Community Foundation Update (1/23/16)

Community Foundation Update (1/23/16)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that its first grant cycle of 2016 is open. Grants will support strategies to improve education and health. The deadline to apply is February 12.


The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced a grant of $550,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve the capacity of school districts in Silicon Valley to analyze student progress under the Common Core curriculum. The grant will support the Center for Learning Analytics (CLA), a collaborative project of the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative that helps school districts use assessment data to shape instruction for K-12 students, with a focus on grades K-3. Funds will help districts with data collection and analysis and will provide training for teachers, administrators, and IT staff involved in data collection and student assessment.

The San Diego Foundation has announced that is accepting proposals from San Diego County-based artists for grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in support of the creation and development of new work. Awarded through the foundation's Creative Catalyst Program, the funds will support artists whose projects focus on creating opportunities for community engagement. The application deadline is February 19.


The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County has announced $372,500 in grants to a hundred and thirty-one organizations working in the areas of animals and the environment, arts and culture, basic needs, children and youth, civic engagement, education, and health and human services. Recipients included the Thorne Nature Experience, Artwalk Longmont, Alternatives for Youth, and ProgressNow Colorado Education.


The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has awarded discretionary grants totaling $88,500 to fifteen organizations in the Merrimack Valley. Recipients include Aaron’s Presents, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, the Coalition for a Better Acre, and the Nashua River Watershed Association.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced the release of a needs assessment, conducted in partnership with IFF, of early childhood care and education in the region. The study, Building a Better System: The Need for Early Childhood Education in Macomb, Oakland and Out Wayne Counties, estimates that in 2015 about forty-one thousand children age five and younger in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties needed but did not have access to quality early childhood care. The report also found that more than half of the region's need for additional early childhood care is concentrated in thirteen communities, and that while the number of quality providers has increased, the need remains significant. Funded by CFSEM, with additional support from the Colina, Kresge, and Kellogg foundations, the study was commissioned to further inform the efforts of the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Collaborative and to help identify the next steps in building an early childhood system that best serves the children of the region.

New Jersey

The Morristown-based Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation have announced the launch of Field Trip New Jersey to support opportunities for students in underserved communities to connect classroom learning with real-life experiences. Educators at schools with 65 percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunches under the National School Lunch Program may apply for grants of up to $700 to cover transportation costs for field trips to arts and culture sites, historic landmarks, nature preserves, and science institutions in New Jersey, as well as college campuses in the Mid-Atlantic region.


The Columbus Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $418,000 to nineteen organizations in the region. Recipients include the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus, Cornerstone of Hope, and the Recreation Unlimited Foundation.


The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced a $60,000 grant from a fund established by Joseph Fairbanks, Jr. in support of the first full-time paid position at Hire Our Heroes, a nonprofit that provides veterans nationwide with networking and career-building services. The southwestern Pennsylvania region is one of the top-priority regions where Hire Our Heroes will serve veterans and the employers positioned to hire them.


The Seattle Foundation has announced that it awarded nearly $100 million in grants during 2015 and that it has reached $1 billion in total investments since its creation seventy years ago. The foundation’s record-setting year included $99.2 million in grants to more than three thousand local, national, and international organizations.

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