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July 12, 2016

Grants Roundup: DiCaprio Foundation Backs Conservation Groups, Bank of America Funds Career Training

Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants

The Elephant Crisis Fund is one of several conservation and environmental groups included in a $15.6 million round of grants from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

$40 million over three years to programs that help teenagers and young adults secure paid internships and job-training opportunities at nonprofits and financial companies. Grant recipients include the Urban Alliance, Jobs for the Future, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Leonard DiCaprio Foundation

$15.6 million to environmental groups and organizations serving native people. Nearly half the funding — about $7.4 million — went to wildlife-protection nonprofits, including the Elephant Crisis Fund and the Pacific Wolf Coalition.

More than $2.5 million went to marine-conservation groups, including Oceans 5. $2.1 million went to serve indigenous people via organizations such as the Skeena Watershed Conservation Council, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, and Utah Dine Bikeyah.

More than $2 million went to innovative grass-roots groups, including Water Defense, the People’s Grocery, and Digital Democracy. $1.3 million went to nonprofits working to address climate change, including Our Children’s Trust, TreePeople, and Empowered by Light.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$1.5 million to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to support research about its African-art collection and launch a center for advanced study in art conservation.

The foundation also awarded $1 million over four years to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create a fellowship program for artists and $1 million to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for new commissioned works, website upgrades, and a new research program.

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

$1.5 million to five research projects aimed at better understanding Alzheimer’s disease and finding a cure.

Leon Levine Foundation

$1 million to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., for scholarships.

The philanthropic arm of the technology company is increasing its annual Force for Change grant making from $1 million to $4 million this year. The organization is looking to support innovative, repeatable, scalable programs that relate to education, work-force development, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Proposals will be accepted through July 29.

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