Foundation News

Pi Beta Phi awards $10,000 grant to early learning organization

“Mary Harken, executive director of Raising Readers, said the $10,000 will go toward Raising Readers’ Thrive to Five program, which focuses on the importance of reading and school readiness for children ranging from infants to age five. The grant would advance the Thrive to Five program with the hope of reaching even more families in poverty and bringing forth more tools to advance parent or caregiver and child-learning processes."

Norwalk Sister City Project receives $12K grant to establish Healthy Children program

“The Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project was recently awarded a $12,000 grant by the International Foundation to establish a Healthy Children food and nutrition program. ‘The Healthy Children Program was designed to address the issue of malnutrition in Nagarote. Children need to be healthy in order to learn and in order to break themselves out of poverty,’ said Tish Gibbs, director of the Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project (N/NSCP).”

JFS Hand Up Youth pantry receives $75,000 grant

"The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry (Hand Up) at Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The one-year grant will support Hand Up in distributing supplemental food and providing essential supportive services to more than 8,000 people facing hunger in San Diego County, including older adults, military families, individuals and families facing temporary financial constraints, newly-arrived refugees, and homeless individuals. "

Food program that helps Erie students in poverty receives $100,000 grant

“A program that provides nutritious food on weekends to Erie School District students living in poverty has received a big boost. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania announced Thursday that the Wal-Mart Foundation's State Giving Program is providing a $100,000 grant to the Erie-based agency's backpack program. The initiative provides more than 1,000 city children living in low-income households with food over 32 weekends during the school year.”

Educare Center in New Orleans will receive $250,000 from Cox Communications

"Cox Communications recently awarded a $250,000 grant to the Bayou District Foundation through the James M. Cox Foundation. The grant will support the Bayou District Foundation's Educare Center in New Orleans that annually provides early childhood education to 150 low-income children from six weeks to 5 years. Educare is part of a national network of 20 early learning facilities in 11 states that utilizes research-based best practices to ensure the school-readiness of under served children."

Local organizations earn grant, team up to improve Near Westside health

“Not only do some residents of the Near Westside lack access to groceries and healthy foods, in some cases within half of a mile from their home, but those same residents are also considered low income. […] They recently received help in the form of a $250,000 grant to Syracuse University to promote and improve health in Syracuse’s Near Westside. The New York State Health Foundation awarded the two-year grant to SU’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.”

National organization awarded grant to fight poverty in Kansas

“Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has awarded a one-year, $314,000 grant to a Washington, D.C.-based organization, the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, to help low-income communities find ways to combat poverty, violence, substance abuse and absent fathers. […] According to the grant, DCF and Center for Neighborhood Enterprise officials will recruit, train and assist 240 leaders from 17 cities.”

Atlanta Women's Foundation Gets $500k Grant For Mental Health Programs

“Kaiser Permanente has awarded $500,000 to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation [...] 'Women that are in poverty are under, as you might imagine, high levels of stress. Their day-to-day living is very stressful. They have problems with transportation. They have problems with accessing childcare,’ said Dolan.”

Hillman Foundation Grants the Nurse-Family Partnership $600,000 to Scale Its Evidence-Based Program, Link to Medicaid Managed Care

“The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation today announced a three-year $600,000 grant award to the Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) National Service Office to expand its maternal and early childhood health program that provides nurse home visiting services to vulnerable first-time mothers and their children living in poverty across the United States. NFP will use the grant to broaden its outreach to the large and increasing number of low-income families receiving healthcare via Medicaid managed care. Specifically, it will develop a pilot program to determine the best ways to integrate NFP's evidence-based home visiting services into Medicaid medical homes.”

U of L receives major gift for financial aid program

“The University of Louisville has received a $1.5 million gift from Drs. Robert and Joyce Hughes in support of its Cardinal Covenant program, U of L President James Ramsey said this morning. The gift is the largest contribution ever to the program. [...] the Cardinal Covenant program covers tuition, books, room and board for students from families with an annual family income at or below 150 percent of the poverty level."

American Red Cross and Walmart Support Job Training Nationwide

"The American Red Cross will help fund training for 2,500 students in the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program over the next two years thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant also covers the cost of the state certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). [...] Majority of NAT graduates are women who come from lower-income households and are living below the poverty line. NAT graduates earn an average wage increase of around 20 percent and many find jobs that provide much needed health insurance for themselves and their families."

Savings program gives local students a head start on college

“FUEL — an acronym for the organization’s old name, Families United in Educational Leadership — is a Boston-based college savings program that matches within a certain range the amount each family saves for a student’s education. […] FUEL provides savings bonuses and other incentives that encourage families to save and stay involved. […] FUEL raises money for the matching funds by applying for grants from foundations and partnering with businesses. […] She said while the FUEL students are low-income and will be eligible for financial aid, families will likely still have other expenses, whether it’s covering a portion of tuition or paying for books.”

Minnesota Group Works To Help Low-Income Families Go Solar

“On the funding side, [The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance] RREAL got a grant from the McKnight Foundation in December to help jumpstart the project’s creation. The model makes sense […] not only because it increases the amount of clean energy used in Minnesota, but because it’s beneficial to low-income families in multiple ways.”

