“Junior Blind of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence, will be awarded a $25,000 grant by the Aetna Foundation at the organization’s annual Children’s Halloween Carnival on October 26. The funding will allow Junior Blind to offer its healthy living after school program free of charge to both sighted and visually impaired children from low-income families.”
Grants from the Winnick Family Foundation will enable the visits of more than 3,600 low-income students to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The museum is announcing a total of $20,665 has been given by the foundation to 28 schools in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. Grants from the California-based organization range from $150 to $1,101 per school.”
“Today the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces the opening of its Graduate Arts Award application. The Graduate Arts Award recognizes and rewards America's up-and-coming artists from lower-income backgrounds with up to $50,000 per year for up to three years to attend an accredited graduate institution in the U.S. or abroad.”
“The Community Foundation of Collier County has awarded $52,000 to Catholic Charities of Collier County. Funding for the grant was leveraged by the Women’s Initiative Network and The Martin Foundation to match dollars awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More than $100,000 will be available to help prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.”
“In hopes of better reaching students from diverse backgrounds in low-performing schools, Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville are starting a ‘cultural competency’ training program for teachers. JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said a $180,000 grant from the Gheens Foundation will put seven teachers, each from one of the district's priority schools, through a new UofL graduate certificate program in ‘diversity literacy.’ The program, taken as part of a master's degree in teaching leadership, is meant to help teachers recognize and respond to student behaviors or attitudes that may be rooted in poverty or culture, officials said at a news conference announcing the program Friday.”
"A $100,000 grant awarded this week to a west Boynton Beach health clinic will help pay for door-to-door medical visits and expedited health screenings for Palm Beach County’s Haitian community. […] Caridad Center, a non-profit organization founded by Caridad Asensio and Connie Berry in an effort to help low-income, working poor families, has more than 250 volunteers doctors and dentists caring for thousands of patients without health insurance.”
“WayUp Sacramento, a program of the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $300,000 planning grant from The California Endowment. The grant will help fund a community building and assessment process in the Oak Park neighborhood. The planning process is intended to identify gaps in the community's social infrastructure and create sustainable, efficient solutions to these challenges and others associated with chronic poverty.”
“The Unilever US Foundation, in the name of its Trumbull Research and Development office, is providing a $20,000 grant to Connecticut Food Bank as part of a national commitment of $200,000 to address child hunger.”
“All Faiths Food Bank announced on July 30 it is expanding the ‘DeSoto County: Hope Against Hunger’ initiative thanks to a $73,690 grant from The Mosaic Company Foundation. […] The Foundation grant supports the expansion of All Faiths’ BackPack program and three mobile food cupboards. The BackPack program, which will be expanded in DeSoto County, provides food to elementary school children for the weekend. […] Extended hours for the Arcadia sites are also planned to help ensure low-income working families have access to the mobile pantry.”
“Children in Trotwood will receive free meals as part of a yearlong program aimed at improving nutrition and education. The meals will be offered through a partnership between the city, the Greater Dayton YMCA and the Trotwood-Madison school district. The program was made possible by a $55,000 grant from the National League of Cities and the Wal-Mart Foundation, recently awarded to Trotwood. […] Afterschool meals will be offered at three new low-income locations.”
"Fourteen nonprofits in the Richmond area are sharing $92,500 in grants from The Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help connect the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth and those with disabilities to training and employment opportunities.”
“A grant from the Rite Aid Foundation will help support Camp Shriver, a youth summer camp held at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The $5,000 grant was announced last week by the charitable arm of the national pharmacy chain, according to the foundation. The yearly summer sports camp, which serves low-income youth from the ages of eight to 12, also works to serve youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities.”
“The Ashtabula Foundation awarded Beatitude House $15,000 for their transitional housing program. The grant will help fund A House of Blessing Ashtabula, the transitional housing site on Lake Avenue. Beatitude House is committed to all women and children bound in the cycle of poverty […] In addition to housing, Beatitude House provides families with support services including counseling, parenting classes, educational opportunities and child advocacy.”
