We are pleased to announce the awarding of $2,237,869 this March. Grants selected will support capacity-building and alignment of systems that support student success. Awards included one grant focused on racial justice and eight grantees selected in response to the Foundation’s Request for Proposals in support of Regional Ecosystem Innovation for Reskilling/Upskilling in Texas.

  • $247,339 to the Association of American Colleges and Universities to support the development of four Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Centers in the state of Texas to address systemic and structural racism on college campuses.
  • $246,417 to Amarillo College to transform the Amarillo economy, and student learning, through a scaled work-based learning program that allows students to learn while they earn a paycheck in their field of study.
  • $250,000 to the Education to Employment Partners in the Coastal Bend to align regional efforts and improve the region’s economic vitality by focusing on the upskilling/reskilling of rural adults, especially those who are low-income and Hispanic.
  • $250,000 to Foundation Communities to create a network of postsecondary and employment support for individuals in Central Texas impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by building out widescale infrastructure, such as a referral map and integrated marketing and data efforts.
  • $250,000 to the Greater Houston Partnership Foundation’s Back on Track Job Recovery Initiative to support an inclusive economic recovery by mobilizing partners in the Houston region to create an employer-driven effort to equitably and rapidly train, support and guide displaced workers into sustainable occupations.
  • $250,000 to the Greater Waco Collective Impact Initiative/Prosper Waco to increase education-to-workforce system alignment and build McLennan County’s capacity to provide equitable workforce training pathways to high-demand, high-paying occupations for underserved populations.
  • $250,000 to the San Antonio Education Partnership to support the Upgrade program to create opportunities and access to career pathways for COVID-impacted workers.
  • $244,113 to Project Unity to align regional workforce and educational systems to prioritize the pressing needs and career pathways for low-income adults and adults of color in light of COVID-19 and other inequitable conditions in the Brazos Valley region.
  • $250,000 to the West Central Texas Workforce Development Board to build a regional reskilling and upskilling model that centers on core competencies identified by industry leaders and offers equitable access, accelerates learning and promotes entry into economically stable employment.

We look forward to collaborating with these eight regional partners in a learning community committed to strengthening each other in support of the short-term COVID response needs of displaced workers and the long-term regional paths to family-sustaining careers.

About Trellis Foundation

Trellis Foundation advances equitable educational opportunities in Texas by supporting postsecondary programs, practices and systems that reduce disparities and lead to success for low-income students and students of color. More information is available www.trellisfoundation.org.