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: District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin
District of Columbia
Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth grants awarded: The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions makes a second round of grants in support of community-based efforts to reconnect youth to education and employment opportunities. The fund plans to provide up to $13 million in support to the 21 sites over the five-year course of the project, which was launched by the Aspen Institute in 2012. Winners include: Ingoma Foundation & Johns Hopkins Centers for Adolescent Health and the Prevention of Youth Violence at the Baltimore City Opportunity Youth Collaborative and the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative.
Funding goes to Social Service, Youth Programs: The Princeton Area Community Foundation makes grants totaling $475,000 to 19 organizations working to build social capital and provide opportunities to low-income individuals and families. Recipients of grants ranging from $15,000 to $43,000 include the Center for Supportive Schools, the Citizens Campaign, the Community Loan Fund of New Jersey and Storytelling Arts.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
$1.4M for Arts, K-12 Education: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown makes 90 grants totaling $4.4 million to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania working in the areas of the arts, education, media, and the environment. The foundation awarded 42two grants totaling $1.9 million to arts organizations, including $475,000 to the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and 23 grants totaling $850,000 to education nonprofits, including $140,000 to Young Audiences. Three grants serve Trenton youth including: VH1 ($30,000) to provide access to instrumental music education programs in two Trenton Public Schools; Trenton Community Music School ($30,000) for their Music for the Very Young program; and Trenton Children’s Chorus ($20,000) to provide choral music education and performance opportunities for Trenton children.
Gund Foundation Awards $11.8M to Nonprofits: The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland makes 96 grants totaling $11.8 million to nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, community improvement, education, and the environment. The grants include: $100,000 to the Children’s Law Center in support of its ongoing efforts to reform Ohio’s juvenile justice system and $225,000 to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District provide arts education opportunities to all children in the district and form partnerships with arts and cultural organizations interested in working in CMSD schools.
$6.6M Set Aside for Scholarships: The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in Alexandria, VA announces that nearly 2,200 scholarships valued at $6.6 million for the 2014-15 school year will be made to children of Marine and Navy service personnel. The scholarships are funded in part by thousands of individuals as well as corporations around the country. Established in 1962, the program honors the service of Marines by educating their children, with particular attention paid to those who have had a parent killed or wounded in combat and those with demonstrated financial need. Nearly 90% of recipients are attending a four-year college or university, more than 50% of scholarship recipients are first-generation college students, and 45% pursue a degree in a STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) field.
$2.5 Million to Expand Teacher Education: Lawrence U. in Appleton receives a $2.5 million gift from the Mielke Family Foundation to expand the university’s current teacher education program to include elementary teacher education. The university’s teacher education program currently offers teacher certification in grades 5-12 in computer science, English, math, social studies, and theater arts, as well as K-12 certification in art, music, foreign language, and English as a Second Language.