State and Local Funding News from Around the Nation
$1M Goes for Education, Community Health: The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham gives more than $1 million to 33 nonprofits working in the areas of education and health. Winners include: Action for Healthy Kids, $25,000 to advance student health in 15 schools in Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, St. Clair, and Blount Counties, reaching more than 6,600 students. The program will provide customized nutrition and physical activity equipment kits and technical assistance to build capacity of local school wellness teams. And, HEAL, Inc., received $50,000 to pilot expansion of the HEAL program to area middle and high school students. HEAL Hybrid reinforces the lessons about healthy eating and active living taught to younger children and helps older children stay on course.
Scholarships Awarded for Arts Students: The Juneau Community Foundation distributes $7,000 in scholarships from the Margaret Frans Brady Fund in support of 14 students pursuing excellence in the arts. The fund was established in 2012. A total of $31,950 has been awarded to 43 area students since the scholarship was started in 2013.
Nature Efforts Receive San Diego Foundation Support: The San Diego Foundation gives $442,000 in grants for 11 local programs that will connect, protect and increase access to nature for underserved children and families throughout the San Diego region. Winners include SAY San Diego, $50,000, to promote civic engagement around key environmental challenges. It will provide experiences for underserved youth in central and southeast San Diego by connecting the environment with the arts. Students will learn how to use photography to document and raise awareness about the importance of conservation and environmental justice. The project will culminate in a community-wide exhibition
Benefit Chicago Gives $12M in Community Impact Investments: Benefit Chicago, a collaboration of the Chicago Community Trust, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Foundation, releases the first round of impact investments totaling $12 million. Created in 2016 with the goal of mobilizing $100 million for investments in local nonprofit organizations and social enterprises facing barriers in accessing capital from commercial sources, the funding collaborative awarded loans to six organizations. Recipients include: IFF which finances a variety of nonprofit sponsored community facilities projects that range from affordable housing and schools to community centers and commercial buildings. The $5 million loan will help finance a variety of projects, including a children’s theatre in the Near West Side neighborhood, a child care and family services facility in Humboldt Park, and a youth sports and education facility in Bronzeville.
$2.5M Goes for Youth, Community Programs: The Cummings Foundation in Woburn gives $2.5 million to five nonprofit organizations in the greater Boston area. The inaugural recipients of the foundation’s Sustaining Grants program will each receive $50,000 annually for up to ten years. The program builds on the foundation’s $100K for 100 program, which was launched in 2012 and annually provides multiyear grants of $100,000 to nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. Winners are: Commonwealth Kitchen in Dorchester, Generations Inc. in Boston, Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, Lawrence Community Works, and UTEC (formerly the United Teen Equality Center).
WKKF Pledges $51M to Battle Creek Public Schools: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announces a five-year, $51 million commitment to Battle Creek Public Schools to ensure access to quality education for all students. Support includes aid for recruitment and retention incentives as well as professional development for teachers; a full-day pre-kindergarten summer transition program; an extended pre-kindergarten school year; implementation of an intermediate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) academy; and a high school college pathways program. It also includes: enhanced academic program supports for all learners; investments in the arts and athletics; early literacy support personnel; and the implementation of innovative curriculum aligned at all grade levels.
ECMC Foundation Awards $1.45M for Education, Underserved: The ECMC Foundation gives $1.45 million to 72 nonprofit organizations in 19 states. The grants support improving the delivery of all levels of education. Winners include: Avenues for Homeless Youth in Minneapolis, which will receive $25,000 to hire an education support specialist to work with homeless youth; and Fairytale Town in Sacramento, which was awarded $25,000 for its Sacramento Adventure Playground “maker” lab. Kids use real tools and raw materials to develop their own hands-on projects.
JPMorgan Chase Commits $6M for Youth Jobs Training: JPMorgan Chase & Co. sets aside $6 million to expand access to middle-skill jobs for young people in the South Bronx. The effort will connect career and technical education schools in the South Bronx to New York City employers in three key sectors — health care, information technology, and transportation, distribution, and logistics. The funding will focus on support for intermediaries in growing industries working to boost employer engagement and the development of career pathways; a new sustainable apprenticeship model for the transportation, distribution, and logistics industry. It will also focus on the development of a data system to track the expansion of opportunities for work-based learning and internships and help match young people to those opportunities. Organizations partnering in the initiative include New Visions for Public Schools, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the Consortium for Worker Education, and Per Scholas.
BWF Awards $3Mfor Preterm Birth Research: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Research Triangle Park gives $3 million in support of research on the biological complexities of preterm birth. Grants of $600,000 over four years were awarded to five teams researching the causes of preterm birth (before 37 weeks), which occurs in nearly 13% of all U.S. births, with even higher rates among African-American and Latino babies. Winners include the University of Cincinnati, which will pursue a genomic study of gestational length and preterm birth.
North Carolina and South Carolina
Endowment Awards $18.2M to Carolina Organizations: The Duke Endowment in Charlotte gives $18.2 million to 35 organizations in the Carolinas. The Duke Endowment is one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast and focuses on child care, health care and education.
The grants were awarded through the foundation’s Health Care Program, which targets improving the quality and delivery of health care in the region, improving access to care, and enhancing prevention for improved population health. Winners include: the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation, which will receive $270,000 to expand a program to reduce preterm births in the state.