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October 28, 2015

Grants Roundup: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Awards More Than $7.5 Million to Local Groups

Racquet Up Detroit

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan gave Racquet Up Detroit $40,000 to improve a mentoring program focused on the sport of squash and academic achievement.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

A total of more than $7.5 million to nonprofits in Detroit, Oak Park, Pontiac, Ann Arbor, and Dearborn, Mich. Grantees include the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan, which received $50,000 over three years to expand a program to furnish the homes of low-income families in Wayne County, and Racquet Up Detroit, which received $40,000 to increase the capacity and impact of a mentoring program focused on squash (the sport) and academic achievement.

IKEA Foundation

$7 million over five years to A Glimmer of Hope, a nonprofit working to empower rural Ethiopian communities to end the cycle of extreme poverty through clean water, education, health care, and microfinance opportunities.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

A total of $3.27 million to area nonprofits to provide scholarships for local students. Of the total, $1.2 million will provide general operating support to organizations including the Visiting Nurse Health System and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$3.15 million to the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. The funding will support professional development and training in effective teaching methods for Graduate Center doctoral students from LaGuardia Community College faculty and staff.  Graduate Center students will shadow a LaGuardia faculty member during course instruction for a semester and will then spend three semesters teaching humanities courses to around 2,500 LaGuardia undergraduates while being guided by a LaGuardia instructor.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

A total of more than $2.1 million to support 461 scholarships to students enrolled in high-school, community-college, and university programs for the 2015-16 academic year. Some of the scholarships are managed by the community foundation, the majority of which are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Other scholarships involve donors and have external selection committees appointed by the community foundation and make awards nationally and internationally.

Movember Foundation

More than $2 million to local organizations in 16 cities to kick off Making Connections, a major mental-health program focused on men and boys. The funding will support community-based preventative efforts to improve the mental health and well-being of men and boys, particularly among underserved populations.

Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

A total of $2 million to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Michigan Chapter to establish two $1-million endowments: One will provide scholarships to families and caregivers affected by the disease who demonstrate financial, health, or emotional need; and the other will support infrastructure and capital projects to provide information and support services to the association’s constituents.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

$1.9 million to the Internet Archive to develop a search engine for its extensive collection of web pages, also known as the Wayback Machine. The search engine will make it easier for researchers, historians, and others to retrieve information from the billions of web pages and sites in the collection. The grant will also allow the archive to optimize the quality of the web pages captured each week and improve media playback. The group will pilot a beta version of the search feature in 2016 before publicly releasing it in 2017.

amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research

More than $1.4 million to accelerate research efforts to eradicate HIV. Renewal funding of $850,000 will go to a consortium of European researchers that aims to replicate the case of the "Berlin patient," the first and only person known to have been cured of HIV. A total of $600,000 will go to four promising young scientists who will each receive $150,000 over two years as part of the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research. The grants are part of the nonprofit’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS campaign, a $100-million effort to end the disease by 2020.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Awards More Than $7.5 Million to Local Groups

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