Sunday, January 06, 2008

Grants to Inform Public About Islam and Muslims Through US Campuses Receiving Title VI Funding

From The Foundation Center...

Social Science Research Council Announces New Grants Program to Increase Public Understanding of Muslim Cultures

Deadline: January 21, 2008

The Social Science Research Council ( http://www.ssrc.org/ ) has announced a new small grants program in support of outreach activities undertaken by Title VI-funded National Resource Centers on U.S. campuses, with a special thematic focus on "Islam and Muslims in World Contexts."

The objective of the program is to support activities that successfully disseminate the results and insights of academic research on different societies and regions to the general public, and encourage public scholarship by facilitating interaction between research scholars and a variety of constituents, including media, policy institutions, business, and local communities.

Current Title VI NRC recipients on U.S. campuses are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000 per center, to be used over a period of twelve months to enhance existing capacities on their campuses, or to create new activities, for promoting public understanding of Muslim societies and communities in all their variety and diversity across all geographical regions of the world. Support is available for outreach to media, business, policy institutions, and the general public but not for K-12 education. The SSRC expects to make as many as thirty-five grants over a two-year period. Applications that involve more than one NRC on the same campus or across campuses are encouraged as are applications from administrative units overseeing multiple Title VI programs.

Program guidelines and application forms are available at the SSRC Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10010530/ssrc

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