When the political cartoonist Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million and instructions to create a foundation dedicated to encouraging the art of editorial cartooning and supporting charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed during his seventy-two years of cartooning. The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. In addition, the foundation seeks to provide educational opportunities through scholarships, and to promote editorial cartooning through continuing research.
To advance its mission, the foundation is accepting proposals for its Pathways Out of Poverty program, which focuses on helping needy young people and adults gain a quality education.
1) Young People: For organizations serving youth, the foundation will support programs focused on improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Projects may include in-school and community-based educational programs, afterschool activities, and mentoring programs. Programs designed to increase high school graduation rates are encouraged to apply.
2) Adults: For organizations serving adults, the foundation will support programs that provide literacy education and GED preparation, vocational training, and job-placement services.
In 2018, the program will award one-year grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000. No more than 10 percent of a grant may go to indirect costs (outside of general operating). In addition, grants cannot be used for lobbying or other partisan purposes.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization classified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be located in and/or provide services in the greater Washington, D.C. region, which the foundation defines as the District of Columbia, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and the city of Alexandria in Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.
Letters of Interest must be received no later than February 7, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by April 18, 2018.
See the Herb Block Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.