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August 03, 2016

Grants Roundup: Joyce Awards Back Great Lakes Ecology and Gun-Safety Work

Michigan Environmental Council

A new, $13.7 million Joyce Foundation funding round includes money to support Great Lakes environmental projects. Here, past Joyce grantee the Alliance for the Great Lakes cleans up Chicago's Lake Michigan waterfront as part of its "Adopt a Beach" program.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

Fund II Foundation

$48 million over five years to the United Negro College Fund to support scholarships for African-American students studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The students will also receive stipends for STEM internships.

Joyce Foundation

$13.7 million to 38 nonprofits and academic institutions working to protect the environment in the Great Lakes region, promote gun-safety laws, and advocate for policies that help workers improve job skills. Recipients include the Michigan Environmental Council ($1 million), the National Skills Coalition ($850,000), and the PICO National Network ($150,000).


$10 million in cash and $10 million in software and services to 10 international and 100 domestic nonprofits through the company’s Upgrade Your World program. Recipients included Save the Children,, Pencils of Promise, and the Malala Fund.

Fund for Shared Insight

$2.6 million to 10 organizations working to promote transparency at foundations. Recipients include the Women’s Funding Network, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and the Foundation Center.

USA Funds

$2.3 million to seven colleges to develop and apply tools and practices that help first-generation, low-income, and minority students graduate. The recipients are Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis; Martin University in Indianapolis; Miami Dade College and St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.; Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Mont.; Texas A&M University; and Wiley College in Marshall, Tex.

Herb Kohl Philanthropies

$1.5 million over five years to the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. The grant creates the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition, which will support faculty research that provides evidence-based information to address public policy and governance issues.

TIRR Foundation

$1.4 million to Texas A&M University to support research on spinal-cord injuries.

New grant opportunities:

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s new Good Data Grants program will split $200,000 among five to 15 grantees for research or practical programs that help donors and nonprofits use digital data safely, ethically, and effectively to improve decision-making in philanthropy. The deadline for proposals is September 30.

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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