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August 31, 2016

Grants Roundup: Bloomberg Fund Gives $32 Million to Support City Leaders

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Michael Bloomberg, seen here addressing a conference on tobacco control in Abu Dhabi last year, has given $32 million through his foundation to create a Harvard training program to help mayors and their top aides tackle major urban issues. The billionaire media mogul served three terms of mayor of New York.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle.

Louisiana flood relief

Several grant makers announced support for victims of recent flooding in Louisiana.

The AARP Foundation announced it will match contributions up to $500,000 to its relief fund for residents of Louisiana affected by flooding. The foundation initially pledged $250,000 but doubled the match after receiving a strong response from individual AARP members and donors, a spokeswoman said.

New York Life committed $100,000 to help relief efforts, including $50,000 to the American Red Cross, $25,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund, and $25,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Read a Chronicle article on fundraising efforts on behalf of Louisiana flood victims.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

$32 million to create the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative to provide executive training for mayors and mayoral aides.

Herb Alpert Foundation

$10.1 million to Los Angeles City College to provide free tuition and other aid to all music majors at the college.

Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund

$9 million throughout 2016 to a variety of nonprofits that work to prevent gun violence, support literacy, and promote access to abortion services. Recipients include the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, Spark SF Public Schools, and Women’s Health Specialists of California.

Citi Foundation

$6 million to support nonprofits that help young people find employment.


$1 million to the Yellowstone Park Foundation to create a new Yellowstone Youth Campus designed to provide programs for young people.

New grant opportunities

Grantmakers in Chicago have created the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities to support programs aimed at reducing violence. Out of the $300,000 fund, programs will receive awards of $1,000 to $10,000. Applications are 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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