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FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $50,000-$100.000  

Through the General Grant Program, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation funds research and educational projects that support its mission of providing underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life.

In 2013, the FINRA Foundation welcomes applications for projects of approximately $50,000–$100,000 that advance understanding of the relationships among financial literacy, financial capability and financial well-being. Priority will be given to projects that use data from the National Financial Capability Study (see and other existing data sets. Note that a second round of data from the National Financial Capability Study will be available beginning in the first half of 2013. The Foundation seeks to fund projects that advance its mission through:

Educational projects or programs. Funding is for programs that respond to an unmet investor education or protection need for a target audience.

Research. Funding is for research that expands the body of knowledge and offers solutions in the field of investor education and protection.

Combination of research and educational program. Funding is for initiatives that lead with a research element and follow with a high-impact investor education or investor protection project based upon the results of the research.  

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Program on Global Security and Sustainability

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $100,000 and up  

Grants are awarded for research and policy studies, dissemination, and related activities. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that reflect diverse national, institutional, professional, and cultural perspectives on global migration.

Grantmaking in this area is aimed at raising the profile of global migration issues on national and international agendas, helping to develop norms and standards for the effective governance of migration, facilitating the inclusion of civil society voices in policy deliberations at the national and international levels, and disseminating migration research to policymakers at various levels of government. Support for the Global Forum on Migration and Development - and for improvement of regional migration governance mechanisms - are important emphases of the foundation's work on migration governance. The foundation seeks to foster better understanding and policy-relevant analyses of the relationship between the movement of people and economic development in sending and receiving countries.Under the broad rubric of migration and development, the foundation will seek to produce better understandings and policy-relevant analyses of the relationship between the movement of people and economic development. The initiative supports research and policy analysis on two channels through which migrants impact the economies and the quality of life in their countries of origin: financial flows (including worker remittances), and diasporas and circular migration (and concomitant issues of brain drain). The foundation also supports work aimed at improving migration data. In addition to examining migration from an international perspective, synergies are sought in MacArthur's focus countries of Nigeria, Mexico, Russia, India, and China.

An organization wishing to approach the foundation may submit a letter of inquiry informing the foundation of the proposed project. Based on this information, the foundation may invite proposals from prospective projects and organizations.  

Open Society Foundation

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $50,000  

As part of an ongoing effort to engage young people in policy issues critical to their future, the Open Society Foundations has launched Global Debates, a $20 million funding initiative to strengthen debate programs at colleges and universities around the world.

OSF will provide up to three years of funding to colleges, universities, and other educational institutions to integrate debate across disciplines. The International Debate Education Association will implement the programs and help OSF identify and provide support to grantees.

Grants will be available for institutions that have either very small debate programs or none at all. Grants also will be made to institutions seeking to promote public debates within the broader communities that they serve and to increase the capacity of young people from marginalized communities to engage in debates concerning controversial issues affecting their lives.

Grant applications are invited in the following areas:

Debate Organized by Consortia of Colleges and Universities will provide support for consortia of colleges and universities working together to organize large-scale debate in national or global contexts. Pairs or small groups of colleges may apply for a maximum of $200,000 to develop, organize, and support debate consortia. Funding may be used to establish new consortia or enhance and/or expand existing consortia.

Debate Sponsored by Departments and Schools Within Colleges and Universities will provide support for debate as an extracurricular or co-curricular activity of departments and schools inside a college or university. Academic departments or programs may apply for a maximum of $25,000 to establish a debate program at a college or university where none currently exists, provide teacher debate training or instruction, host debate tournaments and public debates, and/or travel to public debates and debate tournaments.

Debate in Student Clubs and Societies will provide support for debate in student clubs and societies in ways that go beyond competition to encourage authentic civic engagement. Students, faculty, or staff may apply for a maximum of $50,000 to fund the creation of debate clubs or societies where none currently exist, provide student debate training or instruction, host intra-mural debate tournaments and public debates, and/or travel to public debates and debate tournaments.

Supporting Debate Events will provide funding for university debate events -- both new and existing — around the world in any language. Not-for-profit groups, including but not limited to public or private not-for-profit universities, private not- for-profit organizations, school debate clubs, or other incorporated or unincorporated groups organizing debates for undergraduate university students as part of their activities, are eligible to apply. Funding of up to $50,000 is available for new events. Funding requested for existing events may generally not exceed 25 percent of the total expenses relating to the event.

For each program area, concept papers/full proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funding has been exhausted. Proposals for debate events should be submitted at least two months before the event.

Visit the Open Society Foundations website for complete program information and application instructions.  

Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $25,000-$50,000  

The Russell Sage Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the social sciences as a means of achieving more informed and rational social policy. The Foundation will support basic social science research within five program areas: Future of Work, Immigration, Cultural Contact, Social Inequality, and Behavioral Economics.  

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