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Funding Opportunity: Bringing Theory to Practice Grants

New Funding Available from Bringing Theory to Practice

First Deadline: August 1, 2015

Founded in 2003, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) encourages and supports colleges and universities in developing sustainable campus cultures that reaffirm higher education’s core purposes:

Advancing higher learning and discovery
Fostering the well-being of the whole student
Serving as a public good to deepen and sustain a civic society

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National Endowment for the Humanities announces new “Humanities in the Public Square” grants


Grant opportunities to host community discussions of the relevance of the humanities to civic life

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2015) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant opportunity, called “Humanities in the Public Square,” that will put humanities scholars in direct dialogue with the public on some of the most pressing issues of today— through public forums, community programs, and the development of educational resources.

This new grant opportunity is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

“Throughout its 50-year history the National Endowment for the Humanities has striven to meet the challenge laid out in the agency’s enabling legislation, which speaks eloquently of the need to attend to ‘the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life,’” said NEH Chairman William Adams. “This new grant program seeks to fulfill that mission in a very concrete way by bringing together scholars and their wider communities to examine how the humanities help us understand the challenging concerns of our time—from the implications of new technologies for public and private life to the modern experience of war and military service.”

The NEH Humanities in the Public Square program will award grants of up to $300,000 to institutions for projects that incorporate:

  • a public forum, to be held in May 2016, that engages humanities practitioners in discussion with a public audience about a theme of contemporary significance;
  • public programs, commencing in spring of 2016, that would use creative formats, such as book or film discussion programs, local history projects, scholarly talks or courses for lifelong learners, to engage the public or specific audiences in sustained conversations on a chosen theme;
  • the creation and dissemination of educational resources that will extend the reach of the content developed for the public forum and public programs through digital resources or curricular materials for use by use by teachers, students and lifelong learners.

Application guidelines and a list of FAQs for the Humanities in the Public Square program are available at The application deadline for the initial cycle of Humanities in the Public Square grants is June 24, 2015.

Applications requesting $150,000 or more should aim to implement ambitious projects with a broad geographic reach and the potential to engage large audiences through extensive collaboration or a larger number of venues. NEH strongly encourages smaller projects focused on local communities and smaller audiences.

Through NEH’s Standing Together initiative, which emphasizes the innovative ways in which the humanities can foster engagement with military veterans and their communities, Humanities in the Public Square grants offer resources for work with veterans while also inviting organizations to consider the importance of the humanities for addressing other significant challenges.


National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

MLK Day Grants and Partnership Opportunities Available

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has provided grants to Campus Compact, Cesar Chavez Foundation, HOPE worldwide, Points of Light, Service for Peace, and Youth Service America to plan and carry out projects that bring Americans together to serve in their communities in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These MLK Day grantees are making available sub-grant funds to organizations that plan service activities for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Below is information on some of the available MLK Day grants, including who can apply, the topical focus of each Request for Proposal (RFP) and the deadline date.  For more information on each RFP, please click the grantee’s name below.

Service for Peace

Service for Peace has closed its grant competition, but there are still opportunities to partner for the 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Service for Peace has a comprehensive plan for MLK Day 2014 that aims to achieve the following:

  • Implementation of MLK projects and the 40 Days of Peace in at least 10 states engaging larger numbers of volunteers and partners than past years;
  • Recruitment of veterans, military families & students to service;
  • Improvement of the lives of disadvantaged youth & military families;
  • Strengthening of communities engaged in service through “Communities of Peace”;
  • Growing the impact of the MLK Day connected to Dr. King’s teachings.

For more information, please contact Service for Peace at

Youth Service America

Target audience/who can apply: 

  • Volunteer centers
  • Nonprofits and  community organizations
  • K-12 schools / school districts
  • Colleges and universities
  • Youth development  organizations
  • Organizations working with veterans and military families

RFP focus area(s): 

  • Engaging 3,000 volunteers;  including at least 1,000 youth volunteers, ages 5-25, and their families
  • Partnering with organizations, including:
  • schools
  • youth development organizations
  • local businesses
  • veteran and military family organizations
  • Veterans and military families
  • Education (reading, tutoring, mentoring)

Due: September 30, 2013

HOPE worldwide

Target audience/who can apply:

At-risk neighborhoods and statistically at-risk populations for home fires as determined by local fire departments, local data, or US Census data. Applicants may include, but are not limited to:

