December 2007
Internet Prospector




What's likely to end up on a child's wish list this holiday season? LEGOs! Here's something for organizations serving children, too. LEGO Children's Fund provides quarterly grants for programs with specific, identifiable needs in these areas:

  • Early childhood education and development
  • Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities
  • Sport or athletic programs focusing on under-served youth

LEGO's goal is to prepare the next generation -- the builders of tomorrow -- for a lifetime of creative learning and innovative thinking.

Special interest is paid to collaborative efforts and to providing matching funds that will leverage new dollars to an organization. Typical awards are between $500 and $5,000. In addition, one $100,000 grant per year will be awarded to a selected organization.

Product and toy donation requests should be submitted to LEGO Systems, Inc., which has a program independent of the LEGO Children's Fund. A link is provided in the guidelines.

Proposals for the quarterly grants must be received by February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.


SCA (translates to Swedish Cellulose Inc.) supports environmental education and provides funding to schools where SCA has facilities -- plants and offices in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Alabama. Grants range from $250 to $2,500 for school programs and projects that focus on environmental education.

SCA is a $13 billion company with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. It is Europe's leading supplier of tissue products, employing over 53,000 people in more than 50 countries. SCA Tissue North America, headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, recently announced this new $100,000 multi-state grant program.

Applications are due no later than January 5, 2008.


The Talbots Charitable Foundation awards college scholarships to women who are "determined to finally get that degree." Five $10,000 scholarships and fifty $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to women wanting to attend college later in life.

Applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or vocational-technical school.

Scholarships are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements and are for women in the U.S. who earned their high school diploma or general equivalency degree at least ten years ago.

The postmark deadline for applications is January 2, 2008, or until the first 1,000 applications have been received, whichever is earlier. Recipients will be notified by the end of July.


The Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) is designed to encourage and promote the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting in the absence of a child's biological parents.

The program awards seed grants of $10,000 over a two-year period in two categories: local agencies and state public agencies.

The deadline for local proposals is Thursday, January 8, and for state proposals, Thursday, February 8, 2008.


Do you know a budding journalist? Here's an intensive 12-week summer internship for young journalists with a particular commitment to covering health issues affecting diverse and immigrant communities. After an initial one-week briefing in Washington, D.C., interns are based for ten weeks at a newspaper, radio station or TV station where they report on health issues. The program ends with a three-day meeting in Boston to hear critiques and to go on final site visits.

The deadline for print media applicants is December 7, 2007, and for broadcast media, January 11, 2008. Read the detailed application instructions carefully.


This is a call to independent producers outside the U.S. to produce documentaries for American television. The ITVS (Independent Television Service) wants to "introduce U.S. audiences to their global neighbors, opening a window into unfamiliar lives, experiences and perspectives." The initiative is designed to showcase powerful global stories that inform, inspire and connect Americans to the world at large.

International Call is an initiative created by ITVS in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

U.S. citizens or residents of the U.S. cannot be the primary applicant. Students are not eligible to apply.

Deadline for proposals: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2008

Beverly Goodwin

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