"Despite hosting some of Philadelphia’s top employers, including Drexel, Penn, Children’s Hospital and more, West Philadelphia suffers a 31 percent poverty rate and stubborn, 15 percent unemployment. [...] WPSI trains unemployed West Philadelphians for upwardly mobile careers in the area’s anchor institutions. On June 19, the UCD took another step forward, when WPSI received an $82,000 grant from the Barra Foundation that will allow the Initiative to train more residents than ever before."
"During a June 18 press conference, the Homewood Renaissance Association announced that despite purchase offers, Dollar Bank has donated the $2 million structure to serve as a new community center and the anchor of a multi-initiative effort to rebuild North Homewood. 'The initiative unveiled today takes concrete steps to transform a vicious cycle of poverty into a circle of hope and reconciliation,' said House of Manna Faith Community pastor Rev. Eugene 'Freedom' Blackwell, the HRA’s executive director. In addition to Dollar Bank, the center and its programmatic work is being supported by the RK Mellon Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and several private and corporate funders."
"The charter school network Uncommon Schools last week received a boost to its name recognition as well as an infusion of cash. The 32-school charter network based in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York was named the 2013 winner of the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. The annual prize, now in its second year, recognizes the urban charter-management organization that 'demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for low-income and students of color,' according to a statement from the Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation."
"The Virginia Beach School Board agreed Tuesday to move forward with plans to open an extension of An Achievable Dream in its school division. An Achievable Dream has partnered with Newport News Public Schools and local businesses to provide an education with a social curriculum for economically disadvantaged students since 1993. [...] The Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation is providing $1 million [...] and $500,000 will come from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation."
"The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, recently announced $440,350 in grants to local organizations to improve the health, wellness and health care access for low-income people."
"Two major donors ponied up $3 million Thursday to expand the Guadalupe School, which has helped the poor and non-English speakers since 1966. The Janet Q. Lawson Foundation gave $2 million and the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation provided $1 million toward a new 50,000-square-foot building at a new location, 1385 N. 1200 West, next to the Rose Park Golf Course."
"The Asheville Merchants Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has awarded grants to seven Buncombe County nonprofits, totaling $335,000. The awards will fund 'innovative projects designed to build a stronger community and stimulate economic growth,' according to a foundation press release. The Asheville Merchants Fund supports 'projects that strengthen the community through economic approaches such as community asset development and entrepreneurship; quality jobs and workforce development including living wage work and job training; social infrastructure encompassing family success and affordable housing; and youth success in school,' according to the foundation."
"Because the YWCA preschool is part of the KC Ready 4s network, families qualify for subsidies based on household income. […] KC Ready 4s address both the quality and affordability issues: It monitors preschool operators to hold them to high standards; rates local preschools so that parents know what they're getting, and provides subsidies to families at participating programs. [...] KC Ready 4s gets its funding from private foundations. Most recently, it received $300,000 from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and $150,000 over four years from the PNC Foundation."
"The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has awarded $100,000 to Assistance League of Phoenix for its Operation School Bell program. With the grant, Assistance League was able to renovate its 40-foot city bus that brings new school clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to low-income kids at Title I schools across the Phoenix area."
"A new study that indicates low-income teenagers in Boston who hold summer jobs are less likely to engage in violence was hailed by the mayor and other community leaders as proof that youth employment programs can change people's lives. For the study, researchers at Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies polled 421 teenagers and young adults who found employment last summer through a youth violence prevention collaborative overseen by the State Street Foundation, the charitable arm of the Boston financial services company."
"A report published Tuesday by The Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and by Neighbor to Neighbor, a community organization, shows that low-income Latino residents suffer from inadequate public transportation options that often affect their ability to hold jobs, keep doctor’s appointments, and provide for their families. The report — which focuses on Latino communities in East Boston, Lynn, Springfield, and Worcester — found that nearly 40 percent of respondents said they sacrifice a basic necessity to afford transportation. The report was funded by the Barr Foundation."
"The lack of high-quality summer programs can also hurt working families whose children have few options during the long months off. [...] In an effort to evaluate what kinds of programs produce better academic results, the Wallace Foundation, a private charitable organization, has committed $50 million to study summer schooling in Jacksonville and several other urban districts, including in Boston, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Rochester, N.Y."