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 Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Vermont.
$270K Goes for Youth, Education Programs: The Omaha Foundation announces that its African American Unity and Futuro Latino funds awards grants totaling $270,000 to 24 organizations. Recipients include the North Omaha Foundation, $5,000 to support a Jazz workshop at Northwest High School; DREAMers Project Coalition, $50,000 to develop leaders among Latino youth and their families; Compassion in Action, Inc., $5,000 to fund the R.A.W. D.A.W.G.S. Youth Corps gang prevention program; and CW Youth Resource Center, $10,000 for operating support.
Community Trust Gives $7.6M to Community Groups: The New York Community Trust distributes $7.6 million to local nonprofits and charities in the areas of the arts, K-12 education, the environment and health and human services. Recipients include Advocates for Children of New York, which was awarded $160,000 to help families of children with disabilities transition from early childhood services to preschool and kindergarten and the Noble Maritime Collection, which will receive $45,000 for a program that teaches students in grades 3-7 about the Robbins Reef Lighthouse near Staten Island.
Academy Will Assist in Capacity Building, Grant Writing: The Richland County Foundation in Mansfield launches a nonprofit capacity building program, dedicating $96,450 to establish the OsborneMeeseAcademy. The effort will focus on education, professional support, and grant-writing assistance; 20 nonprofit organizations in the county will be accepted into the program, which will allow two board or staff members per organization per session. The foundation also makes annual grants to support local projects in the target areas of education, children, youth & families, health services, arts & culture and community services. For example, the Summertime Kids grants will close with a deadline on Feb. 14 and the Teacher Assistance Program deadline is July 11.
$13M to Help Local Nonprofits: The Cleveland Foundation distributes third-quarter grants totaling $13.1 million to local nonprofits in the areas of education, economic development and education strategy. Grants totaling more than $1.4 million will support the foundation’s new career and technical education strategy, to connect Cleveland students with real-world work experiences. Winners include $450,000 to the Great LakesScienceCenter to launch a program aimed at rebuilding a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in the community and $140,000 to the Henry Ford Learning Institute for a formal assessment of the current ClevelandMetropolitanSchool District career technical education system.
University Gets $5M for K-12 School Tech Training Program: The U. of Vermont receives $5 million from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation to expand a program that introduces Vermont middle school teachers and students to innovative, technology-rich teaching practices. The gift will enable the program, which currently works in 13 middle schools, to more than triple the number of schools it serves and reach new areas of the state. The institute provides funds that middle schools use to acquire technology — netbooks, tablets, and interactive “smartboards” — and engages teachers in an intensive professional development.