Jessie Ball duPont Fund Announces $1.3 Million in Grants

Jessie Ball duPont Fund Announces $1.3 Million in Grants

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced grants totaling $1.3 million to twenty nonprofit organizations in five states.

Although the fund typically focuses its giving in Virginia, Florida, and Delaware, this round of grants includes recipients in New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Florida grantees include three Jacksonville-based organizations: Edward Waters College, which was awarded $200,000 to hire a vice president for institutional advancement; Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, which will receive $133,244 to staff a mental health public policy office that works to educate elected officials and the public on policy issues affecting mental health funding and treatment; and Community Connections of Jacksonville, which was awarded a $60,000 general operating support grant.

In Virginia, recipients include Ferrum College, which was awarded $21,872 to identify and train leaders in the four rural counties surrounding the college; Fuqua School in Farmville, which will receive $72,200 to conduct a study of its aging physical plant and infrastructure and evaluate an alternative campus site; and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, which was awarded $140,000 to expand a program designed to serve first-generation and low-income students.

In addition, the fund awarded $119,180 to the Christian Herald Association (doing business as the Bowery Mission in New York City) for its compassionate care team, which works to improve services to homeless population in the city; $138,000 to the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in Raleigh in support of an international youth initiative that will examine slavery, the civil rights movement, and apartheid and work with diocesan leadership to revamp its anti-racism training curriculum; and $140,000 to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, to help strengthen the local nonprofit sector by implementing a VISTA program and using the expertise of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville.

"Jacksonville-Based Early Literacy Program Expanded to Rural Virginia Schools." Jessie Ball duPont Fund Press Release 08/19/2014.