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COVID-19 Grants Update

Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants

The Foundation is updating its grant guidelines to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic; learn what this means for you.

The Initiative Foundation's grant-making focus through September 2020 will be on the region's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are made through the following funding mechanisms:

    • Central Minnesota Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund: Initiative Foundation grants typically support start-up or capacity-building projects across the 14 counties of Central Minnesota. However, we are redirecting our efforts through September 2020 to respond to community needs and the sweeping effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Refer to the 2020 Innovation Fund Review Schedule for dates.
    • Partner Funds: A number of grants awarded through the Initiative Foundation are funded by donor-advised or community-based Partner Funds. Each fund has specific priority areas and varying grant schedules. Many of our Partner Funds and their advisory teams also are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and awarding grants accordingly.

Eligibility

We seek to make strategic investments during critical phases in an organization's history and to be a catalyst for innovative and bold ideas, approaches and initiatives. Therefore, past recipients of funding should not necessarily assume that they will receive funding every year.

Grant applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, school districts or local units of government that serve the people and communities in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties, and the sovereign tribal nations of the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe. Funding requests for use outside of this geography will not be considered. Individuals are not eligible to apply for grant funds.

You can verify a project's eligibility by selecting the Grant Guidelines tab above.

We seek to make strategic investments during critical phases in an organization's history and to be a catalyst for innovative, bold ideas, approaches, and initiatives. Therefore, past recipients of funding should not necessarily assume that they will receive funding every year. Once you’ve confirmed that your project fits within the guidelines, you can select the "Apply/Login" button below to to create an account, complete an eligibility quiz, submit an application, review your application history and submit grant reports.

APPLY/LOGIN

Questions?
The Initiative Foundation strives to treat applicants with courtesy and respect. Staff members are sensitive to varying levels of experience in completing applications and encourages open communication with applicants needing additional assistance.  

For assistance, please contact us: 
Email:    grants(at)ifound.org
Mail:      405 First Street SE, Little Falls, MN 56465
Phone: (320) 632-9255 or toll free (877) 632-9255

Staff support typically is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Staff members are working remotely during the statewide shelter-in-place order, now extended through May 4. Calls to the Initiative Foundation’s office will be forwarded to the appropriate person and will be answered in the order in which they are received. 

Regardless of circumstances, the Initiative Foundation cannot provide grants to individuals or businesses.

Current Grantees
The Financial Report Form is for organizations currently receiving a grant. Once completed, refer to the provided instructions for next steps.

Grant Guidelines

Guidelines Temporarily Change in Response to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, our grant guidelines are temporarily changed. Instead of our normal focus on innovative new programming, strategic planning and other capacity-building projects, we are prioritizing basic needs and general operations to serve those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These temporary guidelines will extend until at least September 2020.

Eligibility

Grant applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, school districts or local units of government that serve the people and communities in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties, and the sovereign tribal nations of the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe. Funding requests for use outside of this geography will not be considered. Individuals are not eligible to apply for grant funds.

Priorities

Priority will be given to new or existing programs or services that provide for the basic needs of individuals and families negatively affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. Examples include food security, housing, clothing, health care and employment.

Due to current funding limitations, the likely maximum grant award is expected to be $5,000. Larger grants may be considered based on the scale of impact. Although we strongly encourage local support, we are waiving our normal expectation that local support be at least 50 percent of a program or project’s estimated cost.

Ineligible Expenses

The following expenses are ineligible and will NOT be considered for Central Minnesota Emergency Relief and Recovery funding:

  • Grants or reimbursements to individuals and businesses
  • Expenses incurred prior to the receipt of a grant award
  • Capital expenses (e.g., buildings, equipment, vehicles, etc.)
  • Programs or projects that DO NOT directly benefit residents in the Initiative Foundation’s 14-county service area
  • Replacement of or substitution for government funding
  • Religious activities
  • Lobbying or campaigning for a candidate, issue or referendum vote 
  • Development or purchase of school curriculum or support for school athletic programs 
  • Out-of-state travel

Arts and media production applications are discouraged unless they directly address at least one of the priorities listed on the previous page.

 The Initiative Foundation strives to allocate grant resources equitably across the region, so geographical diversity is a consideration in our review. Applicants are welcome to contact Don Hickman, Chris Fastner or Zach Tabatt to discuss proposal design and fit prior to submission of an application.

For general questions or assistance in submitting your proposal, contact the Grants Assistant at (320) 631-2057 or by email grants(at)ifound.org.

Application Process

Qualified organizations interested in applying to the Initiative Foundation are required to complete an online application. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed quarterly

The Foundation reserves the right to decline a request for any reason including a history of inappropriately spending or closing out previously awarded funds within the allotted time. If approved, applicants are notified by email and grants will be awarded.

2020 Review Schedule

Application Deadline: Notification of approval or denial: 
Feb. 7 Feb. 29
May 1 May 31
Aug. 7 Aug. 31
Nov. 6 Nov. 30 

Questions?

The Initiative Foundation strives to treat applicants with courtesy and respect. Staff members are sensitive to varying levels of experience in completing applications and encourages open communication with applicants needing additional assistance.  

For assistance please contact us: 
Email:    grants(at)ifound.org
Mail:      405 First Street SE, Little Falls, MN 56465
Phone: (320) 632-9255 or toll free (877) 632-9255

Staff support is typically available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Staff support typically is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Staff members are working remotely during the statewide shelter-in-place order, now extended through May 4. Calls to the Initiative Foundation’s office will be forwarded to the appropriate person and will be answered in the order in which they are received.

Apply/Login

Once you’ve confirmed that your project fits within the guidelines, you can use the Initiative Foundation's online grant system to create an account, complete an eligibility quiz, submit applications, review your application history and submit grant reports. To use the system, click one of the buttons below:

Complete ApplicationAccount Login

Click Complete Application to create an account and submit your application. Click Account Login to return to an existing application, access application history or submit a grant report.

Questions?
The Initiative Foundation strives to treat applicants with courtesy and respect. Staff members are sensitive to varying levels of experience in completing applications and encourages open communication with applicants needing additional assistance.  

For assistance please contact us: 
Email:    grants(at)ifound.org
Mail:      405 First Street SE, Little Falls, MN 56465
Phone: (320) 632-9255 or toll free (877) 632-9255

Staff support is typically available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. 

Current Grantees
The Financial Report Form is for organizations currently receiving a grant. Once completed, refer to the provided instructions for next steps.

2020 Grant Highlights

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Initiative Foundation offered flexibility to grantees with open Innovation Fund Grants. The following first-quarter 2020 grants were redirected from their original purpose to be used for general operating expenses and other COVID-19 response.

  • College of Saint Benedict—Interfaith Engagement Event: $2,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $2,000)
  • Wright County Community Action, Inc.—Engaging the Community with the 2020 Census to Strengthen Partnerships: $5,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota—Dr. Potter’s Bigs On-Campus Mentoring Initiative: $5,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $5,000)

The following 2019 grants were redirected from their original purpose to be used for general operating expenses and other COVID-19 response.

  • Anishinabe Legal Services, Inc.—Fund Development Assistance for Capital Campaign: $5,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration—Service Enterprise and Change Management for Effective Leveraging of Volunteer Resources: $5,000 (amount redirected: $3,500)
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.—Untapped Workforce Series, Benefits to Hiring Specific Populations: $7,000 (amount redirected: $3,112)
  • Bridges of Hope—Program Integration of Resource and Service Delivery at Crow Wing County: $10,000 (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota—Technical Assistance for Bicycle-Friendly Communities: $7,000 (amount redirected: $4,000)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Leech Lake Area—Board and Staff Retreat to Review the Financial Resiliency Training Concepts: $5,000 (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Hands Across the World—Workforce Trainings for Immigrants and Refugees: $7,500 (amount redirected: $7,500)

To date, more than $45,112 in active grants have been reallocated to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.


2nd Quarter 2020 Grant Highlights

  • Tusen TackGeneral Operating Support: $1,000 to provide general operating support for the Braham Event Center, a community facility for weddings, celebrations, expos, and other events. This grant is awarded to commemorate the service of Steve Shurts (East Central Energy) on the Initiative Foundation's Board of Trustees
  • Kanabec County Family ServicesWorkforce Mobility: $2,500 to support innovation in helping staff explore technology options and work remotely while respecting client needs and privacy.
  • MilestonesChild Care Solutions: $3,000 to contract for 50 hours with a trained infant mental health consultant to provide group support for early childhood professionals and parents. The Consultant will also work individually with programs as needed to assist them through this stressful time of COVID-19.
  • Staples Economic Development AuthorityChild Care Solutions: $3,000 to support professional development and training for existing child care providers and/or those considering entering the sector.  Both Long Prairie and Staples-Motley are participating in the Foundation’s Child Care Solutions program to expand and/or retain quality, affordable child care.
  • Kanabec CountyImplementation of Strategic Child Care Supply Plan Goal #3: $3,000 to support the recruitment and development of new professionals in the child care sector. This grant is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • City of Little FallsChildcare Facility Planning—DOD Grant Application: $3,000 to support design and planning for a child care facility to align with the Department of Defense—Community Infrastructure Program serving Camp Ripley.
  • New Pathways, Inc.Financial Resiliency: $1,000 to support continued success in development and fundraising activities. New Pathways was a runner-up in the Initiative Foundation’s #GiveAtHomeMN challenge.
  • Friends of Linden Hill, Inc.Financial Resiliency: $1,000 to support continued success in development and fundraising activities. Friends of Linden Hill was a runner-up in the Initiative Foundation’s #GiveAtHomeMN challenge.
  • Tusen TackFinancial Resiliency: $3,000 to support continued success in development and fundraising activities. Tusen Tack was the top prize earner in the Initiative Foundation’s #GiveAtHomeMN challenge.
  • Sherburne CountySt. Cloud Airport Planning Study: $5,000 to work with the counties of Benton and Stearns and the city of St. Cloud to form a Regional Airport Authority.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of CommerceLake Country Cares Public Safety Campaign: $10,000 to support a COVID-19 safety campaign designed to build trust among residents, visitors, and local businesses. This model program that other chambers can emulate shares shares easy and effective practices that businesses can adopt to prevent transmission and build customer confidence.
  • Chisago County EDAEconomic Development Strategy During COVID-19 and Beyond: $5,000 to address the retention and attraction of business, to encourage countywide business development to stimulate the economy and to provide opportunities for residents to find quality jobs, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2nd Quarter Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund Grant Highlights

  • United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena CountiesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,709
  • Family PathwaysFood Access in East Central Minnesota: $8,997
  • Staples Area Food ShelfStaples Area Food Shelf: $3,000
  • Rivers of HopeInnovative Advocacy to Reach Victims of Relationship Abuse: $2,500
  • Crow Wing County Victim Services, Inc.Emergency Services and support to Crime Victims: $2,500
  • Healing Opportunity—Safe Housing for Domestic Violence Clients During COVID-19.: $2,500
  • Someplace SafeEmergency Basic Needs Resources for Survivors of Crime and Abuse: $2,500
  • ASAMBLEA DE DERECHOS CIVILESLinea de Recursos COVID-19: $5,000
  • Holy Trinity Catholic SchoolEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jessica Nutz Daycare and PreschoolEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Discovery Corner DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Terry PflipsenEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Denise EricksonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Shannon WrightEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Pine Childrens Early Learning Center, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kara Super-Peterson (Tiny Sprouts Day Care)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,000
  • Amber HennesseyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Grow With Us Childcare CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Kiddie Country ClubEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Ashley Posterick (Little Beginnings)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kimberly OpayEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Rene Wagner (Kingdom Kids)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Annie’s Childcare & Learning CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Angela Kunesh/Kunesh Family DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Bright Lights DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Ronda Palmer (Tiny Tots Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Rachel Christensen (Precious In His Sight)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Amy SullivanEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Early Years Academy, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jillian Daigle (Mrs Petits Amis)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Super Tigers and Tiger Tots Child CareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sunshine Station Childcare and PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jennifer Buzzell (Loving Hearts Child Care)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Brenda RegouskiEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Patty's Child Care/PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sharon BonsanteEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center of Monticello, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Alison M PrillEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Mustang Munchkins Childcare CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Tiny Tots ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Big Adventures Child Care, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Nicole Yourczek (Nikki's Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Melissa SkogEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Lucky Little’s Child CareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jennifer HattonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Deidre LaBatte-Allen (DeidresDaycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Tiffanie BergEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kidzzone Daycare CenterEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • DFred's DaycareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jennifer GephartEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Charlotte BrownEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jennifer Peplinski-Bella's Playhouse DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Totally Kids DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Roxanne PetersonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Virginia MadisonEssential Workders & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jenny Chilton (Jenny’s Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Little People Learning CenterEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Krayola Kids Childcare CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Lil' Dreamers In Home Child CareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kristi Fornshell (The Learning Ladder, Inc.)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Allstar Childcare CenterEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Melissa Pioske ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Susan MoravecEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Tessa PetronEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Tammy SkaroEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Megan's DaycareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Katie’s DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Annette SmiejaEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jennifer Niessen (The Cub Club Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Ubah Hassan (Hope Academy Child Care Center, LLC)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • NikisNoodlesboppersEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kelly’s Kiddos DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Nicole Miller (Nicole's Daycare)Essential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Lindsay's Mora Family ChildcareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Heavenly Sunshine PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • St. Mary's Early Learning AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Pillager Area Family CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Brainerd Family YMCAEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Wadena County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.Keep the WCDAC running & Freezer repair:$2,000
  • Mille Lacs Band of OjibweElder Food Sustainability: $15,000
  • The Leech Lake Band of OjibweCOVID-19 Food Security Program: $15,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MInnesotaCOVID-19 Relief Programs: $5,000
  • Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc.Provide Basic Unmet Needs During COVID-19: $5,000
  • Onamia School DistrictAddressing the Basic Needs of Onamia Youth: $3,000
  • Islamic Center of St. CloudCOVID-19 Essential Workers Care Project: $5,000
  • Anna Marie’s AllianceShelter for Victims of Domestic Violence: $2,500
  • Horizon Health, Inc.Food, Technology for Older Adults Struggling Alone During COVID-19: $5,000
  • Pine River-Backus Family CenterCommunity Meals: $5,000
  • Wadena County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.Freezer Repair: $1,000
  • Lakes Area Interfaith CaregiversEmergency Food and Delivery Service: $5,000
  • Wright County Area United WayEmergency Relief Grant: $16,914
  • Princeton Parent Teacher OrganizationCommunity Outreach: $3,000
  • Hands of Hope Resource CenterEmergency Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis: $2,500
  • North Branch School DistrictSchool-Age Care COVID-19 Relief: $3,000
  • Crow Wing County United Way, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $11,711
  • United Way of Central MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant: $24,785
  • Love and Learn Childcare Academy, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Nursing Value, LLC, dba Red BalloonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Bright Child Development Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Lovely Child Care Center, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • First Step Preschool & ChildcareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Kid's Haven, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • New Creations Child Care & Learning CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • A to Z Children's AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Tinkertown Station Child Care CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Carla Tapio (Carla Tapio's Child Care)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,000
  • Karen Rademacher (Karen’s Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kayla Arens (Miss.Kayla's)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Debra SchwartzEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Holly RichterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Merry Moose Childcare and PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Merry Moose Childcare and PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Little Learner’s Child Care Annandale, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Prairie Hill Montessori, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jaguar Kid ConnectionEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Verndale Family Life ChurchEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Nicole KittockEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • 40 Acres ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Beth Marie BundyEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Brittany’s DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Stacy Harthan (Magic Forest Childcare Center and Preschool LLC)—Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Amy HooserEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sheri’s DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sarah RocheleauEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Allie Bauman ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Michele Lyn AndersonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Dawn of Discovery, LLCEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Little Saints AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc. (St. Cloud)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000

1st Quarter 2020 Grant Highlights

  • Minnesota Council on Foundations—Annual Membership: $5,850 to provide annual support to the Minnesota Council on Foundations, a statewide affinity group which works to advance prosperity and equity.
  • Milestones—Helping Count Children and Young Families in the United States Census: $1,000 to purchase copies of We Count! A 2020 Census Counting Book to distribute to child care programs. This document is developed for children and young families, a demographic frequently undercounted in the census.
  • Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women—Anna Marie's Alliance: $500 to provide general operating support for Anna Marie's Alliance Shelter. This grant was recommended by this year's winners of the 5 Under 40 event hosted by St. Cloud's Times Media.
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—Implementation of New Three-Year Junior Achievement Strategic Plan: $7,000 to support the  Career Speakers Series in which a volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about career, work and education experience. Junior Achievement intends to make a special effort to recruit diverse entrepreneurs, so that students of all interests see successful adults that look like them.
  • St. Cloud Area School District—Exploring Potential Interests and Careers (EPIC) Event: $5,000 to support St. Cloud’s second annual Exploring Potential Interests & Careers (EPIC) event that provides hands-on career exploration opportunities for up to 5,000 students from more than 25 schools in  Central Minnesota.
  • Crow River Trail Guards, Inc.—Executive Director Succession and Curriculum Writing: $5,000 to support capacity building and succession planning for Crow River Trail Guards, Inc.
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation—Minnesota Compass: $4,000 to provide annual support for Minnesota Compass, a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Minnesota Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing and more.
  • The Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities—Annual Membership: $2,000 to provide annual support for this affinity group that helps grantmakers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous and sustainable regions and communities that offer everyone the chance for a good life. The Funders Network is the host for the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) group, which has helped build the capacity of rural low-income communities in Central Minnesota to be prepared for natural disasters.
  • Avivo—Career Education Enhancement and Capacity Building: $5,000 to support career education and job skills improvement in the St. Cloud community.
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation—VEX Robotics Program Expansion in Central Minnesota: $5,000 to support the VEX Robotics program. VEX Robotics is a proven program to help close the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills gap to support local employment needs. VEX provides tools for today's educators, mentors and parents to inspire tomorrow’s problem-solvers.
  • Sourcewell—29th Annual Students of Character Celebration: $1,000 to support the Students of Character celebration hosted by Sourcewell. The event recognizes 48 students from 24 schools in the Region 5 area (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties) that have overcome adversity in their communities.
  • Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota—Come to your Census: $1,000 to empower income-eligible people to interact, communicate and recruit other community members to participate in the 2020 Census.
  • CommunityGiving—Social Capital Survey Support: $6,500 to support a new iteration of the periodic social capital survey of Greater St. Cloud to identify where relationships and community connections are strongest, where they can be improved and what activities or strategies help build strong networks and support.
  • Native Governance Center—Native Nation Rebuilders Leadership Retreat: $6,000 to support leadership development.
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Student Scholarships: $3,216 to support the Julie Ann Hanson Scholarship Fund for graduates of Sauk Rapids-Rice School District.
  • First Children's Finance—Regional Child Care Technical Assistance: $30,000 to provide technical assistance to child care providers and communities/employers that recognize that access to quality,  affordable child care is a key strategy for attracting and retaining workforce. 
  • Kanabec County—Kanabec County Child Care Capacity Building: $10,000 to support implementation of strategic planning to improve access to quality, affordable child care by increasing the number of school-age summer slots, identifying locations for new or expanded child care facilities, launching new family child care providers and developing an early childhood career pathway through Mora High School. This grant is supported in part by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Horizon Health, Inc.—In Recognition of Service Provided by Barb Downs: $1,000 to Horizon Health, Inc., in gratitude to Barb Downs, who volunteered her time to instruct nonprofit leaders in the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency program.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation—Annual Investment: $25,000 to provide annual support for business and workforce development initiatives in the Greater St. Cloud region.
  • Leech Lake Financial Services—Individual Financial Coaching and Improving Credit to Buy a Home: $10,000 to support individual financial coaching for income-eligible residents at Leech Lake Reservation to assist with basic budgeting, financial goals and improved credit. The long-term goal is to help participants gain financial literacy and establish good credit to become home owners.
  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.—Be Strategic: Grow Your Business offered by the Women's Business Alliance Entrepreneur Fund: $4,000 to support development of businesses and social enterprise ventures through improved access to technical assistance, mentorship, succession planning and education efforts, especially to support minority business ownership and job creation in areas of poverty.

2020 Partner Fund Grant Highlights

2nd Quarter 2020 Partner Fund Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • The Wave Youth CenterEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Granny's ClosetEmergency Relief Grant: $2,500
  • Big Lake Community Food Shelf, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Elk River Country Club, Inc.Sherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000
  • Frey, Inc.Sherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000
  • SIG, LLCSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000
  • Sunshine DepotSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $300
  • Sunshine DepotSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $405
  • 54, Inc.Sherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $674
  • Elk River YMCAEmergency Relief Grant: $3,000
  • Great River Family PromiseEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Christians Reaching Out In Social ServiceEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Open Doors For YouthEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000

Rum River Community Foundation/Milaca Area Emergency Relief Fund 

  • City of MilacaEmergency Relief Grant: $900
  • Milaca Area PantryEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Daddio's Drive InSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Daddio's Drive InSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,800
  • Milaca TanningSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Radiance Salon & SpaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250
  • Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet CenterSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Cory's Barber ShopSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $550
  • Cory's Barber ShopSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $550
  • Confidence and CompanySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $900
  • Cuts on CentralSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • The Grounded Path MassageSmall Business Emergecy Relief Grant: $800
  • In Good Hands MassageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $800
  • Jiggers Grill & BarSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Jiggers Grill & BarSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,500
  • Tranquility Masage & BodyworkSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $800
  • Milaca Golf ClubSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • NatMat EntertainmentSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Milaca Pizza CentralSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Milaca Pizza CentralSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Back Alley BowlSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • KISS, LLC, dba Brookview WinerySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Shear BeautySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Shear BeautySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Kayla Snow SalonSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • The Pease CafeSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Abby Lingle PotterySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. CloudEmergency Relief Grant, Milaca Senior Dining: $1,000
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of MilacaMilaca Wolves Snack Pack Program Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Marcia Grant Travel, LLCSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250
  • Mach MotorsSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Marilyn's on 2nd SalonSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $835
  • Milaca Family DentalSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Tracy Larsen FitnessSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250

Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Bridges of HopeEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Lakes Area Food Shelf, Inc.Relief Grant for Lakes Area Food Shelf: $1,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant, Pequot Lakes Area: $1,000
  • Community Action of Pequot LakesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Firemens Relief Association of Minnesota Pequot LakesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000

Greater Pine Area Endowment and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • City of Pine CityTechnology Park Highlight Video: $400
  • A Place for YouEmergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Grindstone Lake Bible CampEmergency Relief Grant: $2,500
  • Pine Technical & Community College FoundationHigh Fidelity Simulation Mannequin Equipment:$5,000
  • Family Pathways Pine Community Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,500
  • Bombard TechSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250

Morrison County Area Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Horizon Health, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant: $3,600
  • Apple Tree DentalEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $4,000
  • Morrison County Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant: $400

 Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Staples Area Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • STEPEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Amanda's Massage TherapySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,120
  • B & B's Sports Bar and GrillSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Next Step Adolescent ResidentialSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $362
  • Iron Paradise Health ClubSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Ribbons and Bows Salon and Spa, LLCSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Moto City Raceway & Recreation, Inc.Small Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Lefty's, Inc.Small Business Emergency Relief Grant: $612
  • Lefty's, Inc.Small Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center, StaplesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,620
  • Local Legends LiquorSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Christina's MassageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Wadena CountyFree Rides for Summer Recreation/Activities: $750
  • Staples Economic Development AuthorityStaples-Motley Child Care Initiative: $1,200
  • Sacred Heart Area SchoolEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Motley Area Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Staples Motley School DistrictStaples Motley School Garden: $1,500
  • LEAP, Inc.Community Pride Sign: Story of Our Local Athletic Legacy: $1,500
  • Old Wadena Society30th Annual Old Wadena Rendezvous and Chautauqua: $1,000
  • B & B's Sports Bar and GrillSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Staples Motley Basketball Boosters, Inc.2020 Summer Basketball Opportunities: $1,000
  • Simplicity Salon & SpaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Iron Paradise Health ClubSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,500
  • HWY 10 Paw SpaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $650
  • Kempe & Kite, LLCSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Faith Lutheran ChurchCARE Ministries Back-To-School Fair: $2,000
  • City of MotleySpeed Zone Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety: $2,000

Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Faith in Action for Cass CountyEmergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Hackensack Senior Citizens Center, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Hackensack Senior Citizens Center, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • City of HackensackComprehensive Plan: $750
  • Flair for HairSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • ADOR PhotographySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Total ImageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Spectrum Entertainment MinnesotaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Birch Lake AssociationButterfly Garden: $1,000
  • Birchwood Char House & BarSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Serenity Now Therapeutic MassageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Sun 'n FunSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Deep Portage FoundationEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000

Cambridge Area Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Family PathwaysEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Mission 61Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000

Innovative Schools Project Fund

  • Bertha-Hewitt School DistrictInnovative Schools Project: $3,400
  • Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Public School DistrictInnovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Browerville Public SchoolsISP Grant, Browerville School District: $5,000
  • Pioneer Elementary Parent Teacher OrganizationInnovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Freshwater Education FoundationFreshwater Education Foundation: $5,000
  • Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Parent Teacher OrganizationInnovative Schools Project Grant: $5,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictProvide Gift Cards to Seniors: $1,700
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictLight Table for Early Learners: $589
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictCross Country Skis: $1,000
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictStorm Skills, Yoga Mats: $350
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictStorytelling Kits.: $667
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictDramatic Play Kits for Kindergarten: $400

