The Fresno Regional Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for its 2013 Arts and Culture grant cycle. The program will provide a total of $120,000 to organizations which support culturally relevant art forms that reflect and serve the Central San Joaquin Valley's diverse population, engage underserved communities, and improve achievement in core academic competencies such as literacy, math, and science for PK-12 students. Applications for grants will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March 1 from applicants who have submitted an organization profile form online by February 15.
The Denver Foundation has announced the election of Denise Burgess, Daniel Escalante, K.C. Gallagher, Denise O'Leary, and Stephen Seifert to its board of trustees.
The Waterbury-based Connecticut Community Foundation has announced that its final round of grants in 2012 to greater Waterbury and Litchfield County nonprofits totaled nearly $425,000. Recipients include the Merryall Center for the Performing Arts, Friends of Sullivan Farm, Rebuilding Together Litchfield County, and the Woodbury Department of Elderly Services. In addition, the foundation awarded $12,850 in sponsorships for public events hosted by nonprofits in greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.
The Boston Foundation has promoted Kate Guedj to the position of vice president for development and donor services.
The Springfield-based Community Foundation of the Ozarks has announced a grant of $248,000 from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to offer disaster resiliency training to local nonprofits. The grant will fund training for two cohorts — the first launching in March and comprising nonprofits from Springfield-Greene County and the second, beginning in October, for nonprofits from the Joplin-Carthage area. The program differs from general disaster preparedness training in that the fifteen agencies selected to participate will attend four day-long class sessions and work with facilitators between class sessions to develop customized plans for each organization. At the end of the program, successful participants will have the opportunity to apply for implementation grants of up to $5,000.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced grants totaling $311,722 in support of its High School Completion program, which provides funds to help area high schools improve graduation rates by providing productive "out-of-school-time" programs for students in grades 6-9. Launched in 2011, the program aims to boost programs that improve the long-term academic success of students in that age group.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that Marcus White, its vice president of community partnerships, will head up the new season of "4th Street Forum." Produced by Milwaukee Public Television, the weekly public affairs program will return for its eleventh season on January 17, with White serving as sole host.