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  • 9/3/2014: Health


    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation will award grants to help newly insured individuals and families navigate the health care system. Up to $400,000 will be awarded in the first year of the program, with individual grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each. The program aims to support organizations working with people most likely to be uninsured or newly insured, as described by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center’s Health Access Survey.


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  • 9/4/2014: Health


    Applications for the Community Grants program from the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation to support organizations with programs focused on improving the oral health of children in Arizona. Grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded to Arizona programs and organizations only. Who may apply: organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public and government agencies. Applicants must have a physical presence in the state of Arizona and must benefit children in the state.


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  • 9/5/2014: Arts and culture

    United States

    Applications for grants from the USArtists International program, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Grants of up to $15,000 each will support American dance, music, and theater ensembles, and solo performers who have been invited to perform at international festivals and for performance engagements that represent career opportunities anywhere in the world outside of the United States. Who may apply: organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Performing ensembles must have the majority of its members be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The lead creative artist of a collaborative ensemble must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Additional eligibility requirements are available on the foundation's website.


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