It was a series of happy surprises recently when The Rogers Foundation awarded $75,000 in grants to three local arts and education programs. Turning from an in-person celebration to virtual video conference calls due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the premier champion of arts and education still managed to surprise each winner with a grant to help them fulfill their missions and transform the lives of children and young adults in Las Vegas.
The three available $25,000 grants each focus on a different area. The Gift of Imagination provides students additional opportunities for creative expression, the Gift of Assurance supports programs providing innovative and sustainable solutions to the critical needs of students, ensuring these needs are met so students are able to focus and achieve in school and the Gift of Knowledge provide assistance to schools that are attempting to close the achievement gap in vulnerable children populations.
Following a competitive application and review process performed in conjunction with Grantwell, a program within the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at UNLV , this year’s grant winners include; a program that brings music and art to blind children in the community, a program that provides trauma-informed coping and resilience strategies to support students’ academic and social emotional development and an early education literacy program.
“While we would have loved to have been able to drop in and surprise each winner in-person with celebratory fanfare, we were thrilled to be able to connect with each of them virtually and share the winning news,” said Michelle Sanders, Director of Finance and Administration for The Rogers Foundation. “This year’s grant recipients perfectly align with our mission at The Rogers Foundation which is to transform lives through arts and education. These amazing programs are perhaps more important now than ever and we are honored to assist them as they continue to make a significant impact on our children.”
Meet The Rogers Foundation 2020 Grant WinnersGift of Imagination – $25,000
The Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) is the only non-profit dedicated to blind and visually impaired students in the state of Nevada. They plan to use the grant to create a music and art studio.
Gift of Assurance – $25,000
ProjectHEAL in conjunction with Lee Antonello ES was a past recipient of the Gift of Assurance grant, which allowed the school to complete Phase 1 of their trauma-informed vision. Phase 1 entailed the launch of trauma-informed programming for staff and the establishment of a meditation and calming center for students. ProjectHEAL will use the 2020 grant to continue teacher coaching, meditation center programming for students, and expand reach to create a trauma-informed education and resource learning pathway for families and caregivers.
Gift of Knowledge – $25,000
Reading in Motion (RIM), is an early education literacy program whose mission is to get every student reading at or above grade level within the first years of school using music, drama, and dance. RIM will use the funds to continue helping young students in under-resourced communities in Southern Nevada to significantly improve their reading performance scores.
Visit therogers.foundation for more information on grants, scholarships and other arts and education opportunities.