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Motorola Foundation


Arts & Culture


The philanthropic arm of the global communications company, the Foundation will partner with the Chicago History Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Grants will be awarded to projects that actively engage the public in lessons drawn from Lincolnís life. The program focuses on three themes: Bringing History into the Future; Engaging in Cultural Events; and Leadership Skills. Under the Bringing History into the Future category, grants will be awarded to support individuals or organizations using new technologies to educate students or their broader communities in civics, history, social studies, or disciplines such as the fine arts. Preference will be given to those that integrate lessons from Lincolnís life. Engaging in Current Events grants will support programs that engage young people or community members in national and local public policy issues. Grants will also provide creative forums and innovative tools to facilitate debate and dialogue in the online and physical worlds. Leadership Skills grants will target organizations that are creating a change of perceptions or actions in their communities. Leadership activities should reach young people or the underserved. Activities should be based on collaboration, problem-solving, and project management. The awards will fund curriculum design, speech competitions and debates, community programming developed by educators in schools, community organizations, museums, arts and culture organizations, and other organizations exploring themes such as diversity, freedom, history, and leadership. Additional information including an online application form is available on the Web site.

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