State and Local Funding News from Around the Nation


Foundation Announces $5.8M in Grants, Housing Investments: The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage distributes grants and program-related investments totaling $5.8 million to Alaska-based nonprofit organizations, with a focus on organizations working to provide housing for the homeless, low-income families, and people with special needs. The grants include up to $1.7 million for six housing projects backed by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, and $475,000 to the Rural Alaska Community Action Program in support of a new Housing First project in downtown Anchorage.




Irvine Foundation Awards Grants for Community, Youth: The James Irvine Foundation distributes $10.1 million for projects in the areas of the arts, civic and voter engagement, youth, and special opportunities. Three grants totaling $1.9 million were awarded through the foundation’s Engaging in the Arts program, including a grant of $456,000 over two years to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for its Project ME (Millennial Engagement). Through its Preparing Youth for Success program, the foundation awarded four grants totaling more than $2.6 million in support of linked learning, including a grant of $700,000 to the Institute for Evidence-Based Change.




Lilly Endowment Awards $44.5M for Youth Religious Studies: Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment awards $44.5 million to colleges and universities in 29 states and the District of Columbia in support of summer institutes and other programs aimed at encouraging high school students to explore theology and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service. The grants are part of the endowment’s commitment to identify and cultivate a cadre of theologically minded youth who will become leaders in church and society. In addition, a grant to the Forum for Theological Exploration will establish a program that brings together leaders of the high school youth theology institutes to foster mutual learning and support.




Casey Foundation Awards $6 Million for Youth: The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation announces grants totaling $6 million over four years to increase job opportunities for young adults in five cities. Through its new Generation Work initiative, the foundation will award planning grants of $100,000 to partnerships in Cleveland, Hartford, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and Seattle to pursue strategies designed to improve employment opportunities for young adults. The partnerships will use their awards to plan the implementation and evaluation of their strategies. Subsequent funding, which could extend up to a total of eight years, will support the implementation and documentation of the impact of their efforts.




Foundation Announces $16.7M in 2016 Grants: The Barr Foundation in Boston makes grants totaling $16.7 million and an increase in its grants budget for 2016. And through its education program, the foundation awarded four grants totaling $7.4 million, including $5 million to Year Up, Inc. to help the organization refine and expand its proven training program, which aims to close the opportunity divide by connecting young urban adults to both educational and career opportunities.




$1.5M Goes to Improve Child Welfare, Workforce Training: The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation launches of a three-year initiative to address the opportunity gap in the Twin Ports by supporting work aimed at improving parenting, education, and community connections for poor children and families. Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, the initiative will work to better understand how the opportunity gap plays out in the area, seek effective remedies, and provide funding for efforts aimed at narrowing it.


New York

Community Trust Awards $5.1Min Grants: The New York Community Trust gives $5.1 million to 42 organizations working in the areas of the arts, community development, education, the environment, health, human services, rural communities, and workforce development. Recipients include the Adaptive Design Association, which was awarded $140,000 to develop equipment that will help children with disabilities learn, socialize, and play more independently and Year Up, which was awarded $130,000 to increase the number of young women enrolled in technology training courses by providing child care and single-sex instruction in information technology, coding, and digital marketing.




Gund Foundation Awards $17.7M in Third-Quarter Grants: The Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation makes 96 grants totaling $17.7 million to nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, education, the environment, health and human services, and economic and community development. grants included $150,000 to Bard College to open a second early college high school in Cleveland; $250,000 to Lake View Cemetery Foundation for the first phase of renovations to the James A. Garfield monument; $50,000 to the Young Women’s Christian Association of Cleveland in support of an initiative to end homelessness and assist youth who have aged out of the foster-care system; and $25,000 to PolicyBridge to create and sustain its work on public policy issues.



Cleveland Foundation Awards $7.2M: The Cleveland Foundation makes  grants totaling $7.2 million in support of organizations working to improve the overall health and stability of families in northeastern Ohio. The awards include $100,000 to Emerald Development and Economic Network to upgrade and repair its women’s center, which provides shelter and support services to as many as two hundred women facing homelessness; $19,000 to Autism Speaks to improve the safety of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder; and $29,100 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to expand its hunger relief services.




Grants Support STEM School Projects: The Crawford Central Community Foundation has awarded grants to the Crawford Central School District in support of six pay-it-forward projects. The projects include STEAM Stations, in which students will use a robotic ball to teach coding and engineering at the elementary school level, and Operation READ, an afterschool program designed to boost the reading skills of second- and third-grade students.




Board of Regents Receives $2M: The Tennessee Board of Regents gets a $2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of its efforts to increase graduation rates, with a focus on low-income and first-generation students.The grants to TBR, the governing system for the 46 public colleges and universities in Tennessee that are not UT institutions, will support its Drive to 55 initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with a college degree by 2025 through the implementation of effective student success strategies developed at the TBR system level.


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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