Community Foundation Update (12/21/13)

Community Foundation Update (12/21/13)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that the application period for scholarship opportunities for the 2014-15 school year has opened earlier than usual, thanks in part to funding from an unidentified donor. The application process also has been moved online.

California

The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced that, beginning in 2014, its student aid funds can be applied to the best-qualified students from Santa Barbara County schools regardless of citizenship status. As the single largest annual donor to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, SBF expects to provide $1.6 million in student aid in 2014 and has requested that citizenship status no longer be a criterion determining students’ eligibility for awards.

The Fresno Regional Foundation has announced grants totaling $155,000 to six organizations working to advance public health, social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic growth in the region. Grants ranging from $19,000 to $35,000 were awarded to the Fresno Metro Ministry, the Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability, Fresno City College, Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners, Revive the San Joaquin, and California State University, Fresno.

Connecticut

The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut has announced that, in partnership with New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County, more than ten local and regional nonprofits and the office of Litchfield’s mayor, it has adopted a plan (64 pages, PDF) to end homelessness in northwestern Connecticut. Based on years of research and work by communities around the country, the plan incorporates best practices and proven results in homelessness prevention, housing, employment, and clinical and life-skill services.

Iowa

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend in Bettendorf has announced that it awarded core mission grants totaling $100,000 to eight nonprofit organizations through its community impact endowment. Recipients include the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation, the Humane Society of Scott County, Junior Achievement of the Heartland, and WQPT/Western Illinois University Foundation.

Ohio

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that its Big Idea Giving Challenge raised $60,000 in additional support for the seven Big Idea Challenge winners. For one week, the public was invited to provide additional financial support for the seven projects, each of which had already won grants of $5,000-$50,000 to implement their ideas. GCF put an additional $35,000 in the pot to be divided among the seven winners in proportion to the amount they raised during the Giving Challenge. In addition, each project will receive a $3,000 bonus gift thanks to an anonymous GCF donor.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced $28,800 in grants to Mobile Meal programs in central Oklahoma. Recipients include fifty-five churches that provide meals to homebound elderly through Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County, as well as Edmond Mobile Meals ($2,500) and Norman's Meals on Wheels ($1,500).

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