Community Assistance Awards
Community Assistance Awards are awarded to assist individuals and organizations for a specific civic, educational or human service program or project.
Some of the projects that receive funding involve partnerships with longstanding service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the American Kidney Foundation. Others empower service-minded individuals and organizations at the local level by supporting everything from homeless children in Dayton, OH to an English proficiency program for immigrants in Chicago IL. Foundation grants have also underwritten scores of advanced mathematics and science programs and camps for middle school students from South Central Los Angeles to Shreveport, LA.
One of our most unusual grants was to Yei Diocese in Sudan to provide room and board, tuition and fees for ten Sudanese orphan girls to attend boarding school. "I was kind of surprised because we rarely get grants from the United States," said Father Damian Aduga, who applied for the grant. "Most of our grants come from Europe, so it was really something that the Foundation had gone outside of its scope to help in Africa."
Because they support initiatives designed and implemented by individuals who know their community's needs best, Community Assistance Awards help leverage funds in a manner that does the most good.
Eligible projects must address one of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Signature Program Initiatives.
Community Assistance Award applications and supporting documents had a postmark deadline of August 15, 2014. Awards will be announced in December 2014.