Children will have more opportunities to keep on learning next summer, thanks to a new collaboration of funders who have committed a total of more than $400,000.
“National research shows us that summer learning loss is real and a particular threat to low-income students,’ said Marguerite Johnson, Senior Vice President Grants and Initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.” This collaboration gives us a way to assist providers in adding and expanding this part of their program.”
With support from Community Funds, Field of Interest Funds and Advised Funds, the Community Foundation is contributing $75,000 which to support grants to be awarded in December, so that programs will be in place for the summer of 2013. Also providing funding for Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) are the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, Belk Foundation, MG Goodrich Foundation, Daniel Foundation and United Way of Central Alabama (pending).
Each funder will make its own grant decisions, but all organizations will use the Community Foundation’s on-line grant application to submit their application. Deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2012, and grant decisions will be made in December.
“Some programs may decide to add an academic component to what might have been recreational opportunities,” Johnson said. “With this model, we can learn what kinds of program are effective and benefit other programs that are not funded in this first year.”
Organizations that receive grants will become part of a peer learning community, so they can learn from each other.
The Community Foundation has supported a variety of summer learning programs, including Urban Kids in 2012, as part of our strategy to reduce high school dropout rates and focus on the Result that children are successful along the education pipeline. To find out more about how you can be part of the SAIL collaboration, contact Marguerite Johnson. Or make a gift on-line and note that you want to support SAIL.