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Deadlines

  • 8/28/2014: Other

    Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

    The Bush Foundation is accepting applications to its Native Nation Rebuilders program, a training program that strengthens leadership and nation-building skills among emerging and existing leaders in the twenty-three Native nations served by the foundation. Training is led by national experts on Native American self-determination from the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 25 years of age, an enrolled citizen of one of the 23 Native nations and living on or near their nation's lands (or in urban communities), and significantly engaged in their nation's work.

    E-mail: jfetzer@bushfoundation.org

    Web site: http://www.bushfoundation.org/fellowships/native-nation-rebuilders-program

  • 8/29/2014: Arts and culture

    Illinois

    Grants from the Chicago Community Trust to help small arts and culture organizations engage their board and staff in strengthening management practices that effectively support their mission. The Smart Growth provides three years of general operating grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 per year. Applicants must be Illinois nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation; be incorporated as an arts and culture organization; be located in and primarily serve Cook County; have an annual operating budget that is less than $1-million in its most recently audited fiscal year; have at least one paid management staff person; and have a functioning, volunteer Board of Directors.

    Web site: http://www.cct.org/smartgrowth

  • 8/29/2014: Children and youth

    United States

    Applications for grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities for projects that include a “train-the-trainer” model to their methodology and demonstrate measurable results as they focus on some of the most urgent issues related to children’s health.

    E-mail: vicky.laws@us.mcd.com

    Web site: http://rmhc.org/what-we-do/grants/how-to-apply

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