NEWARK, NJ - The Victoria Foundation is giving $800,000 to organizations supporting projects at Newark public schools that fall outside of regular budgets during the 2019-2020 school year.

The Victoria Foundation is one of the oldest private foundations in America and has been focusing on education access and other social justice issues in Newark since the 1960s.

Four local organizations award grants on behalf of the foundation, accepting proposals directly from schools and working with schools to provide capacity-building, evaluation, program enhancement, fundraising, and convening school leaders to share best practices. Each organization manages $200,000 for specific categories: 

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  • Newark Arts Education Roundtable – for grants related to Arts Education

  • Newark Thrives! – for grants related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

  • Newark Trust for Education – for grants related to Social/Emotional Learning

  • Schools That Can Newark – for grants related to College Access & Success

Victoria Foundation collaborates with the organizations to conceptualize innovative ideas from schools and help fund projects that enhance the educational experiences for students, said Lauren Meehan, executive director of Newark Arts Education Roundtable.

“Arts education is part of your constitutionally mandated right to a comprehensive arts education here in New Jersey,” said Meehan. “The goal is to increase access to arts education in and out of school.”

This is the foundation’s second year giving its public school grants in this format. Victoria Foundation will formally announce the grants at the next school board meeting on June 25.