The foundation provided early funding for the renovation of Emancipation Park, one of Houston’s most historically significant parks, and in 2016, affirmed its commitment to quality greenspace for all Houstonians by granting the Emancipation Park Conservancy funding to further park programming and operations. Read about the rededication of Emancipation Park in June 2017.
Young Mothers Residential Program/Project Row Houses
A 2016 grant from the foundation to the Young Mothers Residential Program at Project Row Houses affords young, single mothers with support to pursue their education and fulfill their career ambitions. The program provides a culturally rich environment in which residents develop healthy, holistic living practices and cultivate a sense of positive energy and self-worth. Read more about the program here.
Lawson Academy and Yellowstone Academy
Lawson Academy/WALIPP Preparatory Academy, a charter school encouraging the continued quality education of young students in the Third Ward, uses a creative academic curriculum focused on middle school students—growing a strong community, one scholar at a time. The foundation committed $1 million matching gift toward the capital campaign for the construction of the academy.
The foundation also contributed a grant in 2017 to Yellowstone Academy, the premier Christian private school in the Third Ward serving pre-K3 through 8thgrade students, to close its campaign and support the school’s overall efforts to offer its educational model to even more families. Read more about Yellowstone Academy.
Emancipation Economic Development Council
With $2.25 million in support from the foundation in 2016, the Emancipation Community Development Partnership has studied affordable housing, equitable economic development and ongoing community planning and set the stage for new investments and initiatives. The foundation went on to commit funding in 2017 toward the Emancipation Economic Development Council’s (EEDC) seven “early impact projects” which include programs encouraging sustainable employment for local residents, feasibility of and reception to small affordable housing units, and other neighborhood improvement initiatives. In 2018, $500,000 of this grant was directed to the EEDC for first-year operating support as the organization begins work on several of the initiatives that were studied over the past two years, including the Emancipation Avenue Main Street program, a small business assistance program and an “anchor institutions” initiative that works with nearby universities and hospitals to hire Third Ward residents and small contractors.
PRH Preservation, Inc.
With initial funding of $2 million from the foundation in 2018, Project Row Houses formed PRH Preservation, Inc. whose mission is to maintain and enhance existing buildings in Houston’s Northern Third Ward to ensure long-term, safe, and affordable housing for its residents.