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October 26, 2016

Grants Roundup: Atlantic Gives $60 Million for Antiracism Fellowships

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

Atlantic Philanthropies

$60 million over 10 years to create the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, a program designed to support activists, writers, and authors who are fighting anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa. Housed at Columbia University, the program will train up to 35 people each year. The grant will also support undergraduate programs at Columbia and the University of California at Berkeley.

Dalio Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies

A combined $55 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for programs aimed at wiping out the disease. The initiative is a partnership among the World Health Organization, Unicef, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Dalio Foundation pledged $30 million and the Bloomberg fund gave $25 million. An anonymous donor also committed $15 million.

Harold Alfond Foundation and Colby College

$20 million for projects designed to revitalize Waterville, Maine, home of the college.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

$19.53 million in the third quarter of 2016 to 17 organizations, including $9.5 million for programs that provide safe drinking water in developing countries.

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

$6 million to housing nonprofits doing neighborhood revitalization work in 56 regions across the United States.


Up to $5 million via to more than 7,000 programs devised by students at some 2,400 schools to promote healthy living. Proposals included a classroom blender to make nutritious smoothies and supplies to create a school vegetable garden.

Barr Foundation

$1 million over three years to Boston public-radio station WBUR to support its arts and culture reporting.


$1 million to the World Food Programme to connect farmers in Honduras, Indonesia, and Kenya with schools that need fresh ingredients for student lunches.

Walton Family Foundation

Up to $900,000 over three years to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art to support work to digitize its collections.

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