Michelson Sparks Grants
This program provides funding to fill urgent needs for education organizations. The current funding focuses on the Smart Justice Initiative. This initiative leverages higher education as a catalytic force for transforming the lives of justice impacted individuals and justice systems. The program seeks to fund highly impactful initiatives that align with their target outcomes, which include: 1) Increase access to alternatives to face-to-face high-quality educational programming in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals who are incarcerated; 2) Advance the revision and adoption of anti-racism curriculum development across systems of higher education; 3) Increase adoption of high quality, low cost instructional materials, including open educational resources, for educational programs based in correctional facilities; 4) Increase access to wraparound reentry support services for individuals reentering the community that establish innovative pathways to higher education and/or career technical training; 5) Strengthen higher education success for system-impacted students through campus organizations that liaise with campus services and advocate for formerly incarcerated students; 6) Increase system-impacted individuals economic mobility through workforce programming that leads to high growth, high wage careers; 7) Advance public policy solutions around higher education and workforce development that leverage federal, state, county, or city level systems change for system-impacted populations. Amount: Grants range up to $25,000. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and educational institutions who are doing work in the United States. Deadline: August 3, 2020.
|Funder||Michelson 20MM Foundation|
|Eligibility||Institutes of Higher Education, Nonprofit Organization|
|Sector||Criminal/Juvenile Justice, Education|