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Digital Media + Learning Competition 5 - The Trust Challenge

Grants to USA & International Organizations
for Youth Education in Digital Environments

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with Duke University, administered by the University of California Humanities Research Institute and Duke University's John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

Deadline Date:

11/03/14 5:00 PM PST/ 8:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $5,000 to USA and international youth-serving non-profits, public agencies and businesses for collaborative projects to address complex social considerations and trust in connected learning environments. Projects should be aligned with the principles of connected learning and develop one or more of the following:

-Social media tools, apps, and platforms that improve trust, privacy, and control of information, and safety online;

-Digital badging systems or other online evaluation mechanisms, recognition and feedback methods to recognize learning across multiple spheres to give youth control over how their data are used, displayed, and shared;

-Educational or tech solutions to support more trustworthy online privacy and security practices and literacies for youth and encourage community building for learning;

-Online learning experiences, tools, or content explicitly designed to promote a culture of civility and respect empowering all youth as creators and stewards of an open, inviting, and egalitarian web; and/or

-Interoperable data management platforms or solutions that include open standards and protocols for learning resources.

A total of $1.2 million will be awarded in the following amounts:
-$10,000 - $150,000 year-long development grants
-$5,000 technology grants

In addition to the larger, on-going development grants, “People’s Choice Awards” will be made to the three finalist applications that amass the most votes during the public voting process. These small grants will be up to $5,000 and must be used specifically for approved technology purchases for the applying organization/institution.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146913

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

3 People's Choice Awards are available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Year Long Development Grants $10,000 - $150,000. Technology Grants and People's Choice Awards - $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant term is one calendar year beginning on the date of the award contract.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age when the application is submitted; however, personnel working on the project may include students and others under the age of 18 as long as they are working under the supervision of the primary applicant and with appropriate parental or guardian consent.

Applicants may be affiliated with any institution, organization or entity that has legal status to operate, regardless of its size or the sector in which it operates.

These might include:
-Educational institutions such as community colleges, four-year colleges or universities;
-Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c) status;
-Small and large businesses (for-profit organizations);
-Out-of-school programs;
-Youth-serving summer programs;
-Schools and school districts;
-Governmental and non-governmental organizations;
-Civic organizations;
-Other youth-serving institutions.

Teams must include institutional/organizational stakeholders and administrators that can provide and direct project objectives, inform design and implementation, and increase opportunities for scalability.

Additionally, teams might also include technologists, web developers, app developers, badge system designers, etc. that can design, build and implement the proposed digital solution; and researchers, educators, learning experts, policy advisors, legal counsel, etc. that can give careful consideration to complex social and institutional/organizational considerations around trust and learning.

Successful proposals will include organizations and institutions anywhere in the world that serve as laboratories where challenges to trust for youth in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed.

Multiple PIs from the same institution may apply, as long as the proposals are substantially different. In addition, members of a team (primary applicant and collaborators) can all be from the same institution.

Pre-Application Information:

The Trust Challenge will accept applications from September 3 to November 3, 2014. Final applications are due Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM PST/ 8:00 PM EST. Winners will be announced January 2015. See the full timeline for additional details.

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Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project on the Competition’s website. Finalists are encouraged to generate support for ideas by asking peers, colleagues, and fans to vote for their proposed project.

The three proposals that receive the most public votes will be awarded a “People’s Choice Award.” These small grants will be up to $5,000 and must be used specifically for approved technology purchases for the applying organization/institution.

While public voting results will be taken into consideration by finalist judges, they will not determine final Trust Challenge winners.

Winning proposals will be selected by an expert panel of judges and announced in January 2015.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Sheryl Grant, Director of Social Networking
Digital Media and Learning Competition

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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