Manufacturing Fund of Central Minnesota

  • Sartell-St. Stephen School DistrictAdvancement of Sabre Manufacturing: $6,000

Little Falls Education Foundation

  • Little Falls School DistrictLittle Falls Community Middle School Wellness Project: $1,250
  • Little Falls School DistrictLock Box Challenges: $748
  • Little Falls School DistrictPersonalized Learning and Flexible Seating: $550
  • Little Falls School DistrictFlexible Seating the 3rd Grade: $740
  • Little Falls School DistrictProviding Flexible Seating for a Positive Classroom Environment: $345
  • Little Falls School DistrictFlexible Seating for a Personalized Classroom: $750
  • Little Falls School DistrictSocial/Emotional Health of Children Birth-5: $1,000
  • Little Falls School DistrictUkulele Project: $500
  • Little Falls School DistrictCampus Connections, The College Campus Visit Experience: $1,087
  • Little Falls School DistrictOsmo Coding Activities for Elementary Students: $1,270
  • Little Falls School DistrictSummer Book Access & Family Connections for Multilingual Learners: $1,200
  • Little Falls School DistrictPersonalizing Physical Education, Getting Students in the ZONE: $1,250
  • Little Falls School DistrictGrowing With Speech: $410
  • Little Falls School DistrictGuided Reading Texts: $1,400
  • Little Falls School DistrictFlexible Writing in 1st Grade: $250
  • Little Falls School DistrictUkulele Project: $500
  • Little Falls School DistrictPersonalized Learning/Flexible Seating Space: $750

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund

  • New Pathways, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $10,000
  • Cambridge Surplus Food DistributionEmergency Relief Grant: $3,000
  • Isanti County Commission on AgingEmergency Relief Grant, SACS Enrichment Center: $2,500
  • Tusen TackEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Isanti CountyEmergency Relief Grant: $4,971

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Scholarship Foundation

  • University of Minnesota FoundationScholarship in Memory of Dr. Daniel Huff: $43,336

Royalton Education Foundation

  • Royalton School DistrictKitchen supplies/ equipment: $150
  • Royalton School DistrictStanding Group Desk: $550
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Special Education Programming (COVID-19 response): $250
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Classroom Library Magazine Subscriptions: $100
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating for ROAR Students: $464
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Title I Workspace Facelift: $690
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Resource Support: $700
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating for Classroom: $207
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating to Increase Student Focus: $275
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Character Education Materials for Middle, High School Students:$1,000
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating and Storage for Students' Supplies: $555

Lakes Area Medical Development Fund

  • CommunityGivingFor the Family Services Collaborative, Advancing Lakes Area Community Wellness:$5,000

CWEPA

  • Crow Wing Lakes and Rivers Alliance (LARA)Operational Support: $3,500

Patrick and Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • Great River Educational Arts TheatreMatching Grant: $2,000

Bob & Marsha Bunger Family Endowment Fund

  • Milaca Area PantryEmergency Relief Grant: $250

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Bridges of HopeOperation Sandwich: $2,000
  • Brainerd Family YMCAYouth Meal Plan: $3,500

Betty and Larry Nelson Family Fund

  • Kiva MicrofundsOperating Support: $250
  • Minnesota Public RadioOperating Support: $150
  • Friends of MWANGAZAOperating Support: $250
  • Northwoods Humane SocietyOperating Support: $250
  • School Sisters of Notre DameOperating Support: $150

Operational Reserve Fund of the Northern Waters Land Trust

  • Northern Waters Land TrustGeneral Operating Support: $39,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice School District – Youthprise Special Project Fund

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictCompass Program, February-April 2020: $15,848

1st Quarter 2020 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Elk River School District—Three Rivers Foundation Scholarship Fund: $19,000
  • Spectrum High School—Three Rivers Foundation Scholarship Fund: $1,000
  • Community Aid of Elk River—Emergency Relief: $10,000

Rum River Community Foundation

  • City of Milaca—Veterans Memorial Park Project: $19,325

Central Minnesota Builder’s Association Fund & Initiative

  • Elk River School District—Tools for Schools Project at Zimmerman High School: $2,000

Innovative Schools Project Fund

  • Brainerd Public Schools Foundation—Innovative Schools Project Grant: $5,000

Dorn Family Fund

  • Delano School District—Dorn Scholarship Fund for Delano High School: $750

Bert and Helen LeBlanc Legacy Scholarship Fund

  • Central Lakes College Foundation—LeBlanc Scholarship Fund: $500
  • St. Cloud State University Foundation—LeBlanc Scholarship Fund: $1,000

Archie and Isabelle Powell Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Elk River School District—Archie and Isabel Powell Family Foundation Scholarship: $1,000

Zimmerman Elementary School (ZES) Scholarship Fund

  • Elk River School District—ZES Scholarship Fund for Zimmerman High School: $400

Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Fund

  • Sacred Heart Area School—Sacred Hearts Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund: $200

Staples Knights of Columbus Council #1803 - Lloyd & Marion Giddings Scholarship Fund

  • Staples & Motley Dollars for Scholars—Staples Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund: $2,800

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Business Summit Event: $1,000

Manufacturing Fund of Central Minnesota

  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.—Women's Business Alliance: $5,650

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Operating Support: $10,000

Albany Area Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Albany School District: 

  • YES Network Activities for Kindergarten to 8th Grade with 9th to 12th Grade Leaders: $1,000
  • Science Lab Experiences With Middle and High School Teachers & Students: $766
  • Battle of the Books: $750
  • Creating Personalized Learning Opportunities: $750
  • Robotics and Science Department 3-D Printer: $1,697
  • Welding Technology: $1,000
  • Outdoor Recreation Bike Replacement: $1,000
  • Safely Supporting the Social/Emotional Needs of Kindergarteners and Preschoolers: $600

Braham Area Education Foundation

The following grants will support Braham Area Schools: 

  • Wildlife Biology Zoo Field Trip: $300
  • Youth Summer Musical Theater Camp for Students in Grades 4-8: $1,015
  • Elementary Classroom Instruments: $1,410

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund

  • Pine Technical & Community College Foundation—Scholarship Program: $5,000

Patriot Foundation

The following grants will support the Pequot Lakes School District: 

  • Flexible Seating for Special Education Students: $1,000
  • Middle and High School Library Digital Collection Expansion: $1,500
  • Guest Children's Book Author Douglas Wood: $1,500
  • Festival of Nations Field Trip: $1,464
  • Patriot Workplace Health & Wellness: $1,500

Women’s Leadership Fund

  • American Association of University Women of Minnesota, Inc.—National Conference Scholarship: $1,000
  • BOLD, Inc.—Scholarships to Attend Camp Vanasek: $1,000

Lakes Area Medical Development Fund

  • Wellness in the Woods, Inc.—Empowerment & Recovery Coalition: $5,500

Brainerd Public Schools Foundation Early Childhood Fund

  • Brainerd Public Schools Foundation—Brainerd Public Schools Foundation Support: $300

Bridges Manufacturing Workforce Development Fund

  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association—Scholarships: $1,000

Bob and Pauline Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Isle School District—Bob and Pauline Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund: $3,200

Pillager Education Foundation

  • Pillager School District—Classroom Grant for Concession Stand Management: $500

Playing it Forward: The Kenneth and Evelyn Pinckney Young Musicians’ Fund

The following grants will support the Little Falls School District: 

  • 2020 Kenneth Pinckney Music Award/Playing It Forward: $4,021
  • Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic: $805

Paula and Chad Becker Fund

  • Staples Economic Development Authority—Todd County Early Childhood/Day Care Initiative: $2,500
  • CentraCare Health Foundation—CentraCare Vitality Wellness Center in Long Prairie: $2,500
  • Browerville Public Schools—Support of Athletic Programs: $2,500
  • Christ the King Church—Church and School Operations: $10,000
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church—Capital Campaign for Steeple: $2,500

Alternative Sources of Energy Fund

  • Milaca School District—Alternative Sources of Energy Scholarship: $1,375
  • Milaca Scholarship Foundation—Alternative Sources of Energy Scholarship: $4,125

Patrick and Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • ROCORI Area Dollars for Scholars—Dollars for Scholars: $500
  • CommunityGiving—Pickleball Courts Project: $2,500

Beverly M. Pantzke Scholarship Fund

  • Little Falls School District—Beverly Pantzke Johnston Scholarship Fund for Little Falls High School: $22,000

Mark Wood Foundation

  • Little Falls School District—Annual Grant For Lincoln Elementary: $5,500

Little Falls Scholarship Fund

  • Little Falls School District: $3,200

William and Ethel Nelson Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Royalton School District: $1,600

Betty Ford Menzel Scholarship Fund

  • Crosby-Ironton School District: $2,200

Lake Region Conservation Club

  • Sullivan Lake First Response Team—Operating Support: $375
  • Hillman Area First Response Team—Operating Support: $375

H. Eugene Menzel Scholarship Fund

  • Aitkin Dollars for Scholars: $1,100

Artesian Homes Charitable Fund

  • The Church on The Wise Road—Jamaican Missions: $1,500
  • The Refuge Fellowship Church—General Operations: $10,000
  • Pillager School District—Pillager Huskies Fishing Team: $1,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice ISD47 / Youthprise Special Project Fund

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Compass Program: $11,386

Stanback-Bittner Acquisition Fund of the Northern Waters Land Trust

  • Northern Waters Land Trust—Fund Closeout: $6,936

National Loon Center Project Fund

  • The National Loon Center Foundation—National Loon Center Project: $6,000

Past Grant Award Highlights

4th Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

  • Anderson Center2020 Leadership Grant Collaboration$10,000 to provide scholarships for entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who could benefit from Anderson Center management and leadership training.  
  • Cuyuna Range Youth CenterInternship Program for Youth$5,000 for youth internship program to develop workforce skills. 
  • Central Minnesota Housing PartnershipSupportive Housing Development at Willow Grove$5,000 to provide initial program support for managing the Willow Grove supportive housing project for individuals with mental health challenges and criminal histories.
  • Minnesota Chamber FoundationMinnesota: 2030 Sponsorship$5,000 to provide support for the Jan. 8, 2020, chamber event, Minnesota 2030: Empowering Minnesota's EconomyPreview of Groundbreaking Economic Research. 
  • The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Business CommitteeLeech Lake YouthBuild$5,000 to support Leech Lake YouthBuild, which provides hands-on construction training and credentialing for disconnected youth with a goal of improving skills for employment and/or post-secondary enrollment skills. 
  • Minnesota Council on FoundationsAnnual Conference Sponsorship$2,500 to provide support for the Feb. 13-14, 2020, annual conference in Minneapolis. 
  • The National Loon Center FoundationNorthern Lakes Initiative, part of the National Loon Center$5,000 to partner with University of Minnesota Extension Partnership program to hire a 2020 spring graduate student to recommend exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the Northern Lakes Initiative at the National Loon Center. 
  • Family PathwaysInvesting in Mission: Building Development Capacity$7,500 for capacity-building for Family Pathways, a nonprofit focused on alleviating poverty. 
  • The Yes NetworkAdvanced Youth Leadership and Work Readiness Skills Training$5,000 to support development of advanced leadership training for youth to enhance leadership skills, expand team-building and work toward positive youth development goals while delivering community service in their own neighborhoods. 
  • SproutLLCOur Town 56345 Visioning Process$5,000 to support a deep and inclusive community listening process to discern and articulate a community vision and road map to help Little Falls navigate the future. 
  • LEAP, Inc.Sisters with Sass: Project Take Care of You$2,500 to support education regarding the role of personal hygiene in a professional workplace and improve access to hygiene supplies for students who have barriers. 
  • Confidence Learning CenterClear Vision with Confidence$5,000 to provide a challenge match to surface new donors in support of the Feb. 13-14, 2020, Winter Special Olympics event 
  • Bridges of Hope—Program Integration of Resource and Service Delivery at Crow Wing County$10,000 to build innovation and collaboration across local social service organizations. 
  • Citizens LeagueCitizen Engagement$1,000 for general operation of the Citizens’s League, a member-supported nonpartisan nonprofit organization that champions the role of all Minnesotans to govern for the common good.  This grant is made in recognition of the long service of Cal Clark as a trustee and committee leader of the Initiative Foundation. 
  • Tri-County Action Program, Inc.Free Volunteer Tax Preparation Program$1,500 to support tax assistance to income-eligible or English-as-a-second-language residents of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties. 
  • Rural Renewable Energy AllianceStrategic Planning$7,500 to advance planning, strategy, board and organizational development. 
  • MilestonesChild Care Strategies$5,000 for Milestones to partner with the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation to engage area employers in surfacing innovative solutions to the acute shortage in quality, affordable child care, a major barrier to worker attraction and retention in Central Minnesota.   
  • Anishinabe Legal Services, Inc.Fund Development Assistance for Capital Campaign: $5,000 for organizational growth and training related to fund development to increase financial resiliency. 
  • Sherburne County—Sherburne County Housing Study: $20,000 to support a comprehensive housing study and needs analysis to help decision-makers, takeholders and community members develop a meaningful sense of the housing market; an understanding of key housing issues; and identification of new strategies to address housing needs. The project is funded in part by the McKnight Foundation as part of its climate and energy program to diversify the county’s economy in advance of Xcel Energy’s planned coal plant decommisioning. 
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake AreaBoard and Staff Retreat to Review the Financial Resiliency Training Concepts: $5,000 for organizational and board development training.
  • Enterprise Minnesota, Inc.—Executive Human Resources Peer Council: $7,200 to support the Executive Human Resources Peer Council for Central Minnesota entrepreneurs. 

3rd Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.Untapped Workforce SeriesBenefits to Hiring Specific Populations$7,000 to offer an employer seminar series to highlight the benefits of hiring fair-chance workers. Each of these events will serve to educate employers and will be followed by hiring events.  
  • Heritage Group North, Inc.Feasibility Study for Abe and Lydia White Heritage Center$1,500 to support a feasibility study to determine the economic viability of a heritage center on a historic farmstead which is located near Heritage Group North's Pine River Railway Depot in Pine River.  
  • Blandin FoundationSponsorship Grant for Border to Border Broadband$1,000 to support the annual Border to Border Broadband conference, hosted by the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Office of Broadband Development.  
  • Wellness in the Woods, Inc.Nonprofit Needs Survey Winner$1,000 to support the improvement of outcomes for those with mental illness. Wellness in the Woods, Inc., was chosen for this grant based on their participation in the Nonprofit Needs Survey conducted in July.  
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits2019 Membership Renewal Sponsorship$1,100 to provide annual support to this statewide affinity group which provides resources, training and information to help nonprofits do their jobs better.  
  • Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School DistrictCollege and Career Exploration Expo$2,000 to help Buffalo High School create a college and career exploration expo during  parent-teacher conferences. Area businesses and organizations had the opportunity to present displays and hands-on activities to promote local workforce development through community connections.  
  • CommunityGivingJugaad Leadership and Mentoring Program$10,000 to support leadership development and community engagement in Greater St. Cloud. The Jugaad Leadership and Cross Culture Mentoring Program is committed to ensuring the personal and professional excellence and success of emerging leaders through structured programs and activities that promote inclusion, equity and a positive retention in Central Minnesota.  
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association Career and Technical Education Website Enhancement$10,000 to support the development of the "K12 Connection webpage to help educators, parents and students link with manufacturers for career development resources, tours, classroom visits, training tools and apprenticeship placement.  
  • Bicycle Alliance of MinnesotaTechnical Assistance for Communities$7,000 to provide technical assistance and direct service to communities, businesses and schools for adapting practices and receiving certification as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The communities of WalkerChisago LakesNorth BranchBig Lake, St. Cloud and Little Falls will all benefit from this grant.  
  • Staples Economic Development AuthorityHistoric Batcher Block Opera House Bond Preparation$5,000 to complete an economic impact analysis from the University of Minnesota Extension, develop architectural drawings to show the vision to key decision-makersbuild organizational capacity to lease the buildingcarry out the programming and business plan and assist with the fundraising plan for the total restoration project.  
  • St. Cloud State UniversityNeeds and Feasibility Analysis for a Co-Located School of Education and Campus Child Care Center$5,000 to identify first steps to create a large, sustainable, high-quality child care center for St. Cloud State University and the community. St. Cloud State University will explore opportunities in bringing together public and private stakeholders to use St. Cloud State University as central site for early childhood workforce development.  
  • New Pathways, Inc.Sheltering Families with Children Experiencing Homelessness$7,000 to deliver programming to move families out of homelessness in the Cambridge area.  
  • True FriendsRecruiting and Training Exceptional Staff for Human Services Jobs$5,000 to support new recruitment strategies to improve the ability to attract, hire, train and retain seasonal care staff for the True Friends Camp in Annandale. In addition, this grant will provide skills training which will improve the employment options in Central Minnesota’s support and direct care services field during the rest of the year.  
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc.St. Cloud Financial Services Training Program for Low-Income Adults$5,000 to provide financial services work skills training to low-income adults in the St. Cloud area.  
  • Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration—Service Enterprise and Change Management for Effective Leveraging of Volunteer Resources$5,000 to improve volunteer recruitment, management and retention for nonprofits throughout the 14-county region.   
  • Tusen TackFunding for Event Management Course for the Braham Event Center$1,000 to build capacity for Braham Event Center staff and volunteers.  
  • St. Cloud State University FoundationAnnual Martin Luther King Breakfast Sponsorship$1,000 to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast hosted by St. Cloud State University.  
  • Sherburne CountyRegional Land Use Planning Facilitator$25,000 to support community input through the county's partnership with the Highway 25 Coalition. The Highway 25 Coalition was initiated in April 2016 with the purpose of developing a unified effort to establish a future vision for the Highway 25 corridor and surrounding areaThe main goals are to improve safety, reduce congestion and improve freight mobility while encouraging economic development.  
  • City of BeckerEconomic Transition Work Plan$55,000 to support a comprehensive plan process, including public input on the desired future of transportation, affordable housing, land use and other policies. In addition, Becker city staff anticipate the continued need to allocate considerable time and resourceto support funding applications from state and federal agencies, including the Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure (TEDI) program, Federal Economic Development Administration and requests for state bonding to help the city prepare for the decommissioning of the Sherburne Coal Power Generation Facility.  
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development CorporationEntrepreneurial Fund Launch and General Support$10,000 to provide comprehensive services in support of entrepreneurs in the Brainerd Lakes area, including staff time to launch the program and promote a loan pool to our community, through promotional material and social media posts.  
  • City of OsakisHotel Market Study$2,500 to hire a consultant to evaluate market demand for additional hospitality capacity within Osakis.  
  • City of Little FallsResidential Broadband Implementation Study$7,500 to support an engineering study to determine the cost of delivering broadband to residential neighborhoods of Little Falls. The next phases would be engaging the community to determine their desires for the service, as well as strategic partners that might offset the build costs, by bringing the network through neighborhoods.  
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education AssociationDestination Downtown and Business Association$10,000 to support a third year of an innovative contest to fill empty storefronts and create public engagement in Downtown Brainerd, followed by the formation of a business association to advance revitalization efforts
  • St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce FoundationPresentation of "Intercultural Development Inventory" by Cultural Fluency Associates, LLP: $1,250 to support training and technical assistance associated with the use of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an assessment tool which helps organizations benchmark their cultural agility and identify practices for welcoming participants from a wider range of experiences.    

2nd Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

  • Greater Minnesota Worker CenterLaCruz Community Succession Planning Project: $7,000 for board training and leadership succession planning guidance as Jama Alimad, founder and present director, prepares to retire.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. CloudFinancial and Housing Counseling Program: $2,500 to provide confidential and professional counseling on affordable housing and financial management for income-eligible households.
  • Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc.Transportation Resources for You (TRY): $7,000 to support a volunteer transportation network to improve access to medical care, employment and other essential services. The funds will help recruit drivers, provide a mileage stipend and promote the service.
  • Promise Neighborhood of Central MinnesotaBuilding Bridges to Success: $10,000 to support fund development and facility planning.
  • Hands Across the WorldWorkforce Trainings for Immigrants and Refugees: $7,500 to support workforce training for 100 refugees and immigrants in the Greater St. Cloud area. The participants will have help as they develop the skills necessary to find employment and fill vacant workforce positions. Additionally, 25 of those 100 adults will also be supported as they experience our afterschool program, alongside their children.
  • Terebinth RefugeStrategic Planning and Capacity Building Project: $3,500 to support organizational development. The nonprofit provides emergency and transitional housing and wrap-around services to Central Minnesota women who have been sexually exploited and trafficked.
  • Faith in Action in Sherburne CountyFurniture 4 Families: $2,500 to support Faith in Action of Greater Sherburne County's mission of providing families with basic household needs by supporting delivery networks.
  • Wright County Community Action, Inc.Increasing Efficiencies in Grant and Fundraising Development: $5,000 to improve the fundraising ability of Wright County Community Action (WCCA) through the use of new technology and training.  WCCA plans to use the improved fundraising tactics to support its economic-security programs for vulnerable households.
  • A Place for YouStaff Development: $3,500 to support strategic planning, fund development and board training for A Place For You. This transitional shelter serves as a safe place for those facing homelessness in the Greater Pine City area.
  • Foundation for Essential NeedsCapacity Building to Increase Sustainability & Service for Central Minnesota Food Shelves: $5,000 to support strategic planning, fund development, board training and capacity building at food shelves in Crow Wing, Cass, Kanabec, Stearns and Morrison counties.
  • Great River Family PromiseDevelopment Support: $5,000 to support fund development for Elk River's Great River Family Promise, serving Sherburne and Wright counties.
  • MilestonesChild Care Solutions: $10,000 to provide matching funds to help engage public and private sectors with current and potential child care providers to improve access to quality, affordable child care. Funds will be allocated based on analysis and local public input of the opportunities and barriers in the Greater St. Cloud area. This project includes guidance from First Children's Finance and funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • City of Little FallsChild Care Solutions: $10,000 to provide a source of matching funds to help engage public and private sectors with current and potential child care providers to improve access to quality, affordable child care. Funds will be allocated based on analysis and local public input of the opportunities and barriers in Morrison County. This project includes guidance from First Children's Finance and funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Staples Economic Development AuthorityChild Care Solutions: $10,000 to provide a source of matching funds to help engage public and private sectors with current and potential child care providers to improve access to quality, affordable child care. Funds will be allocated based on analysis and local public input of the opportunities and barriers to expand economically sustainable child care. This grant will support efforts throughout Todd County, and is supported with guidance from First Children's Finance, and funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.Central Minnesota Women's Business Alliance: $5,000 to support the newly established Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) office in Little Falls. This office serves Stearns, Benton, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Morrison, Todd and Crow Wing counties. Funds will be used to launch and stabilize the new office, bring matching federal dollars into our communities and provide necessary programming for women entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses.
  • Sherburne CountyBoard & Staff Development: $4,000 to support strategic planning, board development and board leadership succession.
  • Enterprise Minnesota, Inc.2019 State of Manufacturing Event Sponsorship: $1,000 to support the 2019 State of Manufacturing briefing on June 13 at the Bison Event Center in Buffalo. 
  • CommunityGivingWest Stearns County CEO Program Launch: $10,000 to launch an innovative youth entrepreneurship program called West Stearns County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) for high school juniors and seniors. This project is a partnership between community business investors and the school districts of Albany, Melrose and Sauk Centre. The goal is to assist youth in understanding the business and career opportunities in their own communities and build connections to business leaders as mentors.

