Nominations or Self-Nominations due: March 31, 2011

Applications due: May 2, 2011

You have until March 31 to apply for the 2011 Tech Awards, or nominate an organization you know who might be interested in this award.  The Tech Awards honors innovators who are creatively applying technology to benefit humanity in the areas of Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality and Health.  Fifteen laureates in five categories will be honored at a Gala event in October 2011 in Silicon Valley, California, and five Laureates will each be awarded a cash prize of $50,000 USD.

To nominate yourself, or someone you know, please visit:

Key Dates:

Nominations or Self-Nominations due: March 31, 2011 
Applications due
: May 2, 2011
Laureates announced
: August 2011
Laureate week in California
: October 17-21, 2011

If you have any questions, please contact:

Further Information on The Tech Awards and the application process, and the selection criteria can be found at:

Best wishes and good luck!

2010 Out of the Box Prize

August 10, 2010

2010 Out of the Box Prize

* social justice
* competition
* community development
* health
* rural development
* innovation
* awards
* education

Application Deadline: October 31, 2010.

The Community Tool Box will honor innovative approaches to promoting community health and development worldwide with the 2010 Out of the Box Prize. We invite you to enter and encourage you to share contest information with others doing innovative work to improve life in their communities anywhere in the world. (Click here to download a flyer that can be shared with others.)

Your group’s work may involve efforts to improve community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, social justice, or other related issues of importance to communities. Applicants must be willing to share the group’s innovative and promising approach with others.

Grand Prize:
$5,000 cash award (USD) + free customized WorkStation for your group (value $2,100)

Second Prize:
$2,000 cash award (USD) + free customized WorkStation for your group

Award Finalists: All Award Finalists stories will be featured on the Community Tool Box as an outstanding example of “Taking Action in Your Community.”

Finalists will be selected by an international panel of judges. Site visitors will vote on their favorite “Out of the Box” project to be awarded the top two prizes.

Important Contest Dates:

8/1/2010: Opening date for applications

10/31/2010: Deadline for submission of applications

11/1 – 11/21/2010: International panel reviews the applications to select Finalists

12/1/2010: Award Finalists posted on the homepage of the Community Tool Box; public voting begins

1/31/2011: Public voting on Award Finalists closes

2/15/2011: Grand Prize and Second Prize announced

We invite you to submit an application. Click here to download application.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Any group that has engaged in any aspect of community health and development effort – from planning to sustainability- for the period of 2008 to 2010 can apply. Your group’s work may involve efforts to improve community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, social justice, or other related issues of importance to communities. Applicants must be willing to share the group’s innovative and promising approach with others.

We are seeking “out of the box”—innovative and promising— approaches to promoting community health and development. “Innovation” may include a unique or effective way of planning or implementing a change effort, creative use of existing community resources, original ways of generating participation and collaboration, implementing a best practice within a new context or group, or other innovative and promising approaches. We seek clear descriptions of how applicants took action in the community (currently or within the past three years); including Assessment, Planning, Taking Action, Evaluation, and Sustainability of the group’s efforts. The initiative should effectively address an issue of importance to the community.

To get an application: visit:

SEVEN Fund Announces Third Annual Open Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals

The SEVEN Fund is a virtual nonprofit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty. SEVEN believes that such solutions already exist but are not sufficiently studied, analyzed, and exhibited as examples.

The SEVEN Fund has published its annual open “Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty” Request for Proposals. The competition will award up to two research grants of up to $100,000 each to support innovative original research in enterprise solutions to poverty.

The RFP has four goals: 1) to expand scientific inquiry to include disciplines fundamental to a deep understanding of entrepreneurship and economic development currently unsupported by conventional grant sources; 2) to forge and maintain useful collaborations between researchers and on-the-ground actors of enterprise-based solutions to poverty; 3) to provide the public with a deeper understanding of this area and its potential implications; and 4) to find, research, and analyze role-model entrepreneurs and companies whose lesson may inspire others.

Anyone may submit an initial proposal in order to compete for a SEVEN grant as long as the proposal reflects the scope and guidelines stated in the RFP. Applicants are expected to be think-tanks, economists, professors from business schools as well as other departments, researchers, entrepreneurs, business experts, strategy experts, graduate and post-graduate student researchers, economic development experts, business strategists, non-governmental organizations, etc.

