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October 19, 2016

Grants Roundup: Wallace Foundation Gives $47 Million for School-Principal Prep

John F. Morgan

Bob Bender, principal of P.S. 11 in New York City, got training for the job at the Wallace Foundation-supported NYC Leadership Academy. A new round of Wallace grants aims to improve principal-preparation programs at U.S. colleges.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

Wallace Foundation

$47 million over four years to a new program designed to improve training programs for school principals. The grant is going to seven universities and their state and district partners: Albany State in Georgia, Florida Atlantic, North Carolina State, San Diego State, the University of Connecticut, Virginia State, and Western Kentucky.

James Irvine Foundation

$12.29 million to multiple nonprofits, including Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, National Employment Law Project, and PolicyLink.


$10 million to the University of Washington to expand its computer-science and engineering program.

Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund

$6.2 million to Head Start agencies in Southeast Michigan. Participating grant makers include the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the McGregor Fund, the PNC Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

Monsanto Fund

$3.9 million over five years for a pilot program designed to increase access to healthy food in early child-care centers and households with young children in St. Louis.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$2.59 million to the San Diego Community College District and the University of California at San Diego, to help students in the humanities at the two-year colleges transition successfully to the university.

W. Atlee Burpee & Co. and the Burpee Foundation

$2.5 million to the National Park Foundation to maintain the White House garden planted by First Lady Michelle Obama for at least 17 years.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

$1.5 million to Bard College to create a new Center for Early College.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Up to $1.5 million in matching donations to Feeding America’s Give a Meal program.

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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