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: California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia.
$1M to Improve Neighborhoods, Schools: The San Diego Foundation and the Malin Burnham San Diego Center for Civic Engagement award 20 awards ranging in amount between $1,000 and $5,000 as part of the Great Neighborhood Challenge, which encourages the creation of projects that improve neighborhoods in San Diego County. Nearly $100,000 was granted in total. Winners include Get Ready for Kindergarten Boot Camp, which will work with Chula Vista 4-5 year olds to enhance their cognitive skills, social-emotional development and self-help skills pertaining to school readiness. This free program at the South Chula Vista Public Library increases parent awareness of important skills required for school. Families will be better prepared and have access to free resources for their children entering kindergarten.
Grants Go for At-Rick Youth: La Voz Latina gets a $10,000 grant from the Meryle A. Stockhus Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in Rockford. The grant will be used to implement the Choose Leadership program, which is designed to build leadership qualities and skills in marginalized, at-risk youth.
Community Planning Project Targeted For High School Students: A new initiative will engage high school students in planning for the future of their local rural communities. The “My Community, My Vision” program invites high school students to submit essays outlining ideas for enhancing the development and quality of life in their home communities. Five applicants will be selected to develop more formal and detailed plans with assistance of graduate students from the Ball State U. School of Urban Planning and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The five finalists will each receive a $500 award for their sponsoring organization.
Community Foundation Awards $4.1M in Grants: The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awards grants totaling more than $4.1 million to nonprofit organizations serving Kalamazoo County. The second-quarter grants include nearly $1.4 million to organizations working in the areas of community development, education, and family and youth development. Recipients include Kalamazoo County Ready 4s, which was awarded $350,000 in support of high-quality pre-kindergarten programming and the Western Michigan U. Foundation, which will receive $50,000 in support of the county’s infant foster care unit.
Group Calls for Bremer Probe: The Nat’l Committee for Responsive Philanthropy to the IRS requesting an investigation of St. Paul’s Otto Bremer Foundation board. The requested investigation is in response to what NCRP describes as the “ongoing suspicious, and potentially illegal, behavior” of the foundation’s three trustees. The letter noted that over the last 10 years, trustee compensation increased 1,000%; and that in 2013 alone, the trustees approved more than $1.2 million in compensation for themselves.
States Focus On Preparing Future Workforce: To further governors’ efforts to align K-12 education and training systems to the needs of state economies, the Nat’l Governors Assn. (NGA) announces support for 14 states Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. States will receive grants and opportunities to learn from one another, as well as technical assistance from the NGA Center for Best Practices and outside experts to better align their education systems with workforces needs for certificates or degrees.