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April 13, 2016

Grants Roundup: MacArthur Gives $25 Million More for Justice Reform

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Furthering its efforts to reform local justice systems, the MacArthur Foundation announced grants Wednesday totaling $25 million to 20 counties and cities across the country. Eleven jurisdictions will get grants of $1.5 million to $3.5 million to reduce their jail populations and address racial disparities. Nine cities and counties will receive $150,000 each to support their reform efforts.

The grants, to be distributed over two years, are part of the foundation’s ongoing Safety and Justice Challenge, which aims to reduce incarceration rates and create a network of jurisdictions that support criminal-justice reform. In the fall, the foundation will also support the Urban Land Institute’s innovation fund designed to support reform efforts in other communities.

The 11 recipients of the large grants are Charleston County, S.C.; Harris County, Tex.; Lucas County, Ohio; Milwaukee County, Wis.; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Pima County, Ariz.; Spokane County, Wash.; the state of Connecticut; and St. Louis County, Mo.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

$5 million to 37 projects that won the Knight Cities Challenge to design programs that attract and retain talented people, broaden economic opportunities, and encourage civic participation in the 26 cities where the foundation invests. Winning projects include creating neighborhood "microparks" in Detroit, supporting book clubs teaching about cooperative businesses in Philadelphia, and establishing a night crafts market in San Jose, Calif. This is the second year of the Knight Cities Challenge; it will reopen for submissions in the fall.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

$20.56 million to several recipients, including a $5.44-million grant to the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at UCLA to create a leadership-training program, $2.5 million to City of Hope to create a cancer-prevention program, $2 million to the National Council for Behavioral Health to support substance-abuse prevention, and $3.5 million to the Aspen Institute to support children in the foster-care system.

Helmsley Charitable Trust

$2.1 million to University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute to support research on type 1 diabetes cell therapy. Each institution will conduct studies on using immune cells to treat the disease.

Motorola Solutions

$1.5 million to Rutgers University to establish an endowed professorship in cell biology and neuroscience. The grant is named for Motorola Solutions chief executive Gregory Brown, the chairman of the university’s board of governors and a 1982 graduate. An anonymous donor gave a matching gift of $1.5 million.

American Bank Center

$1 million to University of Mary in Bismarck, N. D., to support a new campus center with a bank branch that will employ students.

Major League Baseball

$1 million to the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Jackie Robinson Museum project, plus support for 30 four-year college scholarships. The planned museum in New York City will be dedicated to Mr. Robinson’s career and legacy.

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