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Deadlines

  • 1/28/2015: Arts and culture

    United States

    The Big Read supports approximately 75 organizations across the United States in developing month-long community reading programs. The Big Read offers matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 each. Programs can occur between September 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 and must involve partnerships.

    E-mail: thebigread@artsmidwest.org

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

  • 1/30/2015: Other

    United States

    Nominations for Independent Sector's 2015 John W. Gardner Leadership Award, which honors a living American working in or with the nonprofit sector who has organized people, strengthened an institution, or brought attention to a cause. The candidate's leadership must have been on either a national or an international level or, if at the local level, have had a wide impact. Additional information is available on Independent Sector's website. The nominee cannot be a member of Independent Sector's Board of Directors.

    E-mail: gardneraward@independentsector.org

    Web site: http://www.independentsector.org/gardner_leadership_award

  • 1/31/2015: Social services

    United States

    Nominations for the Roth Award from the Mary Byron Project for programs that demonstrate promise in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence. A cash award of $10,000 will be given to a program that focuses on disadvantaged people. Such a program provides services to those who are identified as such based on characteristics that include age, race, ethnicity, gender, faith, disabilities, low socio-economic status, non-English speaking, sexual preference, and victims from suburban areas who traditionally do not know how to avail themselves of services or who are too ashamed to find them. Applicants must be tax-exempt nonprofit organizations or government agencies.

    E-mail: kathypaulin@marybyronproject.org

    Web site: http://marybyronproject.org/index.php/our-work/the-roth-award

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