Hospital foundation awards $93,157 in grants

“The Randolph Hospital Community Health Foundation has awarded 18 health and wellness grants totaling $93,157, the largest amount ever awarded by the foundation in its 18 years of providing funding. […] $5,000 to The Dream Center of Randolph County, to build a walking track surrounding a playground for low-income families to have a safe place for children to play while adults are walking for exercise.”

More low-income housing coming to Redmond: Grant money earmarked to help struggling families

“The housing market for some of Redmond’s most vulnerable families should look a little more promising in the future. The Redmond City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to award approximately $150,000 in federal grant money to three local nonprofits, including $102,727 to Families Forward Inc., that will go directly to the creation of eight low-income single-family housing units. Through the federal Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant program, Redmond had almost $200,000 in government money to give to organizations that, according to the program’s objectives, ‘develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, an expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.’”

Clinton County health initiative includes new bus routes

“One in 12 low-income residents in Clinton County, N.Y., has a hard time getting to the grocery store, according to the county Health Department. On Thursday, officials announced that Clinton was one of six counties around the state to win $250,000 from a private funding group called the New York State Health Foundation. The money will help the county expand its public transportation routes over the next two to five years. The idea is to connect people living in isolated areas with grocery stores and farmer’s markets. When people use the new bus routes, there is no guarantee they’ll be shopping for fruits and vegetables, but Moore thinks they will.”

Nearly $300,000 awarded to area water quality projects

“An array of water quality improvement projects in the region, from addressing watersheds to helping foster the next generation of conservationists, have received grants from the Pigeon River Fund. Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to 14 different projects in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties from the Pigeon River Fund, administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. […] Haywood Waterways Association [received] $55,000 to implement the Haywood Watershed Action Plan, among other initiatives; $31,000 to repairing failing septic systems for low-income homeowners $17,650 to address stormwater runoff problems at East Street Park in Waynesville.”

Outfitting low-income homes for energy efficiency

“The work is ‘groundbreaking,’ said Jeff Allegretti, president of Innova Services Corp., which focuses on creating and preserving affordable, energy-efficient housing in the city. He said that finding money to fix deteriorating homes had been ‘elusive.’ […] Much of the money comes from a $1.13 million grant from the Britain-based Oak Foundation, which has programs for the environment plus housing and homelessness. It sees the loss of affordable housing as one of the causes of homelessness.”

Pacific Life Foundation Announces $6 Million 2015 Giving Program

“In Omaha, Nebraska, $297,500 was granted to 20 local agencies. Grants will fund a wide range of programs including health and human services for homeless and low-income families, after-school enrichment and arts programming for disadvantaged youth, and senior support services.”

Foundation aims to empower Vt. teachers, students

“There are a lot of pressures on schools. Innovate, generate better student outcomes and cut your budget and there are a couple of retirees who are trying to help and Rutland High School is benefiting. Rutland High School has 862 students, 79 teachers and counselors and a $10.2 million budget. And the principal says the school is able to meet new state education standards thanks to hard work and a big investment from the Rowland Foundation. So far, the foundation has funded 37 fellowships around the state, from creating a new approach to teaching low income students to launching farm-to-table programs before they became cool.”

Gov. Brown Announces Partnership to Provide Money for Solar

“State and federal leaders joined together this week to start a pilot project aimed at providing more money for solar energy projects in multifamily housing in California. […] The governor allocated $75 million for weatherizing properties and for renewable energy last year. Some of this money will be used to do energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in low-income housing in disadvantaged communities. Assisting the state and federal effort will be the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which has committed $10 million to the plans.”

McKnight Foundation Awards Grant to RREAL

“The board of trustees of the McKnight Foundation awarded a grant to the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in Pine River to be used to implement Community Solar for Community Action — A New Model of Energy Assistance. RREAL will plan and build the first Community Solar garden for Community Action in the nation and provide a transformative, broadly relevant model of a long-term, climate-appropriate solution to low-income energy assistance.”

People’s United Provides Funding to Boys & Girls Clubs, Other Groups

“The People's United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People's United Bank, announced that it has awarded grants to a variety of nonprofit groups in Maine. These include: […] An award of $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity York County. An independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity York County builds and sells homes to hard-working, low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. […] A grant of $10,000 to Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn. Good Shepherd Food Bank sources and distributes nutritious food to low-income individuals and families in Maine.”

Women's Giving Circle Helps Area Women with Grants

“The Women’s Giving Circle, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Washington County, awarded eight grants to the following organizations on Dec.17: Boys & Girls Club, Children In Need, Fort Ritchie Community Center, Girls Inc., The Salvation Army, San Mar Children’s Home, Women of Valor Ministries and Washington County Free Library. […] Women of Valor Ministries will use its $500 grant toward ‘Draped with Confidence,’ a program assisting low-income and homeless women gain the necessary skills to partake in job interviews and secure employment.”

Delta Dental Awards Grants

“The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation has awarded $1.4 million in initial grants to 32 organizations for 2015. […] $125,000 to Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment, which provides free dental care and dentures to disabled, elderly, and low-income patients and veterans with the help of volunteer dentists.”