Howard Hughes Medical Institute Commits $60 Million to Diversify Science Education
Also, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grants $50 million for credentialing and career training in Kansas City, and Wells Fargo Foundation awards $22.5 million to close racial gaps in homeownership in three U.S. cities.
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Here are notable new grant awards compiled by the Chronicle:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
$60 million over six years to 104 colleges and universities for efforts to expand racial and ethnic diversity in undergraduate science education, particularly in the first year of study.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
$50 million to Kansas City Scholars to provide three-year tuition grants to adults for credentialing and career training in high-demand industries, including health care, information technology, construction, and manufacturing.
Wells Fargo Foundation
$22.5 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s program offices in Houston, New York, and Richmond, Va., to help 15,000 families of color buy homes and close racial gaps in homeownership in these metropolitan areas.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
$19.2 million through its On Nigeria program to strengthen independent media in the country and provide support for local and regional investigative journalism to increase civic transparency and document corruption.
$15 million to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to back its Aspire United 2030 community goals to expand access to education, jobs, and health care in the region.
Google and YouTube
$13.2 million to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network to establish the Global Fact Check Fund, which will strengthen 135 fact-checking organizations in 80 languages to root out misinformation online.
$10.2 million to support organizations that work in the arts and humanities in Puerto Rico as they continue to recover from Hurricane Fiona in 2018.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
$10 million to Jacob’s Pillow to rebuild its Doris Duke Theatre, which was destroyed in a fire in 2020.
Rite Aid Healthy Futures
$4 million for general operating support at more than 400 grassroots organizations that work to create healthier, more equitable neighborhoods.
Native Voices Rising
$3.5 million to 114 advocacy and organizing groups with Indigenous and Native leaders. The organizations work in myriad areas to raise awareness of tribal issues, address the continuing damage that resulted from the U.S. Indian Boarding School policy, advance climate and water justice, and reduce incarceration in Native communities, among other priorities.
Dogwood Health Trust
$2.9 million to seven nontraditional lenders that include community-development financial institutions, revolving loan funds, and economic-development corporations in western North Carolina to expand access to investment capital for entrepreneurs from historically marginalized communities.
$2.5 million to the Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity program to deliver energy-saving home upgrades for homeowners and renters who are primarily Black, Hispanic, or Native American.
The program is a collaboration between the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy, Elevate, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and HR&A Advisors. It has also received $250,000 each from JPMorgan Chase and the Wells Fargo Foundation, with additional support from the JPB Foundation.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
$2.4 million to the California Academy of Sciences to digitize botany specimens from its herbarium and catalog approximately 1 million plants native to California.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$2 million to Sherlock Biosciences to expand the use of its molecular-diagnostics platform to detect multiple infectious diseases from a single patient sample, which streamlines health care in low- and middle-income countries.
The foundation previously gave the biotech company $5 million in 2020 to develop its molecular-diagnostics technology.
Greater Texas Foundation
$1.4 million to Texas A&M University at San Antonio to increase the number of graduates from early-college high schools in Texas who attend a four-year institution of higher education and complete a baccalaureate degree.
$1 million to the Smithsonian Institution to help develop the American Women’s History Museum.
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