  • HOPE worldwide chapters
  • American Red Cross chapters or other local affiliates of disaster preparedness and/or response organizations
  • AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs
  • Local emergency management agencies or fire departments
  • Institutions of higher education

RFP focus area(s): 

  • Disaster Preparedness (specifically fire prevention activities)

Due: October 1, 2013

Funding Opportunity: Bringing Theory to Practice Call for Grant Proposals

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Funding Opportunities for Bringing Theory to Practice
Proposals Due June 14, 2013

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) invites proposals for projects that will promote engaged learning, civic development and engagement, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students. BTtoP is especially interested in efforts that will enable students to have transformational educational experiences, and proposals for how institutions can transform and sustain their priorities and practices.

Proposals for Seminar Grants (up to $1,000) and Program Development Grants (up to $10,000) are due no later than Friday, June 14, 2013. To be considered for funding, hard copies may arrive at the latest by Monday, June 17, but proposers must submit online by 5 p.m. (EDT) on June 14. Complete information about the 2012-2014 cycle of funding is online.

For answers to common grant related inquiries, please visit the Grant Applicant FAQ page. Brief summaries of past funded work are also available on the Campus Grants page. While the BTtoP cannot offer any specific recommendations regarding proposals before they are submitted, for assistance in answering questions not covered by BTtoP materials, please email Dylan Joyce.

Proposals should be submitted through this online submission form as well as mailed to the address found below.

Bringing Theory to Practice
1818 R St., NW
Washington, DC 20009


IIE Opportunities: USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE) was awarded USAID’s Democracy Fellows and Grants (DFG) Program, funded through USAID’s Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG), in September 2012. USAID’s Democracy Fellows Program was initiated in 1995 to promote democratic practices in emerging and transitional democracies by placing experienced DRG professionals within USAID. The current DFG program, effective from September 2012 – September 2017, is designed 1) to develop a pool of committed professionals at the junior, mid-, and senior levels; 2) to strengthen relations between USAID and academic, think tank, and research organizations; and 3) to promote research and innovative solutions to DRG programs.

The program will offer two types of opportunities to engage experts, students, and academic institutions in supporting USAID programming and policy: fellowships to junior, mid-level, and senior DRG professionals; and grants to academic or research institutions working in the DRG fields.


The DFG Democracy Fellowships will be developed with USAID bureaus, units, and missions and will support USAID’s research and analytical needs in the DRG fields, including, but not limited to: civil society and media, elections and political transitions, human rights, governance and rule of law, and conflict management and mitigation. Individual fellowships may target these fields broadly or address specific subsectors, depending on USAID’s priorities.

Full-time Democracy Fellows are hired as salaried IIE staff with benefits. Most short-term or part-time Fellows, and Interns, will be hired as consultants, allowing scholars or students with long-term commitments to other academic and research institutions also to contribute to building USAID’s technical leadership in democracy promotion.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

IIE will retain all eligible applications on file for one year, and accepted candidates will be considered for future fellowships in their areas of expertise. For more information or to apply, please go to:


The Research and Innovation Grants (RIG) are a new component of USAID’s Democracy Fellows Program, added in the 2012 rebid and recognized in the program name change to DFG. Grants issued under the DFG program will integrate innovative, research-driven solutions within USAID policies and programs and strengthen relationships between USAID and academic institutions and experts working in the DRG fields.

IIE will manage three categories of grants under DFG:

  1. Grants designed to discover and elicit ideas, knowledge, and innovation within the academic and research worlds that can inform USAID programming and policy in broadly defined DRG areas, administered through an APS.
  2. Grants designed to engage academic expertise and learning to produce USAID research products, toolkits, or program models or to provide input to specific USAID policies or strategies, solicited through individual RFAs.
  3. Grants that establish long-term partnerships between the DRG Center and leading academic institutions to support the DRG Center’s strategy and program development systematically.

Upcoming DFG Grant Opportunity:

IIE soon will publish a research grant opportunity in the counter-trafficking in persons (CTIP) field to support the work of USAID’s Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center); these grants are part of USAID’s CTIP Campus Challenge.

USAID is aggressively pursuing a data-driven approach to designing and implementing its development programs, and the upcoming CTIP research grants are part of this effort. IIE published the draft grant questions  for comment from March 1 – 8, 2013. The comment period is now closed, and IIE will issue the full RFA soon.

If you would like to be notified of the RFA when it is released, please email

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