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, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
$5M in Toyota Funding for STEM Education: The Toyota USA Foundation makes 23 grants totaling more than $5 million in support of innovative K-12 science, technology, engineering, math, and environmental science education programs serving underserved communities. Winners include Biotech Partners, which was awarded $200,000 to expand access to its two-year biotech education program to reach more high school students in underserved communities and prepare them for careers in the life sciences, and the Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington, DC, which will receive $400,000 to disseminate and replicate a literacy-infused STEM program that builds teacher capacity and creates an engaging, inquiry-based curriculum.
Out-Of-Court Projects Receives $1.9M: The Nat’l Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) gets a $1.9 million grant from the OJJDP School Justice Partnership Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court project. This project disrupts the “school to juvenile justice pathway” by reducing the impact of zero tolerance policies. Research has shown that since the implementation of these stricter policies, the rates of suspensions, expulsions and school referrals for minor infractions to the juvenile justice system have skyrocketed. Originally designed to reduce future disruptions, zero tolerance policies have led to unintended consequences such as increasing the likelihood students will be involved with the juvenile justice system at some point.
UNH Receives $10M for In-State Scholarships: The U. of New Hampshire in Durham gets a $10 million gift from longtime benefactor Dana Hamel in support of scholarships for in-state high school students. Hamel’s gift will boost support for the state’s most promising students through the Hamel Scholarships Program. Dana and Karol Hamel and their family established the program in 2007 to provide financial support and special recognition to exceptional students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community involvement.
$1.9M Effort to Help NYC Minors: The Robin Hood Foundation, New York Community Trust (NYCT), and New York City Council launch a $1.9 million public-private partnership to support legal organizations assisting unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings. The Unaccompanied Minor Children Initiative will provide a coordinated response to the need for free, high-quality legal representation and access to social, mental health, and medical services for more than a 1,000 children on the dockets at the New York Immigration Court. The funds include $1 million in city council funds earmarked for legal services in the FY 2015 budget, $550,000 from Robin Hood, and $360,000 from NYCT.
Foundation Awards $6M for the Arts in Akron: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gives $6 million to support the arts in Akron. The awards include grants totaling $3 million to the city’s arts institutions to help broaden their reach and better engage audiences, and $3 million to launch a Knight Arts Challenge in the community in 2015. Grants to institutions include awards to the Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop in support of the organization’s summer institute serving high school students of color. To run over three years, the Knight Arts Challenge in Akron will begin accepting applications in the summer of 2015.
Outdoor Grants Support Youth, School Projects: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation distributes $76,000 to five organizations in support of community beautification projects. Grants awarded through the Margaret Annis Boys Trust include $9,000 to the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Assn. and $6,000 to John Marshall High School. The remaining grants were awarded through the Parks and Public Space initiative to the Greater OKC Youth Assn. ($30,000), Gatewood Elementary School ($16,000), and the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation ($15,000).
St. Jude Children’s Hospital Readies Fall Campaign: The St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign ramps up Thanksgiving week and runs through the end of December, uniting celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. The fundraising effort by St. Jude has grown into an annual event raising more than $487 million over the past 10 years to help St. Jude provide cutting-edge treatment and research. These funds are critical given that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.