Community Foundation Update (07/11/20)

Community Foundation Update (07/11/20)

Colorado

The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced that it awarded $650,000 in COVID-19 Prevention Phase grants earlier this year to local nonprofits and $100,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. More recently, the foundation has awarded Intervention Phase grants totaling $650,000 to strengthen the capacity of local nonprofits struggling to manage the economic and social impacts of the virus; those grants include more than $250,000 to community health clinics in the county.

Illinois

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria has announced a third round of grants through the Central Illinois Disaster Recovery Fund. Grants were awarded to twelve organizations that will regrant the funds to nonprofits working to meet increased needs as a result of the virus. Grant recipients include the Crittendon Centers, Peoria Grown, Pilgrims' Progress, and GLOW.

Indiana

As part of its four-pronged approach to assisting organizations impacted by the virus, the Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced grants totaling $278,395 to local nonprofits. Funded through the Endowment for Hamilton County, LINK Youth Advisory Council, and the newly created Hamilton County Crisis Response Fund, the grants include support for the Good Samaritan Network, Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People, Prevail, and the Carmel Youth Assistance Program.

Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that long-time employee James Hill will be retiring on July 14, twenty-three years to the day that he joined the organization. Currently the foundation’s treasury manager, Hill rose through the ranks of the foundation's financial department, including stints as staff accountant, finance manager, and controller.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $550,000 to assist hospitality service workers who have lost jobs or income as a result of the pandemic. Through the Louisiana Service & Hospitality Family Assistance Program, grants of $1,000 were awarded to five hundred and forty-seven bar, hotel, restaurant, catering, and event-planning staff. According to the foundation, the average annual income of the recipients is less than $27,000.

Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts has announced a name change and, going forward, will be known as the SouthCoast Community Foundation. The foundation unveiled the change during its annual meeting, which it held virtually this year and at which it announced grants and scholarships totaling nearly $3.5 million.

Michigan

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced grants totaling $200,000 from its HOPE (Helping Others through Partnerships and Education) Fund to five LGBTG+ organizations. The recipients — Affirmations, Equality Michigan, LGBT Detroit, the Ruth Ellis Center, and SAGE Metro Detroit — received general operating support grants of $40,000 each to address the impacts of COVID-19.

Nebraska

The Omaha Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $630,000 through its Community Interest Funds to fifty-eight nonprofits and neighborhood groups. Grants were awarded from the African American Unity Fund ($200,000), the Futuro Latino Fund ($150,000), Omaha Neighborhood Grants ($80,000), and the Equality Fund for LGBTQIA+ ($200,000).

North Carolina

The Community Foundation of Henderson County and James H. Cummings Foundation have joined forces and contributed $50,000 to help cover the cost of renovations at the Hands On! Children's Museum, Blue Ridge Now reports. The funds will be used to replace the museum's rubber mulch floor, which was being degraded by the repeated cleanings needed to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as purchase supplies. When it reopens, the museum will operate at 50 percent capacity.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling more than $725,000 through a hundred and eighteen funds. The five hundred and fifty awards include the first two grants from the Joseph M. Kulka Jr. Scholarship for diversity leadership. Established by the foundation’s LGBT Community Endowment, the scholarship honors Joseph M. Kulka, who was murdered in 1982 in a gay hate crime, and will be awarded annually to a person pursuing a four-year college degree who has contributed to greater awareness and understanding of diversity in Erie County.

Texas

The Permian Basin Area Foundation in Midland has announced more than $700,000 in scholarship awards for the 2020-21 academic school year. The majority of the three hundred and forty-two scholarships were awarded to students from communities in West Texas.

The Communities Foundation of Texas has announced that the City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs has partnered with the Open Society Foundations to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, which will provide a total $500,000 to individuals and families the region who do not qualify for federal COVID-19 relief programs, including immigrant workers, who are a critical part of the region's economy.

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