National state and local funding news
STEM Efforts Receive San Diego Foundation Support: The San Diego Foundation gives $390,880 in grants to five programs designed to create opportunities and career pathways for students from underserved communities pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field at a local community college or university. The recipients are Palomar Community College District, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, California State University-San Marcos, and the Zoological Society of San Diego.
Hilton Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $15M: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation gives $15 million to programs in the areas of refugee assistance, homelessness and substance use prevention. Grants awarded in the area of homelessness include $6 million to the Corporation for Supportive Housing in support of a initiative to prevent and end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles. In the area of substance use prevention, grant recipients include Community Catalyst, which was awarded $2.2 million to expand and strengthen state-level advocacy campaigns supporting adoption of SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) for youth.
Kaepernick Foundation Donates $50,000 to Anti-Hate Group: The charitable organization founded by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback gives $50,000 to Life After Hate, which works with individuals entrenched in white supremacist groups and ideologies seeking to leave a life of hate and violence. The funds will facilitate intervention measures in the most critical cases of disengagement from hate groups across the United States. In January 2017, Life After Hate was awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant was placed in review and remains unfunded since the change in presidential administration. The donation from the Kaepernick Foundation will help ensure that Life After Hate can continue its work.
Blandin Foundation Awards $1.9Min Grants: The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids makes grants totaling $1.9 million to nonprofit organizations working to strengthen rural communities in the state.The grants include $308,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids and Greenway to provide essential services to area youth between the ages of 6 and 18, including access to basic needs such as food and clothing and connection to high-quality on-site programs focused on academic success, character building, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles and $100,000 to Minnesota Diversified Industries for investments in equipment that will boost its operational capacity to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
PwC Commits $320M to Close Student Gaps in Tech Skills: PricewaterhouseCoopers rolls out five-year, $320 million initiative aimed at closing opportunity, education, and skills gaps for K-12 students in underserved communities. The initiative, Access Your Potential, will provide training and mentoring to more than 10 million students in underserved communities across the country and equip 100,000 teachers and guidance counselors with the tools needed to prepare and guide students. As part of its commitment, the company will expand its Earn Your Future curriculum to include financial concepts and technologies; create a virtual mentoring platform that connects PwC professionals with young people; develop introductory courses in data analytics and other technology resources for use in underserved schools.
Community Trust Awards $5.6M for Children, Youth: The New York Community Trust gives more than $5.6 million to 54 nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, community development, education, health and human services and youth development. The grants include $280,000 to Advocates for Children of New York to help make public schools safe and effective for immigrant students, including those with disabilities and $50,000 to Cardinal McCloskey Community Services to provide children in foster care with specialized educational services and clinical support designed to help them stay in the same school despite changes in residence.
Foundation Rolls Out Initiative for Supporting Girls of Color: The NoVo Foundation launches a grantmaking strategy designed to strengthen and deepen the movement for girls and young women of color in the United States. It is part of foundation’s seven-year, $90 million Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights Initiative. The strategy will focus on three areas — providing flexible funding to community-based organizations; partnering with regional grantmaking and movement-building infrastructures, starting in the Southeast; and investing in national organizations that put the voices and needs of girls of color at the center of efforts to shift systems and shape narratives.
$150K Goes to Support Childhood Literacy:The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Howard and Duke Energy foundations, gives $150,000 to three organizations in support of their childhood literacy initiatives in the tri-state region. The organizations are Dayton Independent Schools, the Princeton City School District, and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. The top organization will receive $100,000 and the others sharing $50,000.
Funder Supports Youth Dance Program: The Cleveland Foundation makes a $300,000 grant to the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Foundation to support the expansion of a year-round dance program hosed at Tri-C’s Creative Arts Academy. The grant will help the Dance Academy serve an additional 200 students between the ages of 4 and 17 at three neighborhood-based locations: the CMHA Heritage View Community Center, the Family Ministry Center, and the Boys & Girls Club at St. Luke’s Manor.
Scholarships worth $386K Awarded to High School Students: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation awards $386,000 in scholarships to a 153 graduating students from 52 Oklahoma high schools. Awarded through the Community Foundation Scholars program, the scholarships represent a portion of the more than $1.6 million that the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award to students in Oklahoma this year. Recipients include students who may not be at the top of their class academically, but are good students and are active in their community, as well as students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award for the 2017-2018 academic year.
‘Small and Mighty’ Grants Support Youth, Women and Children: The Pittsburgh Foundation gives $230,000 to 18 organizations through its Small and Mighty Grants program, which provides support to organizations with budgets of less than $600,000 working to assist youth between the ages of 12 and 24 and single women with children. Winners include: Allegheny Youth Development, $10,000, for out-of-school time programs to improve academic performance and behavioral outcomes for youth grades K-12 and Coraopolis Youth Creations, $15,000, for youth enrichment programs that focus on social, cultural, educational and physical activities. Programming has included backpacks and school supplies for 325 children annually and Christmas gifts to 40 families.
Food Initiatives Receive Funding Support: The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury distributes the final grants of its Food and Farm Initiative. Grants totaling more than $660,000 were awarded to 11 organizations working to boost the number of Vermonters with access to healthy, locally grown food. Half the total was awarded in partnership with donors and fund holders at the foundation, including $75,000 from the High Meadows Fund. Recipients of the latest grants include the Center for Agricultural Economy, Green Mountain Farm to School, Vital Communities, and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Since 2012, the initiative has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to nonprofits in the state.
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