1st Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

  • Dreams United/Sueños Unidos—Going Beyond Cinco De Mayo: $1,000 to engage young leaders of Long Prairie's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to develop new programming or events to serve area families and children. The long-range goal is to foster event leadership succession planning.
  • Open Doors For Youth—Community Engagement Retreat: $3,000 to support a facilitated, community engagement strategy session and implementation of the plan.
  • Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota—Community Engagement and Needs Analysis: $1,500 to support a University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs doctoral student to survey St. Cloud Talahi Neighborhood residents to better understand the needs, services and opportunities they seek from the organization and its allies.
  • Anderson Center—Scholarships for Organizations in Initiative Foundation Region: $10,000 to increase accessibility to high-quality training that supports new and expanding businesses in Greater Minnesota.
  • United Way of Central Minnesota—Innocent Classroom Staff Development to Support Student Learning: $10,000 to support the Partner for Student Success project to improve adult and youth relationships, specifically for youth of color and underrepresented populations, by addressing implicit bias and low expectations through effective, data-driven professional development.
  • St. Cloud Area School District—Exploring Potential Interests and Careers (EPIC) Event: $6,000 to support a regional career exploration event to bridge education and industry for high school students, contributing to the fulfillment of the economic and workforce needs of the area.
  • Local Education & Activities Foundation—A Bankshot Basketball Project for Talahi: $2,000 to cover shipping costs for adaptive playground equipment for use at a Talahi public school in St. Cloud.
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation—Minnesota Compass: $4,000 to maintain and enhance Minnesota Compass, a website that presents summary statistics and tracks/analyzes trends in areas that affect the quality of life in Greater Minnesota.
  • CommunityGiving—Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI): $6,000 to support training and creditionals for three Create CommUNITY board members to become administrators of the IDI, an assessment used to benchmark individual and organizational cultural agility.
  • Region Five Development Commission—Food Co-op Peer-to-Peer Audit: $1,500 to support a Humphrey Institute graduate student to conduct a peer-to-peer audit of six food cooperatives in Central Minnesota to identify and share best practices with respect to layout, inventory, marketing and other retail variables.
  • The Yes Network—Building Youth Leadership and Work Readiness Skills Through Community Service: $5,000 to support development and piloting of a new interactive training program that will provide leadership and work readiness skills to youth who are experiencing multiple challenges.
  • St. Cloud Rotary Foundation—Pathways 4 Youth Grow Program: $5,000 to support increasing capacity to help youth, ages 16-23, experiencing homelessness in Central Minnesota to grow and become contributing members of our community.
  • CommunityGiving—Spirit of Hope Fund: $5,000 to provide funds to address a variety of emergency assistance needs of income-eligible families.
  • Rural Renewable Energy Alliance—Community Solar for Community Action: $5,000 to support development of a community-owned solar array in Little Falls which will provide energy assistance to income-eligible veteran families and demonstrate a long-term approach to energy insecurity.
  • Avivo—Central Minnesota Career Education Programs: $5,000 to support Skills for Success and Focus Forward trainings for immigrants and English-as-a-second-language learners.
  • Terebinth Refuge—Women’s Employment Readiness Program: $5,000 to support this St. Cloud-based program which provides job skills training, educational opportunities and safe housing for women who have been victims of sex trafficking.
  • Rise, Inc.—Re-Entry Employment Access Fund: $2,500 to support emergency financial support for documented one-time, employment-related needs of previously incarcerated individuals.
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations—2019 Membership: $4,450 to support the Minnesota Council on Foundations and its work to promote responsible charitable giving, maintaining resources for grantmaking, creating and sharing information, and serving as a catalyst for philanthropy.
  • Sourcewell—28th Annual Students of Character Celebration: $1,000 to provide sponsorship an event to award scholarships to outstanding students in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
  • Advocates Against Domestic Abuse—Strategic Planning: $2,000 to support staff and board engagement in strategic visioning.
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Early Childhood Initiative Coordination Grant for THRIVE: $5,000 to support ongoing coordination of the THRIVE coalition for early childhood and to engage donors for the THRIVE endowment challenge campaign.
  • Cambridge Isanti School District— Early Childhood Initiative Coordination Grant: $5,000 to support ongoing coordination of the Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Coalition and to engage donors in an endowment campaign.
  • Lakes Area Senior Activity Center—Aging Community Outreach: $5,000 to support outreach efforts to income-eligible individuals and veterans to connect, participate in healthy activities and engage with their community.
  • Wright County Regional Inspection Coalition—Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Strategies: $371,224 to add a Regional Inspection and Decontamination Site (RAIDS) solution for aquatic invasive species monitoring. Mandatory regional inspection provides much greater potential for the pilot lakes at a lower price point than multiple, single-landing inspection programs.
  • City of Monticello—Transitioning an Energy Economy: $10,000 to support a partnership with the Coalition of Utility Cities (CUC) to document and examine the broader economic and social impacts of transitioning out of utility economy dependence, particularly if the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant is decommissioned.
  • Sherburne County—Policy Analysis to Support Rail Spur Economic Development: $2,500 to explore the potential for public financial assistance in the development or expansion of planned rail-served industrial parks.
  • Kanabec County—Workforce Housing Feasibility Study: $10,000 to partner with the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership to complete a feasibility study for the development of a large workforce housing project in Mora.
  • Economic Development Partnership of Wright County—Workforce Planning 2019: $10,000 to explore utilizing the Wright Technical Center for incumbent worker training opportunities to help address the skilled labor shortage.
  • St. Cloud State University—Helping Small Businesses Flourish Through Financial Literacy Education: $5,000 to support financial literacy training for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Central Minnesota.
  • Chisago County Economic Development Authority—Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition Support: $1,000 to support the Border to Border Broadband program to assist communities in Central Minnesota secure broadband capacity and strengthen local economies.
  • WACOSA—Community Collaborators Networking & Navigating Employment Connections & Talent (Project CoNNECT): $9,700 to support Project CoNNECT, an initiative to improve integrated, competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.
  • Cass County Economic Development Corporation—Succession Planning and Technical Assistance, Multi-County Approach: $5,000 to help businesses and social enterprise ventures with succession planning, education and technical assistance. This project is in partnership with Todd County.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation—Support for Workforce Development Initiatives: $25,000 to provide support for business development, talent development and stewardship of community initiatives.
  • Todd County Development Corporation—Succession Planning and Technical Assistance: $5,000 to provide training and technical assistance to help businesses and social enterprise ventures with succession planning. This project is in partnership with Cass County.

4th Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota—Career Development Program: $5,000 to support programs that help St. Cloud youth gain the necessary skills to seek and maintain employment, learn about the labor market and develop career goals.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC)—Brainerd Growing Home Grant Winner: $1,000 for general operations to preserve and enhance the area’s economic base by expanding business, building community and growing jobs in Crow Wing County.
  • Bridges of Hope—Self-Healing Communities Project: $5,000 to support active engagement by residents of two east Brainerd neighborhoods in the Self-Healing Communities Program.
  • City of Riverton—Sanitary Sewer System Records Mapping: $2,500 to support engineering and analysis to inform wastewater infrastructure decisions and to support economic development.
  • City of Sandstone—Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings: $1,500 for a Humphry Institute's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs student stipend to research potential partners, funding, design and the appropriate role of government in assisting with the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
  • CommunityGiving—Women's Fund "Dancing with the Stars" Event: $1,000 to support the Women's Fund "Dancing with the Stars" event. 
  • CommunityGiving—Jugaad Mentoring Program and Job Fair: $10,000 to engage new and emerging leaders of color interested in serving on community and nonprofit boards and provide personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Cuyuna Range Youth Center—Job Skills Development and Employability Training: $5,000 to support activities that lead to improved job skills and access to employment opportunities for Crosby-area youth.
  • Family Pathways—From Here to There, Strategic Planning Initiative: $4,000 to assess community needs,  develop a strategic plan and facilitate community input from residents of East Central Minnesota.
  • Friends of Career Solutions—Pathways to Support Youth and Adults: $5,000 to assist clients referred by the Pathways for Youth organization and/or public schools. The goal is to help homeless youth gain skills and access opportunities to complete their diploma and gain sustainable employment.
  • Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities—Sponsorship Grant: $1,000 to support the Initiative Foundation’s membership in the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. 
  • Hands Across the World - We Team Up—Career Development Research Initiative: $10,000 to align employer needs with those of program clients with a goal of placing at least 20 New Americans or other underemployed workers into lasting employment opportunities in Greater St. Cloud.
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—Capacity-Building ISD 742 Pilot Project: $2,500 to support strategic planning and to expand the program to Westwood Elementary School, which has a high concentration of students in poverty.
  • Kinship Partners, Inc.—2019 Strategic Planning Session and Post-Session Meetings: $4,000 to support a strategic direction refresh session with the board and to conduct follow-up meetings to review implementation and address barriers to success.
  • Longville Area Community Foundation—Environment and Community Cleanup: $1,000 to support community and volunteer engagement in Community Cleanup event, hosted by the Longville Area Community Foundation.
  • Pay It Forward Foundation—Volunteer Support for I.C.E. Fest: $2,000 to provide coordination and support for volunteers associated with this first-ever community engagement and fundraising event.
  • Salem Lutheran Church—Job Creation Funding: $5,000 to support Salem WEST staff expansion in response to leadership succession and significant growth in requests for assistance.
  • Staples Economic Development Authority—Legacy Trail Expansion Feasibility Study: $3,000 to conduct preliminary feasibility analysis of connecting the Soo Line Trail and the Paul Bunyan Trail to Pillager as a trail head location. 
  • The Yes Network—St. Cloud Growing Home Grant Winner: $1,000 for general operations of this nonprofit, which is dedicated to creating vibrant, loving and prosperous neighborhoods by engaging with children, families and the communities in which they live.
  • Tri-County Action Program, Inc.—Free Volunteer Tax Program: $1,000 to support recruitment and management of volunteers to ensure delivery of a high-quality, free tax program for income-eligible residents of the St. Cloud area.
  • Tri-County Hospital, Inc.—Recognition of Wayne Wolden's Service to the Board of Trustees for the Initiative Foundation: $1,000 to support scholarships, grants and continued health education. This donation is made in recognition of the service of Wayne Wolden as a Trustee of the Initiative Foundation.
  • YMCA of Brainerd—ChildWatch Play Structure Shipping: $2,000 to cover shipping costs for indoor playground equipment, accessible for physically disabled children.
  • Brainerd Public Schools FoundationEarly Childhood Initiative Coalition Support: $5,000 to support coordination of early childhood coalition activities, including campaign for support of new endowment to sustain programs serving the Brainerd Lakes area.
  • Cambridge-Isanti School District—Early Childhood School Readiness and Literary Outreach: $5,000 to give backpacks to healthcare providers to distribute to children who are not attending early childhood programming. The backpacks contain school readiness information and activities for 3- to 5-year-olds.
  • Mille Lacs Health System—Onamia Early Childhood Initiative Coalition Support: $5,000 to provide coordination and project support for local activities that advance early childhood initiatives and help secure local investment for these efforts.
  • Morrison County—PreK to Grade 3 Alignment: $5,000 to engage child care providers, the county early childhood coordinator and teachers to create shared understanding and tools to best prepare children in Morrison County for kindergarten.
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Thrive Sustainability Project: $10,000 to create a sustainability plan for ongoing work as Thrive continues to build a seamless system of services that support healthy social and emotional development of children ages birth to 5, with a particular emphasis on birth to age 3.
  • First Children's Finance—Regional Child Care Technical Assistance: $30,000 to support regional staff to serve Central Minnesota in developing strategies to address the more than 17,000 slot shortage in quality, affordable child care. First Children's Finance provides technical assistance, business advice and professional development for child care providers, and can engage local units of government and employers to develop local plans to make sure that child care access is not a barrier to workforce engagement.
  • East Central Regional Library—1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: $5,000 to support this new program for families and children ages birth to 5 in Chisago County, in collaboration with the Chisago Lakes Area Library, Chisago Lakes Community Education and other partners.
  • Sherburne County—Minnesota Rail Service Improvement: $2,500 to retain a consultant to assist the county in developing a competitive grant application for the Rail Service Improvement Grant through the Minnnesota Department of Transportation Mercy program for $1 million in infrastructure assistance needed to create a rail spur in the Becker Industrial Park.  These investments are part of a strategic plan to diversify the economy in advance of anticipated job and tax-base loss associated with the planned decommissioning of Sherburne Coal Generation Station Units 1 and 2.
  • Community Growth Fund, Inc.—Talent Advantage Series Workshops, Part 2: $2,500 to support a continuation of the Talent Advantage series of workshops and trainings for area employers to advance solutions to the current workforce shortage. The series includes specific practices related to helping incumbent workers increase skills and productivity, use of the Minnesota Chamber's Job Match program, and attracting, retaining and supporting the hidden talent pools, including New Americans, veterans, the disabled, seniors, ex-offenders and other sectors that are underrepresented in the current workforce.
  • First American Financial Services—Wadena County Business Retention and Expansion Project: $6,000 to support the Business Retention and Expansion Project, a grassroots effort to understand and respond to the needs of the business community. This effort will be a collaboration between Staples, Verndale, Wadena, Sebeka and Menahga, while also seeking to serve the county’s smaller communities including Aldrich, Nimrod and Bluegrass. 
  • Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures—Opportunity Zone Event in East Central Minnesota: $1,500 to support training for regional economic development professionals and elected officials on the potential benefits of securing investment in Opportunity Zones.  
  • Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College—Core Consulting: $10,000 to help small businesses and social enterprise ventures gain access to technical assistance, mentorship and succession planning to help strengthen the economies of some of the most rural and underserved parts of the region. 
  • Sprout, LLC—Central Minnesota Meat Processing and Regional Branding Project: $5,000 to support a feasibility analysis of a Central Minnesota meat processing facility to serve more than 20 farmers. Partners include SCORE business experts, Community Development of Morrison County, Happy Dancing Turtle, Sprout Food Hub and Food Co-ops.

3rd Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

  • Inside Out Connections Coalition—Supporting Children and Families Impacted by Incarceration: $2,500 to supports children and families with an incarcerated parent by providing community resources to to enhance services to improve the social-emotional development and capacity for school success.
  • Brainerd Community Action—Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers Club: $3,000 to support efforts to attract and retain young families and skilled workers through creating a welcoming community.  This grant will serve as a challenge grant to area employers to help support the ongoing operations of the Newcomers Club hosted by the Community Action Council of Crow Wing County. 
  • RiverWorks—Strategic Planning: $3,000 to facilitate a planning process to help the organization make informed decisions regarding future operations.
  • Wellness in the Woods, Inc.—Strengthening Organizational Identity: $2,500 to help the organization build its brand, a key focus of the strategic plans developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's Financial Resiliency program.
  • Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project—Strategic Planning: $1,000 to support a planning process that will help develop the board of directors and set direction for the near future.
  • Rivers of Hope—Community Needs Assessment for Sherburne and Wright County Domestic Abuse Services: $2,500 to support a needs assessment that supports the organization in making informed and strategic decisions regarding future programming.
  • Hands of Hope Resource Center—Strategic Planning: $3,000 to support an organizational planning session to determine ways to work effectively and efficiently in an ever-changing social landscape.
  • Central Lakes College Foundation—Support for Innovation at Central Lakes College: $5,000 to support  small grants to staff and faculty members with innovative ideas for reducing or removing barriers to student success, increase student retention and better prepare students to meet workforce needs.
  • Anishinabe Legal Services, Inc.—Strategic Planning and Organizational Development Activities: $2,500 for strategic planning and organizational development facilitation between staff and the board of directors with a goal of reviewing core values as they relate to the mission of providing civil legal services to income-eligible individuals on the Leech Lake Reservation.
  • Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota—Making Brainerd, Baxter, North Branch and Chisago Lakes Communities Bicycle Friendly: $7,500 to support planning, community engagement and implementation of improved bike trails and routes in Brainerd, North Branch and Chisago Lakes.
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area—“We Are the Future—Nation Building” Program: $5,000 to support the "We are the Future—Nation Building" program that matches fifth-grade students with community mentors to develop social-emotional learning with the goal to increase high school graduation and college entry rates.
  • LEAP, Inc.—Sisters with Sass (SWS): $2,200 to support the Sisters with Sass (SWS) program, which is a women’s mentoring program focused on empowering women through education, work and well-being.
  • College Possible—Programming for Income-Eligible Students in Central Minnesota: $3,000 to support College Possible's Tech-Connected High School program that provides intensive coaching services to income-eligible students to increase college readiness and admission, addressing workforce shortages and educational disparities.
  • CommunityGiving—Central Minnesota Community Foundation Annual Dinner Sponsorship: $1,000 in tribute to the contributions and accomplishments of Susan Lorenz, vital program officer who is retiring from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
  • Central Minnesota Arts Board—Staff and Board Development: $2,500 to support recruitment and full participation by emerging and diverse leaders in the organization’s board of directors.
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits—2018 Membership Renewal Sponsorship: $1,100 to provide annual support to this statewide affinity group which provides resources, training and information to help nonprofits work effectively. 
  • Central Minnesota Housing Partnership—Strategic Planning: $4,000 to support development of a guiding plan to assist individuals and families with affordable housing over the next three years.
  • The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Business Committee—PCs for People: $5,000 to support the launch of this highly successful program to serve the Leech Lake Reservation. Staff will assist young adults to "scrub" hard drives of donated, used computers and refurbish them for use by income-eligible students and families, thus teaching valuable information-technology skills and improving access to the internet.
  • Big Lake School District—Early Childhood Coalition: $7,000 to support families, child care providers and other educators with activities to foster literacy, school readiness and improved access to quality, affordable child care.
  • City of Menahga—Thriving Communities Initiative: $5,000 to develop and implement training, marketing and necessary materials to make local projects led by a team of champions successful. Through their participation in the Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI), citizens of Menahga were able to identify opportunities to enhance their community. After seeking input from both public and private interests, several key priorities were identified: creating a tiny village to serve as a business incubator; conducting a business retention and expansion survey; and establising a community garden.
  • East Central Regional Development Commission—Mille Lacs Lake Area Scenic Byway Start Up: $5,000 to support planning, public engagement and promotion of the Mille Lacs Lake Area Scenic Byway, a federally designated route recognized for its beauty, ecology and value to the tourism sector.
  • Economic Development Authority of the City of St. Cloud—Economic Adjustment and Recovery Coordinator Project: $5,000 to assist with local matching funds toward an application to Federal Economic Development Administration (Federal EDA) for a $97,500 Economic Adjustment Assistance grant to help the city and surrounding region undertake economic recovery efforts from the permanent closure of the Electrolux home freezer manufacturing plant and dislocated workforce of 900 that is scheduled for end of year 2019. 

2nd Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

  • Mille Lacs Health System—Cavity-Free Little Panthers, Phase III: $2,000 to support dental care programming for children birth to age five and to provide access to diagnostic and treatment services for children from income-eligible households.  
  • CommunityGiving—Jugaad Leadership Program: $5,000 to equip emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and resources to be effective in leading change at the grassroots level. 
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations—2018 Membership: $7,600 to support advocacy for and promotion of ethical and responsible charitable giving and to maintain resources for grantmaking, creating and sharing information for and about grantmakers.  
  • Sherburne County—Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees: $4,000 to educate  regional employers on successful programs and resources to develop, attract and retain their skilled workforce. 
  • City of Manhattan Beach—Community Planning: $1,000 to support public engagement in identifying a shared community vision, considering opportunities and barriers to action and specific steps to help the city adapt to changing tax base and demographics. 
  • Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women—Building Capacity by Increasing Staff Engagement: $2,750 to support staff training and development, using the book "Daring Greatly" and associated curricula. Project will encourage staff engagement, explore how to manage the stress associated with addressing domestic violence and otherwise develop strategies for advancing the organizational mission. 
  • City of Nisswa—Gull Lake Trail: $2,500 for the preliminary engineering costs to establish a final trail route. The grant will also support public engagement meetings. 
  • City of Melrose—Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan: $2,500 to support development of a bicycle and pedestrian network in Melrose to improve quality of life for its residents. This will be joint effort between the city of Melrose, the school district and CentraCare Health. 
  • Freshwater Education District—Reading For the Future in Todd County: $1,500 to help young people discover the joy of reading and work to build a more literate community and nation, one child at a time. This project will target income-eligible households to improve English language skills. 
  • Salem Lutheran Church—Director Transition Project: $4,000 to support planning for and implementation of a leadership transition plan for the organization.
  • Employment Enterprises, Inc.—Training Culturally Diverse Unemployed Community Members as Direct Support Professionals: $5,000 to recruit and provide work skills training to members of the Little Falls-area immigrant community plus diversity training for staff to meet workforce needs in a tight labor market.
  • United Way of Central Minnesota—Great River Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) Program: $10,000 to cultivate future entrepreneurs which will help develop the community's next generation of leaders. The project will initially work with 25 high school students from St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Sartell-St. Stephen and Cathedral high schools. The project will help teach business and leadership skills through exposure to 60-plus businesses, which will help develop mentorship and retain and cultivate local talent.
  • Regents of the University of Minnesota—Workampers as a Resource to Address Regional Workforce Needs: $2,500 to explore opportunities and concerns associated with workampers, which are managed seasonal campgrounds utilized as a potential solution to affordable housing for hospitality workers in Cass and Crow Wing counties.
  • Community Grassroots Solutions—Informational Sessions Connecting Programs: $5,000 to support to assist St. Cloud immigrant and refugee women and girls in securing and retaining employment.
  • Sprout MN, LLC—Central Minnesota Meat Processing and Regional Branding Project: $1,500 to support a feasibility analysis for a mobile meat-processing facility based in Morrison County. 
  • Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota—Open House and Capacity: $5,000 to support a strategic fund development plan to increase financial capacity to continue offering community programs that support income-eligible children and families in St. Cloud's Talahi neighborhood. 
  • Someplace Safe—Financial Resources for Job Seeking, Job Training and Educational Opportunities: $2,000 to provide support for Wadena-area crime victims who are accessing resources to increase their employability.
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation—Sponsorship Grant for Community Foundation Opportunity Network: $2,500 to sponsor coordination and logistical support for this national affinity group seeking to build social capital in underserved communities.  The group is inspired by Dr. Robert Putnam’s landmark 2015 book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” which challenges notions about fairness, the future of American communities, the basis of income inequality and long-term economic and social sustainability.
  • The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Business Committee—Early Childhood Programs: $1,500 to support a student from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Regional and Urban Affairs to conduct a literature review of mental health, academic and social emotional benefits of exposure to natural spaces to support programming for young children.
  • Blandin Foundation—Sponsorship Grant for Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota Conference: $1,000 to support the Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota Conference, which is hosted by the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Office of Broadband Development.
  • LION Community Enrichment Programs, Inc.—Stay Kool: $2,000 to provide leadership and "soft skills" training for young African American men in the Greater St. Cloud secondary educational systems.
  • Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter—Board Recognition Grant for Ashish Vaidya: $1,000 to support services, information and advocacy to people with dementia, their families and health care providers. This grant is awarded in recognition of the service of Dr. Ashish Vaidya to the Initiative Foundation's Board of Trustees.
  • Mille Lacs Health System—1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: $7,500 to support literacy by providing opportunities for children from birth to age 5 and their parents or caregivers to read together. In addition, a class for older preschoolers will help prepare them for kindergarten and enhance development in the areas of social-emotional development.
  • City of Hackensack—Hackensack Game Changers: $5,000 to support community volunteers overseeing beautification, wayfinding and additional local leadership development as recent alumni of the Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) training.
  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Todd County—Save the School by Creating Affordable Senior Housing in Eagle Bend: $4,000 for a regional market survey for the redesign and repurpose of the vacant Eagle Bend High School. The intention of this project is to demonstrate the potential to successfully construct and operate a local senior housing complex.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation—River to Rail Launch and General Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) Support: $10,000 to support the River To Rail Initiative, which provides coordination for many community development projects within the Mississippi River and the Northern Pacific Center corridor.
  • Cass County Economic Development Corporation—Membership: $1,500 to provide annual support for job creation and workforce development.
  • GPS 45:93—Innovative Career Initiative: $10,000 to support identifying and implementing a career exploration program for secondary students that best fits workforce needs in Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association—Destination Downtown Contest 2.0: $5,000 to support a second year of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s successful Destination Downtown contest by filling one or more storefronts and restoring the positive buzz that is essential to revitalization. 
  • Isanti County Broadband: $5,000 to build on the foundation laid by the Isanti County broadband feasibility study by formalizing organizational partnerships and refining technology and financial plans.

1st Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

  • Mille Lacs County—Cavity-Free Birth to Age 5 and Pregnant Mothers: $18,000 to increase education and awareness of early preventative dental health and provide access to dental services for our under-served population by contracting with Children's Dental Services to provide mobile dental clinics to four separate communities within Mille Lacs County.
  • St. Cloud Rotary Foundation—Pathways 4 Youth, LLC, Youth Opportunity Center: $5,000 to contribute to startup costs for the Youth Opportunity Center (called “Pathways 4 Youth”) to help youth experiencing homelessness (ages 16-23) manage trauma in their lives, stabilize their environment and provide access to health and career skills services. 
  • Christian Social Services, Inc.—Big Lake and Monticello Food Shelf Collaborative —Exploratory Phase: $2,500 to fund work with a facilitator to assist two food shelf boards and their executive directors as they explore collaborative opportunities to efficiently serve residents. 
  • Canvas Health—Mental Health Telemedicine for the Region 7E Workforce: $5,000 to help the workforce of east central Minnesota with chemical and/or mental health issues preventing them from getting, maintaining or excelling in a job while learning about telemedicine options for improving their ability to work. 
  • United Way of Central Minnesota—Sponsorship Grant for Times Media 5 Under 40 2018 Winners: $500 in general operating support as part of the Foundation's sponsorship of the St. Cloud Times/Times Media 5 Under 40 program, which honors St. Cloud-area emerging leaders. 
  • NJPA—Sponsorship Grant for 2018 Student Recognition Banquet: $1,000 to provide sponsorship for event honoring scholarships for outstanding students in the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) service area of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. 
  • Friends of Career Solutions—Learn and Earn: $5,000 to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities to support young adults (ages 18-24) to complete their GED while also gaining applied workplace experience with a sponsoring St. Cloud-area employer. 
  • Northland Foundation—Sponsorship Grant for Annual Conference: $500 to provide support for Minnesota Council on Foundations annual conference. 
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota—Emergency Childcare to Support Vulnerable Parents in Our Workforce: $5,000 to reduce the incidence of maltreatment of young children and provide relief to parents in crisis by offering emergency child care within a network of licensed child care providers. 
  • Lakewood Health System—Project Regional Health and Wellness Center: $2,500 to support an analysis to assess whether the populations around Lakewood Health/Staples-Motley can financially sustain a regional health center. 
  • Cass County Economic Development Corporation—Pine River Housing Study: $1,500 to support an evaluation of affordable housing in Pine River with a goal of creating access to quality, affording options as a strategy to attract and retain young, skilled workers. 
  • Hilltop Regional Kitchen—Hilltop Regional Kitchen Community Outreach: $2,500 to support communications and community outreach to support a 10 percent increase in the number of home-delivered and/or bundled meals delivered to seniors and home-bound individuals in Todd and Morrison counties. 
  • Community Giving—Sponsorship for 2018 Community Pillars Event: $4,000 to support costs associated with hosting the annual Greater St. Cloud Community Pillars Forum. 
  • Winthrop Economic Development Authority—Sponsorship Grant for the Broadband Coalition Event: $500 to support a collaborative of nonprofits and locals units of government, convened by the Blandin Foundation, to support education and advocacy for broadband access in Greater Minnesota. 
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation—Sponsorship Grant for Annual Corporate Investment: $7,500 to renew annual commitment to this investor-supported organization of community leaders that are dedicated to enhance and expand economic opportunities in the St. Cloud area. 
  • Gateway Institute for Research and Development—Technical Skills for Business Plan Writing: $4,000 to deliver computer basics training to help New American entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs build skills for successful business planning. 
  • Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District—AIS Bait Bucket Water Refill: $3,000 to work with 20 bait shops and resorts to create incentives for anglers to use local bait water as a strategy to prevent the spread of invasive species.  This grant is supported in part by funding recommended by Minnesota's Outdoor Legacy Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. 
  • Citizen's League—Piloting Civic Governance as an AIS Best Management Practice: $5,000 to support a collaboration with the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Alliance to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by providing coaching, work plan development and project coordination between state and local governments, local stakeholder groups (sportsmen, lake associations, property owners, tourism and/or fishing professionals) in Ramsey and Cass counties to model pathways for local engagement for maximum impact.  This project is funded by the Minnesota's Outdoor Legacy Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. 
  • Vermilion Lake Association—Advanced Boat Access Traffic Analysis: $31,775 to significantly increase inspection efficiency and coverage by more accurately predicting arrivals and exits at each public access, each hour of the day, for the entire boating season. A flexible, fast-reaction scheduling methodology will be developed to complement ability to predict traffic.  This project is funded by the Minnesota's Outdoor Legacy Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. 
  • Carver County Water Management Organization—Vegetation Control as AIS Prevention Measure: $2,000 to evaluate the use of aquatic vegetation control as a prevention measure to reduce the spread of zebra mussels via aquatic vegetation in Lake Waconia, Lake Minnewashta and two additional lakes. This project is funded by the Minnesota's Outdoor Legacy Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. 
  • Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District—A Multi-Region Resort Ambassador AIS Prevention Partnership: $210,000 to serve three regions—Cass County, Itasca County and the Lake Vermilion area—to align resorts in an aquatic invasive species inspection and prevention process. This project is funded by the Minnesota's Outdoor Legacy Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.  
  • City of Big Lake—Gap Analysis Studies: $3,000 to determine if the city of Big Lake can support a nationally recognized hotel and associated reservation system. This grant will also partially fund an analysis of commercial/retail opportunities that could diversify the regional economy and outline key strategies for workforce development. 
  • City of North Branch—North Branch Minnesota Design Team Initiative: $5,000 to support a Minnesota Design Team visit to the city of North Branch in an effort to identify key redevelopment opportunities and utilize current infrastructure. 
  • Brainerd School District—Love and Logic Parenting Classes: $8,000 to support the expansion of Love and Logic Parenting Classes in the Essentia Health service area, designed to offer ideas for raising responsible and respectful children. 
  • United Way of Central Minnesota—Early Learning Events & Materials: $12,000 To provide “Read, Talk, Play” toolkits to increase parent/caregiver understanding about the role they play in early literacy skills. To promote the value of reading, 200 books will be distruted to families of children birth to age 5 at an upcoming St. Cloud Rox baseball games. Rox players will read to children on the field prior to the game. 
  • Wright County Community Action, Inc.—Improving Wright County Poverty Data through Needs Assessment: $5,000 to support Wright County Community Action's Community Assessment Project to better understand the community's strengths, common themes and overall health to ensure the needs of low-income residents are being addressed. 
  • Central Minnesota Sustainability Project—Garden Leadership Program: $5,000 to support leadership and job skills development among immigrant women. 
  • Region 5 Development Commission—Downtown Brainerd Revitalization: $5,000 for events, activities and marketing to support businesses and downtown vitality during the reconstruction scheduled along Brainerd's 6th Street (old Highway 371). 
  • New Pathways, Inc.—"Path to Home" Fund Development Strategies in East Central and North Central Minnesota: $5,000 to support efforts to reach new donors who will contribute to provide emergency shelter and secure, stable housing for families experiencing homelessness. 
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC)—Brainerd Growing Home Grant Winner: $1,000 for general operations to preserve and enhance the area’s economic base by expanding business, building community and growing jobs in Crow Wing County. 

