Ford Foundation Grants for Fostering Constructive Dialogue on College Campuses

Posted by on May 6, 2005

New Ford Foundation Program Aims to Foster Constructive Dialogue on College Campuses

Deadline: May 16, 2005 (Preliminary Proposals)

The Ford Foundation (<a href=""></a>) has announced a $2.5 million grants initiative to support scholarship, teaching, and civil dialogue about difficult political, religious, racial, and cultural issues in
undergraduate education in the United States. The initiative, Difficult Dialogues, will support new and existing courses and academic programs that increase knowledge of the religious and cultural complexity of American society and engage students in constructive discussion of conflicting viewpoints.

The foundation anticipates supporting projects with a primary emphasis on teaching and learning. Projects could bring together departments or organizations on campus with different scholarly interests and perspectives, or focus on innovations within a particular academic unit. Projects should involve a range of learning activities that bring together diverse constituencies and should seek to build bridges between religious traditions through scholarship and study, and, where appropriate, should employ the arts and humanities as well as the social sciences.

The foundation has issued a Request for Proposals inviting accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit institutions with general undergraduate programs to submit preliminary proposals. Through a national selection process, the foundation will invite the most promising projects to submit formal proposals. Approximately twenty-five grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to selected institutions.

See the Ford Foundation Web site for a description of potential areas of interest and specific guidelines for submitting proposals.

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