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December 16, 2015

Grants Roundup: $8 Million Pledged to Improve Climate-Resilience Planning in 12 Communities

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Kresge Foundation's $8 million grant will support local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development, and implementation.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Kresge Foundation

A total of almost $8 million pledged to nonprofit groups in a dozen low-income communities to improve their resilience in the face of climate change. The goal is to bolster groups' efforts to influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development, and implementation to better reflect the needs of minorities in U.S. cities including New York, Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

$5 million over five years to the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration to support diversity and inclusion programs and student financial aid. The grant will be used to expand recruitment projects in underserved markets, provide scholarships for minority and first-generation students to attend summer enrichment programs, help provide academic and nonacademic support, and provide scholarship support for five or more students annually for five years.

Hospira Foundation

$5 million to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to establish a professorship in translational cancer biology. In addition to creating the endowed professorship to exist in perpetuity, the gift will support the professor's laboratory, research activities, and the training of graduate students and fellows.

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

A total of $1.5 million to 31 community colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin over two years. The grant will allow the colleges to provide small emergency grants to low-income students so they don't have to choose between paying unexpected bills and staying in school.

Walmart Foundation

$1.5 million to Children's Hunger Alliance to increase Ohio children's access to nutritious meals. The grant will allow the agency to expand its work with in-home child-care providers as well as school breakfast, summer nutrition, and afterschool programs.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Around $1.1 million to nonprofits and agencies providing emergency humanitarian relief to refugees in Greece. Grantees include the U.N. Refugee Agency, which will receive support for its emergency aid efforts in North Mytilene, Doctors Without Borders Hellas, and Lifeguards Hellas, which will be supported in their rescue missions at sea. Another grantee is the grass-roots volunteer group Starfish, which will work to expand its capacity to absorb and retain the international volunteers arriving in the area.

Conservation and Research Foundation

More than $1 million to Connecticut College to establish the Richard H. Goodwin Environmental Fund within the college’s endowment. The fund will support four areas in the college’s environmental program: a research fellowship for rising seniors, summer stipends for students’ environmentally oriented field work, a visiting scholar in botany program, and an award to the senior graduating in environmental studies with the highest GPA.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

A total of more than $600,000 to four charities working on recovery efforts following the earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year with an emphasis on the unique needs of child protection. Grantees include All Hands Volunteers, Plan International USA, Project HOPE, and Shakti Samuha, whose funded programs include recovery efforts in education, health care, and combating human trafficking.

Lilly Endowment

$600,000 over four years to Loyola University New Orleans to establish the Faith Acts Youth Theology Institute. The one-week residential summer institute is designed to help high-school students develop their Catholic faith, explore contemporary world issues through a moral construct, and serve their communities.

Andrew Mellon Foundation

$540,000 to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a consortium of 29 public liberal-arts institutions, to expand its multicampus, distance, and team-taught digital liberal-arts research seminars.

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