Venture Fund Awards $3M for New Schools: The NewSchools Venture Fund makes grants worth more than $3 million to support the opening of four new schools this fall as well as planning for ten more schools that could open next fall. Grants ranging from $150,000 to $500,000 were awarded through the fund’s NewSchools Invent initiative to teams of educators working to create a new type of public school. In addition to funding, the initiative will provide teams with a supports designed to help make their visions for their schools a reality. Teams receiving grants to launch new schools, all of which participated in an earlier planning phase, include: Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School; Solar Preparatory School for Girls in Dallas; Detroit Prep; and Gem Prep in Nampa, ID>
Nearly $1M Goes to Empower Youth, Human Service Projects: The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in New London makes grants totaling $967,461 in support of organizations working to empower youth and provide basic human services. Awards include $19,130 through the Willimantic Welfare Bureau Grants program, which promotes health and human services in the Willimantic area; $151,281 through the Norwich Youth Grants program, which works to increase opportunities for local youth; and $797,050 through the Southeast General Grants program, which promotes basic needs.
$1M in Scholarships Award to Area Students: The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in Aurora has announced that it awarded scholarships to more than 300 students for a total of more than $1 million in aid. The scholarships were awarded to students who live in the greater Aurora, TriCities and Kendall County areas. Formed in 1948, the nonprofit administers charitable funds from which both merit and traditional scholarships as well as one-year awards and multi-year awards are given out to students.
JPMorgan Chase Awards $4M for Youth Jobs Initiative: JPMorgan Chase & Co. gives $4 million to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to expand access to economic opportunity for young people in Detroit. Building on the firm’s $100 million commitment to Detroit’s economic recovery, the three-year grant will support efforts to give young people graduating from the city’s high schools opportunities to secure well-paying jobs in high-demand occupations. Chase joins the Skillman and Ford foundations and the Ford Motor Company Fund in the effort to connect 10,000 Detroit high school students to education and work experiences which enable them to earn credentials that qualify them for college and career pathways.
$5M Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Grant Helps Flint Children: The Flint-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation gives $5 million to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund to help its hometown recover from an ongoing drinking water crisis. The foundation also announced that, with the grant, its total grantmaking since 1926 has surpassed the $3 billion mark. The grant to the Child Health and Development Fund will provide a 1:1 match for donations made to the fund through the end of the year.
Bremer Trust Gives $10M in 136 Grants: The Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul distributes 136 grants totaling more than $10 million to nonprofits in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Grants awarded to organizations in Minnesota include $65,000 to Family Pathways in North Branch for supportive services and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in rural.
Grants to organizations in North Dakota include $50,000 to ARC of Bismarck to provide leadership and advocacy training to adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities; $50,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Dakota to provide program services and support to local children’s advocacy centers in the state; and $60,000 to the Grand Forks Foundation for Education in support of its efforts to boost literacy in the Grand Forks community by providing library books to children.
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Foundation Announces 2016 Community Innovation Grantees: The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation distributes more than $5 million to organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 23 Native nations that share the same geography working to address a range of community challenges. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 were awarded through the foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program. Winners include: PACT for Families Collaborative, which will receive $166,444 to initiate a program that provides assistance to high-needs families with young children across western and central Minnesota.
Foundation for Health Commits $6M for Health, Juvenile Justice: The Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis has announced a commitment of up to $6 million in support of efforts to improve racial and health equity in the region. Sparked by a 2015 report issued by the Ferguson Commission — which made recommendations aimed at advancing racial equality and healing in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death— the foundation will focus its grantmaking initially for grassroots advocacy; gun violence; juvenile justice and behavioral health; and school-based care. Initial recipients include Shut It Down: School to Prison Pipeline Project, which will receive $450,000 to train public school personnel to recognize implicit racial bias and identify students’ needs.
Community Trust Gives $11M to Support Afterschool, Education Efforts: The New York Community Trust makes grants totaling $11 million to 80 nonprofits working to help New Yorkers live better lives. Recipients include: the Black Spectrum Theatre Company, which will receive $150,000 to manage and expand its afterschool theater education, mobile theater, and anti-gun-violence programs and improve its online presence; $500,000 to the Creative Arts Team to improve students’ reading skills through a combination of teacher training, storytelling by teaching artists, and workshops for parents; and $200,000 to City Harvest to distribute 2.5 million pounds of healthy food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in low-income families.
Community foundation Support Boys-Girls Clubs, Social Services: The Cherokee County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas, distributes grants totaling $16,500 to seven organizations. Recipients include: $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate for its Opportunity for Great Futures project to provide extracurricular activities for low income families that children and parents can enjoy together and $2,500 to Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina for programs in Cherokee county during the 2016-2017 school year that address financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
Cleveland Foundation Gives $4.7M for Youth Programs: The Cleveland Foundation distributes $4.7 million in support of a range of programs and initiatives in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties. The 2016 grants include $45,000 to Dancing Wheels in support of virtual classes and youth and adult programming and $25,000 to Chardon Tomorrow to help fund ADA-accessible outdoor fitness equipment for Chardon Living Memorial Park, which also will feature a trail, play areas, commemorative plaques, and a reflection center honoring the victims of the 2012 Chardon High School shooting.
Foundation Supports Child Welfare, Health: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation gives $76,900 in support of wellness activities. Winners include: Rainbow Fleet, $22,000 to continue training for child care professionals to integrate health and wellness activities that promote good nutrition and physical activity for children and the Regional Food Bank, $5,000 to evaluate the Fresh Rx program that provides access to healthy food options for low-income families.
Foundation Grants Aid Schools, Child Welfare Projects: The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its regional affiliates distributes grants totaling $143,740 to more than three dozen organizations. Recipients include: Arnoldsburg Elementary School, $3,900 to assist with construction of a parking lot to provide parking for community events, Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, $7,500 to provide direct support for basic needs for youth enrolled in the Parkersburg Transitional Living Program and Ely Chapman Education Foundation, $2,500 to assist with start-up costs for new pre-school program.