Giving News Briefs from Around the Country

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. Indiana. Idaho and Michigan.


Group Offers $15M Learning Prize: The XPRIZE Foundation, Culver City, rolls out a $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE, a five-year competition to develop tablet solutions that enable children in developing countries to teach themselves the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Funded by a group of foundations and donors that includes Anthony Robbins, Econet, and Merkin Family foundations, the Global Learning XPRIZE aims to encourage teams of educators and technologists to develop scalable, open-source software for children who do not have regular access to quality schools or teachers. The competition is now open; registration closes March 31.


Lilly Gives $22.5M for Early Childhood Ed: The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment gives $22.5 million in support of efforts to increase high-quality early childhood education opportunities in Indiana. Early Learning Indiana, an agency of United Way of Central Indiana, was awarded $20 million to help at least 400 early childhood education providers improve their programs and outreach efforts. The funds will be used to build new classrooms, strengthen curricula, educate and engage parents about the importance of high-quality child care and preschool programs, bolster staff and teacher development, and improve business practices. In addition, UWCI was awarded $2.5 million in support of its ongoing efforts to strengthen early childhood education programs in Indianapolis and the surrounding six-county region.


Foundation Supports Education, Children’s Health Projects: The Eastern Regional Grants Panel of the Idaho Community Foundation in Idaho Falls makes grants totaling more than $150,000 to 63 organizations in eastern and southeastern Idaho. Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded in the areas of arts and culture, education, children’s health, conservation and the environment. Recipients include the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, to support Idaho Theater for Youth and Shakespearience and education outreach program for elementary and secondary schools and a grant to Paris Elementary School to construct a 4-foot high chain link fence to act as a protective barrier for the school’s playground area.


College Receives $4M for K-12 STEM Initiative: Delta College in University Center receives a $4 million grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to bring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to local middle and high school students. The three-year grant will support the college’s STEM Explorer initiative, which includes the outfitting of a customized state-of-the-art vehicle that will travel throughout the region visiting schools and community events to bring investigative learning directly to students. In the 1970s, the Dow Foundation awarded $4.3 million to Delta — the largest grant in college’s history.


Carnegie Awards $29M in Grants: The Carnegie Corporation of New York distributes third-quarter grants totaling almost $29 million. Through its National Program, the foundation awarded $1 million over two years to the Computers For Youth Foundation in New York City to support the continued integration of its Next Generation Learning program and $500,000 over two years to Editorial Projects in Education in Bethesda, MD, in support of its coverage of innovation in education and school design.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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