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Defending Basic Freedoms

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Social
Justice and Anti-Discrimination Initiatives

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Herb Block Foundation

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Deadline Date:

12/13/18 Midnight for electronic submissions; 5:00 PM for hard copy submissions


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for initiatives that protect the rights of citizens and combat discrimination. A letter of inquiry is due by October 4, 2018. Funding is intended to address contemporary societal issues and to foster public accountability of government agencies.

This program helps safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, to help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public. The Herb Block Foundation will also consider contemporary societal issues that may arise.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174660

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be considered for one year's funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) organizations by the Internal Revenue Service.
- Applicants for the Defending Basic Freedoms may be national.
- Grants will not be made for capital or endowment programs, nor for sectarian religious purposes.
- No more than 10% of a grant may go to indirect costs (outside of those for general operating support).
- Grants cannot be used for lobbying or other partisan purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

LOI's Due: 10/04/18
Full Proposal Invited: 11/15/18
Full Proposal Due: 12/13/18
Proposed Board Meeting: 1/22/19

Download the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAGs) Common Grant Application:

Contact Information:

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

Submit a letter of inquiry:

Letters of Inquiry may also be received by mail or dropped off in The Herb Block Foundation's offices:

1730 M Street, NW, Suite #1020
Washington DC 20036
ATTN: Marcela Brane (President), Sarah Alex (Executive Director)

If invited, submit the common grant application online:

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