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May 27, 2015

Grants Roundup: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commits $25 Million to Expand Health Research

Notable new grants and deadlines compiled by The Chronicle:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The foundation announced a $25-million commitment over three years to fund innovative research on health policy, law, and community factors that affect health. The grant will support researchers at the University of California, San Francisco; Temple University; and the University of Kentucky.

Joyce Foundation

The foundation awarded 10 three-year grants totaling more than $2.5 million to support artists of color and sustainable growth of arts and cultural organizations in Chicago. Recipients include the National Museum of Mexican Art, Black Ensemble Theater, and Goodman Theatre. Grants range from $225,000 to $300,000 each.

Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

The foundation awarded $10 million to the Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The grant creates an endowment to support stable funding for a broad array of mental-health programs and research, beginning with $400,000 in the first year and likely more in later years. The center will be named for the Johnsons.

Windgate Charitable Foundation

The foundation awarded $20.3 million to build a new visual-arts education building at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The building is slated to open in the fall of 2017.

Morton Mandel Foundation

The foundation awarded $5.6 million to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences to fund two new positions, a new lecture series, and technological improvements to the academy’s building in Cambridge, Mass.

General Motors Foundation

The foundation awarded $10 million to Habitat for Humanity for construction and revitalization projects, including building 11 new homes to assist current and former military service members. The grant will also support two international revitalization projects in Brazil and the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nepal, where the former president and his wife will spend a week raising awareness of the need for affordable housing.

Coleman Foundation

The foundation awarded $728,000 to support construction of a suite for supportive oncology services in an outpatient care facility at University of Chicago Medicine.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

The company awarded $1.5 million over three years to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to support its Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program, which works to aid the recovery of endangered southern resident killer whales found in waters off Washington State. The foundation will seek to match SeaWorld’s commitment with additional public and private investments and plans to open a request for grant proposals for conservation program funding on June 8.

Teagle Foundation

The foundation awarded about $2 million to projects supporting liberal-arts education. Grants include $398,000 over three years to integrate liberal arts into engineering classes at six technical and engineering colleges, and $300,000 over 18 months to the development of a general-studies curriculum that connects the liberal arts with professional-degree programs at seven University of Texas schools.

Hersh Foundation

The foundation awarded $5 million to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to establish a center for depression research and clinical care. The grant also supports the endowment of a research faculty position focused on depression.

Walmart Foundation

The foundation awarded $1 million to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University to support a three-year initiative to pilot new ways the nonprofit, public, and private sectors can better work together to serve veterans.

The foundation also awarded $500,000 to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine to conduct a five-year study on veterans’ well-being and analyze transition and reintegration programs.

Retirement Research Foundation

The foundation is accepting proposals for projects working to improve quality of life for older Americans through direct service, advocacy, education, and training programs for professionals working with elders, as well as proposals for research on causes and solutions to significant problems facing older adults.

Proposals for local projects are considered from organizations based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Florida. Projects of national relevance are considered from organizations across the United States.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The foundation awarded $150,000 grants to 20 jurisdictions to support the creation of plans to reform local justice systems. The grants are part of the foundation’s five-year, $75-million initiative to reduce over-incarceration in American jails. Next year, 10 of the grantee jurisdictions will be selected to receive a second round of funding — between $500,000 and $2 million annually, depending on jurisdiction size — to implement their reform plans.

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