 

4th Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

  • College PossibleProgramming for Low-Income Students in Central Minnesota: $5,000 to offer a variety of virtual and in-person support to help low-income high school students consider and gain college admission and then remain and succeed once there.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education AssociationBoard Recognition Grant for Bridges Career Academy: $1,000  to support career exploration and training in Central Minnesota. This gift is made in recognition of the service of Reggie Clow as a member of the Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Vasaloppet USABoard Recognition Grant: $1,000 to support general operations at Minnesota's premier cross-county ski and event center, operating continuously since 1973. This gift is made in recognition of the service of Pat Gorham as a member of the Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Amherst H. Wilder FoundationMinnesota Compass: $5,000 to provide annual support to Minnesota Compass (www.MnCompass.org), an accessible website that provides data and resources about topics that include early childhood, children and youth, economy, education, immigration, population demographics and workforce. Minnesota Compass can also provide detailed data profiles for rural geographies, including cities and towns of 1,000 or more residents, and will be expanding the data and tools available to Greater Minnesota residents in the coming year.
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper MidwestSauk Rapids-Rice Workforce Readiness Initiative: $2,500 to expand the delivery of Junior Achievement activities into more  grade levels in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District to support career exploration.
  • Baptist General ConferenceEducation and Career Advancement for Poverty  Reduction: $5,000 to support young adults in Pine and Kanabec counties through career exploration, academic mentoring and support from caring adults.
  • AvivoCentral Minnesota Career Education Programs: $8,000 to support the Skills for Success program, serving adults, and Focus Forward after-school elective, serving high school students. Participants gain essential English, computer and business communication skills and employment services. Adults also receive employment support and job retention services. High school students receive career exploration and college entrance test preparation to increase their options after graduation.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MinnesotaBoard Recognition Grant: $1,000 to support the Boys and Girls Club, which provides programs and services to promote the development of youth by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. This gift is made in recognition of the service of Rita Sobania as a member of the Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees years and her contributions to various committees for more than 30 years. 
  • Cuyuna Range Youth CenterYouth Development: $2,500 to support workforce development programming for Crosby-area youth.
  • Minnesota Association for Volunteer AdministrationEnhancing the Skills of Volunteer Engagement Leaders: $2,500 to support the formation and development of a Central Minnesota district advisory council to support, guide and engage volunteer managers across the region.
  • University of St. ThomasInstitute for Executive Director Leadership: $5,000 to support participation of local nonprofit leaders in a 10-month program that provides opportunities to increase leadership skills and enhance organizational capacity.
  • Volunteers of America of MinnesotaOur HOME Supportive Housing: $5,000 to support transitional housing and supportive case management for eight or more families. These services will help stabilize family living situations and assist them in obtaining more permanent, affordable housing.
  • WACOSA True Friends: $2,500 to support a unique, customized training experience for staff, board and clients with a focus on enhancing leadership skills and equipping new leaders with concepts and techniques to incorporate into their work with clients.
  • Terebinth RefugeFundraising Consultant and Marketinge: $4,000 to support development and implementation of a strategic fundraising plan to help Terebinth Refuge become self-sustaining.
  • Tri-County Action Program, Inc.Central Minnesota Free Tax Program: $5,000 to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program that provides free tax services to income-eligible families in the Saint Cloud area.
  • Cornerstones Center, Inc.College-Link: From Transition to Success: $4,000 to support the College Link program that provides coaching and college admission assistance to high school seniors to increase college enrollment among immigrant and refugee students.
  • Faith in Action for Cass County Planning for the Future: $5,000 to support program evaluation, review of community needs, and strategic planning to encourage managed growth and services that are mission-aligned and coordinated with other service providers and businesses.
  • The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Business CommiteeYouthBuild: $5,000 to support programming which helps disconnected youth ages 16-24 receive hands-on training in construction which leads to their National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) credentials. Students may also obtain high school diplomas or GEDs leading to employment and/or post-secondary education.
  • Mille Lacs Health SystemPartnership for Community Literacy: $2,000 to increase access to books and parental reading in homes of children residing on the Mille Lacs Reservation with the goal of increasing early literacy activities.
  • Greater Twin Cities United WayEarly Funders Coalition Sponsorship: $1,000 to support Start Early Funders Coalition.
  • Cambridge Isanti School DistrictEarly Childhood School Readiness & Literacy Outreach: $5,000 to provide various early literacy and school readiness opportunities in the community that enhance parent engagement with children birth to five. This also supports training for area child care providers to build relationships and enhance knowledge relating to school readiness.
  • Minnesota Fathers and Families NetworkHealing the Home:  Child Poverty and the Role of Fathers: $1,000 to provide sponsorship to the annual Minnesota Fathers and Families Network Conference on Feb. 6-7 in Saint Cloud.  This year's theme is "promoting healthy father, child and family relationships through informed practice, public policy and systems change.”
  • Morrison CountyEducational Opportunities for 3-year-olds: $3,000 to provide information on school readiness to parents of 3-year-old children at well-child checkups in Morrison County. This is designed to increase parent and caregiver knowledge of the importance of preschool education and ultimately increase the number of young children prepared for school.
  • Wadena CountySupporting and Enhancing Early Childhood Education in Wadena County: $7,540 to increase parent engagement by offering opportunities for families with young children to learn about the lifelong significance of early childhood care and education. The grant will also help engage child care and foster care providers as partners in early childhood education and offer a county-wide early literacy event to increase school readiness.
  • Regents of the University of MinnesotaTourism Lodging Workforce Study: $4,250 to support a qualitative analysis of the current and future workforce challenges facing the tourism sector in Cass and Crow Wing counties. The analysis will examine regional models and develop recommendations for a long-term strategy for staff recruitment and retention to maintain tourism as part of the region's economy.
  • City of Little FallsPromotional Workforce and Tourism Virtual Reality 360-Degree Video: $2,500 to develop, produce and market promotional videos using 360-degree cameras for virtual reality content. The videos will feature Little Falls attractions, employers and events, and is designed to attract and retain workforce to the community.
  • City of Eden ValleyA Renewed Leadership Vision for Eden Valley: $1,000 to connect with past, present, and potential Eden Valley for Progress (E4P) members by hosting a "Get to Know Us" event.  The purpose is to help the city expand the local network of new and emerging civic leaders.
  • City of HackensackBringing the Heart of the Hackensack Community Together: $1,000 to host a community event incorporating a historical look at the city of Hackensack. The TCI team members will invite participants to discuss what they would like the next 20 years to look like in the community. During this event, information will be provided about the Thriving Community Initiative (TCI) team's goal to partner with grassroots leaders interested in engaging in community development.
  • City of MilacaPainting a New Vision for the Milaca Community: $1,000 to engage new and emerging leaders in conversations about the community. In addition, the Thriving Community Initiative (TCI) team will host a community painting evening event at the Milaca Arts Center to lift up a new vision for the community.
  • City of MenahgaTCI Phase I Funding: $1,000 to gather feedback from community members about the city and invite new and emerging leaders to engage in the Foundation's Thriving Community Initiative (TCI) program.
  • City of Saint JosephEast Park Canoe Access/Picnic Area: $2,500 to engage residents in the redesign of a local canoe access at the East Park and picnic area.
  • The National Loon Center Foundation, CrosslakeBusiness Planning for a National Loon Center: $5,000 to develop a sustainable business plan for the National Loon Center (NLC), a community-driven project that focuses on loons and their unique relationship with the region's freshwater ecosystem, fish and wildlife management, environmental stewardship, trails, tourism, recreation and education.
  • A Place for YouFinancial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's social enterprise training.
  • Paws & Claws Animal ShelterFinancial Resiliency Through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's social enterprise training.
  • Isanti County Historical SocietyFinancial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $2,600 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's social enterprise training.
  • Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment, Inc.Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $3,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's social enterprise training.
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Round Six Program Participation: $5,000  to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's sixth round of social enterprise training.
  • Flight Expo, Inc.Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Round Six Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's sixth round of social enterprise training.
  • Happy Dancing TurtleFinancial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Round Six Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's sixth round of social enterprise training.
  • Tri-County Community Action, Inc. —Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Round Six Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's sixth round of social enterprise training.
  • Big Lake Community Food Shelf, Inc. —Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Round Six Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's sixth round of social enterprise training.
  • STEPFinancial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Round Six Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's sixth round of social enterprise training.
  • Advocates Against Domestic AbuseFinancial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Foundation's social enterprise training.
  • National Park Service Voyageurs National ParkRestoration of Wetlands Impaired by Invasive Cattails: $360,000 to support pilot prevention and control strategy for non-native invasive cattails in partnership with the Bois Forte and Fonde Du Lac Bands of Ojibwe, including mechanical and hand removal of the hybrid invasive cattails. Additionally, the use of enhanced muskrat populations as natural biocontrol for sustained management of restored wetlands needs to be evaluated. This project is funded through a grant from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, as recommended by the Minnesota Legislature.
  • Koronis Lake AssociationStarry Stonewort Management Project in Stearns County: $57,000 to support experimental management designed to control and contain the infestation of Starry Stonewort and prevent its spread to other lakes in Minnesota. This grant is supported by funds provided by the Outdoor Heritage Council as recommended by the Minnesota Legislature.
  • Wildlife ForeverPreventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: $238,320 to support the deployment of CD3, a prototype of a self-contained, vandal-resistant cleaning station to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. This is in partnership with Wildlife Forever (a national nonprofit with offices and staff in Minnesota), Big Sandy Lake Association (Aitkin County), Three Rivers Park District and Hennepin County, and Forest Lake Watershed District (Chisago County), St. Louis County. Minnesota Sea Grant and the University of Minnesota AIS Research Center are educational partners that will assist Wildlife Forever in promoting awareness of station locations and proper use.
  • Greater Lake Sylvia AssociationGreater Lake Sylvia Association AIS Prevention Strategies: $80,000 to replace "at the ramp" monitoring for Aquatic Invasive Species with an innovative Regional Inspection and Decontamination Site (RAIDS). Mandatory regional inspection provides much greater potential for the pilot lakes at a lower price point than multiple single landing inspection programs. In addition, regional inspections are one-tenth the cost to operate than landing inspections.
  • City of BeckerPreliminary Engineering Report for Industrial Park Transportation Improvements: $20,000 to support a preliminary engineering report for Becker Industrial Park transportation improvements.
  • Sherburne CountyRail Impact Study: $40,000 to provide matching funds for a rail spur feasibility analysis that would support new or expanding businesses in the Becker Industrial Park. One goal of this project is to diversify the local economy to help offset the impact of a reduced workforce needed at the Sherburne County Energy Station ("Sherco") as Units 1 and 2 are decommissioned in the coming decade.  This grant is supported in part by special funding from The McKnight Foundation Climate and Energy program.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development CorporationLaunch Unified Fund and General Support: $10,000 to support the launch of the BLAEDC Unified Fund by providing underwriting and back office support to help deploy previously stagnant low-interest lending funds.
  • Cass County Economic Development CorporationWalker Area Workforce Strategic Planning: $2,750 to support strategic planning for economic and workforce development in partnership with the Walker Area Chamber of Commerce and Brainerd-based Small Business Development Center.
  • Benton Economic Partnership, Inc. —Economic Development Initiative: $10,000 to support Benton County-based businesses in creating or expanding internship and apprentice programs to help attract, retain and develop skilled workforce.
  • Leech Lake Financial ServicesBuilding Collaborative Partnerships for Entrepreneurial Development: $10,000 to foster business creation by delivering entrepreneurship training and support services to the greater Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe community.
  • Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)Accelerating Minority Business Growth in Central Minnesota: $5,000 to deliver one-on-one technical assistance to accelerate the growth existing minority-owned businesses in Central Minnesota.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development CorporationGreater St. Cloud Regional Portal and JobSpot Enhancement: $10,000 to enhance the job opportunities and key employee recruitment capabilities of the GreaterStCloud.com and JobSpot online tools.
  • Economic Development Authority of the City of St. CloudSomali Food Business Outreach Program: $5,400 to deliver culturally appropriate food-safety training and technical assistance to new immigrant food businesses in St. Cloud.

3rd Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

  • Braham Area Schools ISD #314—School Board: $1,550 to provide Minnesota School Boards Association professional development training for the District 314 school board.
  • Arc of Minnesota—Job Training and Placement for Disabled Persons in St. Cloud: $5,000 to support an interagency alliance to provide self-directed tools and assistance to job seekers with significant disabilities and their families to help navigate known obstacles to competitive employment.
  • Christian Social Services, Inc.—Monticello Help Center Capacity-Building and Expansion Plan: $2,500 to support contracted technical expertise and training necessary for service expansion efforts.
  • Wright County Community Action, Inc.—Implementing Raising a Reader for At-Risk Children in Wright County:$4,000 to expand the "Raising a Reader" program, a research-based literacy program. The program is designed to increase school readiness and parent-to-child bonding by creating a culture of literacy in the home.
  • Morrison County United Way—Imagination Library Program:$3,000 to support the distribution of Imagination Library books to children from birth to age 5. The goal of this project is to support school readiness by encouraging families to read with their young children.
  • Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council—CareerONE Coleman: $5,000 to prepare unemployed individuals who have “aged out” of high school with the skills needed to fill manufacturing positions. The program focuses on literacy skills leading to a diploma while enhancing work readiness and encouraging continued education.
  • Cloverleaf Youth Partnership, dba Cyber Cafe—Computer Coding Class Training: $1,000 to support skills training for youth.
  • Central Minnesota Housing Partnership—Affordable Housing Initiative: $4,000 to develop at least one housing project that meets growing workforce needs in the Staples area. The goal of affordable housing is to help stabilize low- to moderate-income families who work within the area or are moving to the area for jobs.
  • Main Street Family Services—Staff Training Support: $4,500 to increase the number of staff who can deliver and teach the "Circle of Security," an international training program rooted in secure attachment research. This program is designed to increase nurturing and safety in families and help parents learn new skills.
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits—Sponsorship Grant for Membership Renewal: $1,100 membership renewal.
  • Blandin Foundation—Sponsorship Grant for Border to Border Broadband Conference: $1,000 to sponsor the Blandin Foundation's Oct. 25-26 Border to Border Broadband Conference at Maddens on Gull Lake. The event will showcase a variety of approaches that rural communities have developed to expand broadband’s impact, leverage investments, and bridge the digital divide.  
  • CommunityGiving—Jugaad Leadership Program: $5,000 to provide underrepresented community members with the knowledge, skills and resources to become effective leaders at the grassroots level.  Activities include a seven-month series of speakers who train participants to understand community issues, build relationships, become familiar with nonprofit boards and committees and network with others.
  • Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization—Capacity Building for La Cruz Community Center: $7,500 to La Cruz Community Center to help new Americans integrate to the St. Cloud area by providing mentoring and tutoring for students, summer youth engagement events and English as a Second Language classes to parents. 
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association—Bridges Career Institute for Region Five for High School Internship and Apprenticeship Models: $5,000 to identify high school juniors and seniors from Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, and Crosby-Ironton schools and match them for summer 2017 employment in manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and information technology. 
  • City of Little Falls—Little Falls Downtown Revitalization II: $3,000 to support civic engagement in the development of public art as a strategy to foster a revitalized downtown area.
  • Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless—Stearns County RideShare Demonstration Project: $4,000 to support participating local agencies in providing RideShare services to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This helps them access employment, education and other services necessary to improve their lives and enhance self-reliance.
  • Productive Alternatives, Inc. (PAI)—Removing Barriers, Because Work Matters: $4,000 to provide a challenge match to support the transportation of adults with disabilities to and from work, job interviews and skills training. Many businesses that have had difficulty retaining a skilled workforce have discovered that adults with disabilities often have a strong interest in productive employment.
  • Salem Lutheran Church —Salem WEST Social Enterprise Improvements: $2,500 to provide technology improvements for the Deerwood-based social enterprise which generates support for the organization's social services.
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc.—St. Cloud Area Financial Services Training Program: $4,000 to support an eight-week program that provides individuals with experience in the financial service, call center and customer service fields. The program offers additional support to help participants obtain employment upon program completion.
  • Essentia Health Foundation—Reach Out & Read Brainerd Lakes Area: $2,750 to increase engagement of parents and children in early literacy. Through this program, medical providers can provide information to parents about the importance of reading to children and provide free children’s books at their well-child exams. 
  • ServeMinnesota—Family Child Care Reading Corps: $5,000 to deliver the Reading Corps model in licensed family child care settings. This program is designed to increase kindergarten readiness skills and family engagement while increasing the capacity of child care provider to to sustain high-quality learning environments.
  • Jack's Basket—Donation in Honor of Jordan Witt: $500 to support families as they welcome babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
  • Big Lake School District—Big Lake Area Early Childhood Coalition: $7,000 to increase literacy-rich opportunities for families with young children, especially those living in poverty, by offering story times in various Big Lake parks. The grant will also help increase training and collaboration opportunities for early childhood professionals to support children in their school readiness skills. 
  • Pine River-Backus School District—Fostering Partnerships: $6,500 to provide community events and Love and Logic parenting classes, which are tailored towards families with young children. This program works to increase parent engagement and kindergarten readiness skills in young children.
  • City of Little Falls—Trunk Highway 27 Memorial Bridge Railroad Crossing: $2,500 to support a feasibility study of the railway crossing on Trunk Highway 27, which has hurt business growth on the western side of Little Falls. This study will analyze the alternatives to minimize this barrier.
  • City of Pequot Lakes—Pequot Lakes Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI): $5,000 to support projects resulting from the city's participation in the Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) program, including: creation of a trademarked community brand, design of a new skateboard park, coordination of a community website to assist visitors and residents, and revisions to the city's current comprehensive plan to include elements from the TCI Initiative.
  • City of Avon—Avon Strategic Plan: $1,000 to support a strategic planning process to bring together public and private sectors in the creation of a roadmap to diversify and strengthen the local economy. Areas of focus will include workforce development and attraction, economic competitiveness, community resources and assets. 
  • Fairview Township—Gull Lake Trail: Phase 3-1, Fairview Township: $2,500 to support the township's planning efforts to connect existing trails in East Gull Lake with a future trail in Lake Shore. 
  • Wildlife Forever—Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: $17,1550 to Wildlife Forever, a national nonprofit with offices and staff in Minnesota, which will partner with CD3, LLC, to deploy a prototype of a self-contained, vandal-resistant cleaning station to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Partners include: Big Sandy Lake Association (Aitkin County), Three Rivers Park District, Hennepin County, Forest Lake Watershed District (Chisago County), St. Louis County, Minnesota Sea Grant, and the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.
  • National Park Service Voyageurs National Park—Restoration of Wetlands Impaired by Invasive Cattails: $31,000 to support pilot prevention and control strategy for non-native invasive cattails, including mechanical and hand removal of the hybrid invasive cattails. This is in partnership with the Bois Forte and Fonde Du Lac Bands of Ojibwe, and is funded through a grant from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, as recommended by the Minnesota Legislature.
  • Greater Saint Cloud Development Corporation—Annual Corporate Investment: $7,500 to renew our annual commitment to this member-supported organization of community leaders that are dedicated to enhancing and expanding the economic opportunities of the St. Cloud region.
  • Central Lakes College Small Business Development Center (SBDC)—Small Business Growth and Success Initiative: $10,000 to support consulting services which provide assistance in business plan development, loan application preparation, financial projection analysis, market feasibility assessments, and other guidance to help local businesses grow.

2nd Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

  • Princeton School District - Early Childhood Preventive Dental Services: $1,500 to support early childhood dental screenings to improve kindergarten readiness and promote positive health and developmental outcomes.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota - Career Development Program: $5,000 to provide a range of services to help club members explore career opportunities and develop skills essential for workforce success.
  • Kimball Area School District - Robotics Program: $2,000 to support participation of adult chaperones in the Kimball Robotics Club participation in national competition.
  • Great River Family Promise - Board and Staff Development: $1,500 to support staff and board training to maximize service delivery while positioning the organization for greater sustainability in Elk River.
  • Wright County Community Action, Inc. - Staff Development: $2,500 to support staff development initiatives that foster a positive, inclusive culture and increase staff retention and engagement while improving customer service.
  • Sherburne County Area United Way - Issue-Focused Training: $5000 to support a planning process to align with United Way’s worldwide issue-focused standards.
  • Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota - St. Cloud Neighborhood Development: $5,000 to improve efficiency and effectiveness through board and staff development in the areas of fund development, volunteer coordination and data management to better serve disadvantaged youth in the greater St. Cloud area.
  • The Yes Network – I Have a Dream: $5,000 to support the “I Have a Dream” program that provides intensive support to 35 elementary students and their families to improve long-term physical and mental health outcomes.
  • Foundation for Essential Needs - Central Minnesota Food Shelves: $5,000 to support the expansion of FFEN's capacity-building work to help Central Minnesota food shelves provide more and better services while positioning themselves for greater sustainability in Cass, Crow Wing, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties.
  • Minnesota Planned Giving Council - Sustainability for Central MN Nonprofits Through Planned Giving: $2,500 for under-served nonprofit professionals in Central Minnesota to learn about and engage in planned-giving discussions to increase their financial sustainability.
  • City of Wahkon - Veterans Park Feasibility Study: $2,500 to complete a project analysis that includes preliminary drawings, cost estimates and solutions to restore natural shoreline vegetation at the new park location.
  • Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. - The 2017 State of Manufacturing: $1,500 to support the May 2017 State of Manufacturing briefing and tour of the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) at St. Cloud State University.
  • Saint Cloud Area School District - Play Area for Pre-School Children: $2,000 to provide a Dramatic Play Area at Talahi School to serve 3- and 4-year-olds. The play area is designed to offer hands-on learning opportunities such as planting a seed, nurturing it and harvesting the vegetables.
  • St. Cloud State University - Opening Doors and Building Bridges: $10,000 to address the social and emotional needs of young children in the greater St. Cloud area through collaborations with organizations that serve immigrant and refugee populations. Funding will support two co-learning events that bring together immigrant and refugee families and early childhood professionals along with community training about healthy social and emotional development.
  • Crow Wing County United Way, Inc. - Imagination Library: $4,000 to support the distribution of Imagination Library books to children birth to 5 years old to support school readiness and to encourage families to read with their young children.
  • Licensed Family Child Care Association of Morrison County - Home-Based Preschool Literacy Project: $3,000 to provide early literacy kits to families with young children to increase at-home reading.
  • Chisago County EDA - Chisago County Affordable Housing Study: $2,500 to develop a feasibility study and action plan to create the type of housing and financing needed to attract and retain skilled workers, provide an affordable option and keep seniors close to home.
  • City of Melrose - Housing Study: $3,250 to support a city housing study—one of the more significant barriers to attracting and retaining workers and young families following a September 2016 downtown fire that destroyed an entire city block.
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. - Financial Resiliency Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in Round Six of the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Happy Dancing Turtle - Financial Resiliency Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in Round Six of the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • STEP - Financial Resiliency Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in Round Six of the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Tri-County Community Action, Inc. - Financial Resiliency Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in Round Six of the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Flight Expo, Inc. - Financial Resiliency Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in Round Six of the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Big Lake Community Food Shelf, Inc. - Financial Resiliency Program Participation: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in Round Six of the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District - Rapid Response to Aquatic Invasive Species: $10,400 to employ a new treatment protocol to maintain herbicide concentration at the level required to kill Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invasive species. This project is funded with grant support from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
  • Wildlife Forever - Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: $126,400 to Wildlife Forever to deploy with its partners a self-contained, vandal-resistant cleaning station prototype to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. This project is funded with grant support from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
  • National Park Service Voyageurs National Park - Restoration of Wetlands Impaired by Invasive Cattails: $120,000 to support prevention and control strategies for non-native invasive cattails in partnership with the Bois Forte and Fonde Du Lac Bands of Ojibwe. This project is funded with grant support from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
  • Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District - Enhanced Skills Development for AIS Program: $28,000 to provide aquatic invasive species training in conflict resolution, techniques to de-escalate confrontations, and basic precepts in lake science and ecology. This project is funded with grant support from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
  • Isanti County - High-Speed Internet Feasibility Study: $5,000 to conduct a county-wide high-speed internet access feasibility study.
  • Cass County Economic Development Corporation - Annual Support: $1,500 to build the capacity of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation to build businesses and create jobs.

