Sills Family Foundation Grant

Sills Family Foundation


Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County Expand all

Location of residency: California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County Expand all

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Overview:

The mission of The Sills Family Foundation is to help children from poor families live up to their highest promise. In the designated regions, we do this by giving grants to organizations that work on the front lines of supporting:

  • Comprehensive Services to Families in Crisis with a special focus on children of incarcerated mothers.
  • Early and Elementary Childhood Education with family supports such as health care and parent education.
  • Community based Arts and Culture programs that support social justice ideals

Comprehensive Services to Families in Crisis with a special focus on children of incarcerated mothers.

The number of women prisoners has skyrocketed by nearly 50 percent since 1990. Most have young children. Overwhelmingly, mothers are convicted of non-violent, drug-related crimes and often have histories of untreated addiction and abuse. When forcibly separated from their children, the trauma extends to another generation. Children with incarcerated mothers may be stigmatized, experience emotional problems and face deeper poverty and trouble in school. Visiting their mothers is difficult when they’re imprisoned far from home. And for children placed in foster care, incarcerated mothers risk losing parental rights altogether.

We believe that strong family relationships help incarcerated mothers return as stable members of their communities. We aim to strengthen these mother-child bonds through improving visiting programs, providing parenting classes and offering emotional and concrete services to mothers and children during and after incarceration. We also support programs for homeless and at-risk families, for women and children in domestic abuse shelters and for families working to avert foster care.

Early and Elementary Childhood Education with family supports such as health care and parent education.

Low income neighborhoods and schools experience a disproportionate amount of school suspensions, violence, arrests and damage to the community through involvement in the criminal justice system. We support programs that seek to intervene in this damaging cycle.

Early education can make a world of difference in how a child goes on to succeed in school, work and life. This is especially true for children challenged by poverty, homelessness and mental health issues. Children who start kindergarten behind their peers may continue to face problems throughout school. Getting kids off to a good start is critical to their future.

We are committed to high-quality early education that helps children live up to their highest potential. We want to improve chances for disadvantaged children to succeed in life through access to education, early intervention and family supports such as mental health counseling and job skills classes for their mothers.

Community based Arts and Culture programs that support social justice ideals

Many low income communities lack good quality arts programs. Arts and cultural activity can provide people of all ages important tools of self expression, can open paths to new forms of communication, can build self esteem. We believe that meaningful, culturally competent arts programming in schools, community centers and senior centers can be a powerful tool of social justice.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Sills Family Foundation funds nonprofits that support early childhood education, arts and culture, and families in crisis, with a focus on families impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • The Foundation accepts applications for one-year grants only.
  • the foundation awards grants in metro New York City, Massachusetts, California and Vermont.


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