: May 1
Based at Duke University, the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy is a center for the study of issues related to nonprofits and public policy....
Note: Program taking hiatus during 2009.
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Echoing Green Seed Funding And Support
Each year, Echoing Green awards 20 two-year fellowships to entrepreneurs creating new social change organizations. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in seed funding and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable organizations.
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Grand Valley State University
Dorothy Johnson Center
Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies
Provides fellowships for both undergraduates and graduate students.
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Indiana University Purdue University Indianaopolis
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Fellowships and Scholarships
Two fellowship programs allow individuals from various backgrounds who are at different stages of their careers the opportunity to study philanthropy. Both fellowships require an application and are competitive.
(1) The University Fellowship is awarded to a limited number of IUPUI graduate students. These highly competitive awards currently carry a stipend of $11,000 as well as the waiver of most fees for students, and are for the fall-spring academic year. The M.A. Program Admissions Committee nominates qualified students for the University Fellowship.
(2) The Hearst Minority Fellowship allows two minority students each year to come to Indianapolis to study philanthropy through the Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree program.
(3) The Mott Foundation Minority Fellowship is designed to engage more minorities in the study of philanthropy through one of the graduate degree programs. It awards a stipend of $9,600 for a year to cover housing and living expenses.
(4) The renowned national philanthropic consulting firm Campbell and Company supports the Center on Philanthropy by sponsoring a Research Fellow. The Fellow will be an outstanding student pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in Philanthropic Studies who will work with our Director of Research on a groundbreaking research project of value and interest to the nonprofit sector. We anticipate that the research findings will be widely disseminated and applied. The Center on Philanthropy is very proud to be closely associated with this fine organization.
(5) The Center on Philanthropy offers several full-tuition scholarships to incoming students each year who are pursuing the M.A. in Philanthropic Studies. For scholarship consideration, complete applications (including letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and official transcripts) must be submitted by February 1. Applicants must also check the box at the top of the application indicating that they want to be considered for fellowships and assistantships.
(6) Rresearch grants for scholars or practitioners seeking to use materials in the Philanthropy Archives of the Ruth Lilly Archives and Special Collections at the University Library.
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Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies
International Fellows in Philanthropy Program
The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Civil Society Studies has announced a call for applications for the International Fellows in Philanthropy Program. The program (not applicable to U.S. citizens), based in Baltimore, Maryland, affords an opportunity for advanced study, research, and training for up to eight participants each year who are involved in studying or managing private nonprofit or philanthropic organizations outside the United States, or are working as NGO liaisons in the public or commercial sectors. Fellowships, which can be for either an academic year or a semester, are available at both the junior and senior levels. Candidates are expected to have attained a university diploma equivalent to the American Bachelors of Arts or Science degree and be capable of carrying out independent research and inquiry. A high degree of English fluency, as demonstrated by a score of 600 or higher on the TOEFL exam, is required. Although U.S. citizens are excluded from applying, there are no other restrictions as to nationality. Fellows are required to attend the annual International Fellows in Philanthropy Conference prior to their fellowship year and are strongly encouraged to participate in subsequent annual conferences.
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(Samuel) Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. To apply, please develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals-Political Science.
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Michigan Community Service Commission Funding
Annually, the MCSC grants more than $6.9 million in federal funds and $780,000 in state funds to nonprofit organizations to support National Service and volunteer activities throughout Michigan. Funds are available in the following areas:
(1) Michigan's AmeriCorps programs are a domestic version of the Peace Corps where funding is provided to an organization so they can host teams of individuals in their community to address local issues such as the environment, education, public safety, and other human needs. Michigan's AmeriCorps Promise Fellows are granted to Communities of Promise to coordinate local efforts to provide the Five Promises of America's Promise for children in their community.
(2) Learn and Serve - Michigan Community-Based Organization funds are currently available. They are granted to local organizations (not schools - see below for funding for schools) to engage young people in volunteerism while helping them achieve educational goals.
(3) Learn and Serve - Michigan School-Based funds are granted to schools who are engaging their students in service-learning - real hands-on learning - through planned curriculum that involves community service.
(4) Michigan's Volunteer Investment Grants are awarded to local volunteer resource centers to establish local endowment funds that will support community volunteer activities in perpetuity.
Sign up for the MSCS Listserve for updates on additional funding opportunities and other related news.
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Philanthropy and Voluntarism RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.
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The Pollination Project Foundation
The Pollination Project makes seed grants of $1,000 each to social entrepreneurs with a practical vision for doing good in the world. The organizations will make one grant every day for a year for projects in the environment, justice, human rights, arts and culture, animal rights and welfare, and community health and wellness. Grants will not support established organizations or corporations; grantees' time or services; projects that have already raised over $10,000 since inception; scholarships and training fees; and projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
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Skystone Ryan Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy
Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Ryan Prize for Research (including $3000) to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behavior. The Prize for Research is made possible by an endowment from Skystone Ryan, Inc. to encourage advanced research that extends the knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy.
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Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
The Foundationís grantmaking is directed toward three programs: the Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships; the 2017 Heroes of Everyday Life, and grants for youth programs in conjunction with Youth Service America. The Scholarships recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalyst for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Applicants must have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States over the past 12 months. Additional considering is given to students working to fight childhood hunger. The Heroes of Everyday Life was created to honor Company employees who have demonstrated exemplary service to others in the fight against hunger. Youth grants support 125 of the best ideas from young people, ages 5 to 25, about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Additional details about each program as well as application instructions can be found on the Web site. The deadline is for the Heroes of Everyday Life program.
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Youth Community Service Grants, Scholarships, and Awards
Now listed on a separate page.
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SciVal Funding
Provides access to a searchable database of more than 12,000 active opportunities, 2.25M awards (back to 2004), and 4500 funding bodies. Geographic coverage is strongest for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Commission, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, India, South Africa, and New Zealand. At present academic discipline coverage is strongest in the sciences and business; hopefully it will beef up funding information in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as time goes by.
For more information see Frequently Asked Questions: MSU Scholars (SciVal Experts/SciVal Funding)
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Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library Access Only)
Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
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An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.
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MSU Scholarship Search
MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.
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Cornell University
Graduate School Fellowships Database
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If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current. Provided courtesy of Financial Aid Information Page and Student Services, Inc. created by Mark Kantrowitz and sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
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The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

Annual Register of Grant Support
Wilmette, Ill. : National Register Publishing Co., annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .A7
Includes information on programs sponsored by government agencies, public and private foundations, educational and professional associations, special interest organizations and corporations. Covers a broad range of interests including academic and scientific research, publication support, equipment and construction support, in-service training, competitions and prizes, and travel and exchange programs. Organized by broad subject areas with four indexes: subject, organization and program, geographic and personnel.

Directory of Research Grants
Phoenix, Ariz. : The Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .D5
An annual print version of the Grants Database. Contains information about grants and fellowships available for research projects from federal and state governments, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations. List grants programs by specific funding areas; indexed by sponsoring organization and grant name.

Foundation Grants to Individuals
New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, biennial. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .F6
The most comprehensive listing available of private foundations which provide financial assistance to individuals. The foundations described have made grants to students, artists, scholars, foreign individuals, minorities, musicians, scientists and writers for scholarships, fellowships, student loans, internships, residencies, arts and cultural projects, medical and emergency assistance, residencies and travel programs.

The Grants Register
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .G7
The complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide.


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