1st Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

  • Mille Lacs County - Mille Lacs County Cavity Free Birth-5 and Pregnant Mothers: $17,500 to support education and access to preventative dental health to children under the age of five.
  • Children's Dental Services, Inc. - Dental Care and Education for Central Minnesota Children: $5,000 to maintain essential and accessible dental treatment for 300 of Central Minnesota's most vulnerable children.
  •  Volunteers of America of Minnesota - Our HOME Supportive Housing in South Mille Lacs Lake Area: $5,000 to support 24-hour supportive housing that provides necessary services to help up to eight families develop more stable living situations.
  • Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers - Support Services for Brainerd Lakes Area Seniors: $5,000 to support services that allow seniors to age in place and avoid unnecessary or premature nursing home and assisted living placement.
  • New Pathways, Inc. - Operating Support: $500 to support transitional housing services for Central Minnesota families experiencing homelessness.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Operating Support: $500 to support its Central Minnesota foster grandparent program.
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Operating Support: $500 to support Junior Achievement's work in the Greater St. Cloud Area.
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - Sponsorship for 2017 Student Recognition Event: $1,000 to provide sponsorship for this event honoring scholarships for outstanding students in the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) service area of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - On the Grow Portal and JobSpot Enhancement: $7,500 to support improvements to GreaterStCloudJobSpot.com, a regional job portal to help retain and attract skilled workers to the region.
  • Rural Renewable Energy Alliance - Community Trust-Owned Solar Benefiting Income-eligible Minnesotans: $1,500 to help build a solar energy business model that serves Minnesota's poorest residents.
  • RESOURCE - Skills for Success: $5,000 to support the Skills for Success program that aims to build skills that enhance job and educational opportunities for new Americans in the St. Cloud area.
  • Tri-County Action Program, Inc. - Central Minnesota Free Tax Preparation: $5,000 to support the coordination of Tri-Cap's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program that provides free-tax return preparation and e-filing services to income-qualified individuals in Central Minnesota.
  • Community Giving - Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation Spirit of Hope Fund: $5,000 to establish a challenge match for community donations to provide essential services for families in need.
  • Community Giving - Staffing for Create CommUNITY and Jugaad Leadership Program: $10,000 to support recruitment and training of up to 20 emerging leaders from communities of color in the Greater St. Cloud Area.
  • Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation - St Cloud Rotary Richard C Wilson Community Outpost: $2,500 to support Greater St Cloud Public Safety Foundation in development of a southside COP House (Community Oriented Policing) to increase community-police engagement and reduce crime.  
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund - Capacity-building Training for Central Minnesota Nonprofits: $8,000 to provide nonprofits across the Initiative Foundation service area access to a variety of financial and management training opportunities.
  • Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota - St. Cloud Circle of Parents: $4,000 To provide parenting resources and a free weekly support group for parents who may be in danger of abusing or neglecting their children.
  • Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council - Peer Career Counseling: $5,000 to recruit and train diverse college students to serve as peer mentors for high school students engaged in career exploration.
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota - Emergency Childcare to Improve Self-Sufficiency and Employment Opportunities: $4,000 To reduce the maltreatment of young children and provide relief to parents in crisis by offering emergency childcare within a network of licensed child care providers in the community.
  • GiveMN - General Operating Support: $1,000 to help cover administrative costs associated with hosting the www.GiveMN.org website which serves as an online giving portal for many nonprofits throughout Minnesota.
  • St. Cloud State University - SCSU Winter Institute K-12 Teaching Workshop: $2,000 to market and deliver the Winter Institute Economic Education event to Central Minnesota K-12 educators.
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations – Minnesota Food Funders Network Contribution: $1,000 to provide administrative support for an affinity group of funding partners interesting in helping support family-owned farms, sustainable agriculture and healthy food systems.
  • Happy Dancing Turtle - Eureka! TEDx Gull Lake 2017: $2,500 to deliver a regional TEDx event to increase community engagement, highlight technology, advance workforce opportunities and inspire community partnerships.
  • Tusen Tack - Sustainable Governance of Tusen Tack/Braham Community Event Center: $2,500 to assist Tusen Tack's Board in making an orderly transition to a sustainable business operations model for the Braham Event Center.
  • City of St. Cloud - St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Master Planning: $2,500 to support public input and engagement in updating the St. Cloud parks master plan.
  • BestPrep - Minnesota Business Venture for Central Minnesota: $3,000 to deliver the Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) leadership and business skills development program program for high school students.
  • Milestones - Inside Out Connections Coalition; Supporting Children/Families Impacted by Incarceration: $5,000 to plan a regional training about children of incarcerated parents to increase awareness, provide resources and develop and maintain a network of support for families and returning citizens.
  • Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity - Brainerd Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” Job Transition Training: $5,000 to support a job training program for Minnesota Teen Challenge graduates that provides employment and a local reference to help them find long-term work.
  • Salem Lutheran Church - Salem WEST Fire Response Planning: $5,000 to support strategic planning assistance to help Salem WEST rebuild and reorganize following a March fire at its Deerwood facility.
  • Milestones - Caring for a Lifetime Learning Event: $2,500 toward an annual educational event attended by more than 300 self-employed child-care providers, small business owners and childcare centers.
  • Cambridge-Isanti School District - Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Coalition: $5,000 to support school readiness skills by providing early learning check-out materials such as books, toys and games).
  • Mille Lacs Health System - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten in Onamia Area: $7,500 to increase access to literacy materials through the "1,000 Books before Kindergarten" program.
  • Freshwater Education District - Reading For the Future in Todd County: $3,460 to support the Reading for the Future (RFF) project that will disburse books to 500 children ages birth to age 5 at least three time per year.
  • Princeton School District - Princeton Early Childhood Coalition: $7,000 to collaborate with local agencies and businesses to enhance literacy, increase father involvement and foster teen-parent involvement.
  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Early Learning Access, Materials & Events in Greater St. Cloud: $12,000 to improve parent and caregiver involvment by providing toolkits designed to foster literacy.
  • Pine City School District - Early Childhood Standards and the Dragon Wagon: $5,000 toward training initiatives about the Minnesota Department of Education’s early childhood standards and to help fund the Dragon Wagon (mobile preschool) kindergarden readiness and literacy efforts.
  • Brainerd School District - Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition: $10,000 to provide trainings on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and for continued support of the school district’s cradle-to-career efforts.
  • City of Fifty Lakes - The Landing: $2,895 toward an economic development project to encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs to explore operating in a shared location with shared advertising and other services.
  • A Place for You - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
  • Isanti County Historical Society - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through the Initiative Foundation’s next-stage social enterprise training.
  • Advocates Against Domestic Abuse - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
  • Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through the Initiative Foundation’s next-stage social enterprise training.
  • Employment Enterprises, Inc. - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
  • Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment, Inc. - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise 2.0: $5,000 to advance goals developed through the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
  • Wildlife Forever - Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: $80,000 to assist Wildlife Forever in the deployment of a self-contained, vandal-resistant cleaning station to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. 
  • National Park Service Voyageurs National Park - Restoration of Wetlands Impaired by Invasive Cattails: $60,000 to support a pilot prevention and control strategy for non-native invasive cattails.
  • Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. - Workforce Training for Disabled Adults: $5,000 to provide a work-transition support for individuals in Todd, Wadena, Morrison Cass and Crow Wing counties who experience employment challenges due to disabilities.
  • City of Wyoming - Community Economic Strategic Plan: $2,500 to develop a strategic economic development plan for the city of Wyoming.
  • Kanabec County EDA - Kanabec County EDA Satellite SBDC Office Formation and Mora Industrial Park Shovel-Ready Certification: $4,500 to assist the Kanabec County Economic Development Authority in the establishment of a Small Business Development Center office and to obtain shovel-ready certification for the Mora Industrial Park.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - Micro-finance Feasibility Study for Greater St. Cloud: $2,000 to explore the creation of a peer-to-peer micro-lending program to support new Americans and other entrepreneurs in the Greater St. Cloud Area.
  • Northern Technology Initiative dba GPS 45:93 - Strengthening Economic Development in Region 7E: $8,200 to facilitate a new round of Economic Gardening (helping existing businesses move to the next stage) and to support pilot-project training for an economic development board member.

4th Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe - Early Education Oral Health Improvement Project: $6,640 for  early education programming to provide fluoride varnishing treatments to young children.
  • City of Pine City - Hotel Market Feasibility Study: $2,500 to complete a professional hotel market study in support of a regional or national chain hotel in the Pine City area. 
  • St. Cloud Area School District - Experience Books for Blind/Visually Impaired Children: $2,500 for supplies to help blind/visually-impaired children learn to read by creating storybooks from their own life experiences.
  • Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women - Children Exposed to Violence Initiative: $4,000 to support children who suffer from physical, developmental and psychological effects as a result of exposure to trauma and violence.
  • City of Cambridge - Engaging Business Owners for Downtown Revitalization: $5,000 to evaluate, prioritize and implement Minnesota Design Team recommendations following its April 2016 visit to Cambridge.
  • Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center - Youth Workforce Development in Brainerd, Sauk Rapids-Rice, St. Joseph and Elk River: $2,500 to support the expansion of the Youth Energy Summit program, an effort to develop S.T.E.M. skills, critical thinking and entrepreneurial strategies to help students develop projects that conserve or generate (renewable) energy.
  • Dreams United/Sueños Unidos - Celebrating the Diversity of Long Prairie Residents: $2,500 to support the 10th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Long Prairie--a cultural festival that features diverse cuisine and host local vendors and musicians.
  • Kanabec-Pine Community Health - Flood Recovery Project: $5,000 to help drive donations to the Kanabec County Flood Relief Fund, a program that assists vulnerable individuals and households with needs related to July 2016 flooding.
  • Community Aid of Elk River (CAER) - Car CAER Vehicle Repair: $3,500 to support a vehicle repair program to support income-eligible families in the Elk River area.
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc. - St. Cloud Area Youth Workforce Development: $4,000 to provide classroom and on-the-job training to economically disadvantaged youth.
  • City of Melrose - Area Fire Relief Fund: $5,000 for disaster relief to individuals and businesses affected by a September fire in downtown Melrose that destroyed a number of historic buildings that housed businesses and apartments.
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Strengthening Central Minnesota's Nonprofits: $1,100 to provide annual support to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, an organization that provides resources, training and information to help nonprofits operate efficiently and reach their goals.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - Talent and Innovation Summit: $5,000 to provide sponsorship for the 2016 Innovation Summit, an event highlighting innovative events and activities happening in and around the Greater St. Cloud area.
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - Leech Lake Area YouthBuild Program: $5,000 to support program costs associated with Leech Lake Area YouthBuild construction training program.
  • All Parks Alliance for Change - Support for Affordable Housing: $3,000 to train and educate policy makers and residents of manufactured home parks to ensure that these communities are recognized and preserved as an affordable housing option in Minnesota. 
  • Hands Across the World - Take Ten Program - Crucial Conversations in Greater St. Cloud: $4,000 to fund proactive conversations with students that are aimed at preventing bullying and reducing racial tensions in schools.
  • Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Inc. - Kids-Packs-to-Go Backpack Program: $2,500 to provide approximately 15,795 nutritious food packs to children who are at risk of going hungry during long weekends and school vacations. 
  • City of Wahkon - Feasibility Study for Veterans Park: $2,500 to complete a professional analysis of the city's Veterans Park project, including: preliminary drawings, cost estimates and solutions for restoring the area's natural vegetation.
  • Someplace Safe - Wadena Advocacy Program Support: $2,500 to provide individuals and families victimized by crime and abuse with support services such as temporary housing, food and clothing.
  • Eden Valley Area Library - Strategic Planning: $1,200 to support a community-driven strategic planning process to improve library services.
  • Wellness in the Woods, Inc. - Central Minnesota Peer Respite Program: $4,000 to support a pilot program to train and employ 10-12 Central Minnesota peer recovery specialists to support and advise individuals experiencing mental health crises.
  • City of Crosslake - Design Team Implementation Project: $2,500 to implement prioritized community development projects recommended by the Minnesota Design Team.
  • Open Doors For Youth - Elk River Area Connections Program: $4,000 to help homeless youth and link them to educational, employment, health and housing support services.
  • Hands Across the World - Support for New Americans in Greater St. Cloud: $1,000 to support programs which help new Americans learn English, explore educational opportunities, gain job skills and integrate into the Greater St. Cloud community. This award is made to honor the service of Linda Eich DesJardins as a member of the Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees, including her role as past board chair (2007-2016).
  • Central Lakes College Foundation - Scholarship for Native American Students: $1,000 to provide scholarship support to advance the education of a Native American student enrolled at Central Lakes College. This gift is made in recognition of the service of John J. Babcock as a member of the Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees (2014-2016). 
  • Staples Motley Beyond Poverty - Circle of Support Project: $3,000 in general operating support for the "Not on My Block" methamphetamine forum and community connection day.
  • Community Grassroots Solutions - Informational Sessions Connecting Programs/Services to the Community: $5,000 to support informational sessions in St. Cloud that build the capacity of Somali women who are interested in full- or part-time employment.
  • Brainerd Housing & Redevelopment Authority - Brainerd Riverfront Business Plan: $5,000 to support the development of recreational access and amenities along the Brainerd riverfront.
  • Little Falls School District - Weekend Food Backpack Program: $2,500 to provide nutritious food packs to about 50 children who are at risk of hunger during long weekends and school vacations. 
  • City of Montrose - Economic and Community Development Planning: $2,000 to update Montrose's comprehensive development plan by gathering community input on quality of life and economic development opportunities.
  • Big Lake Community Food Shelf, Inc. - Big Lake Community Food Shelf Space Expansion Project: $2,500 to support the planned relocation of the Big Lake community food shelf to a larger and more efficient space.
  • University of St. Thomas - Institute for Executive Director Leadership: $5,000 to underwrite scholarships for Central Minnesota nonprofit leaders to attend the St. Thomas Institute for Executive Leadership.
  • Staples Economic Development Authority - Staples Comprehensive Plan: $2,500 to facilitate community discussions centered on the creation of a new city development plan.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association - Brainerd Downtown Business Competition: $5,000 to aid in the revitalization of downtown Brainerd through the creation of a business competition.
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (Central Minnesota Chapter) - Central Minnesota Score Education & Outreach Project: $3,000 to develop comprehensive marketing, social media and training seminars for Central Minnesota small businesses.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Transitional Housing: $5,000 to support the efforts of Domus, a program which supports women and children as they transition from chemical dependency treatment centers, mental health care facilities, domestic abuse shelters and homeless shelters. 
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Strengthening Families in Mille Lacs County: $5,000 to support cross-cultural community engagement and education while supporting paths to individual, family and community resilience.
  • Isanti County - Isanti County Trail and Bikeway Master Plan: $5,000 to retain a consultant and collect community input on a master plan to develop an interconnected trail system.
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations - Annual Support: $5,850 to provide annual support to the Minnesota Council on Foundations, a statewide affinity group which provides resources, training and information to help nonprofits excel.
  • Morrison County - Literacy Kits for Families: $3,000 to provide early literacy kits to families with young children to encourage reading and increase parental engagement.
  • Wright County Community Action, Inc. - Raising a Reader Program: $5,000 to develop a research-based literacy program designed to increase school readiness and parent-child bonding opportunities by creating a culture of literacy in the home.  
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way - Start Early Funders Coalition Supportive Funding - 2017: $1,000 to provide annual support to this 26-member philanthropic coalition that provides funding, research, program development, public policy and grant-making to support and improve early childhood efforts in Minnesota.
  • Wadena County - Early Childhood Coalition: $7,345 for families with young children to learn about the lifelong significance of early childhood care, education and consistent parental engagement.
  • Pre-K through Grade 3 Alignment Efforts:
    • St. Cloud Milestones: $7,500 to plan and coordinate family engagement events that will bring together professionals and families to discuss opportunities, challenges and strategies for implementing stronger family engagement.
    • Monticello School District: $2,500 to coordinate a birth to age 8 system to educate families about the importance of teaching children early through reading, language experiences and exposure to various opportunities.
    • Pierz School District: $3,150 to support a collaborative teacher effort to decrease the need for special education services and shrink the achievement gap by improving mathematical skills and increasing reading abilities.
    • Pine City School District: $1,500 for school personnel and community partners to attend the Pre-K- through Grade 3 Leadership Institute to improve school readiness and align educational policies and practices.
    • Cambridge Isanti School District:  $2,500 to increase parent engagement by purchasing and distributing learning materials that support literacy and healthy social emotional development.  
    • Rocori School District: $2,500 to support the efforts of the First School On-Line program, a module-based program that increases the capacity of educators to align literacy techniques and engagement across grade levels.
    • Wadena-Deer Creek School District: $2,500 for attendance at curriculum alignment sessions designed to facilitate a smooth transition for children from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten.
  • City of Milaca - Preparing for Natural Disasters: $2,000 to develop a plan and coordinate disaster response professionals, nonprofits, service clubs and faith communities to provide immediate and long-term relief in the event of fire, flood, tornado or other disaster.
  • Financial Resiliency Through Social Enterprise 2.0 Participants: 
    • Helping Hands Outreach: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
    • Paws & Claws Animal Shelter: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
    • Rural Renewable Energy Alliance: $5,000 to advance goals developed through participation in the Initiative Foundation's next-stage social enterprise training.
  • Central Lakes College Foundation - Small Business Technical Assistance Support: $10,000 to provide trained consultants who will offer one-on-one sessions to help guide small business owners in business planning, financial projections, marketing consultation and other technical assistance.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp (BLAEDC) - Workforce Attraction Website Update: $10,000 help the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation redesign its website and use live-feed data and social media marketing to better meet the mission of attracting workforce and new business to their region.
  • Economic Development Partnership of Wright County - Wright County Commercial Broker Event: $2,500 to build awareness of business startup and expansion opportunities in their region.

3rd Quarter 2016 Grant Highlights

  • Princeton School District - Early Childhood Preventative Dental Services: $3,000 to provide dental education and fluoride varnishing at all Princeton Early Childhood screening events family nights and the early childhood fair.
  • Mille Lacs Health System - Cavity Free Little Panthers in Onamia: $8,500 to provide an oral health screening in conjunction with the early childhood screenings, including fluoride varnish. 
  • Mille Lacs County - Mille Lacs County Public Health Cavity Free Birth to Five: $10,000 to improve access to preventative dental health care using fluoride varnish at school and other screenings provided by Mille Lacs County Public Health nurses.
  • Isle School District - Dental Awareness in Isle Early Childhood: $1,500 to purchase fluoride varnish and retain a dental provider to provide treatment up to four times in the school year to enrolled children ages 0-5. 
  • College-Link - New American Students Connect to Higher Education in Greater St. Cloud: $5,000 to support high school students interested in obtaining a college or university degree. This work includes practical assistance with test preparation, admission application(s), financial aid, etc. 
  • St. Cloud State University Foundation - Memorial for Dr. Earl Potter: $1,000 in remembrance of exceptional service to the Initiative Foundation in his capacity as a trustee (2007-2016), to the university and to our region.
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation - Sponsorship of Minnesota Council of Foundations: $416 to support the Jan. 19-20, 2017, annual conference, "Philanthropy in Action," at the Radison Blu in Minneapolis.  
  • Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities: $5,000 to sponsor the 2017 National Conference in St. Paul. This sponsorship is a combined contribution from each of the six Initiative Foundations which serve all of Greater Minnesota.
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation - Community Foundation's Opportunity Network: $2,500 to sponsor coordination and logistical support for this national affinity group seeking to build social capital in under-served communities.  
  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Better Together - Feeding Greater St. Cloud: $5,000 to support engagement across communities, neighborhoods and cultures while preparing meals for food shelves, charities and community groups that serve individuals experiencing food insecurity throughout Central Minnesota.
  • Central Minnesota Jobs & Training - Community Economic Development Strategy for Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright Counties: $7,000 to retain professional expertise and engage the public in updating the U.S. Economic Development Authority reviewed five-year plan.  
  • Amherst Wilder Foundation - Minnesota Compass Support: $4,000 to maintain and enhance Minnesota Compass (www.mncompass.org), a website which presents summary statistics, and tracks and analyzes trends in areas that affect the quality of life in Greater Minnesota.  
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - Sponsorship of Manufacturing Tour of Greater St. Cloud: $2,000 to support coordination and promotion of the Oct. 8 St. Cloud Area Tour of Manufacturing events and activities.
  • Big Lake School District - Big Lake Early Childhood Coalition: $7,000 to increase literacy-rich opportunities for families with young children, especially those living in poverty.
  • Morrison County United Way - Dolly Parton Imagination Library: $4,000 to support the distribution of Imagination Library books to children from birth to 5 years old; intended to support school readiness by encouraging families to read with their young children.
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota - Emergency Child Care - Benton and Stearns: $4,000 to provide 300 income-eligible children a safe and temporary place to go when their parent/caregiver is dealing with a crisis.
  • Foley School District - PreK-Grade 3 Alignment: $2,350 to align Parent Aware-approved preschool cirriculum with current Kindergarten through Grade 3 programs. 
  • Pine River-Backus School District - PreK-Grade 3 Alignment: $1,300 to increase quality and continuity of education within the PreK-3rd Grade time frame, designed to support staff in forming relationships and collaborations that will help children develop the skills needed to succeed in school.
  • Pine City School District - PreK-Grade 3 Alignment: $2,350 to increase coordination and collaboration between professionals in both the private and public sectors of Pre-K to Grade 3 education and care, designed to align educational standards, literacy plans and professional development opportunities.
  • Brainerd School District - PreK-Grade 3 Alignment: $2,350 to provide training to preschool and child care providers on a Parent Aware-approved early childhood assessment tool to asses school readiness.
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe - PreK-Grade 3 Alignment: $2,350 to support planning and implementation of the PreK-Grade 3 collaboration between Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Isle and Onamia School Districts and Nay Ah Shing School.
  • City of Sandstone - Thriving Communities Implementation Project: $10,000 to carry out projects developed though the Thriving Communities Initiative program, including: expanding Arts in the Park; school and community youth events and training; an analysis of a historic downtown building; and a wayfinding project to better identify community amenities for residents and visitors.
  • City of Fifty Lakes - GoNorth Thriving Communities Initiative: $10,000 to support goals developed through the GoNorth Thriving Communities Initiative process that includes Emily, Fifty Lakes, and three adjacent townships.
  • LEAP, Inc. - Staples Thriving Communities Implementation: $10,000 for the following projects: housing; encouraging entrepreneurship; small business expansion and formation;  improving community amenities; and creating a skilled workforce.
  • City of Staples - Disaster Preparedness Project: $4,000 to plan and install backup generation capacity for the emergency response center as part of the long-term recovery team project.
  • Sherburne County - Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy: $7,000 to update the 2013 Region 7W Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) so that the four-county region can maintain eligibility for grant funds from the Federal Department of Commerce while maintaining a common economic development strategy that will benefit all participants in the process.
  • Gateway Institute for Research and Development - Business Planning for Somali Entrepreneurs in St. Cloud: $5,000 to provide an introduction to key skills and resources for New Americans interested in starting or expanding businesses. 
  • BestPrep - Entrepreneurial Training for Youth in Greater St. Cloud: $3,000 to provide scholarships to a residential summer entrepreneurship program hosted at St. Cloud State University and Saint John's University for Central Minnesota high school students.
  • City of Sartell - Update Development Plan for Heavy Development Zone: $7,000 to support public input and professional land-use guidance for heavy industrial-zoned land within the city.  
  • Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council - Immigrant-Workforce Connections for Greater St. Cloud: $5,000 to support training for employers interested in hiring new Americans plus assistance for immigrants seeking employment opportunities. 
  • Northern Technology Initiative dba GPS 45:93 - Economic Development Strategic Plan for East Central Minnesota: $2,500 to retain an economic development consultant for the development of a strategic plan that identifies opportunities to create and/or retain quality jobs align GPS 45:93 resources with the structure needed to achieve measurable progress. 

