Michelson 20MM Foundation: Spark Grants Program – US

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Michelson 20MM Foundation: Spark Grants Program – US

Deadline: 29-Mar-21

Michelson 20MM Foundation is seeking applications for its Spark Grant program.

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Focus Areas

Education and Awareness
Developing digital literacy curricula, educational toolkits, emergent models, or learning communities. Applications demonstrating an intentional focus on accessibility/scale are preferred.
Education and awareness on low-cost internet options to unserved and underserved communities, with an emphasis on:
Leveraging existing campaigns/programs to disseminate information (e.g. CalFresh, Covered California, Public Libraries, Public Housing Developments);
Multilingual marketing materials.
Showcasing community and student digital equity experiences, perspectives, and voices to elected officials, stakeholders, and the public at large.
Research
Research that helps map digital equity gaps throughout the state of California, including broadband adoption, broadband bandwidth/speed, device access, and digital literacy.
Scaling Best Practices
Efforts that take digital navigator models to scale across the state of California.
Ideas and programs that build on innovative connectivity solutions spearheaded by community-based organizations, established nonprofit partners, or government (e.g. libraries, municipal agencies, neighborhood-led initiatives). Said efforts should have a latency that is sufficiently low to allow real-time interactive applications, with a goal of achieving at least 100 Mbps downstream.
Successful initiatives to provide tenants in apartments/multi-dwelling units with access to connectivity services through multiple internet service providers.
Funding Information

Financial Support for Research Projects that protect and preserve Wildlife

Voluntary Multi-donor Fund offering up to 100,000 USD to NGOs

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This Call is open to accelerate Sustainable Urban Development

Research Grants of up to C$1 million per Women’s Empowerment Projects

SDG Funding of $20,000 is available for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality

Dutch Organisation giving grants to strengthen the skills of Women and Young Girls

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Funding Schemes for Large and Small-scale Projects helping to tackle Climate Change

Core Support Grants for Feminist Groups and Initiatives

Youth Initiative to enhance Peace and Security and Improve Democratic Governance in Africa

NGO Grants to advance Maternal, Child Health and HIV/AIDS Outcomes

Faith-based Foundation Funding for Construction Projects and Purchase of Books, Computers, Vehicles and Medical Equipment

Human Rights Grant Oppportunity ($200,000 CAD and $500,000 CAD) for LGBTQ2I Communities

International Funding for Cultural Heritage Preservation Projects

Grant asks is up to $25,000.
Preference will be given to grants that cover a specific self-contained milestone focus including inflection points, things that may open up a new foothold with a partner (i.e. enabling a new partnership with a market leader), or new proof of concept.
Eligibility Criteria

For this round of funding, they have decided to focus their impact on organizations that are doing work in California. Organizations whose work does not impact California will be ineligible for this opportunity.
For more information, visit https://20mm.org/spark-grants/