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May 20, 2015

Grants Roundup: Grainger Foundation Awards $20 Million to Chicago’s Field Museum

The Field Museum

Visitors to Chicago’s Field Museum can learn about its collections from the staff during the museum's weekly Meet a Scientist program.

Notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Grainger Foundation

The foundation awarded $20 million to Chicago’s Field Museum to create new science learning programs and support for research technologies. The grant supports the museum’s $250-million campaign, which has also received several major gifts.

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

The foundation awarded a $17.5 million grant over three years to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to develop an online database of research and resources for academic and industry researchers, patients, clinicians, and health-care providers. The project aims to foster collaboration and information sharing that leads to better care, treatments, and cures for the digestive diseases.

Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation

The foundation awarded $2 million over three years to New York University to expand its scholarship and advising program for students transferring from local partner community colleges.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The foundation awarded $500,000 to the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a project for radio, TV, print, and online reporting on Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy and involving citizens in finding ways to revitalize the city and deal with its challenges.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The foundation awarded $200,000 to a pilot program at 15 of Virginia’s Community Colleges to cut textbook costs by supporting open-educational resources online

Herb Alpert Foundation

The grant maker awarded $150,000 to the Good People Fund to provide financial support and professional guidance to innovative grass-roots nonprofits. The foundation has given a total of $800,000 to the fund over the last six years.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

The foundation awarded $50,000 to CRDF Global, a science-focused nonprofit, for its yearlong Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship, which supports women scientists studying the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. The remainder of the fellowship is being crowdfunded.

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