State and Local Funding News from Around the Nation


Funder Distributes $1.8M to Improve Education, Mental Health: The Juneau Community Foundation makes grants totaling more than $1.8 million in support of efforts to serve the region’s most vulnerable residents. The funding includes more than $1 million from the foundation’s Hope Endowment Fund, the City and Borough of Juneau’s Social Service grant program ($781,000), and its Utility Waiver program ($47,500). The grants will assist organizations working in the areas of homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, suicide prevention, mental health, health and education.



Grants Assist Youth, Community Development: The San Ysidro Community Foundation (SYCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, distributes grants to five organizations working to improve the quality of life in San Ysidro, Nestor and Otay Mesa communities.

The foundation awarded $10,000 in grants to support programs that bring individuals and families together to increase community unity. Other winners include SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes; Girl Scouts San Diego; and the Living Coast Discovery Center.



Television Academy Receives Gift to Aid Foster Youth: The Television Academy has announced a major grant from the Wolf Family Foundation to create career paths in the industry for foster youth. To be administered by the Television Academy Foundation, the initiative will include summer internships, a vocational training day for high school and college students, interview coaching and job training and mentoring.




YouthForce NOLA Receives $7.5M to Better Prepare Students: JPMorgan Chase and Bloomberg Philanthropies promised $7.5 million over five years in support of efforts by YouthForce NOLA to expand access to economic opportunity for young people in New Orleans. YouthForce NOLA offers coursework, credentials, and work-based learning experiences designed to put students on a path to well-paying jobs in high-demand fields. The grants will help 1,600 students earn credentials that qualify them for career pathways and place twelve hundred in paid internships in fields such as advanced manufacturing; energy, trade, and logistics; bioscience and health care; and digital media, software development, and information technology.




$200K to Improve Children’s Health:  The Boston Foundation announces that four teams of health and housing organizations will receive $200,000 apiece over three years in the next stage of Health Starts at Home, a health and housing initiative. It is designed to address the negative impact that a lack of stable, affordable housing has on children’s health outcomes. The awards, funded in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Foundation, and Partners HealthCare, are part of the second phase of the Health Starts at Home initiative.



Harvard Receives $35.5M for Early Childhood Ed: Harvard University receives $35.5 million from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Trust to establish an early childhood learning initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Zaentz Initiative will pursue a number of interlocking strategies aimed at advancing policy and practice in the field. Chief among them will be a five-year, population-based study that follows a diverse cohort of three-year-olds to investigate areas critical to early childhood learning, including language, cognition, social-emotional development, and neurophysiology.




$1.4M to Help Head Start, Early Childhood Education: The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, a group of funders that includes the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan makes grants in support of early childhood education. It gives $1.4 million from its Detroit Head Start Innovation Fund. The funding will support three system-wide goals: the recruitment and retention of qualified early childhood educators; attracting more Head Start-eligible families; and supporting shared data and program evaluation. The recipients are Matrix Human Services ($450,000), Metropolitan Child and Youth ($200,000), New Saint Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Head Start Agency ($300,000), and Starfish Family Services ($450,000).




Grants will Aid Children Respite Programs, Education;  The Omaha Foundation gives $110,000 from its Fund for Omaha. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 were awarded to College Possible, Food Bank of the Heartland, Girls Inc. of Omaha, Children’s Respite Care Center, the Women’s Fund, and the Nebraska Enterprise Fund.



New York

New York Life Awards $100,000 to Aid Mass Shooting Victims: New York Life gives $100,000 to provide assistance to those affected by the nation’s deadliest mass shooting incident and worst terrorist attack since 9/11. The company will make a $50,000 donation to OneOrlando Fund and $50,000 to the LGBT Center of Orlando.  Both organizations are providing support and services to first responders, victims and the community.  



North Carolina

$22 Million Raised to Assist Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Project Impact, a community initiative to provide additional operating funds to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and address student achievement gaps in the district, raises $22 million. The initiative will use the funds to achieve two overarching goals: boost third-grade reading and math proficiency among students in the district; and close literacy gaps with other urban school districts in North Carolina. Over the next six years the initiative will fund an expansion of pre-K programs; provide extended learning options; and increase staff development and instructional support.




Grants Support Women/Girls Empowerment: The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, distributes $121,000 in grants to 15 organizations working to improve the lives of Vermont women and girls between the ages of 12 and 25. Recipients include the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the Clarina Howard Nichols Center, HOPE Works, and Art House.




$1.25M to Improve Children’s Health, Combat Asthma: The Greater Milwaukee Foundation gives $1.25 million to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to reduce the health risks and economic burden of asthma in children. The funding will support a five-year study focused on identifying and reducing irritants in the home that trigger asthma symptoms, an effort that has the potential to improve health and reduce medical costs for people affected by asthma, especially children of color living in urban Milwaukee. Specifically, the research and community health team will assess participants’ level of exposure to asthma irritants in the home and make recommendations as to how families can eliminate or lessen their exposure to irritants.


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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