Agencies Receive $5 Million for Developmental Delay Screening: First 5 Contra Costa in Concord gets a $5 million grant from the Thomas J. Long Foundation in support of its efforts to identify and treat developmental delays early in childhood. The grant will be used to expand the organization’s Help Me Grow model, which promotes early detection of developmental delays in young children, including speech problems, behavioral challenges, and autism, and ensure timely access to services needed to address those delays.
The funds will support the training of more pediatricians and child care providers on a developmental screening tool that checks children’s developmental progress, with screening prioritized for low-income children and those in non-English-speaking households. The grant also will support an awareness campaign about the importance of early screening and how to access it.
Funder Assists Youth Groups: The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport and the Cape Youth Force names the winners of its 2015 grants in support of programs that help children, youth, and families on Cape Cod. Priority goes to those serving the Dennis-Yarmouth community. The recipients are Katelynn’s Closet and Child and Family Services of Cape Cod.
$2.4M Goes for Youth, Family and Children Services: The Kalamazoo Community Foundation makes 20 grants totaling $2.4 million in unrestricted funding. Recipients include Friendship House, Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo, Family & Children Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo, Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run and Kalamazoo County 9th District Court Youthful Offender Transition Program.
Foundation Awards $1.7 Million in Grants: The Blandin Foundation distributes 60 sixty grants totaling $1.7 million in support of organizations working in the areas of the arts, children, economic development, education and health. Winners include: $400,000 to the Itasca County Family YMCA to boost its new Active Living Center, a collaborative project of the YMCA. Other winners are: Depot Commons ($90,000) for youth workforce development programs and the Independent School District 2, Hill City ($170,000) for continued early childhood programming.
Donations for NYC Public Schools Down: New York City’s Fund for Public Schools has struggled to attract donations under Mayor Bill de Blasio. The nonprofit organization that former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg built into a fundraising juggernaut has raised just $18 million in the fiscal year that ends June 30, down from an average of $29 million a year over the last decade. And almost half of the total is the result of multiyear grants made in the 2012 fiscal year — while Bloomberg was still mayor.