The Juneau Community Foundation and United Way of Southeast Alaska have awarded $24,000 to the Juneau School District in support of a districtwide breakfast program, the Juneau Empire reports. The funding will help bridge the gap between federal dollars, which provide free breakfasts for households that meet federal poverty guidelines, and the cost of offering breakfast to every middle and elementary school student in the district. According to JSD Board of Education president Brian Holst, by feeding all students the district helps reduce the stigma that some associate with receiving a free meal.
The San Diego Foundation has announced that its Escondido Community Foundation affiliate awarded grants totaling $183,910 to organizations working to boost access to the arts. Recipients include the Escondido Arts Partnership, Civic Youth Orchestra, La Jolla Playhouse, and Tierra Caliente Academy of the Arts.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that, in its second year of grantmaking, the Fund for Sandwich awarded five $500 grants. The fund continues to seek donations to support a range of nonprofit organizations serving the Sandwich community and will announce a third round of grants in 2019.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced third-quarter grants totaling more than $20 million in support of organizations working in the areas of health, education, the arts, housing, and human services. Recipients include the University Musical Society, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Gleaners Community Food Bank, and the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.
The Erie Community Foundation has unveiled a five-year strategic plan that will infuse $30 million into transformational change efforts in the region. The plan includes $5 million over five years in support of local nonprofits, doubling the annual amount currently awarded by the foundation; $15 million in support of collaborations between the foundation and strong partners to address local issues at scale; and $10 million for mission-related investments in things like low-rate mortgages and loans and equity positions not easily financed through the usual channels.
The Scranton Area Community Foundation has announced a grant of $5,000 to Telespond Senior Services in support of a communications and marketing campaign aimed at educating potential clients about its services. The organization, which provides day services, in-home personal care, and senior companion programs to older adults and their families, is developing new services and refining those already in place in support of seniors who want to continue living in their homes.
The High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has announced that commitment of up to $200,000 to improve forest health in the state. Grants awarded by the fund will be used to foster collaborative approaches to creating resilient, adaptable, and healthy forests that pay dividends for wildlife and contribute to the quality of life of all Vermonters, including but not limited to those who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Multiyear proposals with an initial research or project development phase followed by an implementation/action phase are encouraged. Grant funds should be expended by the fall of 2021, at the latest, and the deadline to apply is November 15.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that its Seahawks Players' Equality & Justice For All Action Fund has awarded grants totaling $225,000 to eight organizations working in the areas of homelessness, criminal justice reform, and education. Recipients include Cocoon House, Farestart, Mary's Place, and MoHundred.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that its Winneconne Area Community Foundation has awarded $4,500 to the Winneconne Public Library to provide better Internet access for area residents. The grant will enable the library to purchase ten mobile hotspot devices and will help fund the unlimited data plans needed for the hotspots.