The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $15 million in the areas of refugee assistance, homelessness, and substance use prevention.
Grants of $500,000 were awarded to Save the Children in support of its efforts to provide schooling to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and the International Rescue Committee, which is helping to resettle refugees in the United States. Grants awarded in the area of homelessness include $6 million to the Corporation for Supportive Housing in support of a initiative to prevent and end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles; $1 million to the National Alliance to End Homelessness to advance national policy and advocacy work aimed at ending chronic homelessness; and $300,000 to Funders Together To End Homelessness in support of efforts to strengthen a movement among private philanthropy to end homelessness.
In the area of substance use prevention, grant recipients include Community Catalyst, which was awarded $2.2 million to expand and strengthen state-level advocacy campaigns supporting adoption of SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) for youth; the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, which will receive $1 million to use the community coalition model to promote SBIRT adoption; and the Iowa State University Partnership in Prevention Science Institute, which was awarded $800,000 in support of its efforts to promote adolescent health and well-being in rural communities.
The foundation also awarded grants in support of a social enterprise model aimed at reducing avoidable blindness in sub-Saharan Africa, a culinary training program for New Orleans-area youth, and capacity-building efforts for Catholic sisters working to mobilize women to advance social justice and theSDGs in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya.
"We continue to be guided by our founder, Conrad Hilton's enthusiasm, global view, and sense of compassion," said Hilton Foundation president and CEO Peter Laugharn. "These values compelled us to support those people affected by the tragic conflict in Syria. We are proud to collaborate and partner with Save the Children and International Rescue Committee, both of which are splendid organizations working at the epicenter of the crisis."