Grants Office Update: November 2018

The grants office provides a monthly update of new grants and news, typically towards the middle of each month.

Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recent grants.

Principal Investigator:  Colleen Young
Department:  Office of Child Development
Project Title:  Real Help, Real Time
Agency Name:  Providence Connections
Award Dates:  9/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
Amount: $77,000

OCD will implement all aspects of the Real Help, Real Time award. This includes the distribution of $65,000 across 28 Allegheny County Family Support Centers to support the basic financial needs of families. OCD will coordinate and implement the logistics of the grant, develop and manage the data collection and evaluation, and develop all written reports for the funder and the network.

Project Title:  Partnerships for Family Support
Agency Name:  Heinz Endowments
Award Dates:  1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
Amount: $165,000

Funds from The Heinz Endowments reinforce a public private partnership and allow for innovative, strength-based developments to support the family support movement. OCD's Partnerships for Family Support project supports the goal of having a quality family support system for children and their families that is governed at all levels in collaboration among parents, program staff, and other stakeholders. OCD seeks to accomplish this goal in several ways: 1) by supporting family and caregiver voice through parent leadership and advocacy on issues critical to strengthening families, 2) by helping the infrastructure to design and implement county-wide efforts to provide the best practices and highest quality resources to families, 3) by providing specialized training to increase the knowledge, skills, and confidence of staff who are working with families managing increased challenges and decreased resources.

Principal Investigator:  Thomas Akiva
Department:  Psychology in Education
Project Title:  Supporting Creative Learning
Agency Name:  Heinz Endowments
Award Dates:  7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
Amount: $26,000

The Heinz Endowments, one of the region’s largest philanthropic organizations, recently changed their strategic funding areas to the categories of creativity, learning, and sustainability. Building on their history of supporting arts education, out-of-school time programs, and youth organizing, they are developing a new funding area at the intersection of creativity and learning, aptly named Creative Learning. Akiva’s team is helping Heinz develop their funding strategy in this area through a design-based research process.

Principal Investigator:  Leigh Patel
Department:  Dean's Office
Project Title:  Study and Struggle: The Public and Private Pedagogies of Social Movements
Agency Name:  Spencer Foundation
Award Dates:  11/1/2018 - 10/31/2023
Amount: $74,840

This study focuses on the necessity of political education in social movement in the context or standardized, Eurocentric formal education. The study focuses on the relationship between internal political education projects and external public pedagogies that are designed for social change. The study relies on oral histories and archival research from current and past social movements.