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Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $25,000-$50,000  
The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized.

Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship.

The Humanities Program is primarily directed to institutions of higher education and humanistic enterprises such as learned societies, museums, and major editorial projects. The program may also consider, on a selective basis, projects that increase the exposure of those outside these institutions to the humanistic experience or that strengthen preparation for the humanistic disciplines in secondary education.

These programs do not fund individuals. Organizations seeking funding, within the scope of the program guidelines, should send a letter of inquiry to the Foundation, addressed to the Foundation Administrator. Letters of inquiry should not exceed two typewritten pages. Endowment contributions will be considered only in cases where the purpose and benefit of the grants are clearly focused. No grants will be made for building campaigns. As a rule the Foundation does not fund indirect costs as components in its grants.  


Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $25,000-$50,000  
The program concentrates primarily in those areas of its founders' interests and aims to be fully complementary to the foundation's other program areas (i.e., humanities scholarship, performing arts, and Venetian history and culture). The overall objective of the Research Library Program is to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the general public. Wherever possible, grants to libraries seek to promote cooperative cataloguing projects, with an emphasis on access to archival, manuscript, and other unique sources; some elements of interpretation and exhibition; scholarly library publications; bibliographical and publishing projects of interest to research libraries; and preservation or conservation work and research.

The geographical concentration is primarily but not exclusively directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined. Technological developments that support humanities research and access to humanities resources are also eligible. Conferences designed to address these issues in collaborative ways, and programs formulated to enhance or leverage similar activity by other institutions, consortia, or funding agencies will also be considered

There are no application deadlines for these programs; inquiries are reviewed on an ongoing basis. After reviewing the letter of inquiry, the Foundation may request further information or a full proposal from the applicant.  

Singing for Change Accepting LOIs for Social and Environmental Problems

Deadline: Ongoing
Funding: $1,000 - $10,000

Singing for Change was created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995 and initially was funded with contributions from his summer concert tour. Since then, SFC has offered competitive grants to progressive nonprofit organizations working to address the root cause of a social or environmental problem.

Grants will be awarded to  projects  in on or more of the following  areas:

1) Children and Families: Grants are awarded to programs that foster family self-sufficiency and stability. Individual therapy is not funded, nor are therapeutic or recreational camps or wish-fulfillment programs.

2) Environment: Grants are awarded to programs that teach people practical, everyday methods of conservation, protection, and the responsible use of natural resources. Efforts to protect individual species or animals are not usually funded by SFC.

3) Disenfranchised Groups: SFC defines ”disenfranchised groups” as people who have been marginalized in society because of their low levels of skill, education or income, people with disabilities, and people who are homeless.

Priority will be given to organizations that keep their overhead low, include community members in their planning, and collaborate with other groups to find innovative ways of solving common problems. SFC aims to advance the common good by empowering people to thrive and  strengthen and sustain vibrant, diverse communities.

Grants, which range in size from $1,000 to $10,000, s are only awarded to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, or to organizations that have a fiscal sponsor  with that status.

Letters of interest may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Singing for Change website.

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