The Global Awareness Fund fosters projects that increase information and understanding in support of the proposition that the survival of our global community depends on: the well-being of all its citizens, mutual understanding and cooperation and development of civil societies in creative and humane pursuits as well as organization under law. Fund concerns include:
- Peace and security for nations, ethnic and social groups and individuals
- Economic well-being, including on issues of trade, development, and population
- Justice and human rights
- Environmental safety, sustainability and preservation
- Citizen understanding of world cultures, political and social systems and the need for tolerance of differing political, social and religious systems and more
The following are representative but not exclusive examples of projects:
- School projects that promote global education
- Assistance to libraries and to other media in areas related to global awareness, such as on issues of international trade, war and peace, military action, literature of other cultures or foreign language training
- Support for planning conferences, lectures or programs on U.S. foreign relations
- Assistance in production of TV, radio or other media programs on global awareness
- Efforts to establish or enhance a sister city relationship
- Projects to establish or provide materials for a peace and justice center
To be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must:
- Be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or classified as an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Be located in or provide service to residents within: Bayfield, Douglas and Ashland Counties in northwest Wisconsin; or Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties in northeast Minnesota; or the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Mashkiiziibii, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa/Atisokanigamig, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Nah-Gah-Chi-Wa-Nong, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Gichi Onigaming, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe or the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Gaa-Miskwaabikaang
Grants generally range from $100 to $5,000.
Spring 2024 Grant Cycle
- Application available January 2, 2024 – March 1, 2024 at 5 pm
- Grant begin date: June 1, or later.
- If awarded, funds would be available in June. Notifications will be emailed at the end of May.