The Takeaway

Despite Sequester, Feds Award Grants to Prevent Domestic Abuse Homicides

Monday, March 18, 2013

In an era when the Violence Against Women Act has proven to be hugely divisive, and budgets are being slashed because of the sequester, the Department of Justice has awarded millions in grant money to domestic violence prevention programs.

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On The Media

Non-Profit Foundations and For Profit Newspapers

Friday, August 17, 2012

This year has seen the Ford Foundation award grants to The Washington Post and The L.A. Times, both for-profit news outlets. Bob talks to The Ford Foundation's Jonathan Barzilay and NPR's Senior Vice President for News Margaret Low Smith about navigating the relationship between grant givers and news makers. 


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Transportation Nation

$77 Million in Transpo Grants To Universities

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

This is from the U.S. DOT:

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $77 Million in Transportation Research and Education Grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today $77 million in grants to 22 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation. The UTCs, which are located throughout the United States, conduct research that directly supports the priorities of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the participating universities are a critical part of our national transportation strategy. 

“Transportation matters in everyone’s daily life. These research centers will help us solve the transportation challenges we face today and those that we know lay ahead of us,” said Secretary LaHood.  

DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), which administers the UTC program, used a competitive selection process to select ten University Transportation Centers (UTCs), two Transit-Focused UTCs, and ten Regional UTCs. The centers will advance U.S. transportation technology and expertise in research, education, and technology transfer. Each one of the selected UTCs will receive a $3.5 million grant which they must match with funds from non-federal sources. The 22 UTCs selected are all consortia, involving a total of 121 different universities.  

“We are excited about the proposals these consortia put forward. They have the potential to advance basic and applied transportation research today and ensure a robust pipeline of professionals for the transportation workforce of tomorrow,” said RITA Acting Administrator Greg Winfree. “It is absolutely crucial that we continue to invest in research, which has the added benefit of attracting and developing the high level of professionals needed for innovation and expertise in transportation.” 

UTCs work with regional, state and local transportation agencies to help find solutions to challenges that directly impact their communities and affect the efficiency of the nation’s transportation system. UTC projects are peer-reviewed and the results of their work are shared with the national transportation community to encourage greater progress through collaboration. The selected universities will research a wide range of transportation-related issues including shared rail corridors, innovations in multimodal freight and infrastructure, bridge inspection methods, and reducing roadway fatalities and injuries. 

A list of grant recipients is available here. Find out more about the UTC program

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Non-Profit Offers Seed Money to Lift Neighborhoods

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Had a hankering to plant a community garden? Want to scrub the graffiti off a nearby building and paint a mural instead? The non-profit group Citizens Committee for New York City is taking applications for its annual neighborhood improvement grants. The program gives small grants to projects in low-income neighborhoods.

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In Preliminary Budget Proposals, Mayor Bloomberg Recommends Cuts to the Arts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The mayor's recommendations come on the heels of President Obama's proposed cuts to the nation's leading arts endowments on Monday.



MacArthur Foundation Names 2010 Fellows

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nicknamed the "Genius Grant," the honor is a no-strings-attached gift of $500,000 distributed to individuals who exhibit creativity and originality in their fields. This year's bunch includes, among others, writers, scientists and a type designer.

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