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July 22, 2015

Grants Roundup: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Awards $21 Million to Cancer-Research Groups

Jeffrey Neal, St. Baldrick’s Foundation

St. Baldrick’s Foundation awarded 70 grants to support childhood-cancer research.

Notable new grants and deadlines compiled by The Chronicle:

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The foundation awarded 70 grants totaling $21.2 million to support childhood-cancer research. The largest grant — $6.7 million — went to the Children’s Oncology Group, which conducts pediatric and adolescent-cancer research.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

The grant maker gave $15 million to 30 organizations working to conserve the environment, including Amazon Watch, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Conservation Land Trust, and Save the Elephants. The foundation also supported winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize awarded to environmental activists.

GE Foundation

The foundation awarded a three-year $14-million grant to Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to help improve delivery of community health care. The grant will help expand participation in Project ECHO, which trains community-based primary-care providers in select medical specialty areas, such as behavioral health.


The global-payments provider awarded a total of $5 million to Georgia’s Columbus State University, the bulk of which will establish a program in the institution’s computer-science program focused on cybersecurity and create an endowment supporting the program. Of the grant, $500,000 supports other programs at the university.

Hubbard Broadcasting

The company gave $5 million to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to support its mission to educate the public about the value of a free and fair press. The gift will rename the museum’s concourse level for the St. Paul, Minn.-based broadcasting company.

W.M. Keck Foundation

The foundation awarded two grants totaling $1.5 million to the University of Texas at Austin to support a student research program and the development of a new method for cooling atoms.

KeyBank Foundation

The foundation awarded $1 million to Cleveland State University to create a program designed to increase the retention and on-time graduation rate of undergraduate students who attended the surrounding Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The programs will begin in the 2016-17 school year.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The foundation awarded $900,000 to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati to pilot a two-year fellowship program aimed at developing young, graduate-level musicians from underrepresented populations and preparing them for the professional orchestra world.

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