A variety of grants exists in the United States for diverse populations, such as people with disabilities, college students and minority groups. Minority groups such as women and African-Americans have unique opportunities to secure grant funding in career fields where ethnic groups have been historically underrepresented. An individual in a minority group can find funding through nonprofit organizations, charities, federal, state and local governments. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) has information on 2,074 federal grant programs in health, agriculture and education. In addition, the Michigan Library online and the Foundation Center have valuable links and listings for grants, fellowships and scholarships for minorities.
Open Meadows Grant
Open Meadows, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, offers grants to organizations that empower women and girls in diverse and high-risk communities. Grant funding goes to organizations that have been created by women and girls that promote gender, social and economic justice. The Open Meadows Foundation grants up to $150,000 for projects and applicants can submit proposal applications from February 15 to August 15 of each calendar year. Women’s Health Free clinic, a past grantee, offers free health care and case management to women in need (e.g., counseling and patient education).
Open Meadows Foundation P.O. Box 150-607 Van Brunt Station Brooklyn, NY 11215-0607 718-885-0969 openmeadows.org
All Roads Seed Grant Program
All Roads, a grant and film project from National Geographic, provides grants for minority and indigenous filmmakers around the world. The All Roads program gives minority filmmakers the opportunity to showcase films that tell diverse stories of ethnic, global communities. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 each, and grant application are judged quarterly. Grant applicants must submit the following material for consideration: a one-page synopsis or treatment, proposal, bio, resume and narrative essay describing the applicant’s cultural background.
All Roads Seed Grants National Geographic 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 202-857-7660 email@example.com
Astraea Visual Arts Grant Fund
Founded in 2002, the Astraea Visual Arts Fund provides financial support for lesbian artists whose creative works speak to the fundamental mission of the Astraea Foundation: social justice and feminism. The organization awards $2,500 to artists in the following categories: sculpture, painting, mixed media and works on paper. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and submit grant materials by September 7, 2010.
Astraea Visual Arts Grant Fund 116 E. 16th St., 7th Floor New York, NY 10003 212-529-8021 astraeafoundation.org
Sandra Campbell is a writer, actor and corporate language trainer. She has taught ESL courses for adults and children and was honored with language trainer of the year in 2006. Campbell self-published “A Practical Guide to Learning American English” in 2010. She also writes screenplays, articles and poetry and has performed in film and theater productions.