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What's New?  Emerging Issues and Trends

The following new content has been posted on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Web site:
Within the newly redesigned RWJF Web site, the Childhood Obesity Interest Area provides quick access to:

  • RWJF priorities and strategies.
  • RWJF programs and grants.
  • Summaries of recent news.
  • Summaries of recent RWJF-funded research.
  • Current funding opportunities.
  • Articles and interactive features.
  • Grant Results Reports.

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation   The Foundation accomplishes its mission by offering two types of grants.
  1. Evaluation Grants fund the evaluation of innovative methods in helping youth reach their full potential. The purpose of these grants is to help identify innovative methods that are effective.
  2. Replication Grants fund the replication of methods that have demonstrated their effectiveness in helping youth to reach their full potential. The purpose of Replication Grants is to expand the use of innovative and effective methods serving youth.

Washington Mutual  makes grants to education programs that benefit K-12 public schools where a majority of students receive free and reduced-price lunches. The goal is to help strengthen the educational curriculum and give students an opportunity to graduate equipped for success in higher education or the workplace. They accept proposals on an ongoing basis.

Playwright Discovery Award for Students for middle and high school students The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Award program challenges middle and high school students of all abilities to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of writing a one-act play. The award recipients receive scholarship awards and a trip to Washington, D.C. to view the production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Closing Date: April 15, 2005

SAFE and DRUG FREE SCHOOLS SEEKS RFPS FOR 'SAFE SCHOOLS HEALTHY STUDENTS' Agency: Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. Program: Safe Schools Healthy Students. Eligibility: Local education agencies or consortia of LEAs that have not received funds or services under the initiative during any previous fiscal year. This program helps LEAs implement and integrate comprehensive community-wide plans designed to create safe and drug-free schools and promote pro-social skills and healthy childhood development in youth. Deadline: April 29.

 Info: Karen Dorsey, Education Dept. 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 3E336, Washington, DC 20202-6450; phone, 202/708-4674; e-mail,

The Captain Planet Foundation  provides grants of $500 to $2,500 for projects promoting the understanding of environmental issues and focusing on hands-on experiences for students ages 6-18. Upcoming deadlines are June 30, Sept. 30, and Dec. 31.

ChevronTexaco Foundation  provides grants for partnerships between K-12 schools and local scientific organizations (museums, aquariums) to provide scientific exploration and discovery programs. Assistance will likely include monetary contributions and grants, free curriculum materials, scholarships, internships, teacher training and employee volunteerism. Priorities for the foundation generally include educational programs focused on math and science, educational quality, equal access for all students and other classroom practices.

Community Giving grants program which currently focuses on three areas: arts, family violence prevention, and reading. Target funds early childhood reading programs that promote a love of reading or encourage children to read together with their families. Programs that inspire young readers (birth through third grade) are a particular focus of the program.

Target support for the arts includes grants to make art exhibitions, classes, and performances more affordable and accessible for families. Programs that bring arts to schools or school children to the arts are of particular interest. Target also supports family violence prevention, including funding for parenting education, crisis nurseries, family counseling, after- school programs, support groups, and abuse shelters.

Most grants will range between $1,000 and $3,000. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit org- anizations or public agencies. Organizations in Alaska, Hawaii, or Vermont are not eligible for this program. Target will accept grant applications between March 1 and May 31, 2005. Applications must be submitted to a local Target store team leader, who will review the application and make funding recommendations. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Visit the Target Web site for complete grant guidelines. Application forms are available at Target stores and online. RFP Link: