Grant Opportunities

Applications Open for Michelson Spark Grants Program – US

Applications Open for Michelson Spark Grants Program – US


Deadline: 23-Jun-21

Applications are now open for the Michelson Spark Grants Program to tackle a broken textbook publishing model controlled by “The Big 5” (the nickname for the major trade book publishing companies in the United States).

Open Call for Young Leaders advancing SRHR. Deadline to apply: 15 July 2021

Human Rights Initiative for supporting Women ($20,000 Grants). Deadline to apply: 1 September 2021

Top Dutch Donors that fund internationally to improve livelihoods in communities

One-time Microgrant for NGO Projects that generate Social Impact. Deadline to apply: 30 June 2021

$15,000-$25,000 Funding for Women and Children living in Extreme Poverty. Deadline to apply: 31 July 2021

Seed Grant for Grassroots Organizations and Women-led Initiatives. Deadline to apply: 31 July 2021

Grants to support NGOs working to end the HIV Epidemic. Deadline to apply: 30 June 2021

Fellows will receive Project and Connect Fund to address Water-related Issues

Apply for Project Funding in areas of Art and Culture (Arab Region)

This Call is offering Seed Money to Research Projects in Africa

Global Humanitarian Initiative seeks applications from anywhere in the world

Unrestricted Grants for improving Health Equity and reducing Health Disparities among Vulnerable Communities

New funding for Small NGOs to fight Infectious Diseases

Grants for Innovative Projects to improve Humanitarian Response

Call for empowering Social Entrepreneurs that are working to achieve the SDGs

Focus Areas

Open Educational Resources (OER) Funding Cycle Focus Areas:

Incorporating OER into the tenure and promotion process within higher education systems;
Raising awareness to policymakers and higher education leaders around the issue of automatic textbook billing with a focus on how these programs impact students and faculty;
Using OER to provide an actively antiracist and more culturally responsive learning environment for students;
Research that demonstrates how open educational resources and zero textbook cost degree programs impact student success within California;
Providing opportunities for faculty statewide to engage in professional development around OER with a particular focus on sharing resources that have already been developed and breaking down silos in the space;
Improving efforts around data collection in California to understand the current metrics around OER adoption by higher education faculty.
Funding Information

Open Call for Young Leaders advancing SRHR. Deadline to apply: 15 July 2021

Human Rights Initiative for supporting Women ($20,000 Grants). Deadline to apply: 1 September 2021

Top Dutch Donors that fund internationally to improve livelihoods in communities

One-time Microgrant for NGO Projects that generate Social Impact. Deadline to apply: 30 June 2021

$15,000-$25,000 Funding for Women and Children living in Extreme Poverty. Deadline to apply: 31 July 2021

Seed Grant for Grassroots Organizations and Women-led Initiatives. Deadline to apply: 31 July 2021

Grants to support NGOs working to end the HIV Epidemic. Deadline to apply: 30 June 2021

Fellows will receive Project and Connect Fund to address Water-related Issues

Apply for Project Funding in areas of Art and Culture (Arab Region)

This Call is offering Seed Money to Research Projects in Africa

Global Humanitarian Initiative seeks applications from anywhere in the world

Unrestricted Grants for improving Health Equity and reducing Health Disparities among Vulnerable Communities

New funding for Small NGOs to fight Infectious Diseases

Grants for Innovative Projects to improve Humanitarian Response

Call for empowering Social Entrepreneurs that are working to achieve the SDGs

Grant ask is up to $25,000.
Eligibility Criteria

They welcome proposals where Michelson Spark Grant funds are part of a larger overall project with multiple funding streams.
They will not be funding initiatives that primarily seek to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) content during this Michelson Spark Grant cycle. While they realize there is a tremendous desire from faculty for this type of support, they are leveraging their funding to effect broader systemic change at this time.
For this cycle of funding they have decided to focus their impact on organizations that are doing work in California. Organizations whose work does not impact California will be ineligible for this opportunity.
Preference will be given to grants that cover a specific self-contained milestone focus including inflection points, things that may open up a new foothold with a partner (i.e. enabling a new partnership with a market leader), or a new proof of concept.
For this funding cycle they will not be funding general operating expenses such as rent, utilities, server costs, etc.
For more information, visit https://20mm.org/spark-grants/

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