When the cartoonist Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million for the creation of a foundation dedicated to encouraging the art of editorial cartooning and supporting charitable and educational programs that promote the causes he championed during his seventy-plus years of cartooning. To that end, 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 research.
To advance its mission, the foundation is accepting proposals for its Pathways Out of Poverty program, which is focused on helping needy young people and adults gain a quality education.
1) Young People: The foundation will support projects focused on improving student achievement and the 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.
2) Adults: The foundation will support projects 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 those for general operating support). In addition, grants cannot be used for lobbying or other partisan purposes.
To be eligible, applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3) organization under 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 and 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 19, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by April 18, 2019.
For complete program guidelines and proposal submission procedures, see the Herb Block Foundation website.