At its January 30th, 2018, board meeting, the board made the following grants:
Dental Care In Your Home—$10,000. DCIYH provides dental care to people who are home bound or who may have special needs. They provide exams, teeth cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and more.
University of South Florida—$15,000. This grant is in support of cancer research. In specific, it supports the stipends of three graduate research assistants in the lab of Dr. Mildred Acevedo-Duncan. This grant fits with the Foundation’s Minka Scholarship Program.
Community Action Agency of Southern NM—$5,000. CAASNM provides support to people living with cancer. They provide such things as transportation to treatment, groceries, utility assistance, and cancer education.
NM Institute of Mining—$10,000. This grant is in support of a project designed to have school children place mini weather monitoring stations around the area near the Institute, and then have the kids track and analyze the data captured. From the request we learn, “This project will give students a way to get outside of their classrooms and learn real science together by doing.” This grant fits with the Foundation’s interest in experiential learning.
The International Association for Geoscience Diversity—$10,000. This grant is in support of a 2018 multi-day conference to be held at the University of Cincinnati to train educators on the importance of full access and inclusion with respect to the geosciences. Educators will learn about how differently abled people can still have rewarding careers in the geosciences, especially in the area of field studies. This grant fits with the Foundation’s Minka Scholarship Program.
NILMDTS—$20,000. This grant is in support of volunteer recruitment and training programs at Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. NILMDTS trains professional and amateur photographers how to take remembrance, heirloom quality portraits of infants who are at risk of passing away, say, infants who are in intensive care. These portraits go a long way toward helping a family process the grief associated with loss. This grant fits with the Foundation’s past focus on Bowlbian attachment theory.
Congratulations to all of our Winter 2018 grant recipients!