For more information or to participate in the competition, visit the SEVEN Fund Web site.

In order to expand our professional portfolio and create more connections with peer nonprofit organizations, 501(c)ommunications is currently doing some pro bono, project-based communications and marketing work with selected candidates. For example, we are currently working with Answer, a program created by the Rutgers University Center of Applied Psychology, on a social media marketing campaign.

About 501(c)ommunications:

Basically, 501(c)ommunications is a small, intimate, shared, professional and affordable, and multi-skilled communications and marketing team solely for non-profits– created, produced and staffed by nonprofit professionals (meaning: we are experienced and sensitive to the needs and challenges of the nonprofit industry.)

Essentially, 501 (c)ommunications caters to new, small and/or under-sourced NGOs who need professional multi-media PR, marketing, communications, and IT work done in order to maintain and/or develop their services and products, but cannot afford to hire full-time staff, or a team. We do everything from branding to project management.

Therefore, if you have a specific communications or marketing project that needs to be done yesterday, I suggest you contact me to see if your organization and your project qualify as a pro bono candidate.

For more information, contact me at


Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University
Announcing a 2-year programme of study and practical work experience intending to support and further develop a network of 10 lawyers and activists working on human rights-related issues internationally.
Deadline: January 25 2010

Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting

Awarding 2 Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting for the academic year, one to a US citizen and one to a non-US citizen. The fellows will spend one academic year at Harvard University in the US, followed by 3-4 months of field work in a developing country.
Deadline: January 31 2010

Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications
Accepting applications from doctoral-level students from developing countries who are in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of studies in family planning and/or reproductive health at academic institutions in the US or Canada.
Deadline: February 4 2010

Stop TB Partnership’s Challenge Facility for Civil Society

Inviting applications from grassroots civil society organisations (CSOs) that seek to help shape policy at local levels by giving a voice to people living with tuberculosis (TB) and those involved in its prevention, treatment, and care.
Deadline: February 10 2010

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Providing stipends to journalists to study topics related to mental health or mental illnesses.
Deadline: April 19 2010

Atlas Service Corps Fellowship

Seeking mid-career non-profit (non-governmental [NGO] or citizen sector) leaders in developing countries and the US to apply for a 12- to 18-month overseas fellowship.
Deadline: May 1 2010

All Roads Seed Grant Program
Providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works in order to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.
Deadline: Rolling deadline

Humphrey Fellowship Program: Journalism Fellowships

Offering a 10-month stay at a journalism college in the US to study journalism and undertake professional affiliations at US news organisations. Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years of substantial professional experience, limited or no experience in the US, and demonstrated leadership qualities and commitment to their communities.
Deadline: Varies by country

The IJP Journalists’ Bursaries
Inviting applications for participation in an exchange of German journalists with international colleagues. For every German journalist taking part in a programme abroad, a foreign colleague will have the opportunity to work in a German media organisation. Where requested by media organisations or bursary sponsors, participants can also initiate a direct exchange.
Deadline: Varies by programme

International Service for Human Rights Internships
Seeking interns to observe and learn about both the United Nations (UN) human rights system and the international human rights non-governmental community through full- and part-time internships from 3-6 months at the Geneva, Switzerland, Office of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR).
Deadline: Varies by internship

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme

Providing opportunities for advanced study to individuals from any one of 22 countries who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. The fellowship provides support for up to 3 years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree.
Deadline: Varies by country

African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Supporting small, community/rural-based grassroots women’s groups in Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. The SGP also supports emerging or emergency issues.
Deadline: Rolling deadline

Free professional networking site (with over 10,030 members from around the world) fostering peaceful conflict resolution.

This is an invitation to join the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (, an online initiative to bring together organizations, professionals, academics and students working in peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, international affairs and related fields.

This is a free professional networking site with over 10,030 members from around the world The site is a terrific networking tool where members can find local and international partners and practitioners, share resources, read guides to careers, scholarships, internships, funding, and IT resources in the field, and exchange best practices. Discussion topics and personal blogs can be posted. The site also has a video section where members can access and view videos related to the field.

