BCF To Donate Over $400K To Eight Groups

July 22, 2014

The Bermuda Community Foundation [BCF] has revealed that it will be giving more than $400,000 to eight nonprofit programs in five fields of work. The grants help nonprofits to improve the lives of people throughout Bermuda, along with producing a key piece of early childhood development research.

A spokesperson said, “Through the Buechner Society of Bermuda Fund for Family Literacy and Literature, three charities will receive grants totaling over $105,000 to launch the Read-Write-Bermuda Campaign to build readers, support writers, and expand libraries. Recipients include Friends of the Bermuda National Library, CedarBridge Academy PTSA, and The Reading Clinic.

“Research funded by a coalition of funders concerned about early childhood development to better understand ECD, and the services available to young children ages 0-3 and their families in Bermuda includes a donation of $75,000 to the the Family Centre.

“This will help to provide core support to this organization to improve the lives of vulnerable children, youth and families, through improved service provision, strengthened service coordination, child and family welfare policy analysis and to better understand and address the root causes of ongoing family dysfunction, such as poverty and under-education that results in trauma.

“Another $20,000 will go to YouthNet to improve the lives of vulnerable children, youth, and families, through the provision of school-based mentoring services.

“Streetwise MBA at Bermuda College will receive $82,250, in collaboration with HSBC, KPMG, BEDC, Butterfield Bank, and Capital G to develop, launch, and execute a curriculum for a sustained certificate training programme for small business and not-for-profit organisation leaders on effectively managing a small business operation.

“Friends of Bermuda Railway will receive $100,000, made possible through the RenaissanceRe Charitable Fund at BCF, which, in collaboration with other funders, are further repairing the island’s railway trail for the recreational use of all residents.

“These grant opportunities are made available through BCF’s Donor-Directed grants programme, where a donor has asked BCF to manage its grant making funds and then makes recommendations as to how those funds shall be disbursed.

“Upcoming grant opportunities will be regularly published and open to all Bermuda-based organisations in September, 2014.”

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