Through its Clarke M. Williams Foundation, the communications company CenturyLink seeks to support teachers as a part of its Teachers and Technology Program grants. These grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through innovative uses of technology. Eligible applicants are public or private pre-K-12 school teachers located in CenturyLink’s residential service areas. Applicants do not have to be CenturyLink customers to apply. Applications will be accepted until January 12, 2016. Please see the Program web page above for complete information and to apply.
The National Endowment for the Arts program Big Read is once again accepting applications for reading programs to be initiated between September 2016 and June 2017. Available grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program’s grants and resources are intended to inspire communities to read and discuss the work of a poet or a single book together. Programs may include activities such as book discussions, lectures, music or dance events, art exhibitions, author readings, or other activities or events related to the chosen book or poet. Funding may be used for expenses including salaries, venue rental, speaker fees, book purchases, and advertising. Applicant organizations must be divisions of local, state, or tribal government, a tax-exempt public library, or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This includes literary centers or festivals, colleges and universities, historical societies, humanities councils, art centers, and arts organizations. A total of 75 organizations will be selected from communities of varying sizes across the United States. To apply and for more information, please see the program Guidelines and Application Instructions Web page. Applications are due January 27, 2015.
Up to 10 evaluations will be funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the identification and evaluation of innovations that improve health and healthcare quality, without increasing costs, in low-resource communities. A total of $2.5 million will be disbursed from the Evaluating High-Value Innovations from Low-Resource Communities initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve value rather than the implementation of innovative projects. At least 80% of funding should be allocated to evaluation activities such as design, data collection and acquisition, sample selection, analysis, and reporting. Eligible projects may be innovations that are existing but untested or that have undergone small pilot tests. Modest improvements to existing procedures will not be funded. Organizations that are evaluating innovations in defined geographic areas are eligible to apply if the innovation takes place in one or more neighborhoods where at least 20% of residents are living in poverty. Applicants may alternately describe their innovation’s intended target populations in terms of income or poverty status, linguistic or cultural isolation, educational attainment, general geographic setting, or other relevant information. Eligible applicants are located in the United States or one of its territories and must be a public entity or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (not a Type III supporting organization or a private foundation). Brief proposals are due December 10. Upon review, selected applicants will be contacted to submit full proposals by March 22, 2016. Please see the initiative link above for complete information.