2nd Quarter 2016 Grant Highlights

  • New Pathways, Inc. - Shelter and Support Services in Central Minnesota: $5,000 to provide shelter and support services to homeless children and families in Central Minnesota.
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area - Cass Lake Boys & Girls Club Career Launch Program: $5,000 to support the Career Launch program that provides essential tools and skills to better prepare youth to obtain future employment.
  • The Yes Network - St. Cloud Yes Network: $4,000 to support the 'Future Search' facilitated communal dialogue in five St. Cloud low-income neighborhoods, aimed at empowering residents to collectively work to achieve shared goals to improve their communities.
  • MInnesota Council on Foundations - Minnesota Food Funders Network: $1,000 to provide administrative support for a group of funding partners interesting in helping support family-owned farms, sustainable agriculture and healthy food systems.
  • International Mountain Bicycling Association - Trail Development in Cuyuna Range: $5,000 to develop new trails in the Cuyuna Recreational Area to support area youth and economic development.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota - Youth Mentoring in St. Cloud Area: $5,000 to provide mentoring opportunities between youth and adults in Central Minnesota with a special focus on youth residing in low-income, single-parent homes.
  • Cuyuna Range Youth Center - Youth Development in Crosby: $5,000 to deliver an after school program which provides activities and a safe space for area youth.
  • Cornerstones Center, Inc. - Capacity-Building: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Kinship Partners, Inc. - Pathways to Mentoring: $5,000 to support school-based youth mentoring programs and follow-up community-based mentoring in Crosby, Pequot Lakes, Staples/Motley and Pillager schools in 2016.
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans - Greater St. Cloud Veterans and Families: $2,500 to provide direct assistance to at least 225 veterans and their families.
  • College Possible - College Access and Support for Income-Eligible Students: $5,000 to support programming to help eligible high school students prepare and apply for college and persist through to graduation once they are accepted.
  • Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc. - Brainerd Lakes Area: $5,000 to support training in crisis intervention work skills for Center and partner organization staff.
  • Rural Renewable Energy Alliance - Leech Lake Reservation Workforce Training: $5,000 to help two tribal members obtain their "Registered Unlicensed Electrician" certification so they can assist in the installation of solar panels at the Leech Lake Tribal College. The Legislative Citizens' Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has awarded $490,000 to support the capital expenses associated with this project.
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Growing Entrepreneurs in Stearns County: $5,000 to expand programing into five new schools: Albany, Avon, Sartell, St. Joseph and Sauk Rapids. Funds will be used to support operations, enhance networks and build new partnerships with local community leaders.
  • Saint Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation - High School Mentors: $4,000 to support 80-hour internships for students of color to gain workforce experience and explore career opportunities. 
  • Higher Ground Church - Greater St. Cloud Summer Learning Program for Vulnerable Children: $1,500 to explore community engagement, the arts and higher education through a healthy, safe and interactive learning environment while providing quality care and educational programming.
  • Community Giving - Grassroots Leadership Program Support: $5,000 to deliver a series of civic leadership and engagement workshops that support people of color living and/or working in the St. Cloud area.
  • Green Card Voices - Stories from the New American Community in Greater St. Cloud: $5,000 through the creation of a series of videos featuring local immigrants and/or refugees to enhance cultural awareness and create more welcoming communities.
  • Chisago County EDA - ABC Competition Project: $4,000 to support the coordination and evaluation of the next phase of the National ABC Community Development Process for the cities of Taylors Falls, Shafer, Center City, LIndstrom and Chisago Lakes. 
  • Employment Enterprises, Inc. - Morrison County Glass Recycling Program Improvements: $4,000 to help streamline a glass recycling program to increase efficiency, effectiveness and safety and to provide jobs for adults with disabilities.
  • Arc Midstate - Advancing Skills & Leadership in Person-Centered Planning: $3,500 to support Arc's efforts to become a 'go-to' training resource for organizations developing person-centered approaches to service delivery for people with disabilities.
  • City of Big Lake - Housing and Comprehensive Plan Update: $4,000 to retain a consultant, conduct research and solicit public input for a housing feasibility study and action plan and subsequently update the city's Comprehensive Plan to support affordable and workforce housing.
  • Hackensack Senior Citizens Center, Inc. - Strategic Planning and Community Engagement: $2,500 to support engagement of service recipients and the broader community to update the center's strategic plan and business model.
  • Saint Cloud State University - SCRUBS Camp for Health Care Careers: $5,000 to support a collaboration with St. Cloud Technical and Community College and area high schools to provide students an opportunity to explore career options.  
  • Second Harvest Heartland - CentraCare Food Support for Greater St. Cloud: $4,000 to connect income-eligible St. Cloud-area patients living with diabetes and/or heart disease to healthy food as a means to reduce hunger, increase health and reduce care costs.
  • Leech Lake Financial Services - Business Assistance/Financial Literacy Intern: $4,000 to provide general operating support to retain a finance/business summer intern to assist with origination and underwriting of business and consumer loans and to support clients via the Credit Building Loan Program designed to help residents gain greater access to conventional banking services.
  • City of Saint Cloud - Development of River Walk Master Plan: $5,000 to secure consulting, planning and engineering services to develop a physical design and to support construction for enhanced public access along the Mississippi River, connecting downtown St. Cloud, Hester Park and the Lake Wobegon Trail.
  • Pine River-Backus School District - Structural Analysis for Solar Schools Project: $2,000 for structural and equipment analysis needed to assess and configure a solar panel project proposed for the school.  
  • Quality Innovations & Resources Corporation - Parenting the Love and Logic Way: $2,500 to provide and market "Parenting the Love and Logic Way" classes to offer healthy, natural-consequence teaching opportunities.
  • Pine City School District - Pine City Area Early Childhood Coalition Strategic Planning: $1,500 to develop an updated strategic plan and subsequent action plan that will represent the needs of children birth to age 5 in Pine City.
  • Essentia Health Foundation - Reach Out and Read - Brainerd Lakes Area: $2,750 to increase engagement of parents and children in early literacy through interactions with health care providers through Reach Out and Read—a program that trains and supports medical staff who provide books to children and offer parents advice about the importance of reading to their children.
  • Pine River-Backus School District - Pine River-Backus Early Childhood Coalition: $8,500 To develop an updated strategic plan that will represent the needs of children birth to age 5 in the Pine River-Backus area. The grant will support Love and Logic parenting classes; community events for families with young children; and increase parent engagement and planning to align the PreK-Grade 3 system to enhance kindergarten readiness and reading levels by the third grade.
  • Saint Cloud State University - Thrive Early Childhood Coalition: $10,000 to address the social and emotional needs of young children by building strong collaborations with organizations that serve immigrant and refugee populations; coordinating co-learning events with immigrant/refugee families and early childhood professionals; and to survey the community and update/reformat a resource directory for parents with young children.
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe - PreK-Grade 3 Alignment: $2,350 to support ongoing planning and implementation of the PreK-Grade 3 strategy work in collaboration with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Isle and Onamia school districts and Nay Ah Shing School.
  • Saint Cloud Neighborhood Coalition - Creating Welcoming and Viable Neighborhoods: $20,000 to work with up to 10 core neighborhoods to do neighborhood cleanups; build connections between homeowners and renters; and work with the city to host neighborhood gatherings to address positive crime prevention and ordinance enforcement.  
  • Camp Vanasek, Inc. - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Program Participation: $7,500 To conduct a business planning process and advance goals developed during participation in the Initiative Foundation's Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Koronis Lake Association - Starry Stonewort Management Project in Stearns County: $50,000 to support experimental management designed to control and contain a Starry Stonewort infestation of Koronis Lake. This grant is supported by funds provided by the Outdoor Heritage Council as recommended by the Minnesota Legislature.

1st Quarter 2016 Grant Highlights

  • Central Lakes College Foundation - Diversity in the Dental Workforce in Central Minnesota: $45,000 to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of students working towards dental careers in Central Minnesota. Learn more ...
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College - Diversity in the Dental Workforce in Central Minnesota: $45,000 to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of students working towards dental careers in Central Minnesota. Learn more ...
  • Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project - Crow Wing County Safer Saner Schools Project: $4,000 to grow the Safer Saner Schools project that uses restorative practices to address negative behaviors and increase student engagement and success.
  • Cloverleaf Youth Partnership dba Cyber Cafe - Wadena Area Youth Programming: $2,500 to support art and computer coding classes for area teens to promote positive, constructive out-of-school activities.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota - St. Cloud Area Youth Employment Program: $5,000 to deliver Career Launch program, designed to empower youth in gaining skills in order to obtain future employment.
  • University of St. Thomas - Nonprofit Leadership Development in Central Minnesota: $5,000 to provide scholarships for up to five participants from Central Minnesota to attend nonprofit leadership training.
  • Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers - Services for Seniors: $5,000 to support services that enable seniors and adults with disabilities to remain living in homes of their choosing.
  • A Place for You - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Saint Cloud State University - Development of Cyber Security Education Partnership: $5,000 to support the creation of a statewide cyber security initiative to educate and train qualified professionals from higher education, industry and government.
  • Family Pathways - Backpack Food Program for Isle Elementary: $3,500 to provide supplemental food packs to about 50 children who are at risk of hunger during weekends and school breaks to improve school performance and reduce behavioral and health issue related to insufficient nutrition.
  • Bridges of Hope - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Connecting Youth to Morrison County Leaders: $3,500 to support local educators whose mission is to prepare students to be successful adults. The program will reach 750 Morrison County students during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota - Leadership Opportunities for St. Cloud Talahi Families: $5,000 to provide supportive services, enhance economic stability and cultivate leadership opportunities for up to 75 program participants/families.
  • Chisago County Economic Development Authority - Renewable Energy Options: $5,000 to support energy audits, technical assistance and financing options to provide access to energy conservation and solar power options for nonprofit, private and public sector partners.
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation - Economic Recovery from Madelia Fire: $2,000 to support community and economic recovery efforts from the fire which devastated the commercial district of Madelia in early February.
  • Wadena-Deer Creek School District - FIRST Robotics: $1,000 to provide a challenge grant to help secure private sector sponsors for the district's robotics team.
  • Community Giving - Conversation on Race: $5,000 to bring together diverse members of the Greater St. Cloud community to discuss issues of racism and encourage a united call to action to create a welcoming community.
  • Helping Hands Outreach, Holdingford - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Unity Family Healthcare - Community Health Needs Assessment: $1,000 to support a community survey and stakeholder interviews with residents of Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties to explore healthcare needs and opportunities.
  • Faith In Action for Cass County - Capacity Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better seve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Great River Family Promise - Capacity Building Support for Elk River Nonprofit: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc., Brainerd - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Paradise Community Theatre Association, Inc., Mora - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • CentraCare Health Foundation - Greatest Needs Fund: $500 in recognition and honor of the 5 Under 40 program and its 2015 award winners.
  • Seven County Senior Federation, Mora - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so that they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Tusen Tack, Braham - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts so they may better serve their community and fulfill their charitable purpose.
  • Big Lake Backpack Buddies - Backpack Food Program for Youth: $2,500 to provide supplemental food packs for more than 200 students who are at risk of hunger during weekends and school breaks to improve school performance and reduce behavioral and health issue related to insufficient nutrition.
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit in St. Cloud: $1,500 to bring together Central Minnesota nonprofits on May 5 at River's Edge Convention Center to provide training and resources.
  • Child Care Choices, Inc. - Caring for a Lifetime Learning Event: $1,000 to support a one-day educational event for more than 300 self-employed family childcare providers, small business owners and childcare centers.
  • Princeton School District - Princeton Area Early Childhood Coalition: $7,000 to expand family outreach, increase learning opportunities and to organize a Princeton Early Childhood Fair.
  • Wadena County - Wadena County Early Childhood Coalition: $1,585 to support an updated strategic plan to support the needs of child from birth to age 5 in Wadena County.
  • Big Lake School District - Big Lake Area Early Childhood Coalition: $2,200 for a community strategic planning process designed to begin a new early childhood coalition in the Big Lake area with a goal of benefitting young children and their families.
  • Freshwater Education District - Reading for the Future: $3,000 to support a Staples-area literacy project that will distribute books three times a year to 500 children from birth to age 5.
  • Brainerd School District - Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition: $15,000 to continue "Cradle to Career" work to address the social-emotional needs of children, birth to age 5. Goals include Adverse Childhood Experiences training; merging Inside-Out Connections and Early Childhood Coalition initiatives; expanding a pre-kindergarten assessment tool to other community early learning providers; and offering Love and Logic parenting classes.
  • Staples Economic Development Authority - Housing Study: $3,250 to complete an assessment of new and rehabilitated housing opportunities.
  • Rockville Area Sportsmans Club - Public Service Recognition Project: $1,000 to recognize past and current community members who served in the military or emergency services and to foster a culture of public service.
  • Rush City - Thriving Communities Initiative Implementation: $10,000 to enhance a Shop Local campaign; promote events through technology; increase community educational offerings; and raise funds for a community LED sign to enhance communication with citizens.
  • Little Falls - Thriving Communities Initiative: $10,000 to carry out community projects identified through the Little Falls Town 101 Thriving Communities Initiative process. Projects include making the industrial park shovel ready; tourism marketing; implementing an initiative to retain and attract downtown businesses; supporting a youth/business mentorship program; and using city park space to grow local foods.
  • Birthline, Inc. - Online Learning Beta Testing Grant: $1,000 to support nonprofit capacity-building efforts and beta testing of ifoundtraining.org, an online learning tool of the Initiative Foundation.
  • Community Grassroots Solutions - Online Learning Beta Testing Grant: $1,000 to support nonprofit capacity-building efforts and beta testing of ifoundtraining.org, an online learning tool of the Initiative Foundation.
  • Helping Hands Outreach - Online Learning Beta Testing Grant: $1,000 to support nonprofit capacity-building efforts and beta testing of ifoundtraining.org, an online learning tool of the Initiative Foundation.
  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc. - Online Learning Beta Testing Grant: $1,000 to support nonprofit capacity-building efforts and beta testing of ifoundtraining.org, an online learning tool of the Initiative Foundation.
  • Open Doors for Youth - Online Learning Beta Testing Grant: $1,000 to support nonprofit capacity building efforts and beta testing of ifoundtraining.org, an online learning tool of the Initiative Foundation.
  • Opportunity Matters, Inc. - Online Learning Beta Testing Grant: $1,000 to support nonprofit capacity building efforts and beta testing of ifoundtraining.org, an online learning tool of the Initiative Foundation.
  • Salem Lutheran Church - Online Learning Beta Testing Grant: $1,000 to support nonprofit capacity-building efforts and beta testing of ifoundtraining.org, an online learning tool of the Initiative Foundation.
  • A Place for You - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Program Participation: $7,500 for the development of a business plan to advance goals developed during participation in the Initiative Foundation's Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Bridges of Hope - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Program Participation: $7,500 for the development of a business plan to advance goals developed during participation in the Initiative Foundation's Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Todd County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc. - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Brainerd Restoration - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Central Minnesota Jobs & Training, Monticello - Capacity-Building: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Children's Day Montessori, Inc. - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Community Grassroots Solutions - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Salem Lutheran Church - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Isanti County Historical Society - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Program Participation: $7,500 for the development of a business plan to advance goals established during participation in the Initiative Foundation's Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Morrison County Animal Humane Society - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Program Participation: $7,500 for the development of a business plan to advance goals established during participation in the Initiative Foundation's Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc. - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Program Participation: $7,500 for the development of a business plan to advance goals establshed during participation in the Initiative Foundation's Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program.
  • RiverWorks - Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise Program Participation: $7,500 To conduct a thorough business planning process and advance goals developed during participation in the TOP Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise program,
  • Brainerd Baxter Youth Center - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Kinship of Morrison County - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Rivers of Hope - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Eradicating Achievement Gap & Learning Empowerment, Inc. - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Community Aid of Elk River (CAER) - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Great River Arts Association - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Let's Go Fishing - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Paul Bunyan Arboretum - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Pearl Crisis Center - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • PORT of Crow Wing County, Inc. - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Ski Gull, Inc. - Capacity-Building Support: $4,000 to support capacity-building efforts to better serve the community and fulfill the organization's charitable purpose.
  • Crow Wing County - Wakeboarder Outreach Campaign: $67,588 to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) through a media campaign that targets younger recreationalists. Learn more ...
  • Kandiyohi County - Centralized Inspection and Decontamination Station: $48,000 to support a centralized site where boaters can book an appointment to have their watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species. Learn more ...
  • Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District - Enhanced Skills Development for Aquatic Invasive Species Program: $17,769 to train aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspectors in conflict resolution, techniques to de-escalate confrontations and basic precepts in lake science and ecology. Learn more ...
  • Wildlife Forever - Multimedia Access and Signage Project: $37,760 to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) by the use of geo-fencing (pushing messages to smart phones within a defined geographic area) to share best practices, locations of decontamination or inspection services and other resources. Learn more ...
  • Anderson Center - Scholarships for Executive Training: $10,000 to increase accessibility to training that supports new and expanding businesses.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - Downtown Business Improvement District: $7,000 to explore the creation of a business improvement district and to assess the structure, function and efficiencies of the St. Cloud Downtown Council and Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation.
  • Central Lakes College Foundation - Growth Curve Specialist Certification: $1,000 to learn about tools that improve profits, performance and productivity that will help companies develop leadership skills, identify root causes of critical issues and execute on growth initiatives.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - Support for Regional Economic Development: $7,500 to renew annual commitment to this investor-supported organization of community leaders dedicated to enhancing and expanding St. Cloud area economic opportunities.

Past Partner Fund Grant Award Highlights

4th Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

Delano Area Community Foundation

  • Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture—Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas: $1,000
  • Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture—Used Books at The 221 Delano: $250
  • Delano School District—Delano High School Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day: $1,000
  • City of Delano—Hennepin County Lunch Bus: $2,000

Longville Area Community Foundation 

  • City of LongvilleCity Park Support: $1,300  
  • Jim & HK Stuart Memorial Grants: $1,300  

Morrison County Area Foundation 

  • Flyer Athletic BoostersCommunity and Volunteer Engagement: $750  
  • Holy Trinity Catholic SchoolVolunteer Recognition: $375  
  • Mary of Lourdes SchoolVolunteer Recognition: $375  
  • Morrison County United WayVolunteer Recognition: $750  

Staples Motley Area Community Foundation 

  • Staples Area Women's ChorusHer Voice Her Song Women's Choral Festival: $2,500  
  • Staples Economic Development AuthorityHistoric Batcher Block Opera House (BBOH) Bond Preparation: $2,500  
  • Kinship Partners, Inc.Staples/Motley Area Lunch Buddy Program: $2,800  
  • Staples Motley School DistrictCollege Exploration: $1,250  
  • Staples Motley School DistrictReality Store: $1,500 
  • LEAP, Inc.2020 Wellness Summit: $1,500

Black Oak Getty Community Foundation 

  • Sauk Centre Sports BoostersSauk Centre Sports Boosters: $500  
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper MidwestJunior Achievement - Sauk Centre: $1,000  
  • CentraCare Health FoundationSauk Centre Community Garden Shed: $3,649  
  • CommunityGivingSauk Centre Obstacle Course Challenge Park: $2,500  
  • 510 Art Lab Security and Keyless Entry: $1,000  
  • The Yes NetworkYouth Leadership and Work Readiness Training: $4,700  

Central Minnesota Builders Association Fund & Initiative 

The following schools and school districts received grants as part of the Central Minnesota Builders Association Presidents Fund & Initiative and its Tools for Schools project 

  • Albany School District: $2,097  
  • St. Cloud Area School District: $1,000  
  • St. Cloud Area School DistrictMcKinley ALC: $1,500  
  • Becker High School: $1,250  
  • Cathedral High School: $500  
  • Foley School District: $1,000  
  • Little Falls School District: $1,000  
  • Melrose School District: $1,500  
  • Rocori School District: $800  
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice High School: $1,500  
  • Swanville High School: $4,000  
  • St. Cloud Area School District: $1,300  
  •  Upsala High School: $950  

Innovative Schools Project Fund 

  • Swanville Dollars for ScholarsISP Matching Grant: $5,000  

Gull Chain Preservation Endowment Fund 

  • Gull Chain of Lakes AssociationAmy L. Scott Family Foundation Grant: $1,000  

Josh Richardson Family Fund 

  • Elk River School DistrictReplacement and Updating Tools at Rogers High School: $10,000  

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation 

The following grants will support the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district:   

  • Book Club Curriculum: $250  
  • Connections and Teambuilding: $500  
  • Extensions for Higher-Level Mathematical Thinking: $650  
  • Flexible Seating for Success: $500  
  • Strengths to Promote Resilience: $500  
  • Classroom Transformation Kits: $500  
  • Enhancing the Parent Education Learning Environment: $500  
  • Fur Trade Living History Lyceums: $765  
  • Enhancement of Social Emotional Literacy for Social Emotional Learning: $1,000  
  • Instruments for the Music Classroom: $1,000  
  • Vocabulary Instruction Read-Aloud Books: $550  
  • Dash Robot Coding Projects: $750  
  • Minecraft EDU in Fifth-Grade Math: $500  

Minnesota Pioneer Park Endowment Fund 

  • Minnesota Pioneer Park: $450  

Manufacturing Fund of Central Minnesota 

  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.Central Minnesota Women's Business Alliance: $2,500  

Lake Region Christian School Education Foundation 

  • Lake Region Christian SchoolClassroom Enhancements: $3,115  

Braham Area Education Foundation 

The following grants will support Braham-area schools:   

  • Students and Podcasts: $130  
  • Art DepartmentDocument Camera: $531  
  • Graphing Calculator Classroom Set: $1,490  
  • Third-Grade Chromebooks: $1,500  
  • CNC Programing InitiativePlasma Cutting: $1,500  

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund 

  • Allina Associated FoundationGrief Support Group: $2,500  
  • Cambridge Area Pickleball Association (CAPA)Community Partnership for Health and Wellness of Seniors: $10,000  
  • Cambridge Community College Center FoundationHealth Sciences Scholarship Program: $25,000  
  • Early Childhood Partnership for Isanti County$5,000

Edeburn Family Fund 

  • First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud RegionGeneral Operations: $5,400  

Pillager Education Foundation 

The following grants will support Pillager-area schools:   

  • Sustainable Food Preservation Through Canning, Dehydrating, Freezing and Fermenting.: $480  
  • Interdisciplinary Outdoor Photo Wetland Observation Equipment: $2,500  
  • C-Pen Reader Pens for Fourth-Grade Co-Taught Classroom: $513  
  • Headphones for Collaborative Work and Flipped Classroom: $950  
  • Technology Needs to Start an AV CLUB: $1,776  
  • Elementary Innovative Instructional Programming: $990  
  • Sensory Bins: $350  
  • Interdisciplinary Trail Loop, Observation Platforms, Dock & Canoe Launch Materials: $2,500  

Chuck Christian Community Spirit Fund 

  • Open Doors For YouthExpand Connections Program: $1,200  

Patrick and Jane Mitchell Family Fund 

  • Africa JamOperating Support: $1,000  
  • The Yes NetworkOperating Support: $1,500  

Bob and Marsha Bunger Endowment Fund 

  • Milaca School DistrictMilaca High School Band: $750  

Anderson Brothers Family Fund 

  • Prevent Child Abuse MinnesotaAnnual Radiothon to End Child Abuse: $500  
  • Healing Opportunity Provided Equally (HOPE)Domestic Violence Awareness Month: $500  
  • YMCA of BrainerdY Partners Annual Campaign: $1,100  

Hanowski Family Fund 

  • Little Falls Sports Arena, Inc.Blue Line Club: $750  

Shawn Grittner Memorial Fund 

  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc.Operating Support: $500  
  • Holy Family Church Belle PrairieHoliday Gift Program: $1,500  

Artesian Homes Family Fund 

  • Pillager School DistrictSponsor the Children's Willy Wonka Production: $2,080  

Youthprise 

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictCompass Program: $32,991 

St. Cloud State Microlending Program Fund

  • St. Cloud State University Foundation—Remaining Balance to Support the Small Business Development Center: $40,235.09

3rd Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation  

  • Victory Riders, Inc.Adopt a Horse and Rider Program$2,000   
  • Spectrum High SchoolAdvancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College Readiness System$1,000   
  • Youth Investment FoundationOutreach to At-Risk Youth$3,000   
  • Sherburne County Area United WayServing People in Need$1,000   
  • True FriendsEnrichment Activities for People with Disabilities$2,500   
  • Sherburne History CenterElk River History Buffs Monthly Program$500   
  • Open Doors For YouthProviding a Welcoming Community Facility for Homeless Youth$3,500   
  • Boys & Girls Club of Elk RiverFinancial Literacy Program$3,500   
  • Elk River School District Early Childhood Family EducationStrengthening Family Ties$3,000   
  • Sherburne County Trail AssociationAutomated External Defibrillator for Sherburne County Trail Shed$1,000   
  • Great River Family PromiseFamily Emergency Funds$1,000   
  • Thumbs Up High 5K & 10K Run, Walk, Bike and Blade Event$2,000   
  • Community Aid of Elk RiverKidz Kitz$1,000   
  • Faith in Action in Sherburne CountyElder Care$1,000   
  • Rivers of HopeDomestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Services for Youth$5,000   
  • Christians Reaching Out In Social ServiceFood Support Warehouse Expansion$1,000   
  • 728 Cadets, Inc.Marching Arts Program 2019-2020$2,500   
  • Running for JusticeSex Trafficking Awareness and Education is Power Conference$2,000   
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. CloudElk River Senior Dining$1,000   
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin CitiesElk River Youth Summer Child Care and School Release$1,500   
  • Guardian Angels Care CenterLiving Spirit Tap, Toe and Fun$1,000   

Greater Pine Area Endowment  

  • Pine City Area History AssociationReplace Building Foundation of Rural School Museum$5,000   
  • Fostering Families, Inc.Sweet Dreams$1,500   
  • Snake River Valley Conservation ClubPine City Water Treatment Ponds Birding Platform and Trail$1,500   

