$161 Million to Global Grassroots Organizations; Bezos Earth Fund Gives $110 Million to Slow Climate Change
The grassroots grants went to groups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and came from Co-Impact, a group supported by Melinda French Gates and MacKenzie Scott, among others, while the Mellon Foundation donated $11 million for a cultural center to memorialize the history of slavery in Richmond, Va.
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Here are notable new grant awards compiled by the Chronicle:
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
$173 million to 44 grantees in its program areas of Catholic sisters, early-childhood education, homelessness, opportunities for youths, refugees, racial equity, and infectious diseases.
Among the largest grants was $15.5 million to the Task Force for Global Health to augment its Avoidable Blindness Fund and its work to reduce cataracts in Cameroon and trachoma in Mali, Niger, and Tanzania.
The Hilton Foundation is a financial supporter of the Chronicle.
$161 million to support 34 grassroots organizations that are working on a local level to improve the lives of more than 300 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is giving $95 million through its Foundational Fund to 8 programs, and $66 million through its Gender Fund to 24 organizations led by women. An additional $1.6 million will support two research projects to advance women’s leadership and gender equality.
Co-Impact is a philanthropic collaborative that counts MacKenzie Scott, Melinda French Gates, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, and Roshni Nadar Malhotra among its founding donors.
Bezos Earth Fund
$110 million to organizations that are leading efforts to slow climate change, conserve and restore nature, and advance environmental justice and economic opportunity.
The grants in this round include $50 million to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, with a goal of restoring 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded areas of the Greater Rusizi Basin and Great Rift Valley before 2030.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
$30 million to Aspen Pharmacare Holdings to manufacture low-cost routine and emergency vaccines to control the spread of infectious diseases in Africa.
Each organization has given a grant of $15 million to the pharmaceutical company.
Trinity Church Wall Street
$20.4 million to organizations worldwide, predominantly to support groups that are focused on the mental health of youths in New York City.
One grant of $1.1 million went to FJC: a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds for the Wellness Classroom, its project to strengthen programs that address adolescent mental health and promote well-being for children and young adults in the city.
Bank of America
$19 million to hunger-relief organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico as the result of the bank’s pledge to donate up to $150 for each Bank of America employee who was vaccinated against Covid-19 or the flu in 2022.
Among the recipients are the World Food Programme and World Central Kitchen, which shared $1.5 million of the total.
$16 million to six historical-preservation organizations in Richmond, Va.
The City of Richmond received $11 million to develop the Shockoe Heritage Campus Interpretive Center at the Shockoe Bottom train shed to memorialize and commemorate the history of slavery in the city.
The foundation also gave $6 million to Wayne State University to recruit 30 new faculty in the humanities and create the Detroit Center for Black Studies.
Caring for Denver Foundation
$14.6 million to 35 community-based nonprofit groups in Denver that provide services in mental health and substance-abuse treatment, especially in marginalized communities.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
$4.8 million to Kingmakers of Oakland to back its programs to strengthen education for Black boys and expand its work across the United States.
Dogwood Health Trust
$8.3 million to 10 nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to improve working conditions and increase retention among early-childhood educators.
Astellas Global Health Foundation
$3.9 million to Americares, Ampath Kenya, Amref Health Africa in the USA, Sightsavers, and USA for UNHCR. The grants aim to improve access to health and build community resilience in global communities with significant medical needs caused by disease or disaster.
Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative
$3.3 million to the National Council of Nonprofits to establish the Leading from Strength program, which is designed to strengthen and expand the work of state associations of nonprofits.
$2 million to the Urban Institute to create apprenticeship programs at small and medium-sized tech businesses in North Carolina and South Carolina.
$1.7 million to 26 community-development organizations to increase access to housing, health, and economic opportunities.
$1 million to Musicians On Call to expand live-music programs in hospitals across the United States.
Washington Research Foundation
$1 million to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center to continue a program that awards grants between $50,000 and $250,000 each to projects that advance technology to improve the health of communities.
New Grant Opportunity
The Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy at the University of Utah is accepting nominations for its Climate Prize, which will award $1.5 million to innovative projects that have significant potential to reduce greenhouse gasses and mitigate the impact of climate change between now and 2050. Individuals, groups, and organizations worldwide are invited to apply. Project pitches are due January 31; those invited to submit full proposals will be notified by February 10.
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