Funder: Herb Block Foundation; Opportunity: Encouraging Citizen Involvement and Pathways Out of Poverty; Funding Focus: Education, community engagement; Geographic Focus: National (Encouraging Citizen Involvement) and Regional (Pathways Out of Poverty); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, grants can range from $5,000 to $25,000 each (the foundation made about $1.5 million in grants last year); Deadlines: Pathways Out of Poverty, Feb. 3 (LOI) and Encouraging Citizen Involvement, June 3 (LOI).
Summary: Grants support projects which encourage community involvement or help underserved youth.
- Pathways Out of Poverty: Is open to applicants in the District of Columbia metro area for projects which help underserved youth overcome barriers to poverty. Projects may include in-school and community-based educational programs, afterschool activities and mentoring programs. Programs designed to increase high school graduation rates are encouraged.
- Encouraging Citizen Involvement: The program provides grants for nonprofits engaging citizens in creating a responsible, responsive democratic government. Proposals may focus on citizen education and greater voter participation in the electoral process.
Defending Freedoms, a third foundation grants program with a national reach is closed; a new round is to open next year.