Sociological Initiatives FoundationDeadline: August 15, 2017
The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions. The Foundation specifically supports research that focuses on impacting:
- Social policy
- Institutional and educational practices
- Linguistic issues (e.g. literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language and national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures)
- Community capacity and the organization of previously unorganized groups
The Foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change. It seeks to fund research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that can be useful to specific groups and or communities. It looks for projects that have an explicit research design and a concrete connection to public or community impact. Priority is directed towards requests related to community-based research used in conjunction with advocacy, community organizing, social activism, and other strategic efforts that promote change in organizations, communities, public policy, and in the social sciences.
The Foundation defines community based research as a collaborative and participatory approach to research in which community organizations (schools, residents, and civic leaders) partner with academic researchers (faculty, academic staff, and students) to produce knowledge that solves real world problems. Community based research seeks community engagement at each phase of the research project. Community Based Research does not specify one model of research over another; models are selected based on what is most appropriate to the problems to be studied and solved.
Some examples of desired applicants are:
- academic-community partnerships
- advocacy or community groups that conduct research that can withstand challenge in academic and policy arenas
- academics that organize or link to a constituency through their research
Amount: Grants range from $10,000-$20,000.
Eligibility: Organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as “not a private foundation” under section 509(a), including universities, university departments, research institutes, or community organizations. The foundation gives priority to organizations working in partnership with other allies, community groups, and advocates. The geographic focus is limited to the United States and its territories.