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Happy Thanksgiving, Supporting Communities Threatened by Hate and Bias, Vote! Youth Organizing Award

Topics in this Digest...
• Happy Thanksgiving!
• Applications for Responsive Grants
• 2016 Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing Award - Your Vote Counts
Happy Thanksgiving!

Please enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Applications for Responsive Grants

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is deeply concerned for what our national campaign and election results will mean for those targeted by the White Supremacist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic ideology and language. In response, the Memorial Fund is offering immediate support to communities in Connecticut responding to current and emerging threats, trauma and/or harassment related to these manifestations of hate and bias and oppression.

We invite you to apply for funding and/or meeting space to give immediate, urgent support to these communities. This support could include gatherings, nonviolent direct action, crisis response or therapeutic support that address the physical, social, emotional wellbeing and safety being threatened.

Organizations, groups, and individuals that do not hold a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status may apply but will require a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) status for disbursement of funds. The Memorial Fund anticipates being able to assist with matching fiscal sponsors to applicants. It is our intent to move funds as quickly as possible to meet the needs in the community.

2016 Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing Award - Your Vote Counts

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing Award will honor a New England youth organizing group that has shown commitment to advancing student-centered learning or redesigning education to meet the needs of all students. The finalist with the most votes will receive a $50,000 grant for their organization. 

Hearing Youth Voices, a New London-based group, is among the finalists. At HYV, youth leaders identify issues, research solutions, and run campaigns aimed at making concrete, meaningful changes in their public schools.

Check out a short video that highlights the work all 7 of the organizations nominated, including HYV and vote by November 30, 2016 at noon.