The has announced that it will award up to $450,000 in grants for community-driven projects aimed at developing an interconnected network of natural areas, gathering places, and trails across the county. Grants of up to $50,000 (or $75,000 if at least three organizations collaborate) will be awarded to increase trails, signage, and natural amenities in communities where resources are deficient; encourage children from park-poor communities to engage with the natural environment through physical and educational activities; and connect or protect nature through conservation, restoration, or acquisition of key lands or build community support for relevant public policies or funding. The deadline to apply is noon, February 12.
The has announced McNair Evans and Nancy Floyd as the winners of the 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, an annual award given to up to two emerging artists who exhibit professional accomplishment, serious artistic commitment, and need in the field of creative photography. Established at the foundation by the photographer John Gutmann (1905-1998), the award includes a $5,000 prize to each awardee to support the continued development of their creative work.
The in Bristol has promoted Jarre B. Betts to the position of vice president of programs. Betts joined the foundation in 2000 and most recently served as its director of programs and community relations.
The , United Way of Palm Beach County, and United Way of Martin County have announced that they will once again partner in a Giving Day event. Last year’s inaugural giving day in the area raised $2.2 million for three hundred and thirty organizations. This year, the event will begin at 5:00 p.m. on May 5 and end twenty-four hours later. Every local gift made during the period will be multiplied by additional dollars from a bonus pool raised by the foundation.
The in Yarmouthport has announced that five organizations received surprise grants in honor of the foundation’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2014. Due to a generous unrestricted bequest it received in 2013, the foundation was able to award grants of $5,000 each to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands, the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Independence House, and CHAMP Homes.
During 2014, the awarded grants totaling $45,000 to fourteen organizations, the Pilot-Tribune and Enterprise reports. Since its inception in 1998, the foundation has awarded more than $310,000 to local organizations.
The has appointed Norah Mock as its senior giving strategies officer.
The has announced that Fraser Nelson, its founding executive director, has left the foundation after seven years to serve as the inaugural director of data and innovation for Salt Lake County.