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March 30, 2016

Grants Roundup: Carnegie and MacArthur Funds Give $25 Million for Nuclear-Security Work

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The two grant makers decided to prepare their own $25 million gift basket to welcome foreign representatives into Washington, echoing a similar funding tradition done at the biannual Nuclear Security Summit.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The two foundations have prepared a $25-million "gift basket" to welcome foreign officials who will begin streaming into Washington on Thursday for high-level nuclear-security talks.

The funding echoes a tradition at the biannual Nuclear Security Summit, at which representatives of participating countries present "gift baskets" of actions they will take or money they will commit to increase the security of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear bombs. The two grant makers decided to make their own gift basket to highlight the role of nongovernmental groups in the nuclear-security field.

In recognition of the work of nongovernmental organizations on the issue, over the next two years the foundations will make grants totaling $25 million to civil-society groups, researchers, and policy institutes.

For the first time since the biannual summits began in 2010, Russia will not attend. In August, MacArthur closed its Moscow office after Russian authorities recommended the grant maker be placed on an "undesirable" list, along with several other U.S. nonprofits and foundations.

Anschutz Foundation

$10 million over five years to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to establish the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center. The facility will be located in Aurora, Colo., but is designed as a "virtual center" to serve people throughout the state and across the country by identifying and implementing behavioral health solutions and forging connections among Colorado community leaders and national experts.

Pew Charitable Trusts

A total of more than $8.5 million over three years to 45 Philadelphia-area nonprofits that serve the region’s low-income children and youths and their families. Grants will support groups working in five core areas: delivering high-quality early education and child care; providing effective prevention and early intervention services to reduce behavioral and academic problems; increasing access to mental-health services; expanding quality afterschool programs; and helping parents secure and retain public benefits and services to strengthen household stability.

Moses Taylor Foundation

A total of more than $2 million to nine organizations working to promote health and wellness throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Grantees include the Commonwealth Medical College, which received more than $1.2 million over three years to provide infrastructure and support for its Behavioral Health Initiative, which addresses critical needs in mental health and substance abuse in the foundation’s region.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$1.5 million over three years to Vanderbilt University to establish a new Center for Digital Humanities. The center will include a media lab with research, classroom, and meeting facilities and serve as a hub for faculty and students interested in the intersections of art, technology, science, and culture. It will also offer Mellon Fellowships in the digital humanities for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows and host a new dual-degree Ph.D. program in comparative media analysis and practice.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

$1 million to the Voting Rights Institute, a joint project of Georgetown University Law Center, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and the Campaign Legal Center. The institute offers opportunities for students, recent graduates, and fellows to engage in litigation and policy work in the field of voting rights and to educate lawyers about the skills and best practices of voting-rights advocates. The new funding will also allow the institute to launch a new website to share information and resources on voting-rights issues and litigation and provide a tool for the public to report violations.


A total of $1 million to more than 100 educational institutions and nonprofits across the country to address local challenges. The community engagement platform awarded seven $50,000 grants and 100 $6,500 grants. Recipients include United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County in North Carolina for a project that encourage volunteer support for at-risk middle schoolers.

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