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January 11, 2017

Grants Roundup: $28 Million Award Backs Teacher Education in Miss.

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The Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program, just awarded $28 million by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation, provides classroom experience to budding teachers like University of Mississippi senior Emily Reynolds.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation

$28 million to the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program run by the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The program provides scholarships and honors classes to students studying teaching.

Walton Family Foundation

$20 million over five years to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to establish an endowment.

Ford Foundation

$3.75 million to Artspace to restructure properties that provide housing and studio space to artists and to launch a fellowship program to support leaders of color.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

More than $3 million to the Wikimedia Foundation for its Structured Data project to make freely licensed educational media more available to the public.

David Rockefeller Fund

$3 million over three years to multiple programs that address climate change, criminal-justice reform, and using the arts to effect social change. As part of the commitment, the fund recently announced grants to A Blade of Grass, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Center for Climate & Security.

NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color

The collaborative of 16 foundations gave $2.1 million to 28 nonprofits that cultivate leadership among young women of color. Recipients include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the Arab American Family Support Center.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$1.2 million to Davidson College to develop courses focused on justice, equality, and community.

James Irvine Foundation

$1.2 million to the Pacific Symphony to develop arts-engagement programs and strengthen ties to the Chinese-American community in Orange County, Calif.

William Penn Foundation

$1.2 million to Independence Seaport Museum to support a new interactive exhibition about the Delaware River watershed and to upgrade the museum’s docks.

New Grant Opportunities

To mark its 50th anniversary, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced a five-year, $8-million commitment to support 50 new works in the performing arts. The foundation will commission 10 a year from 2017 to 2021, focusing annually on different disciplines: music this year, followed by theater and spoken word, dance and performance art, folk and traditional art, and film and media. Grants of $100,000 to $200,000 will be made to Bay Area nonprofits that partner with artists to design new works. Application information is available here.

The Chicago Foundation for Women announced the 100 Day Fund to support advocacy for gender equity during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Rapid-response grants of $500 to $2,500 will be available to organizations in the Chicago area. The deadline for proposals is February 3. The application is available here.

Chronicle of Philanthropy subscribers also have full access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grant opportunities. For more information, visit our grants page.

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