A leadership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design partners with communities of 50,000 or less to improve quality of life and economic vigor through workshops that bring community organizations, local leaders, nonprofits, and specialists together to address issues of housing and transportation systems and the local economy through design. Selected communities will receive $7,000 to plan and host a 2-day workshop and will receive assistance from the Institute in assembling specialists who can meet their needs. Communities must also provide approximately $7,000 in matching funding, either in-kind or cash. Workshops will also be augmented with webinar presentation and conference calls that are led by topical experts and open to the public. For complete information, please see the Institute’s application Web page. Applications are due May 6.
Committed to improvements in community, education, and health and medicine, the RGK Foundation invites 501(c)(3) nonprofits, as well as government and education institutions and hospitals, to apply for funding under the three focus areas. In 2013 alone, as little as $2,500 and as much as $1 million were awarded to selected organizations. Preferred topics are as follows:
Health and Medicine: Access to health services; the health and well-being of children.
Education: Literacy; formal K-12 education (esp. math, reading, and science); higher education; teacher development.
Community: Abuse prevention; youth development programs; community improvement.
Grants are typically awarded for a one-year period, though multiyear grants are also possible. Foundation grants frequently do not support endowments, international projects, operating expenses, and capital campaigns. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis, with the next deadline being March 7. For complete application information and lists of previous recipients, please review the Foundation’s Guidelines Web page.