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Special Opportunities Program

Exploring and Amplifying Critical Issues in the Great Lakes Region in Support of Program Goals


Special Opportunities

Supporting communications-oriented projects that enhance public understanding of the Foundation’s issues, projects that bridge two or more of the Foundation’s programs, or projects that reflect concern for social equity or regional cooperation.

Our Approach

Special Opportunities

The Special Opportunities Program gives the Foundation a measure of flexible funding with which to respond to important opportunities outside or across the Foundation’s core giving programs, or to develop new ideas and promote innovation in how the Foundation and its grantees operate.

The priority focus areas for the Special Opportunities 2015-2017 grant cycle include:

  • Communications and media-related grants to raise the visibility of Joyce issues and grantees with policy makers, journalists, and opinion leaders
  • Efforts to help Joyce grantees use new digital tools for constituent identification, education and engagement
  • Exploration of cross-programmatic innovations

Latest News From The Special Opportunities Program

7/28/2016 9:32:00 AM

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development​


The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.


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