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October 14, 2015

Grants Roundup: College-Financing Group Awards 33 Colleges $12 Million to Create Paid Internships

D'Ann Urbaniak Lesch, Center for Community Work and Learning

The $12 million grant will create about 7,000 internships to help college juniors and seniors who have financial need.

Here are notable new grants The Chronicle has learned about in recent weeks:

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

A total of $12 million over three years to 33 colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin to create about 7,000 paid internships that will help juniors and seniors who have financial need. The grants require colleges to make a larger matching contribution each year to encourage the program’s sustainability.

Vulcan’s Paul G. Allen Ebola Program

A total of $11 million to seven organizations working to deal with problems identified during the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak that prevent effective response to global health crises. Grantees, which include the World Food Program and Baylor College of Medicine, will address issues related to three areas: gaps in infrastructure and logistics, a lack of data and coordination, and inadequate diagnostics.

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

A total of $6 million to 69 nonprofits across the United States working to revitalize housing and neighborhoods. Grantees include Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity and the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland, Ore.

Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

$4.2 million to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., to establish the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Quality of Life Endowment and a series of programs for patients and their families. The gift marks the first major award from the foundation as it begins to spend down the $1.2 billion it received from last year’s $1.4-billion sale of the Buffalo Bills.

Daniels Fund

$4 million to the American Enterprise Institute for its academic programs, which aim to bring the think tank’s free-enterprise message to students and faculty on college campuses.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$1 million over three years to expand the Cornell Prison Education Program. The program, which offers liberal-arts classes at two New York State correctional facilities, will use the grant to provide courses and degree programs at two additional prisons.

$1 million over four years to the University of Illinois for a collaborative project to identify digital publishing options and produce new publications to disseminate their research. The project involves the University Library, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the department of African American studies.

First Niagara Financial Group

A total of $1 million to support 38 nonprofits with youth-mentoring programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Grantees include the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Career Services Mentoring Program and United Way of Allegheny County.

Lilly Endowment

$1 million over four years for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. The grant will support events and activities, such as a chamber-music series, that lead up to and will take place during the competition, which will be held in September 2018.

New Profit

$1 million in unrestricted funds over four years for Match Education, a nonprofit that operates a network of charter schools focused on serving low-income students.

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