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  • 10/24/2014: Children and youth

    New York

    The Kelly for Kids Foundation is inviting applications from health and social services organizations that serve disabled people or needy youths. Grants will be awarded to programs that directly assist children in need or provide equipment and physical improvements for organizations serving disadvantaged children and teenagers. To be eligible, applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in and serving youths in western New York State.

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  • 10/24/2014: Social services

    United States

    YMCA of the USA is accepting entries from individuals and groups for its third annual My Fresh Page Project competition. Through the competition, the Y will award a total of $20,000 in support of small ideas that impact communities in big ways. Community members from across the nation will be able to vote for their favorite idea once a day, now through October 24. A panel of Y judges will then review the entries with the most votes and select ten finalists to receive support to help make their idea a reality. Applicants may submit their projects in one of three prize categories  (i.e., $5,000 prize, $1,000 prize, and $500 prize). Any project submitted by an individual or a group that benefits a community is eligible for consideration. Visit the Y website for complete competition guidelines.

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  • 10/29/2014: Health

    United States

    The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards represent a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty who have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past 11 years at the start of the grant term to conduct pancreatic cancer research. The grants provide $200,000 each over two years for expenses related to the research project.


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