Feel free to explore the site content and features, REGISTER and create your own profile, contribute to a DISCUSSION TOPIC, start a blog, connect with colleagues, CHAT on conflict related topics, INVITE OTHERS to join, view a VIDEO, and more. You can also read the GUIDES to CAREERS, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, FUNDING, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE.

New RFPs


Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Invites Proposals for Academic Research Grant Program
Grants of $20,000 will be awarded to legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals working on research with the potential to improve quality of life for the elderly….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: September 30, 2009

Nominations Open for the 2010 Purpose Prize Honoring Older Social Innovators
Five awards of $100,000 each will be given to people over the age of 60 working in a leadership capacity to address societal challenges in the United States or abroad….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: March 5, 2010

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Arts and Culture

California Council for the Humanities Invites Entries for California Documentary Project
Grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded to individuals working to produce film and radio projects that enhance understanding of California cultures, peoples, and histories….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: October 1, 2009

Stage Director and Choreographers Foundation Invites Applications for Observership Program
Twenty-five early career directors and choreographers will gain the opportunity to observe professionals in the field as they create new productions in New York City and at regional theaters….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: August 17, 2009

Guidelines Announced for American Heritage Preservation Grants
The program funds the preservation of endangered and fragile artistic, literary, scientific, and historical works and provides grants of up to $3,000 to libraries, museums, and archival collections for conservation projects….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: September 15, 2009

National Museum of the American Indian Offers the Visiting Indigenous Professional Program
The program will provide hands-on training in various disciplines at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., to individuals working in Native museums and cultural centers….

Posted on July 29, 2009
Deadline: September 15 and March 15, annually

Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Grant Funds Available for Arts in Healthcare Programs
A total of $60,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and government agencies that are members of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and whose arts in healthcare programs show evidence of initial impact….

Posted on July 25, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009 (Letter of Inquiry)

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Bikes Belong Offers Funding for Bicycle Advocacy and Facilities Programs
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations and government agencies across the United States working to improve bike paths and facilities or whose primary mission is bicycle advocacy….

Posted on July 27, 2009
Deadline: Quarterly

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Civil and Human Rights

Partnership for Equity of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Issues Request for Proposals
Grants totaling $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working in the field of social justice and racial equity in the District of Columbia and nearby counties of Maryland and Virginia….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: September 9, 2009

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Community Improvement/Development

Entries Sought for 14th Annual MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing
Grants of $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and tribes/tribally-designated entities working to increase affordable independent housing for seniors and environmentally responsive housing in their communities….

Posted on July 30, 2009
Deadline: August 14, 2009

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Proposals Sought for National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to increase wildlife refuge co-stewardship, especially if their programs reach new audiences or provide wildlife-dependent recreational activities….

Posted on July 31, 2009
Deadline: September 4, 2009

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation Invites School Nurses to Apply for Healthy Habits for Life Grant Program
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to school nurses working to create programs that help kids reduce their risk of heart problems, increase their physical activity, and learn healthy eating habits….

Posted on July 31, 2009
Deadline: September 18, 2009

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Human Services

Weinberg Foundation Announces Program Revisions to Maryland Small Grants Program
The program will continue to accept applications for the remainder of 2009 and for 2010, and will focus on Maryland nonprofits that address basic needs such as food security and workforce development; grants will provide up to $100,000 over two years….

Posted on July 28, 2009
Deadline: Open

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International Affairs/Development

Social Equity Venture Fund Announces Second Annual Open Enterprise Solutions to Poverty Request for Proposals
Two grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for research in economics, government policy, or business strategy that bears directly on the potential of enterprise-based solutions to poverty….

Posted on July 31, 2009
Deadline: October 15, 2009 (Initial Proposals)

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Nominations Open for Inaugural Award Recognizing Scientific Entrepreneurs
An award of $10,000 will be given to a scientific researcher who has successfully commercialized his or her discoveries through entrepreneurship; an award of $25,000 will be given to a promising postdoctoral entrepreneur….

Posted on July 26, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009

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