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Deadlines

  • 9/17/2014: Health

    United States

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its 2015 Culture of Health Prize, an annual program which honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Up to ten communities across the United States will be awarded $25,000 each and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally driven change. Community partners can decide together how to use the money to benefit the community. To be eligible, a community must be in the United States and be defined as a town, city, county, tribe or tribal community, or region. Each winning community will be required to designate a local U.S. governmental or tax-exempt public charity operating in its community to accept the $25,000 prize on the community's behalf.

    E-mail: prize@match.wisc.edu

    Web site: http://www.rwjf.org

  • 9/18/2014: Health

    Illinois

    Letters of intent to apply for grants from the VNA Foundation. Grants will support nonprofit organizations for home- and community-based health care and health services that focus on the needs of disadvantaged people in the metropolitan Chicago area. The foundation awards program, operating, and capital grants in support of home health-care services, community and school-based services, primary care and chronic disease management, and health promotion. Priority is given to programs in which nurses provide care. To be considered for a grant, organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and work in Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties.

    Web site: http://vnafoundation.net/guidelines-procedures

  • 9/19/2014: Social services

    United States

    The Avon Foundation is awarding grants through its Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program. Eligible applicants must be family justice centers or domestic violence agencies providing services in the United States.

    E-mail: christine.jaworsky@avon.com

    Web site: http://www.avonfoundation.org/grants/domestic-violence

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