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February 03, 2016

Grants Roundup: $40 Million to Program for Asian Health-Care Workers

Chien-Chi Chang, Magnum Foundation

A $40 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies will support a fellowship program to reduce disparities in health care in Southeast Asia, such as at this health center in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Atlantic Philanthropies

$40 million in partnership with the China Medical Board to support a new 20-year fellowship program in Southeast Asia to reduce disparities in health and health care. Transformative Leaders for Health Equity has a goal of graduating 500 early-career health workers from the program, which will feature peer, experiential, and online learning. The program will start in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam,  and the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Guangxi. It will later expand to all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members.

Rasmuson Foundation

$12 million over four years to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center to support an expansion that will add a gallery space, study room, and more to the Alaska art museum.

Noyce Foundation

$12 million to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego to launch its STEM Next program, which aims to promote science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities, particularly for low-income minority students, through improved teacher training, web-based learning, and more.

Houston Endowment

$7 million over three years to Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research to study the biggest challenges facing Houston and cities across the Sun Belt.

William Davidson Foundation

$5 million to the Detroit Institute of Arts. The grant will go to the museum’s endowment, and the newly reinstalled Ancient Middle East gallery will be named for the foundation.

The foundation was a significant contributor to the City of Detroit’s "grand bargain." In honor of Mr. Davidson, who was chief executive of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of architectural and automotive glass, the museum is planning to include a section in the gallery on the production of glass in the ancient Middle East region.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

A total of $3.2 million to the 17 winners of the Knight News Challenge on Data who proposed projects to make data more accessible to individuals and communities. The winners are a mix of small nonprofit startups, collaborations, and larger institutions. Eight of the winners will create full versions of their projects and receive $237,589 to $470,000. Nine other projects will receive $35,000 each to build demos over the next six months.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

$2.4 million to organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to combat predatory lending practices, help immigrants learn English, and improve disadvantaged middle-school students’ skills in math. Grantees include Upwardly Global, which will receive $50,000 to train 100 low-income immigrants or refugees in business communications and other skills to increase their professional marketability.

Melville Charitable Trust

A total of more than $2 million to nine organizations working to end homelessness in Connecticut and nationally. Grantees include the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which received $200,000 in general operating support for their work to protect and expand federal affordable housing programs, particularly those that serve households that have extremely low incomes or who have disabled members.

Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation

A total of $1 million for groups working on prisoner re-entry efforts in the Baton Rouge area. Grantees include Connections for Life, which received $20,000 for its work to provide incarcerated women with peer-mentorship and intensive case management, focused heavily on job readiness and placement.

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