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: Arkansas, Mississippi, California, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois and New York.
Arkansas and Mississippi
Walton Foundation Pledges $302M for Education, Community Development: The Walton Family Foundation rolls out grantmaking plans through 2020 for its home region, including an investment of $320 million for northwest Arkansas and the Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi. Initiatives in northwest Arkansas will focus on: expanding high-achieving Pre-K-12 school options by increasing the number of charter schools and other alternatives and establishing the region as an arts and cultural center. In the broader Delta region, initiatives will include efforts to expand high-quality K-12 school options in partnership with organizations such as KIPP Delta and Teach For America.
Education Fund Awards Nearly $3M: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors makes grants totaling $2.65 million to 10 nonprofit organizations working to advance K-12 education reform in California. Awarded through the California Education Policy Fund, the grants will support efforts to foster “deeper learning,” which includes mastery of key academic concepts along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills, teamwork and collaboration across the state’s public education system. Launched by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2011, the fund has awarded more than $13 million to 25 nonprofits to date.
Newtown Foundation Sponsors Mental Health Forum: The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation is sponsoring an eight-hour course in youth mental health first aid. Approximately 600 school staff participated in the initial two-hour session and the remainder of the course will be provided during professional development days in November. The evidence-based program has been shown to save lives, increase knowledge of mental health among school staff as well as the provision of mental health services, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges.
$72K to Help Education, Youth: The Community Foundation serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri distributes grants totaling more than $72,000 from 27 endowment funds to 34 nonprofit organizations in the areas of the arts, disabilities, education, human services, mental health and youth development. Grant recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great River Area, CHART Teen Task Force, Cornerstone Foundations for Families, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, and the Madonna House.
Funding Helps LGBT Youth: The Grand Rapids Community Foundation launches an LGBT Fund to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Established by Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik with an initial matching gift of $100,000, the fund will work to provide a safe, welcoming and healthy environment for the LGBT community in western Michigan by supporting efforts to increase wellness, prosperity, visibility, acceptance, suppor, and access to resources among LGBT youth in the region.
Foundation Awards $177K in Scholarships: The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan awards more than $177,000 in scholarships and awards to 89 students in 25 school districts in the Hudson Valley. New funds that awarded scholarships this year include the Charlene Klieverik Scholarship Fund, the Skoda Family Scholarship Fund at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, and the Sheila Birkett Gift of Life Scholarship Fund.