Community Foundation Update (03/18/17)

Community Foundation Update (03/18/17)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services is accepting applications for its seventh annual grant cycle. Between March 15 and April 30, organizations that work with companion animals in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, and Walker counties may apply for grants of between $2,000 and $20,000. Last year's recipients included the Shelby Humane Society, Special Equestrians, Hand in Paw, and MomaKat Rescue.

California

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced grants of $100,000 to MyPath Credit and E-FAST. A partnership between MyPath and Self-Help Credit Union, MyPath Credit helps low- and middle-income young people build credit or repair their damaged credit. E-FAST, a program of AnewAmerica Community Corporation and Centro Community Partners, provides a digital platform that makes it easy for entrepreneurs from low-income immigrant and communities of color to access skill-building, non-predatory capital, and networking/mentorship opportunities.

Florida

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced that Impact 100 Men Palm Beach County, one of its donor-advised funds, has awarded a grant of $50,000 to Miracle League of Palm Beach County. Modeled after the national "Impact 100" groups, Impact 100 Men works to bring male residents of the county together to support nonprofit organizations that are making a difference. The other two finalists in this funding cycle, Junior Achievement of South Florida and the Milagro Center, will each receive a $3,000 grant.

Massachusetts

The Boston Foundation, with support from the Barr Foundation, has announced project-specific grants totaling nearly $750,000 to small nonprofit performing arts organizations, collaboratives, and individual artists in the greater Boston area. Awarded through a special pilot program called Live Arts Boston (LAB), for which TBF provided $500,000 and the Barr Foundation contributed $250,000, the grants will support the creation, production, and/or presentation of artistic work for area audiences.

Michigan

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has named Isaiah M. Oliver as its new president and CEO. Oliver currently serves as the foundation's vice president of community impact.

Ohio

The Cleveland Foundation has announced a grant of $115,000 in support of the forty-first Cleveland International Film Festival. The foundation also announced that it will sponsor CIFF's global health competition, featuring films that explore the nature of human health (both mental and physical) as well as environmental health. Based on an audience vote, the winner of the competition will be announced by the foundation at the closing night reception and will receive a $7,500 cash prize.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has announced that the Erie Women's Fund, one of its donor-advised funds, has issued an RFP for projects or programs designed to boost self-sufficiency among ten thousand women and their families in the area by 2025. As defined by Pathways PA, a local nonprofit advocacy group for women and children, families are considered "self-sufficient" if they have sufficient income to provide for their basic needs without public or private assistance. To that end, the Women's Fund will provide support to programs that help address the local self-sufficiency gap in the areas of transportation, health, workforce training/education, housing, child care, food security, or health care. The deadline to apply is April 10.

Washington, D.C.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, in partnership with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, has announced the establishment of a Resilience Fund to provide critical support to nonprofits working to assist vulnerable communities in the region affected by federal budget cuts and policy changes. Donors to the fund have the option of providing either general support or making a contribution designated for a specific jurisdiction. Individuals or organizations that contribute $50,000 or more will be eligible to serve on a committee that advises on future grant decisions and fund priorities.

Wisconsin

The Greater Menomonee Falls Foundation has announced that the $250,000 Milton and Elsie Arnold Trust has been transferred to its management. After Milton Arnold passed away in 1982, Elsie Arnold discovered four hundred thousand shares of Wisconsin Electric Bonds in her basement and used them to establish the trust. Members of the community subsequently helped Arnold in many ways, and she returned their kindness by supporting local nonprofits, many of which were also grantees of GMFF, with gifts from the trust. Seeing the alignment in their interests, leaders of the trust and foundation recently agreed to the transfer.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that grants are available through the Oconomowoc Area Foundation's 2017 grant program. An affiliate of GMF, the foundation supports organizations whose projects primarily serve residents of the Oconomowoc Area School District, including all of Summit, as well as residents of Wales, Dousman, Ottawa, and Nashotah. The deadline to apply is May 19.

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