July-August Grants Summary

by Alana J. Mauger

The following is a summary of the grants the College was awarded during July and August.

Lively Arts Programs

The College received a several grants in support of its Lively Arts programming. In its 25th year, the Lively Arts Series brings nationally-renown artists, performers, speakers and scholars to the College’s campuses. The series also supports artist residency programs in school districts in the county. For more information, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project awarded the College a $77,000 grant in support of “Africa, The Call and Response,” a series of four concerts that reflect on and link contemporary African music with jazz. Featured artists include Baaba Maal (Oct. 22), Dobet Gnahore (Nov. 5), the Randy Weston Quintet (Feb. 4) and Angelique Kidjo (March 23).

Ragamala Dance’s performance of “Sacred Earth” on Nov. 18 is supported in part by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Touring Program ($8,400) and the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project ($2,500).

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Touring Program also awarded the College a $2,000 grant in support of a performance by Imani Winds on March 30.

Montgomery County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The College was awarded five grants from the Montgomery County Department of Economic and Workforce Development to support programs for county residents.

A grant of $194,169 supports ongoing youth programs and services for individuals ages 16-21 who have not completed high school or who meet the definition of out-of-school youth. Activities include career goal planning, GED or high school diploma attainment, career exploration, work readiness training, and job placement or enrollment in post-secondary school. The grant also supports the ongoing YouthBuild Program, which provides leadership development, GED preparation, construction and work experience, work readiness coaching and community service opportunities.

A grant of $93,952 enables the College to continue its partnership with the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board to offer GED preparation courses at its West Campus in Pottstown. The College offers nine, 60-hour GED programs per year. Each program accommodates an average number of 15 students and includes tutoring, individual planning and coaching. The grant also covers fees associated with taking the GED examination for up to 100 students through June 2012.

A grant of $59,991 will provide funds for a full-time assessment specialist to strengthen career, counseling and assessment services within CareerLink.

A grant of $52,000 will support computer training for referred CareerLink participants in the areas of PC Windows, Internet Basics, Introduction and Intermediate Word, and Excel.

A grant of $11,760 was used by the College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board, to host a six-week Youth Entrepreneurship Program for 25 youth ages 16-19 this summer at the Central Campus in Blue Bell.

North Penn Community Health Foundation

The College’s Dental Hygiene program received a grant in the amount of $21,400 from the North Penn Community Health Foundation in continued support of its dental outreach prevention, screening and patient education programs.  This partnership has been ongoing since 2003 and has offered these services to more than 5,000 children and adults in our community.

The grant will support three sealant and fluoride varnish programs at the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic in Blue Bell, which will serve at least 90 low-income children from the North Penn area. The initiative will also provide fluoride varnish applications and oral exams to children in the Head Start and North Penn Valley Boys and Girls Club programs.

In addition, the grant will support educational programs on the prevention of dental caries, and offer oral exams and the application of fluoride varnish to at least 60 senior adults twice per year through outreach with four senior centers serving Ambler, Harleysville, Lansdale and Souderton residents.

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