The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with Republic Media and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, has announced the next challenge being offered under the New Arizona Prize. The Water Innovation Challenge will provide $250,000 to a collaborative team in an Arizona community that develops the most innovative market-based, technological, or entrepreneurial solution to ensuring the sustainability of its water future. "Community" may be defined as a town or city, county, tribal area, or an entire region. Solutions must be scalable to address the defined community's needs and, if successful, replicable in other Arizona communities. Community-based, cross-sector collaborations are required, and projects in all stages of development are welcome. Final submissions are due August 12, and judging will commence immediately.
The San Diego Foundation has announced $200,000 in technical assistance from the National Council on Crime & Delinquency, a grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund, to conduct an eighteen-month Pay For Success feasibility study for a program in San Diego County that would transition reentry youth between the ages of 14 and 29 by providing them with access to housing, education, and employment.
The Chicago Community Trust has announced the launch of an action plan through Generation All, a CCT initiative that aims to revitalize public high schools and support the academic and personal development of students, both in and out of the classroom. The plan calls for turning neighborhood schools into vibrant, innovative, and effective places of learning in which all students graduate prepared for the future; providing schools with dedicated financial resources and thoughtful, long-term planning; and generating public and political support for schools.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that the Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaborative of eleven local and national partners, will provide grants totaling $2.6 million in support of programs at a hundred and seventy-eight organizations in Marion County. Among other things, the grants will fund low- or no-cost summertime programs, activities, and experiences for more than sixty-three thousand children between the ages of 4 and 19. Established in 1995 by the Indianapolis Foundation — a CICF affiliate — and the Lilly Endowment, the Summer Youth Program Fund was the first such funding collaborative dedicated to summer youth programs in the United States.
The Detroit-based Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced the appointment of Maria LaLonde as a senior program officer and Matthew Lewis as a communications officer on its New Economy Initiative team.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced the promotion of Jana Steelman to the position of communications director and the addition of Erika Warren as grants and programs manager.
The Dallas Foundation has elected Mary K. Suhm, Joan Buchanan Hill, Lydia Addy, and Elizabeth Horchow Routman to its board of governors. In addition, the foundation appointed James M. Moroney III as its chair.
The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury has announced that funding is available through its Walter Cerf Community Fund for projects in Addison County and Brandon, including support for the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services. Multiple grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded, in addition to one of up to $25,000.
The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region in Appleton has announced grants from its Environmental Sustainability Partnership grant program totaling nearly $50,000 to improve water quality in the lower Fox River and build an amphitheater at Waupaca's Eco Park. Announced in celebration of Earth Day, on Friday, the foundation awarded $23,900 to the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance to develop a database to keep track of what works in reducing the runoff of phosphorus and suspended solids into the Plum-Kankapot Creek sub-watershed near Kaukauna. It also awarded $25,000 to CAP Services for the construction of an amphitheater in Eco Park using locally sourced, natural materials and built by teens enrolled in the nonprofit’s Fresh Start program.