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Dissemination of Disability Research

Foundations and Grant Programs

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Foundations and Corporate Grant Programs

These foundations and corporate grant programs provide grants in areas that may be of interest to many NIDRR grantees and have Internet sites. Every effort will be made to ensure that the links are active. If you know of another foundation or corporate grant program that has a rehabilitation or disability focus AND an Internet site, please contact NCDDR.

The Arc of the United States
The Arc's Research Grants Program in Mental Retardation supports research leading toward prevention, amelioration or cure of mental retardation. The Arc has identified several areas of special interest for 1998: enhancing opportunities for people with mental retardation to live, learn, work and play in their communities, with a particular interest in assistive technology and cognitive access; and prevention of mental retardation with a particular interest in FAS prevention.

The AT&T Foundation
The AT&T Foundation currently concentrates on four program areas: Education, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, and Extending Our Reach (focused on non-United States communities). The site also provides information about application procedures and policies.

Benton Foundation
This site describes the foundation's Communications Policy Project that supports public interest values and noncommercial services for the National Information Infrastructure through research, policy analysis, print, video, and online publishing, and outreach to nonprofits and other foundations.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
This foundation awards the majority of its grants to U.S. 501 (c) (3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations identified by foundation staff. We award most grants through four primary program areas: Global Health, Education, Global Libraries, and Pacific Northwest. We favor preventative approaches and collaborative endeavors with government, philanthropic, private sector, and not-for-profit partners. Priority is given to projects that leverage additional support and serve as catalysts for long-term, systemic change.

Carnegie Corporation of New York
This site describes the current program areas: Early Childhood, Young Adolescents, Science Education, Education Reform, Preventing Mass Intergroup Violence, Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Cooperative Security and Nonproliferation, Strengthening Human Resources in Developing Countries, and Special Projects. Additional information about each area is provided along with specific grant application materials.

The Commonwealth Fund
This fund focuses on promoting independent research in four areas: improving health care services, bettering the health of minority Americans, advancing the well-being of elderly people, and developing the capacities of children and young people.

The Charles A. Dana Foundation
Grants made by the foundation under new guidelines in the education area include projects that: (1) promote joint ventures among previous Dana innovators, and (2) support moving a single innovator's work into new areas, and then mounting a sophisticated effort to disseminate the new developments. The foundation also funds awards for collaborative research on diseases and disorders of the brain. This site contains information about new awards made by the foundation and the procedures for application.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects.

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research
The foundation's purpose is "to extend the healthful productive years of life through research on mechanisms of biological aging." The site is a point-of-access for scientists whose primary interest is in the biology of aging, or other organizations involved in aging research.

Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women is an international grant making organization which focuses on female human rights. The Fund is committed to giving flexible, timely support to women's groups working on emerging, controversial, or difficult issues.

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
This foundation supports a broad mental health program to benefit the people of Texas. The current priorities are: children and their families, youth at risk, and minority mental health.

This site describes IBM's new focus issues for its philanthropic activities. These include: K-12 Education (Re-Inventing Education), Workforce Development (Adult Education and Job Training), and Environment. IBM also conducts an IBM International Foundation.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
This foundation supports projects that: improve student assessments and professional development of educators, develop critical and creative thinking skills, promote diversity in the media, research mental health and human development, cooperation-building training and research, among others. The site provides more information about all of these and additional programs such as the fellowship and the World Environment and Resources Program.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This foundation is the United States' largest private philanthropy devoted to health care. The web site provides additional information on details of the current program.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
The foundation work is focused in four main areas: health policy, reproductive health, HIV policy, and health and development in South Africa. Grant application material and new grants made by the foundation are available through the site.

Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation
The foundation mission is to research and identify the unfulfilled needs of society, and to develop, implement, and/or fund breakthrough solutions that have a lasting impact. Current work is focused in two areas: youth development and entrepreneurial leadership.

Entrepreneurial Edge/The Edward Lowe Foundation
"Entrepreneurial Edge, a service of the Edward Lowe Foundation, provides information you can use to grow and improve your business. It offers entrepreneurs a full-text searchable library of over 3,000 articles and book chapters, reviews with links to other content-rich resources, practical "how-to" training modules, and peer-to-peer interaction."

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
The foundation's mission is to assist young people with disabilities to lead fuller and more productive lives. Within that mission, the foundation provides grants for projects of national scope and impact, and matching grants for projects initiated by MEA companies in their local communities. Priority is given to organizations and projects that promote the independence, productivity, and community inclusion of youth with disabilities.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The foundation has interests in a variety of areas including: science, children, population, conservation, arts and film preservation, education, community (including employment and job training), management assistance, and other special areas. More information on these areas and application procedures are available through the site.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The foundation currently focuses on projects that: foster environmental stewardship, promote the health and vitality of the nonprofit sector, strengthen the numbers and quality of teachers in public education, and others. The site provides additional information about funding opportunities and application procedures.

The Rotary Foundation
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people.

Pew Charitable Trusts
In addition to the work supported in six program areas of: Culture, Education, Public Policy, Environment,. Health and Human Services, and Religion; the Venture Fund supports independent projects that take an interdisciplinary approach to broad issues of significant interest or concern.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The main interests and programs of this foundation are concentrated primarily in four areas: science and technology; standards of living, competitiveness, and economics; education and careers in science and technology; and selected national issues. The site provides additional information about each of the priority areas.

The Whitaker Foundation
The Whitaker Foundation is a private, nonprofit that primarily supports research and training in biomedical engineering. This foundation has committed to an accelerated program of grant-making that will deplete its endowment by 2006.

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