Important funding news from across the nation.
ACF Aids Mentoring Efforts, Education and Community Development: The Arizona Community Foundation releases grants and scholarships totaling more than $17.5 million in its priority areas of quality education, health innovation, community improvement and development, environment and sustainability, and arts and culture. Grant recipients include the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, Boys to Men Mentoring Network, the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, and Red Earth Theatre Company.
Community Foundation Awards $2.5M: The California Community Foundation distributes grants totaling nearly $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. The third-quarter grants will support local nonprofit organizations in the areas of civic engagement, education, health, housing and transition-aged youth. The funding include seven grants totaling $490,000 in the area of civic engagement and public policy efforts; three grants totaling $240,000 in the area of education; nine grants totaling $1.1 million in the area of health and two grants totaling $125,000 in the area of transition-aged youth. The foundation also awarded a $100,000 grant to the United States Veterans Initiative and Education Development Center, Inc. through its Opportunity Fund.
St. Baldrick’s Awards $2.1M for Childhood Cancer Research: The St. Baldrick’s Foundation in Monrovia, California, gives $2.1 million to 39 organizations engaged in childhood cancer research. Grants were awarded to three Chicago institutions — the University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, and Stroger Medical Center — in support of a joint program that enrolls patients in children’s oncology group (COG) clinical trials. Other recipients include Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Des Moines, Iowa; Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas; the National Brain Tumor Society in Newton, MA; and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York.
Grant to Help Children/Youth with Behavioral Challenges: The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in Aurora makes a $10,000 grant to Family Counseling Service toward construction costs for a life-skills training center. Located in a former auto repair shop and nicknamed “the Garage,” the center will assist children and youth who have a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges. When completed, the center expects to serve more than 300 children annually.
Kellogg, Kresge Partner on Early Childhood Plans: The W.K. Kellogg and Kresge foundations are partnering to strengthen and expand early childhood services for Detroit’s youngest residents. Hope Starts Here: Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership will work to create a first-of-its-kind plan aimed at coordinating high-quality early-childhood systems in the city and ensuring that children in Detroit are born healthy, prepared for kindergarten, and ready for success in third grade and beyond. In addition to creating an action plan, the effort will work to identify gaps in services for children from birth through the age of 8 and share resources and information.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Pledges $60M to Fight Hunger: The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation makes grants totaling $60 million over six years to address food insecurity. The grants awarded through the foundation’s Fill Your Tank initiative, which was launched in conjunction with the company’s 60th anniversary. Through the initiative, the foundation will award $10 million annually, including $2.5 million to Feeding America to fight hunger among seniors and children. In addition to the grants, Enterprise will support the initiative with an awareness campaign featuring stories of what is possible when people are running on a “full tank.
NHCF Launches $100M Initiative to Assist Low-Income Children: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation rolls out a 10-year, $100 million initiative aimed at helping thousands of children in low-income families. Designed to narrow the opportunity gap and help young people in the state overcome educational and societal challenges, the initiative, New Hampshire Tomorrow, will invest in early childhood development programs, family and youth supports, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and the creation of affordable paths from education to well-paying jobs
Foundation Awards $2.5M for Childhood Grief Programs: The New York Life Foundation gives $2.5 million in support of childhood bereavement programs. A $1.5 million grant over three years to the Moyer Foundation will support an expansion of its grief support program, with the goal of reaching more than 9,000 children and teens in 50 locations in the United States and Canada. Created in 2002, the Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin program combines traditional camp activities with grief education and emotional support for grieving children and teens at no cost to their families. The grant from New York Life will provide support for programmatic expansion at existing and five new camp locations, awareness-raising efforts, training for New York Life staff in helping clients cope with their loss, and the development of systems to evaluate the program’s effectiveness and impact. In addition, a $1 million grant over two years to Judi’s House/JAG Institute will support an accurate, first-of-its-kind measure of the number of children who are affected by death in a geographic region.
NMSI Receives $26Mto Expand College Readiness: The National Math and Science Initiative receives $26 million from ExxonMobil on behalf of its subsidiary XTO Energy, Inc. to expand NMSI’s College Readiness Program in western Pennsylvania. NMSI will partner with about 40 schools to enhance teacher effectiveness and student performance in math, science, and English. The program includes training, vertical teaming, support for teachers and students, and various incentives. Nine schools in Pennsylvania currently participate in the program, including Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy and Brashear High School, with support from the Heinz Endowments.
City Schools Receive $100K Grant: Milwaukee Public Schools receives a $100,000 grant from a Greater Milwaukee Foundation donor in support of a peace education program that will incorporate Model United Nations content at the elementary and middle school levels. Spearheaded by the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee, the program initially will introduce UN and global studies and research skills development in the fourth and sixth grades. It will also launch a World Fair event for showcasing student research projects. Other grade levels will join the program in ensuing years, including a seventh-grade Model UN project and conference held in collaboration with local colleges and universities.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Green Lake County Area United Fund make grants totaling $23,480 to 12 organizations. Grant recipients include the Berlin Area School District, Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, and Special Olympics Wisconsin. The Berlin Area School District grant will support family literacy by providing paperback books every two to three weeks to children in the 4K Community Collaborative Programs.
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