Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 1:38 PM
(CNS) – The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced Wednesday that 23 grants totaling more than $29 million were approved in the fourth quarter of 2017, including for programs that aid the homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles.
The latest awards bring the total amount of grants awarded in 2017 to more than $121 million, surpassing the dollar amount of grants awarded in 2016 by more than $10 million, according to the Los Angeles-based foundation.
“We are pleased to end the year announcing more than $29 million in new grants to organizations doing incredible work locally, nationally and globally,” said Peter Laugharn, the foundation’s president and CEO. “As 2017 draws to a close, the foundation is grateful to have the privilege of supporting partners working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world.”
The fourth quarter local grant recipients include:
– Homelessness Genesis LA Economic Growth Corp., which was awarded $750,000 to support privately financed development of cost-effective, small- scale new affordable and permanent supportive housing;
– the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which received $600,000 to scale up efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles by expanding its own operational capacity and enhancing the service delivery of its provider partners;
– the Ocean Park Community Center, which was granted $810,000 to partner with West Los Angeles hospitals to provide permanent supportive housing to frequent utilizers of emergency and inpatient services who are experiencing chronic homelessness.
– the Alliance for Children’s Rights, which was awarded $1.2 million to support a network of critical services and advocacy for foster youth in Los Angeles, with the goals of increasing graduation rates, college readiness and employment;
– United Friends of the Children, which received $1.5 million to support the College Readiness Program in Los Angeles County; and
– the National Center for Youth Law, which was awarded $500,000 to support FosterEd California in ensuring students in the Antelope Valley graduate high school with a full range of college and career opportunities.
The University of California Los Angeles’ Center for World Health received $2.595 million to assess and document the integration of early childhood development services as part of HIV treatment services for women in Malawi through the UCLA Center for Health.
Other grant recipients doing global work include:
– International Development Enterprises, which received $500,000 to test the market for a new water filtration technology in Northern Ghana;
– Water.Org, which was awarded $2 million to advance the WaterCredit model in Uganda;
– the Millenium Water Alliance, which was granted $1.5 million to lay the foundation for a long-term, district-based program for sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services in Ethiopia;
–e the Avoidable Blindness Himalayan Cataract Project, which received $1.9 million to support continued work to improve access and quality of eye care and contribute to an integrated eye health care system in Ethiopia; and
– Catholic Sisters Georgetown University, whjich was granted $990,000 to continue the development of a platform for cross-sector collaboration to build the capacity and advance the leadership profile of Catholic sisters and the impact of their ministries in Africa.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, created in 1944 by the founder of the Hilton Hotels empire, currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters.