Higher Education, Public Educational Media, and Interfaith Leadership – Aug 28

Posted by Arthur Vining Davis Foundations on July 28, 2020

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Invite LOIs for Higher Education, Public Educational Media, and Interfaith Leadership

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations were organized in 1952 under a living trust established by Mr. Arthur Vining Davis. Mr. Davis envisioned his namesake foundation as a highly respectable organization with national reach and impact that would strengthen America in perpetuity through philanthropy to “religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the United States and its territories.”

To that end, the foundation is welcoming LOIs within the following categories:

Private Higher Education — The foundations prioritize private colleges and universities with a primary academic mission in the liberal arts and sciences, rather than career or vocational studies. Eligible institutions must be a private college or university with a primary focus on liberal arts and sciences rather than career or vocational studies and be an accredited, four-year residential institution. Associations or consortia serving higher education are also welcome to apply.

Public Educational Media — Organizations must use requested funding for capstone funding, and the series or film must be assured of national airing on PBS or other national distribution platforms. The most competitive projects will emphasize one or more of the following: children’s education through a series focused on literacy, character development, or science; an educated public through programs with enduring value focused on history, science, the environment, or interfaith leadership and religious literacy; the advancement of education for audiences of all ages; and the innovative use of technology to enhance community outreach and educational use in classrooms.

Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy — Interfaith Leadership Grants emphasize the importance of preparing leaders to model meaningful engagement among different faith traditions, while Religious Literacy Grants enhance public understanding of the religious beliefs and practices that shape America, both historically and in the present. Grants will be awarded to organizations or institutions closely linked to a degree-granting institution of higher education or a national organization with significant ties to private higher education. The most competitive proposals will focus on programs designed for college-aged students, graduate students, or career professionals; emphasize interfaith curriculum development in theological schools, colleges or universities, graduate schools, and programs with national impact; further the understanding and programming around interfaith issues in palliative care; and explore the interfaith issues embedded in our environmental challenges and solutions.

The foundations typically award grants of up to $350,000; in exceptional circumstances, the foundations will consider and fund grant requests at higher levels.

LOIs are due August 28. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 13, 2020.

See the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Deadline: August 28, 2020 (Letters of Intent)

Learn more and apply: https://www.avdf.org/Grants/GrantsOverview.aspx

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