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September 06, 2017

Grants Roundup: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Starts Hurricane Recovery Fund

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Foundations are pitching in with donations in the aftermath of Harvey. More money will be flowing in from the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, created by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation with $1 million. The fund also received money from ConocoPhillips, Macy’s, and TechnipFMC.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

CenterPoint Energy

$1.25 million for hurricane recovery, including $250,000 each to the American Red Cross, the City of Houston Mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and the United Way of Greater Houston.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

$1 million to United Way Worldwide to establish the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, which will distribute money to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The fund has received ample support from other organizations, including $2.5 million from ConocoPhillips, $1 million from Macy’s, and $1 million from TechnipFMC.


$1 million in matching grants to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.

Taube Philanthropies

$1 million to All Hands Volunteers for Harvey relief. The Jewish foundation is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and typically funds projects in the Bay Area, Poland, and Israel.

New York Life

$500,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief, including $150,000 for the American Red Cross, $100,000 to Save the Children, and $100,000 to Feeding Texas.

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

$500,000 for four organizations to assist with Harvey response; $200,000 for Jewish Family Services of Houston, $100,000 for Mission Continues, $100,000 for Team Rubicon, and $100,000 for the Houston Food Bank.

Olin Corporation

$250,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief, plus three truckloads of bleach for disinfection.

New Grant Opportunities

100Kin10: The 100Kin10 network is offering a total of at least $1 million in grants for organizations in New York with ideas about how to help science, technology, engineering, and math teachers experiment with instruction. Applications due are October 25.

The Heinz Endowments: $250,000 for grants to support projects in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood that promote families and children. Applications are due September 8.

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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