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August 05, 2015

Grants Roundup: Ford Foundation Awards $1 Million to Help Prisoners Get a College Education

Pete Mauney

The Ford Foundation's $1-million grant to the Bard Prison Initiative will support education and other services that better prepare prisoners for reentry into society.

Here are notable new grants that grant makers have announced to The Chronicle in recent weeks:

Ford Foundation

$1 million over two years to the Bard Prison Initiative, which provides incarcerated students with opportunities to do course work with Bard professors and get help when reentering society. The grant will allow the program, which is home to the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, to continue expanding and spreading nationally, and to conduct advocacy work on the best ways to help people after they leave prison.

Cleveland Foundation

Awarded a total of $12.7 million in July. The largest grant, of $197,825, will go to the Positive Education Program to pay for staff training to help provide high-quality social services to trauma-affected youths and others with special needs.

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Five grants totaling $1.1 million to groups working to promote health and wellness in Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The grantees include the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which will work to expand its services, and the University of Alaska, which will train staff members at three community health centers on ways of identifying people at risk of becoming drug or alcohol addicts so support can be provided to avert serious health issues.

Brainerd Foundation

A total of $880,000 in grants in July. Social Venture Partners in Seattle received the largest grant, of $150,000 over two years, to support the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, which works to help donors to environmental programs become more strategic and effective.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$132,600 to the College Art Association to develop resources for workers at academic art museums.

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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