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2010-03-15: Funding Opportunity: Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grants

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The Sociological Initiatives Foundation provides grants of $10,000 to $20,000 to support research that supports social change.

The Foundation supports research that focuses on:

* Social policy objectives
* Institutional and educational practices
* Legislative and regulatory changes
* Linguistic issues (e.g. literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures).
* Development of community capacity and organization of previously unorganized groups

A Systems Change Emphasis. The Foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change and/or research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that may be useful to specific groups and or communities.

Linking Research to Community Action. It supports projects that have an explicit research design and a concrete connection to public or community impact.

Strengthening Organizations and Advancing the Field. The research should ideally build an organization or constituency's potential to expand public knowledge, impact policy, and create social change.

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

Complete guidelines and on-line concept application for the August 15,
2009 deadline are available at http://comm-org.wisc.edu/sif

Contact Prentice Zinn at pzinn@gmafoundations.com or 617-391-3091 x 307 if you have questions after reviewing the funding guidelines