Morrison County Area Foundation  

  • Morrison County Food ShelfSupershelf Food Funding$1,500   
  • Royalton School DistrictCare Closet$750    
  • Morrison County United WayImagination Library$500   
  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc.Personal Care Items for Families and Individuals Experiencing Homelessness$1,500   
  • Little Falls School DistrictDistributed Education Clubs of America (DECA) Scholarships for Career Development Conferences$750   
  • City of RoyaltonRoyalton Dog Park$1,000   
  • Great River Arts AssociationRedefining Great River Art's Classroom Spaces$1,000   
  • Minnesota Association for Volunteer AdministrationYouth Volunteer Impact Leadership Training$1,000   
  • Franciscan Sisters of Little FallsFinancial Aid for Families in Need or With Special Circumstances$500   
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper MidwestMorrison County Biz Town for 2019-2020$1,000   
  • Lifetrack Resources, Inc.Deaf or Hard of Hearing Peer-to-Peer Support Programming$500   

Staples Motley Area Community Foundation  

  • LEAP, Inc.June Fest and Railroad Days 2019$2,000   
  • Faith Lutheran ChurchBack to School Fair$2,000   

Julius and Tracy Kurpius Fund  

  • Central Lakes College (Staples Campus)Living Legacy Gardens Sign$1,600   

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation 

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education FoundationOperating Support$5,000   

Lake Region Christian School Education Foundation 

  • Lake Region Christian SchoolScholarships and Classroom Enhancements$14,288   

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund  

  • Tusen TackStrengthening Tusen Tack's Storage Capacity to Meet Growing Organizational Need$5,000   
  • Isanti County Commission on AgingProviding Programs and Services to Senior Citizens of Isanti County$5,000   
  • New Pathways, Inc.Path to Home Cambridge Site Program$10,000   
  • Braham Elementary Parent OrganizationPlayground for Community at the High School$5,000   

Lakes Area Medical Development Fund 

  • City of BrainerdCrow Wing County PulsePoint Project$5,000   

John and Bonnie Schlagel Endowment 

  • Anoka Ramsey Community College FoundationScholarship in Memory of Evan Stein$2,000   
  • Animal Humane SocietyAnimal Care at Coon Rapids Site$2,000   
  • Cambridge Community College Center Foundation2020 Scholardazzle Fundraiser$1,500   
  • Isanti County Humane SocietyAnimal Care$2,000   
  • Mayo ClinicAlzheimer's Program$2,000   
  • Mayo ClinicCancer Program$2,000   
  • Tres Islas Orphanage FundMexican Orphanages Animal Care$2,500   
  • Tres Islas Orphanage FundMexican Orphanages Operating Support$2,100   
  • A Place for You2019 Fundraising Banquet to Support Housing for Homeless Individuals$2,000   
  • Allina Associated FoundationReach Out & Read Program$1,500   
  • Family PathwaysFood Shelf Program$2,000   
  • Family PathwaysRefuge Network Shelter Domestic Abuse Program$3,000   
  • Minnesota Safe RideSober Cab Program$2,000   
  • New Pathways, Inc.Housing for Homeless Families$3,000   
  • Pine Technical & Community College FoundationScholarships$2,000   
  • University of Minnesota FoundationVeterinary Medicine Scholarship$2,000   
  • Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars FoundationScholarships for Cambridge-Isanti Students$2,000   

Anderson Brothers Family Fund  

  • Bridges of Hope7th Annual Run For Hope Sponsorship$1,000   
  • Breath of Life Adult Day ServiceGeneral Operations$1,000   
  • Salvation ArmyOperating Support$2,000   
  • This One's For Hop, Inc.Smiles For Jake$2,000   
  • Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Inc.Kids-Packs-To-Go$1,000   
  • Kinship Partners, Inc.Lunch Buddies$500   
  • Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc.General Operations$1,000   

Betty and Larry Nelson Family Fund 

  • School Sisters of Notre DameResource Development$500   

Minnesota State Veterans Art Monument Fund 

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery AssociationVeterans Art Monument$18,900   

Youthprise 

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictCompass Program$26,964   

2nd Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

The following grants will support the Elk River school district:  
  • 2019 Rogers High School Scholarship Program: $7,500
  • Scholarship Awards for Zimmerman High School: $3,000
  • Scholarship Awards for Ivan Sands Community High School: $1,000
  • Spectrum High School—Scholarship Award: $1,000

Rum River Community Foundation

The following grants will support the Milaca school district:  

  • Outdoor Classroom—Matching Grant: $500
  • Outdoor Classroom: $500
  • Special Olympics/F.I.R.E. Program Activities—Matching Grant: $500
  • Special Olympics/ F.I.R.E. Program Activities: $500
  • Summer Youth Musical Program—Matching Grant: $1,000
  • Summer Youth Musical Program: $500
  • "Give Me Five" Group Mentoring Program: $500
  • Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce—Milaca Fesitval Week—Matching Grant: $500
  • Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce—Milaca Festival Week: $500
  • Pease Christian Reformed Church—Operation Community Connect—Matching Grant: $500
  • Pease Christian Reformed Church—Operation Community Connect: $500
  • 2019 Milaca RecFest Workshops—Matching Grant: $300
  • 2019 Milaca RecFest Workshops: $500
  • Milaca Fine Arts Council—Music in the Park—Matching Grant: $500
  • Milaca Fine Arts Council—Music in the Park: $500

Greater Pine Area Endowment

  • City of Pine City—Outdoor Rink Facility Improvement: $25,000

Staples Community Fund

  • Wadena County—Free Rides for Summer Recreation & Activities: $750
  • Central Lakes College, Staples—Living Legacy Gardens: $1,600
  • Staples-Motley Beyond Poverty—Community Support Program: $1,000
  • City of Motley—Converse Park Pavilion: $2,000
  • City of Motley—Lighting for Skating Rink and Tennis Courts: $2,000
  • Staples Area Food Shelf—Annual Campaign: $2,000

Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation

  • Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District—Innovative Schools Project: $2,500

Innovative Schools Project Fund

  • Community Growth Fund, Inc.: $2,500
  • Bertha-Hewitt School District: $5,000
  • Sebeka School District: $2,500
  • Upsala Area School District: $5,000
  • Cass Lake-Bena School District: $2,500
  • Pioneer Elementary Parent Teacher Organization: $5,000

Dorn Family Fund

  • Delano School District—2019 Dorn Family Scholarship Award: $750

LeBlanc Legacy Scholarship

  • Saint Cloud State University Foundation—2019 Bert & Helen LeBlanc Legacy Scholarship: $1,000
  • Central Lakes College Foundation—Bert & Helen LeBlanc Legacy Scholarship: $500

Zimmerman Elementary School Scholarship Fund

  • Elk River School District—Zimmerman Elementary School Scholarship Fund: $400

Staples Motley Knights of Columbus

  • Staples-Motley Dollars for Scholars—2019 Staples Knights of Columbus Scholarship Award: $2,800

James Kurpius Family Fund

  • Staples-Motley Dollars for Scholars: $500

Sauk Rapids Rice Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district:  

  • Helping Fifth-Graders Stay Engaged—Not Worksheets: $500
  • Spanish Children's Book: $150
  • Junior Achievement USA—JA BizTown Experience: $1,000
  • STEAM Classroom Microscope Project: $576
  • Mythology, The Game: $500
  • Storytelling Kits for Kindergarden-to-First-Grade Special Education: $556
  • Minnesota Zoo Zoomobile: $875
  • Fine Motor Activities: $300
  • Storm Future Leaders: $800
  • Fine Motor Tubs: $300

Little Falls Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Little Falls School District:  

  • IXL, Personalized Learning to Meet Every Student's Individual Needs: $1,250
  • Flexible Seating for a Blended Language Arts/Science Class: $700
  • Flexible Seating for Everyone!: $700
  • Flexible Seating for Classroom Library: $700
  • James Michie Scholarship: $1,310
  • Heart Zone Monitor and Management System: $1,000

Patriot Foundation

  • Pequot Lakes School District—EV Patriot Pride Words on Walls: $500

Bob & Pauline Johnson Fund

  • Isle School District—Bob & Pauline Johnson Memorial Scholarship: $3,000

Pillager Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Pillager School District:  

  • Making Learning Come Alive: $1,495
  • Will You Read that “Tricky Word” for Me?: $250

Pinckney Fund

The following grants will support the Little Falls School District:  

  • Spotlight Jazz Camp: $625
  • Podium Award: $700
  • Playing It Forward—Eckroth Music: $2,107

Paula & Chad Becker Fund

  • City of Browerville—Vital Sign Monitor Project: $3,000

Alternative Sources Energy

  • Milaca Scholarship Foundation—Alternative Sources of Energy Scholarship: $4,050

Land & Waters Preservation Trust

The following grants will support the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District:  

  • Outreach and Engagement for Watershed: $5,900
  • Crosslakers—Runoff Abatement Project: $5,900

Beverly Pantzke Scholarship Fund

  • Little Falls School District—2019 Beverly Pantzke Johnston Scholarship Award: $22,000

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers—Operating Support: $1,000

Little Falls Scholarship Fund

  • Little Falls School District—2019 Little Falls Scholarship Fund Awards: $3,000

William & Ethel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

  • Royalton School District: $1,600

Betty Ford Menzel Scholarship Fund

  • Crosby-Ironton School District: $2,200

Shawn Grittner Memorial Fund

  • Saint Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation: $1,100

Minnesota Christian Writers Scholarship Fund

  • Faith Lutheran Church—Minnesota Christian Writers Scholarship: $250.69

H. Eugene Menzel Scholarship Fund

  • Aitkin Dollars for Scholars: $1,000

Artesian Homes Charitable Fund

  • Lincoln Evangelical Free Church—Operational Support: $10,000
  • The Church on The Wise Road—Mission Funds: $1,000

Betty and Larry Nelson Family Fund

  • Land Stewardship Project—Operating Support: $60
  • Friends of Unfpa, Inc.—Operating Support: $100
  • Kiva Microfunds—Operating Expense: $150
  • Friends of MWANGAZA—Operating Support: $100
  • Northwoods Humane Society—Operating Support: $100
  • Minnesota Public Radio—Operating Support: $150
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources—Operating Support: $50
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame—Operating Support: $100

Northern Waters Land Trust – Operational Reserve Fund

  • Northern Waters Land Trust—General Operating Support: $30,000

Minnesota State Veterans Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $7,000

Youthprise

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Compass Program: $93,769.81

Stanback-Bittner Acquisition Fund

  • Northern Waters Land Trust—Operating Support: $41,017.87

1st Quarter 2019 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Elk River School District—Scholarship Awards for Elk River High School: $7,500

Longville Area Community Foundation Memorial Park Endowment

  • City of Longville—City Park Support: $1,300

Rum River Community Foundation

  • City of Milaca—Trimble Park Statue: $3,000

Innovative Schools Project Fund

  • Swanville Dollars for Scholars—Innovative Schools Project: $2,500
  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Innovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Menahga Education Foundation—Innovative Schools Project: $2,500
  • Browerville Public Schools—Innovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Brainerd School District—Innovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Little Falls School District—Innovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Verndale School District—Innovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Wadena-Deer Creek School District—Innovative Schools Program: $5,000

Powell Scholarship Fund

  • Elk River School District—2019 Archie and Isabelle Powell Family Scholarships: $1,000

Sauk Rapids Rice Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District:

  • Junior Achievement BizTown Field Trip: $1,000
  • Ninth-Grade Team Individual Passion Project: $500
  • Raised Tables for Improved Student Classroom Engagement and Movement: $1,000
  • Breakout EDU Kits for Mathematics Classes: $500
  • Storm Robotics FIRST Robotics Field Trip: $1,000
  • Drums Alive, Joins Dynamic Movements of Aerobic Dance with Pulsating Rhythms of the Drum: $600
  • Flexible Seating & Shared Reading: Improving Posture and Strengthening Reading: $700
  • Compass Student and Parent Engagement Opportunities: $1,000
  • Math Learning Stations and Activities: $677
  • Scholastic Choices Magazine and Online Classroom Subscription: $275
  • High-Interest Books to Motivate Readers: $500

Manufacturing Fund of Central Minnesota

  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.—Women's Business Alliance of Central Minnesota: $5,500

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Operating Support: $2,500
  • Crosby-Ironton School District—Clayton Lang Archery Grant: $1,800

Lake Region Christian School Education Foundation

  • Lake Region Christian School—Elementary Computer Lab and High School Equipment: $1,832.36

Albany Area Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Albany School District:

  • Drumming 'Round the World: A Hands-on, Multicultural, Music Education: $1,000
  • Stop-Motion Camera Kits: $800
  • Community Service Project/STEM: $805
  • Dash and Dot Robotics: $996.84
  • Flexible Seating: $398
  • Bee-Bots in Kindergarten: $1,000

Braham Area Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Braham Area School District:

  • Chromebit Digital Signage for Both Schools: $629.93
  • Code.org Circuit Playground Express Kit: $350
  • Third Grade Classrooms: $600
  • Youth Summer Musical Theater: $1,000

Patriot Foundation

The following grants will support the Pequot Lakes School District:

  • Just Dancin' in the Gym: $1,750
  • Eagle View Nature Center Geocaching Project: $615
  • Junior Achievement Personal Finance Program for Consumer Math: $724

Bridges Manufacturing Workforce Development Fund

  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association—Scholarships: $3,000

Edeburn Family Fund

  • Carleton College—Annual Gift: $2,500
  • First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region—Debt Reduction Campaign: $3,333

Paula & Chad Becker Fund

  • Saint John's University—Wrestling Program: $5,000
  • Browerville Public Schools—Wrestling Program: $5,000
  • Christ the King Church—Church and School Operations: $15,000

Crow Wing Environmental Protection Advised Fund

  • Crow Wing Lakes and Rivers Alliance (LARA)—Operational Support: $3,400

Alternative Sources of Energy Fund

  • Milaca School District—2019 Alternative Sources of Energy Scholarship Award: $1,350

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • St. Cloud Area Family YMCA—Operational Support: $1,000
  • ROCORI Area Dollars for Scholars—Dollars for Scholars: $500
  • United Way of Central Minnesota—Operating Support: $1,000
  • Great River Educational Arts Theatre—Operating Support: $2,000
  • Africa Jam—Operating Support: $1,000
  • Andra Heart Foundation—Operating Support: $1,000
  • St. Cloud State University—Baseball Program: $2,000
  • River Park Community Foundation—Operating Support: $3,000
  • The Yes Network—Operating Support: $1,000
  • Abbott House Foundation—Programs: $1,000
  • CommunityGiving—Woman's Fund: $1,000
  • CommunityGiving—Good Samaritan Fund: $1,000
  • Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women—Anna Marie's Alliance: $1,000
  • Rocori School District—Action Pack: $500
  • Mitchell, South Dakota, School District—Action Pack: $500

Mark Wood Foundation

  • Little Falls School District—Support for Lincoln Elementary School: $5,400

Paws and Claws Animal Shelter

  • Paws & Claws Animal Shelter—Operating & Marketing Support: $1,600

Lake Region Conservation Club

  • Sullivan Lake First Responder—Operating Support: $375
  • Hillman Area First Response Team—Operating Support: $375

Minnesota Christian Writers Scholarship Fund

  • Faith Lutheran Church—Minnesota Christian Writers Scholarship: $3,500

Artesian Homes Charitable Fund

  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center—Annual Fundraising Banquet: $3,000

Veterans Art Monument Fund

The following grants will support the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association:

  • Veterans Art Monument: $8,080
  • Veterans Art Monument: $4,000
  • Veterans Art Monument: $700

Wadena Regional Wellness Center Fund

  • City of Wadena—Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $30,000

Oakland Cemetery Fund

  • Oakland Cemetery Association—Maintenance and Upkeep: $1,500

4th Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

Delano Area Community Foundation

  • City of Delano—Hennepin County Lunch Bus: $985
  • Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture—Christmas Concert Benefiting Music and Performing Arts in Delano: $985
  • Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture—Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas: $985
  • Delano School District—Delano GFWC 2019 Concerts in the Park: $985
  • Love, Inc. Heartland—Fresh Start Program: $985

Longville Area Community Foundation

  • Longville Area Community Foundation—Operating and Grantmaking Support: $6,150

LAWCF Memorial Park Endowment

  • Longville Area Community Foundation—Scott & Jane Stuart Memorial Park Fund: $900

Greater Pine Area Endowment

  • City of Pine City—Cross Lake Preserve Park: $5,000
  • City of Pine City—Senior Housing Demand Study: $2,900
  • University of Minnesota Foundation—Pine City Community Garden Improvement Project: $1,952

Morrison County Area Foundation

  • Holy Trinity Catholic School—Volunteer Recognition: $750
  • Morrison County United Way—Volunteer Recognition: $750

Staples Motley Area Community Foundation

  • Acorn Hill EAAT, Inc.—Pilot Program 2.0 Stay and Grow: $1,000
  • City of Motley—Lights and Music for Ice Skating Rink and City Hall: $2,000
  • Evergreen Hill Cemetery Assoication—Information Center: $2,500
  • LEAP, Inc.—Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota Brochure & Trail Map: $1,312
  • Staples Area Women's Chorus—2019 Her Voice Her Song Choral Festival: $2,000

Black Oak Getty Community Foundation

  • Community Legacies Foundation, Inc.—Tree Memorial: $500
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—Sauk Centre Junior Achievement: $1,000
  • Sauk Centre School District—Kids Ice Fishing Day: $1,000

Minnesota Pioneer Park Fund

  • Minnesota Pioneer Park : $450

Cuyuna Lakes Education Fund

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Operating Support: $5,000
  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Operating Support: $5,200

Lake Region Christian Education Fund

  • Lake Region Christian School—General Grant: $13,099

Braham Area Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Braham Area School District:

  • Flexible Seating for Special Education: $250
  • Band Lessons with MacPhail College of Music: $900
  • Doc Cam: $250
  • Two Mini iPads with Protective Coverings: $450

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund

  • Allina Associated Foundation—Reach Out & Read Program: $4,000
  • Cambridge Community College Center Foundation—Healthcare Scholarship Program: $25,000
  • Family Pathways—Healthy Food Access for Children: $5,000
  • Isanti County Commission on Aging—Lunches for Seniors in Isanti County: $5,000
  • Isanti County Historical Society—Operating Support: $500
  • New Pathways, Inc.—Path to Home Cambridge Site Program: $10,000
  • Pine Technical & Community College Foundation—Healthcare Scholarship Program: $5,000
  • Tusen Tack—Building Organizational Capacity: $5,000

Lakes Area Medical Development Association

  • Bridges of Hope—Self-Healing Communities Project: $5,000

Pillager Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Pillager School District:

  • Classroom Soundfield Systems Increase Student Engagement, Focus, and Behaviors: $963.50
  • Pillager Education Fund: $5,016.35

Pinckney Fund

  • Little Falls School District—INSPIRE Little Falls Elementary School Instrumental Program: $1,500

Gaalswyk Family Fund

  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center—Operational Support: $750
  • Ostara Initiative—Minnesota Prison Doula Program: $750

Mitchell Family Fund

  • Cathedral High School—Building Support: $2,000
  • The Yes Network—Operating Support: $1,000
  • United Way of Central Minnesota—Imagination Library: $600

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Bridges of Hope—Operational Support: $1,500
  • Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota—Radioathon to End Child Abuse: $500
  • Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Inc.—Operating Support: $1,000
  • Ski Gull, Inc.—2018 Operating Support: $1,000
  • YMCA of Brainerd—Operating Support: $1,500

Paws & Claws Animal Shelter

  • Paws & Claws Animal Shelter—Operating & Marketing Support: $1,550

Hanowski Family Fund

  • Little Falls Sports Arena, Inc.—Blue Line Club: $700

Shawn Grittner Memorial Fund

  • Holy Family Church Belle Prairie—Holiday Gift Program: $1,000

Northern Waters Land and Trust

  • Northern Waters Land and Trust—Operational Support: $30,000
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $1,100

Veterans Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $2,400
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $8,900
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Compass Program: $1,1287.21

Youthprise Grant

  • Northern Waters Land and Trust—Operating Support: $7,486


3rd Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation 

  • 728 Cadets Marching Arts Program 2018-2019: $3,500  
  • Elk River School DistrictServing and Feeding Students in Poverty: $5,000  
  • Faith in Action in Sherburne CountyFurniture 4 Families: $2,000  
  • Boys & Girls Club of Elk RiverMoney Matters Financial Literacy: $3,500  
  • Elk River School District Early Childhood Family EducationStrengthening Family Ties: $3,000  
  • Rivers of HopeSchool Based Teen and Family Violence Prevention and Intervention Education: $5,000  
  • Thumbs Up High 5K5th Annual 5K & 10K: $2,000  
  • Spectrum High SchoolAdvancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College Readiness System: $1,000  
  • The Reel Hope ProjectVideo Expansion Project: $3,000  
  • True FriendsEnrichment Activities for People with Disabilities: $2,500  
  • Open Doors For YouthConnections Youth Program: $3,500  
  • Youth Investment FoundationOutreach to At-Risk Youth: $5,000  
  • Three Rivers MontessoriCharter School: $1,000  

Morrison County Area Foundation 

  • Morrison County United WayImagination Library: $1,000  
  • Pierz School DistrictInnovative Classroom Furniture: $1,000  
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper MidwestJunior Achievement of Morrison County BizTown for 2018-2019: $1,000  
  • Horizon Health, Inc.Healthy Living Project for Children of InHarmony Daycare: $1,000  
  • Little Falls School DistrictDECA Scholarships for Career Development Conferences: $750  
  • Hands of Hope Resource CenterViolence Prevention Program: $500  
  • Little Falls School DistrictPathway to Nursing Assistant Registry: $1,500  
  • Little Falls School DistrictPersonalized Learning for Students in the Middle School Classroom: $1,000  
  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc.Emergency Housing: $1,000  
  • Little Falls School DistrictFlyer Auto Detailing Business for Transition Classes: $250  
  • Holy Trinity Catholic SchoolVirtual Reality for STEM Education: $1,500  

Julius Kurpius Family Fund

  • Central Lakes College FoundationLiving Legacy Gardens: $1,800 

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Operating Support: $5,000  

Family Farm Fund 

  • Sustainable Farming Association of MinnesotaSoil Health Project for Small Vegetable Growers and Indigenous Communities: $2,500 

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • River Park Community FoundationBuilding a Community Splash Pad: $3,000

John & Bonnie Schlagel Endowment Fund  

  • A Place for You2018 Fundraising Banquet: $2,000  
  • Animal Humane SocietyAnimal Care at Coon Rapids Location: $2,000  
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College FoundationScholarship in Memory of Evan Stein: $2,000  
  • Cambridge Community College Center FoundationCambridge Scholardazzle Fundraiser 2018: $1,500  
  • Isanti County Humane SocietyGeneral Operating Support: $2,000  
  • Mayo ClinicCancer Program Support: $2,000  
  • Mayo ClinicAlzheimer's Program Donation: $2,000  
  • Tres Islas Orphanage FundAnimal Care for Mexican Orphanages: $2,500  
  • Tres Islas Orphanage FundGeneral Operation Support for Mexican Orphanages: $1,500  
  • University of Minnesota FoundationVeterinary Medicine Scholarship: $2,000  
  • Allina Associated FoundationReach Out & Read Program: $1,500  
  • Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars Foundation—2018 Scholarships: $2,000  
  • Family PathwaysFood Shelf Program: $2,000  
  • Family PathwaysRefugee Network Shelter: $3,000  
  • Minnesota Safe RideSober Cab Program in Kanabec & Pine Counties: $2,000  
  • New Pathways, Inc.Housing for Homeless Families: $3,000  
  • Pine Technical and Community College2018 Scholarships: $2,000  

Bob & Marsha Bunger Endowment Fund 

  • Forest Hill Cemetery AssociationGeneral Operating Support: $650 

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Lakes Area Interfaith CaregiversOperating Support: $2,000  
  • Crow Wing County United Way, Inc.Operation Sandwich: $1,000 

Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation

  • General Operating Support: $30,000 

Veterans Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery AssociationVeterans Art Monument: $6,900  
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery AssociationVeterans Art Monument: $1,000  
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery AssociationVeterans Art Monument: $19,900 

Sauk Rapids-Rice School / Youthprise Grant

  • Compass Program: $44,053.66 

Innovative Schools Fund

  • International Association of Lions, Browerville: $7,500  
  • Royalton School District: $5,723.50

2nd Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Sherburne County Area United WayTrue Color Fashion Show: $1,500  

Greater Pine Area Endowment 

  • Pine City School DistrictDragon Technology Summit: $250  
  • Pine Center for the Arts, Inc.Building Repairs & Improvements: $4,500  
  • Pine City Tennis FoundationJunior Tennis Program 2018: $1,400  
  • Pine County Thunderin’ TomsPine City Youth Trap Shooting Team: $1,750

Staples Motley Area Community Foundation 

  • City of StaplesBoulevard Banners: $1,000
  • Central Lakes College (Staples Campus)Agricultural & Energy Center's Field Day: $1,000  
  • Wadena CountyRides for Staples Summer Recreation Program: $750  
  • Staples Motley Area Arts CouncilPrairie Fire Childrens' Theatre’s Oz: $1,000  
  • Staples Area Food ShelfOperating Support: $1,000  
  • Staples All Veterans and Community Park AssociationSafe Passageway to the Veterans Park: $2,000  
  • LEAP, Inc.Christmas Celebration: $1,500  
  • LEAP, Inc.Community Event Support: $2,000  
  • Old Wadena SocietyRendezvous & Folklife Festival: $1,250  
  • Central Minnesota Boys ChoirSioux Falls, S.D., Tour 2018: $750  
  • Faith Lutheran ChurchBack to School Fair: $1,000  
  • City of Motley—City Parks Project: $1,995  
  • City of MotleyConverse Park Project: $2,000  

