The Grant Advisors are always trying to provide their readers with extra resources. This includes keeping up with the news on innovative programs and giving efforts from across the country. Recent highlights include activities in: Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin.
Target to Donate Up to $25M to Match School Supply Purchases: Minneapolis-based Target Corp. announces that for every “up&up” store brand school supply item purchased at its stores this summer, it will donate one item to a student in need, with the aim of donating up to $25 million in supplies. The company will make the gifts to the Kids In Need Foundation, which operates a national network of resource centers that provide free school supplies for students in need. The initiative was inspired by “Yoobi,” a Target-exclusive brand of school supplies.
Grants to Reduce Number of Uninsured Children: The National League of Cities makes grants of up to $260,000 to eight cities in support of outreach efforts to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Awarded as part of the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families Initiative, which was launched in 2013 with a $3.25 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies, the funds will be used to run campaigns aimed at reducing the un-insurance rate among children and families by 50% in Dallas; Garden City, Michigan; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Jacksonville, Florida; New Bedford, Massachusetts; Pittsburgh; Providence, Rhode Island; and Savannah, Georgia. NLC will also provide each city with customized assistance, access to best practices and national experts and opportunities for peer learning during the implementation process.
Dodge Foundation Supports Education, the Arts: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown makes 90 grants totaling $4.4 million to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey working in the areas of the arts and education. In the education category, 23 grants totaling $850,000 were awarded to support education nonprofits that promote the transformative power of arts education to substantially improve children’s lives. The Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania won a $140,000 grants for its Creativity Incubator, which researches and develops creative and innovative methods of teaching and learning in school districts throughout the state.
$360K for Children and Youth Efforts: The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, a permanent endowment at the Foundation for the Carolinas, makes grants totaling $360,000 to 23 organizations working to help children and youth in the county. Winners include: $20,000 to Ada Jenkins Center for the LEARN Works program for at-risk children and $20,000 to the Bell Foundation for BELL Summer, a five-to-six week learning experience for kids that combines academic instruction with hands-on enrichment activities, field trips and service projects.
Youth Foundation Supports New Rec Space: The Columbus Foundation announces that its Columbus Youth Foundation affiliate gives $30,000 in support of new recreation space at the Columbus Collegiate Academy, the flagship middle school of the United Schools Network. The grant will enable the academy to replace/refurbish blacktop into recreation space for CCA students. The grant also helps meet CCA’s long-term goal called Project: Play!, an initiative to maximize the space on campus.
Funds Help Connect Youth with Nature: The Seattle Foundation has announced grants totaling $370,000 to 12 organizations working to connect youth to nature. Awarded through its GiveTogether fund, the grants include $40,000 to the Cascade Bicycle Club, $40,000 to the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden and $10,000 to the Nature Consortium.
Education Group Awards $8.8M to Prepare High School Students for College: The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin, distributes 56 grants totaling $8.8 million to colleges and community-based organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin working to help at-risk students prepare for college. Through its College Ready and College Success grant programs, Great Lakes aims to improve graduation rates for high school students from low-income households, students of color, and those who are first in their families to attend college. Programs provide extracurricular instruction in math and English aimed at helping underperforming high school juniors, seniors prepare for college-level courses.