OVERVIEW: The Morris Family Foundation backs innovative education programs around the world. The foundation is particularly interested in groups serving vulnerable and marginalized populations.
IP TAKE: Morris likes to provide start-up or seed funding for organizations taking creative and innovative approaches to education. The foundation is also more likely to provide program-specific rather than general operating grants.
PROFILE: Based in Nashville, the Morris Family Foundation supports “[e]ducation in its broadest definition; i.e., the transmission of information.” This broad principle informs the foundation's support for innovative education organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
Morris is one of the more open-minded funders in the international education space because it supports projects in both traditional and distance learning/vocational school settings.
The foundation does not limit its international education to specific regions of the world; however, it is “particularly interested” in supporting projects that benefit underserved and vulnerable populations.
Grants are relatively modest and most range from $1,000 to $15,000. Occasionally, awards exceed the high end of the range. Morris supports a broad range of educational programs. In the past, the foundation has backed programs to help educate girls living in underserved communities in Monrovia, Liberia, as well as comprehensive education programs for children and adults with disabilities. To learn more about Morris Family grantees, explore its webpage Past Projects Funded: International.
The foundation accepts unsolicited applications and releases details regarding the current year’s grantmaking shortly beforehand. Deadlines vary, so grantseekers should keep a close watch on the foundation’s website to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.
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