The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, has authorized new fourth-quarter grants totaling $73.6 million to 179 organizations.
The grants include $15.2 million to education programs nationwide, including a $6 million to the San Diego City School system to help it institute far-reaching reforms; $8.2 million for environmental initiatives, including $4.96 million in grants through its Transforming the Automobile project to accelerate the transition to clean, efficient transportation; $5.16 million to arts organizations, including $3 million to the Northern California Community Loan Fund, which works to increase permanent, affordable space for nonprofit community organizations in the Bay Area; and $12.3 million to organizations working to improve access to quality reproductive health services, including a grant of $500,000 to Columbia University's Earth Institute to highlight, through the United Nations Millennium Project, the role of reproductive health in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. In total, the foundation will award a record $254.32 million in 2003, an increase of more than $30 million from 2002.
"Times are extremely difficult for some very worthy organizations, and the Hewlett Foundation is happy to be able to provide much-needed funding," said foundation president Paul Brest.
For a complete list of the grants made by the foundation in 2003, see: http://www.hewlett.org/Grants/.