Grant Opportunities

Founded in 1925, the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation has long supported the production of original research in areas related to economic equity, taxation, land use, and other issues related to our founding mission, to promote the ideas of 19th century social reformer, Henry George.

Progress of Ideas Grant Program

Program Description:

The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation (RSF) is committed to supporting original research that carries the ideas of 19th century economist and social reformer Henry George into the 21st century and beyond.  To this end, RSF supports the conduct of original research into topics of social justice, land use, and public finance. 

Grants will be made to support original research projects in the following areas of inquiry:

  • The relationship between infrastructure spending and economic rents, including estimates and suitability of future economic rents as a source of funding for infrastructure spending;
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation as impacted and/or funded by taxes on pollution and other drivers of climate change; 
  • The impact of climate change on land value and government finances based on property and land value;
  • Gentrification and displacement as influenced or mitigated by property taxes (effects of land value or split-rate taxation are of particular interest);
  • The relationship between evictions and property taxes and/or land value taxes, including policies such as rental assistance and eviction moratoriums.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S.-based nonprofit organization (classified as 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service) that can receive and administer grant funds on their behalf. (Faculty and graduate students with college/university affiliations are especially encouraged to apply.)
  • Grants of up to $10,000 will be considered. 
  • Research timelines of up to two years will be considered.
  • No more than 10% of a grant may go to indirect costs.
  • Grants will not be made for capital or endowment programs, sectarian religious purposes, lobbying, or other partisan purposes.

Deliverables:

  • Upon completion of the funded research, grant recipient(s) will provide a written report – written for an educated lay audience – that can be promoted and shared by the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation with full attribution to the author(s).
  • Upon completion of the funded research, grant recipient(s) will provide a written report summarizing their methodologies and findings.  

Click here to download the Program Description.

Submission Deadline

December 17, 2021

Decision Date

January 21, 2022

The current Project Proposal guidelines are available here.  The required budget template is available here.  In order to submit an application for funding you must first register for the grant application portal by clicking here.