State and Local Funding News from Around the Nation

A digest of state and local funding news from around the nation


Annenberg Foundation Launches Philanthropic Technology Initiative: The Annenberg Foundation rolls out of an initiative aimed at exploring how the intersection of technology and philanthropy can benefit Los Angeles and its nonprofit community. The new initiative has launched two pilot projects in the region — Games for Change Los Angeles, a partnership with Annenberg Learner that will provide professional development for teachers, game-design skills for middle and high school students, and the opportunity to create games addressing social challenges in the local community; and the Annenberg Challenge for Innovation in Technology, a partnership with the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 initiative.





Mattel Pledges $50M to UCLA Children’s Hospital: The University of California receives a $50 million commitment from Mattel for an expansion of  UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. The largest gift ever to UCLA Mattel will enable the hospital to build a “kids-only” system of care focused on the needs of pediatric patients and their families; work to improve patient care and outcomes; ensure that all staff has special training in treating children; and better integrate play and health during treatment.




Barr Foundation Awards $20.6M in Education, Arts Grants:   The Boston-based Barr Foundation distributes first-quarter grants totaling more than $20 million in the areas of arts and creativity, education, and cross-program initiatives. The foundation awarded two grants totaling $180,000 through its Arts and Creativity program, including a grant of $130,000 to the Peabody Essex Museum and a grant of $50,000 to EdVestors, Inc. in support of its efforts to build capacity within the creative youth development field. In the Education area, the foundation awarded seven grants totaling $6.3 million, including a grant of $50,000 to Transcend in support of its learning agenda program, which addresses challenges to the development and expansion of new school models.




Funder Gives $1.5M for Head Start Programming:  The Detroit-based Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Head Start Innovation Fund Collaborative awards nine grants totaling $1.5 million to Head Start groups in support of parent engagement and teacher recruitment and retention activities. The first round of grants awarded since the expansion of the program to the tri-county region, the grants will continue Innovation Fund support for nearly 9,000 young children and their families enrolled in Head Start agencies in Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Recipients include Starfish Family Services, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, and the Guidance Center.



Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin

Bremer Trust Awards $7.9Min Grants; Youth Programs Receive Support: The St. Paul-based Otto Bremer Trust distributes first-quarter grants, totaling nearly $8 million to nonprofits organizations working in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Minnesota organizations receiving general operating support grants include the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women ($75,000) in Saint Cloud, which provides comprehensive services for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Wisconsin organizations receiving general support grants include the Chippewa Valley Health Clinic ($35,000), which provides services to the low-income and is moving to a new facility; the Riverfront Activity Center ($50,000) in La Crosse, which provides support services for youth with disabilities; and the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program ($30,000) in River Falls, which works to identify and prevent risky behaviors among the region’s youth.



New York

Public Library Receives $20Mfor Educational Programming:

The New York Public Library gets $20 million from Merryl H. and James S. Tisch to expand and strengthen its educational programming.The gift from Tisch, a former chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and her husband, president and CEO of Loews Corp., will create a director of education position to oversee programming across the NYPL system, which includes branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. The funds will enable the NYPL to build on and expand its work in the areas of early literacy, digital equity, and technology training. It could also include an expansion of offerings such as English-language classes and the addition of job training courses or afterschool homework help.




Grant Launches Youth Focused Funding Project: The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City launches a challenge grants program designed to encourage research institutions to build research-practice partnerships focused on reducing disparities in youth outcomes. Through the new Institutional Challenge Grants program, the foundation will award a single three-year grant of $650,000 annually to a research institution interested in partnering with a state or local agency or nonprofit organization to build the capacity of researchers to produce relevant work in the field of youth outcomes. Successful partnerships may be eligible for an additional two-year award. The program, which builds on the foundation’s longstanding commitment to strengthening links between research, policy, and practice, replaces the Distinguished Fellows program,



North Carolina

$1.5M for Alternate Lifestyle Youth Shelter: The Gambrell Family Foundation in Charlotte gives $1.5 million to Time Out Youth in support of a homeless shelter for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. The grant to the organization will support an initiative to purchase and renovate an existing office building as a hub for LGBT youth, including a ten-bed shelter. The oldest and largest LGBT youth organization in the Carolinas, with an annual budget of $560,000, Time Out Youth plans to provide counseling and job support at the shelter. The organization, which must vacate its current building this spring, has begun renovations on a new facility that also has land for construction of the shelter.




Cleveland Foundation Awards $13M for Education, Youth Development:

The Cleveland Foundation distributes grants totaling more than $13 million, supporting education, community development and youth programming.  In the area of education, the foundation made awards to the Cleveland Transformation Alliance ($175,000), in support of its education reform efforts and work to provide information to families about the city’s public schools; the Cuyahoga Metropolitan School District and Mid-American Conference ($250,000), for an award program that celebrates the vital role of teachers to the success of schools; and Teach for America ($78,000), for the third year of its Encore mentorship program.  The foundation also awarded grants in the area of youth development and engagement, including $200,000 to Youth Opportunities Unlimited, which will use the funds to provide 3,000 youth with summer employment.




Grants Support Youth Development, Leadership Training: The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation distributes more than $25,000 in grants through the Hiwela Legacy Fund to nonprofits working in the area of youth development. Recipients include

Best Friends of Neenah Menasha, for Learning Harbor, which supports educational program that teaches youth life skills through the art of boat building; Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade Association, for Character Development and Leadership Training, to provide scholarships for children to participate in the 22-week program, which teaches new life skills and reinforces positive character traits; and the Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes, for financial aid to approximately 75 girls to cover membership dues, troop dues, uniforms and fees.

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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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