CMBA Tools for Schools Presidents Fund 

  • Foley School DistrictTools for High School Tech Classroom: $945  
  • North Junior High School, St. Cloud—Tools For Schools: $2,700  

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation 

The following grants will support the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District: 

  • Pasco Lab Equipment Wireless Temperature Sensors: $1,000  
  • Minecraft Education Edition: $500  
  • Making Shared Reading Visible With Young Learners: $650  
  • Distillation Flasks for Intro to Chemistry Students: $600  
  • Building Future Storm Leaders: $1,000  
  • Fur Trade Living History Lyceums: $500  
  • Classroom Sets of Modern Books: $500  
  • Spanish Book Sharing: $250

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation 

  • Operating Support: $4,000  

The 482 Education Foundation Little Falls 

The following grants will support the Little Falls School District: 

  • Waders for Water Analysis: $710  
  • Ukuleles: $1,000  
  • Flexible Fidget Seating: $1,200  
  • Enhanced Thinking Through Social, Emotional Learning: $1,500  
  • High Efficiency Welders: $1,500  
  • Flyer Back Pack: $1,500  
  • Flexible Seating for a Blended Language Arts/Science class: $1,200  
  • Flexible Learning Space: $1,200  
  • Teacher Mindfulness Course: $1,500  
  • Rooted in Reading Books: $1,201.65  
  • DSLR Cameras: $1,000  
  • Pathway to Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry: $1,500  

Pillager Education Foundation 

The following grants will support the Pillager School District: 

  • Literacy Footprint Project: $1,200  
  • Literacy Footprint Project: $4,300  

The Pinckney Family Fund 

  • Little Falls School DistrictSpotlight Jazz Award: $1,785  

Fish Trap Lake Association Fund 

  • Fish Trap Lake Property Owners AssociationAquatic Invasic Species Signage at Public Landing: $2,176.33 

Land & Waters Presidents Trust Fund 

  • Trout Lake CampsExtend Shoreline Buffer: $2,000  

The Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund 

  • Great River Educational Arts TheatreGeneral Operating Support: $2,000  
  • United Way of Central MinnesotaOperating Support: $1,000  
  • Africa JamGeneral Operating Support: $1,000  
  • Andra Heart Foundation—General Operating Support: $1,000  
  • St. Cloud State University FoundationBaseball Program: $1,000  
  • Cold Spring Area Youth Sports AssociationField of Dreams Project: $2,000  

Anderson Brothers Family Fund 

  • Brainerd Community ActionSupport for the Burlington House: $3,000 

Veterans Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery AssociationVeterans Art Monument: $2,000 
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery AssociationVeterans Art Monument: $2,900  
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery AssociationVeterans Art Monument: $5,400  

Sauk Rapids-Rice / Youthrpise Grant Fund 

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictCompass Program: $27,419.91  

Innovative Schools Project Fund 

  • Bertha-Hewitt School District: $7,500  
  • Wadena-Deer Creek School District: $7,500  
  • Verndale School District: $7,500  
  • Brainerd Public Schools Foundation: $7,500  
  • Pioneer Elementary Parent Teacher Organization: $7,500  

Oakland Cemetery Project Fund 

  • Maintenance and Upkeep: $1,500 

1st Quarter 2018 Grant Highlights

Rum River Community Foundation

  • City of Milaca—Milaca's Annual Bluegrass Festival: $300
  • Milaca School District—Give Me Five Youth Mentoring Program: $350
  • Zion Lutheran Church—Youth Canopy Tent: $250
  • City of Milaca—Rec Park Playground Improvements: $400
  • Milaca School District—Milaca Community Special Olympics: $350
  • Pease Christian Reformed Church—Operation Community Connect: $700
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of Milaca—Milaca Wolves Snack Pack Program: $1,000
  • Milaca Area Pantry—March Awareness Campaign: $350

Central Minnesota Builders Association Tools for Schools President’s Fund

  • St. Cloud Area School District—Tools for Schools: $2,221.98
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Tools for Schools: $11,500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Tools for Schools: $9,750
  • Sartell—St. Stephen School District—Tools for Schools: $2,000

Josh Richardson Family Fund

  • Elk River School District—Welcome Center: $9,850

Manufacturing Fund of Central Minnesota

  • Region 5 Development Commission—Technical Assistance Project: $5,000
  • Enterprise Minnesota, Inc.—Melrose Metals Project: $5,000

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Crosby-Ironton Public Schools Foundation, dba Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Operating Support: $4,000

Albany Area Education Fund

The following grants will support the Albany School District: 

  • Buddy Reading Program: $350
  • STEAM for Fourth Graders: $390
  • MakerSpace Project for Avon Elementary: $500
  • Interactive Notebooks for Fourth-Graders: $99
  • Octoball Court at Avon Elementary: $500
  • STEM for First-Graders: $376
  • Educational Robots for School Readiness: $285

Pinckney Fund

  • Little Falls School District—Supporting Young Musicians: $2,180

Paula & Chad Becker Fund

  • Browerville Public Schools—Athletic Department Equipment: $5,000

Alternative Sources of Energy Fund

  • Milaca School District—Science Enrichment for Milaca High School: $1,350

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • ROCORI Area Dollars for Scholars—Scholarships: $500
  • St. Cloud Area Family YMCA—Capital Campaign: $1,000

Mark Wood Foundation

  • Little Falls School District—Mentorship Program: $5,400

Lake Region Conservation Fund

  • Hillman Area First Response Team—Operating Support: $500
  • Sullivan Lake First Responder—Operating Support: $500

Minnesota Christian Writers Scholarship Fund

  • Faith Lutheran Church—Writer's Scholarship: $1,000

Veterans Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $12,600
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $4,300
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $1,400

SRR ISD47/Youthprise Grant

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Compass Program: $28,652.50

Wadena Regional Wellness Center Fund

  • City of Wadena—Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $3,546
  • City of Wadena—Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $29,649

NJPA Innovative Schools Fund

  • Wadena-Deer Creek School District—Innovative Classroom Grant Project: $5,000

4th Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Elk River School District—Evening of the Arts: $2,000
  • Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota, Inc. —Elk River Area Concert Series: $1,000
  • Main Street Family Services—Staff Training Support: $1,650
  • True Friends—Elk River Area Financial Assistance: $1,750
  • Youth Investment Foundation—Timber Bay in Elk River: $3,500
  • Elk River School District—Early Childhood Family Education to Strengthen Family Ties: $2,200
  • Thumbs Up High 5K—5K Event Sponsor: $2,000
  • Friends of the Mississippi River—Elk River Community Stewardship Project: $1,100
  • The Reel Hope Project—Adoption Video Project: $4,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud—Healthy Eating for Seniors in Elk River Area: $2,000
  • 728 Cadets, Inc. —Elk River Area Marching Arts Scholarships: $2,000
  • Rivers of Hope—Violence Intervention & Prevention Program for Elk River Area Youth: $4,000
  • Sherburne County Area United Way—Community Connect Event: $1,300
  • Great River Family Promise—Elk River Area Aftercare Services: $3,000
  • Sherburne History Center—Elk River History Programs: $1,000
  • Spectrum High School—College Readiness Program in Elk River: $2,500
  • Open Doors For Youth—Elk River Area Youth Resource Center: $2,500

 Delano Area Community Foundation 

  • City of Delano—Fresh Produce at Delano Senior Center: $1,000
  • Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture—Arts & Cultural Community Event: $1,000
  • Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture—Community Fundraising Concert: $500
  • Ridgeview Foundation—Reach Out and Read Program: $800
  • City of Delano—Aquatic Wheelchair Project: $800

 Longville Area Community Foundation

  • Longville Area Community Foundation—Operating and Grantmaking Support: $5,850

Rum River Community Foundation

  • Pine County Agriculture Society—Pine County Fair Economic Impact Study: $1,000

Greater Pine Area Endowment 

  • Legal Aid Service of Northeast Minnesota—Housing Counseling & Training in Pine City: $2,500
  • Pine City School District—Truancy Prevention Project: $2,750
  • Pregnancy Resource Center of Pine City—Networking Group for Moms: $2,011
  • Pine City Athletic Association—Jerseys for Youth Hockey: $,2500

 Morrison County Area Foundation 

  • Flyer Athletic Boosters—Community and Volunteer Engagement: $1,000
  • Morrison County United Way—Volunteer and Community Involvement: $750
  • Little Falls School District—Flyer Pride Back Pack Program: $750
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—Community and Volunteer Engagement: $750
  • Northern Pines Mental Health Center—Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: $500

 Staples Motley Area Community Foundation 

  • LEAP, Inc.—Hooked on Fishing Program for 4th-Graders: $2,000
  • Lakewood Health System—Regional Health and Wellness Center Feasibility Study: $2,000
  • Staples Area Women's Chorus—Her Voice, Her Song Choral Festival: $2,000
  • Staples Motley School District—Creating College Access Project: $1,500
  • Staples Motley School District—Staples Area Family Center Improvement Project: $2,000

 Josh Richardson Family Fund

  •  Elk River School District—Welcome Center Project: $9,550

Kurpius Family Fund

  • Central Lakes College Foundation—Living Legacy Garden: $1,250

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation 

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Project-Based Learning for Math Students: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Living History Lyceum for 6th-Graders: $320
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Sensory Room Update for Rice Elementary: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Finding Buried History at Rice Elementary: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Career Exploration for Middle School: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Project Based Learning for Math Students: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Communication & Team-Building Activities for High School: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Artist in Residence for Adult Diploma Students: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Interactive Technology for Physical Education: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—American Government Focus Project for High School: $350
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Interactive Techonology for 2nd-Graders: $200
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Alternative Seating for Alternative Learning: $250
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Flexible Seating in Compass: Alternative Learning Program: $300
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Students Will Focus When They Can Get Their Wiggles Out: $160
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Learning Systems for Kindergartners: $200
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Music Enhancements to Physical Education: $300
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Behavior & Sensory Regulation Tools: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Cooking Skills for Elementary Students: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Downhill Skiing for 5th-Graders: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Individual Passion Project for 9th-Graders: $420

 Minnesota Pioneer Park Fund

  • Minnesota Pioneer Park—General Support: $900

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—General Operating Support: $5,000

Lake Region Christion Education Fund

  • Lake Region Christian School—Annual Event Support: $780

Lakes Area Medical Development Association Fund

  • Essentia Health Foundation—Take Heart Program: $4,500

Edeburn Family Fund

  • First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region—Capital Campaign Support: $3,334

Pinckney Fund

  • Little Falls School District—Project Bandaid: $1,000

Paula & Chad Becker Fund

  • CentraCare Health Foundation—Regional Community Well-Being Center: $5,000

Gaalswyk Family Fund

  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center—General Operating Support: $700
  • Youth Investment Foundation—Timber Bay Camp: $700

Mitchell Family Fund

  • United Way of Central Minnesota—Operating Support: $1,000
  • St. Cloud State University Foundation—SCSU Baseball Program: $1,000
  • Great River Educational Arts Theatre—General Support: $1,000
  • Cold Spring Area Youth Sports Association—Field of Dreams: $2,000
  • Africa Jam—Program Support: $1,000
  • Andra Heart Foundation—General Support: $1,000

John & Bonnie Schlagel Endowment

  • Animal Humane Society—Animal Care at Coon Rapids Location: $1,000
  • Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars Foundation—Scholarships: $2,500
  • Family Pathways Refuge Network Shelter—Domestic Abuse Program: $3,500
  • Family Pathways—Food Shelf Program: $2,500
  • University of Minnesota Foundation—Veterinary Medicine Scholarship: $2,000
  • Tres Islas Orphanage Fund—General Operations and Animal Care: $2,800
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation—Scholarship in Memory of Evan Stein: $1,000
  • Cambridge Community College Center Foundation—2018 Cambridge Scholardazzle Sponsor: $1,000
  • Isanti County Humane Society—Animal Care: $1,000
  • Mayo Clinic—Alzheimer's Program Donation: $2,000
  • Minnesota Safe Ride—Sober Cab Program in Kanabec and Pine Counties: $3,000
  • New Pathways, Inc.—Housing for Homeless Families: $3,800
  • Pine Technical & Community College—Scholarships: $2,500

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Brainerd Rotary Foundation—Pillager STRIVE Youth Mentoring Program: $1,000
  • Brainerd Baxter Youth Center—Brainerd Baxter Youth Center: $500
  • Salvation Army—Brainerd: $700
  • Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota—Radiothon to End Child Abuse: $500

Hanowski Family Fund

  • Little Falls Sports Arena, Inc.—Blue Line Club: $900

Shawn Grittner Memorial Fund

  • Holy Family Church Belle Prairie—Holiday Gift Program: $1,050

Veterans Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veteran's Art Monument: $2,000
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $2,800
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $4,200

SRR ISD47 / Youthprise Grant

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Operation Support: $9,096

Melrose Area Relief Fund

  • City of Melrose—Close out Melrose Area Relief Fund: $13,687

Wadena Regional Wellness Center Fund

  • City of Wadena—Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $7,883

NJPA Innovative Schools Foundation

  • Crosby-Ironton School District—Operating Support: $250
  • Brainerd School District—Operating Support: $750
  • Upsala Area School District —Operating Support: $250

Oakland Cemetery Fund

  • Oakland Cemetery Association—Oakland Cemetery Maintenance and Upkeep: $1,500

 


3rd Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

Longville Area Community Foundation Endowment

  • City of Longville—City Park Support: $1,891.15

Morrison County Area Foundation

  • Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota—St. Francis Music Center: $500
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—2017-2018 Classroom Support: $200
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—Financial Literacy for Morrison County Students: $800
  • Royalton School District—Royalton Greenhouse Project: $1,000
  • Great River Arts Association—Community Arts Education and Visual Arts Exhibition: $500
  • Morrison County United Way—Imagination Library: $1,500
  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc.—Emergency Housing Support: $2,000
  • Pierz School District—Collaborative Learning Enviornment: $1,000
  • Horizon Health, Inc.— In Harmony Child Care: $1,000
  • Swanville School District—Automotive Career Exploration Project: $1,750

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Grants and Operations: $3,000

Little Falls Education Foundation 

  • Little Falls School District—Reading Comprehension Resources for Students: $1,500

Lake Region Christian Education

  • Lake Region Christian School —Scholarship and Classroom Enhancements: $11,398

Family Farm Fund

  • Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota—Salsa Festival: $2,500

Central MN CEO Fund

  • National Joint Powers Alliance—Operating Support: $4,950.53

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Crow Wing County United Way, Inc.—Imagination Library: $1,000
  • Crow Wing County United Way, Inc.—Operation Sandwich: $1,000
  • Brainerd Family YMCA—Operating Support: $1,500
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—Operating Support: $3,000

 Minnesota Christian Writers Scholarship Fund

  • Faith Lutheran Church—Minnesota Christian Writers Scholarship: $1,000

Veterans Art Monument

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association —Veterans Art Monument: $2,600
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $11,700
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association—Veterans Art Monument: $1,600

ISD 47 / Youthprise Grant

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Compass Program Support: $45,654.67

NJPA Innovative Schools Foundation

  • Upsala Area School District—Innovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Verndale School District—Innovative Schools Project: $5,000

2nd Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Sherburne County Area United Way - iEmpower Youth Program: $1,500

Jim & HK Stuart Memorial Fund 

  • Longville Area Community Foundation - Jim & HK Stuart Memorial Grants: $1,486.36

Greater Pine Area Endowment

  • Immaculate Conception Church - Preschool Expansion Project: $5,000
  • Pine Technical and Community College - Mobile Welding Lab: $5,000
  • A Place for You - Maintenance for Homeless Shelter in Pine City: $2,500
  • Pine County Agriculture Society - Pine County Fair Economic Impact Study: $1,000
  • Pine County - Economic Gardening Project: $3,000
  • Pine City School District - Mobile Vision Screening Equipment: $1,500

Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation

  •  Central Lakes College Foundation - Living Legacy Gardens Marketing Campaign: $2,000
  • City of Staples - National Night Out: $920
  • City of Staples - Civic Pride Promotion: $1,500
  • City of Staples - Bike Trail Stations: $1,000
  • Staples Area Men's Choir - Real Men Sing Choral Festivals: $2,000
  • LEAP, Inc. - Community Movies Initiative: $2,000
  • LEAP, Inc. - Community Event Promotion: $2,000
  • LEAP, Inc. - Staples Area Community Calendar: $2,000
  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center - Interactive Media Education: $1,000
  • Faith Lutheran Church - Staples-Motley Back-to-School Fair: $2,000

Julius & Tracy Kurpius Fund

  • Central Lakes College Foundation - Living Legacy Gardens: $2,845
  • Central Lakes College Foundation - Living Legacy Gardens: $1,500

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation 

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Experiential Technology Project: $200
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Rollerblades for Pleasantview Elementary: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Alternative Seating for Kindergartners: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Educational Robots for School Readiness: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Behavior & Sensory Regulation Tools: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Osmo Learning Systems for First-Graders: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Demonstration Tools for High School Psychology: $310
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Classroom Technology Accessories for Fourth-Graders: $490
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - World History Through Food Project: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Community & School Engagement: $2,000
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Cycling Equipment for Special Education: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Premier Choral Composition: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - State Capitol Field Trip: $500

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation - Grants & Operations: $3,000
  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation - Operating Support: $1,000

Little Falls Education Foundation

  • Little Falls School District - Stools for Success: $863.10
  • Little Falls School District - Summer School Personalized Learning: $1,500
  • Little Falls School District - Individual Work Station Upgrade: $1,500
  • Little Falls School District - Micro-Loan Student Project: $1,500
  • Little Falls School District - Balsa Wood Bridge Engineering Project: $1,500
  • Little Falls School District - Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom: $1,500
  • Little Falls School District - MakerSpace Project for High School Media Center: $1,500
  • Little Falls School District - Special Education Reading Intervention Program: $920
  • Little Falls School District - Industrial Technology Equipment Upgrade: $1,500

Pillager Education Foundation 

  • Pillager School District - Spanish Classroom Support: $500

Playing it Forward

  • Little Falls School District - Pinkney Summer Jazz Camp Scholarship: $1,000
  • Little Falls School District - Project Band-Aid: $1,000
  • Great River Arts Association - Cadence Music Award: $2,000

Chad and Paula Becker Fund

  • Browerville Public Schools - Ag Shop Upgrades: $4,205.91

The Thrive Fund

  • Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health - Faculty Symposium Website: $3,000

Central Minnesota CEO Fund

  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $3,857.40
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $4,978.27
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $5,980.62
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - Operating Support: $3,942.59
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - Operating Support: $4,299.16 

Land and Waters 

  • Whitefish Area Property Owners Association - Water Quality Expanded Testing and Research: $7,200

Schlagel Endowment

  • Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation - Evan Stein Scholarship: $1,000
  • University of Minnesota Foundation - Veterinary Medicine Scholarship: $1,000
  • Animal Humane Society: $1,000
  • East Central Regional Development Commission - Towards Zero Death Program: $1,000
  • Isanti County Humane Society - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Mayo Clinic - Cancer programs: $2,000

Veterans Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $7,600
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $1,600
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $4,900

Sauk Rapids-Rice ISD47 Youthprise Grant

  •  Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Compass Program Support: $32,139.46 

Melrose Area Relief Fund

  •  Diocese of St. Cloud - Melrose Area Relief Support: $2,500
  • James & Elizabeth Illies - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $7,500
  • James & Elizabeth Illies - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $7,500
  • James & Elizabeth Illies - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $2,500
  • Diocese of St. Cloud - Family Support: $4,728
  • Diocese of St. Cloud - Case Management: $3,750
  • City of Melrose - Housing Study: $3,250
  • James & Elizabeth Illies - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $2,500

Wadena Regional Wellness Center Fund

  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $2,561
  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $2,660
  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $690

NJPA Innovative Schools Fund

  • Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District - Operating Support: $5,000
  • Pine River-Backus Elementary Parent Teacher Organization - Innovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Brainerd Public Schools Foundation - Innovative Schools: $5,000
  • Pioneer Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) - Fundraising: $5,000
  • Wadena-Deer Creek School District - Innovative Schools: $5,000

1st Quarter 2017 Grant Highlights

Alternative Sources of Energy Fund

  • Milaca School District - Science Enrichment for Milaca High School: $1,375

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Lutheran Social Service - Camp Knutson: $2,500

Central MN CEO Fund

  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $3,857
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $3,876

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation - Operating and Classroom Grant Support: $4,000

Edeburn Family Fund

  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Operating Support: $1,000
  • St. Cloud Area Family YMCA - Aquatic & Community Center Project: $1,000
  • Carleton College - Annual Fund: $2,000

Hanowski Family Fund

  • Little Falls Sports Arena, Inc. - Blue Line Club: $975

Lake Region Christian School Education Foundation

  • Lake Region Christian School - Grants & Operations Support: $2,710

Lake Region Conservation Club

  • Hillman Area First Response Team - Operating Support: $500
  • Sullivan Lake First Responder - Operating Support: $500

Mark Wood Foundation

  • Little Falls School District - Mentorship Program: $5,450

Melrose Area Relief Fund

  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Melrose Area Relief Support: $6,380

NJPA Innovative Schools Foundation

  • Staples Motley School District - Innovative Schools Project: $5,000

Paws & Claws Animal Shelter

  • Paws & Claws Animal Shelter - Operating & Marketing Support: $1,550

Pillager Education Foundation

  • Pillager School District - Scholastic News for Fourth Graders: $498
  • Pillager School District - HoverCam Ultra 8 Document Camera: $449
  • Pillager School District - Ipad Mini for students: $450

Playing it Forward: The Kenneth & Evelyn Pinckney Young Musicians’ Fund

  • Little Falls School District - Elementary and Middle School Band: $2,225
Rum River Community Foundation
  • City of Milaca - Annual Community Music Festival: $500
  • Milaca High School Hall of Fame - Construct Additional Display Cases for Hall of Fame Inductees: $250
  • Milaca School District – Milaca High School Scotland Performance: $1,000
  • Milaca School District - Give Me Five Group Mentoring Program: $250
  • Pease Christian Reformed Church - Mille Lacs County Operation Community Connect: $1,000
  • Milaca School District - Community Education Program Support: $500
  • Milaca School District - Community Education Program Support: $500

Veteran’s Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $11,000
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $1,500
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $2,200

Wadena Regional Wellness Center Fund

  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $3,542
  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $54,270

Youthprise Grant (SRR)

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Compass Program Support: $34,658

 


4th Quarter 2016 Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Elk River School District - Early Childhood Family Education - Strengthening Family Ties: $2,500
  • Elk River School District - Evening of the Arts: $3,800
  • Friends of the Mississippi River - Elk River Community Stewardship Project: $3,000
  • Sherburne County Area United Way - Project Homeless Connect Event: $2,200
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Healthy Eating Workshop in Elk River Area: $2,500
  • 728 Cadets, Inc. - Elk River Area Marching Band Scholarships: $3,000
  • Community Aid of Elk River (CAER) - Food Outreach Programs: $5,000
  • True Friends - Elk River Area Financial Assistance: $3,000
  • Abba Corporation dba Abba Pregnancy Resource Center - Earn While You Learn Program Expansion for Elk River: $2,000
  • Open Doors For Youth - Food Support for Homeless Youth in Elk River: $3,000
  • Spectrum High School - College Readiness Program in Elk River: $3,000
  • Thumbs Up High 5K - 5K Run Event Sponsor: $1,000

Delano Area Community Fund

  • Delano School District - Advertising for Delano Area Council for Arts & Culture event: $500
  • City of Delano - Fire Department Safety Training Project: $1,000
  • Economic Development Partnership of Wright County - 2017 Wright County Commercial Broker Event: $1,000
  • City of Delano - Fresh Produce at Delano Senior Center: $1,000
  • Delano School District - Delano Community Education RISE program: $1,000
  • Mindful Generations, Inc. - Delano Labyrinth Project: $6,520

Greater Pine Endowment

  • City of Pine City - Hotel Market Feasibility Study: $2,500
  • Pine Dragons Parent Teacher Organization - Pine City Youth Hockey Rink 
    Improvement Project: $2,750
  • Pine City Civic Center Association - Arena Sign Upgrade: $5,000
  • A Place for You - Buildng Community With a Bicycle for You: $3,053
  • Pine Emergency Medical Services, Inc. - Freeway Approved Vehicle: $5,000

Morrison County Area Foundation

  • Rotary International Little Falls - Operating Support: $375
  • Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County - Operating Support: $375
  • Flyer Athletic Boosters - Operating Support: $350
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School - Operating Support: $450
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Operating Support: $750
  • Winter Wonderland Figure Skating Club, Inc. - Operating Support: $750

Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation

  • Kinship Partners, Inc. - Implementing Multiple Pathways to Mentoring: $1,000
  • Staples Motley School District - Reality Store: $1,540
  • Staples Economic Development Authority - Destination Staples - Branding/Marketing the Community: $2,000
  • Central Minnesota Boys Choir - Central Minnesota Boys Choir Voyageur Tour: $2,000
  • Staples Motley School District - F.I.T. (Follow it Through) Activity Days: $5,000
  • Lakewood Health System Foundation - Operating Support: $700

Josh Richardson Family Fund

  • Elk River School District - Star Lab: $5,650
  • City of Big Lake - Police Canine Unit: $1,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation

The following grants benefit the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District:

  • Educational Activities Scholarships: $1,000
  • Educational Activities Scholarships: $1,025
  • Bacteria Survey Project for Middle Schoolers: $200
  • Alternative Seating for Third Graders: $500
  • Supplemental Reading for High School Spanish: $500
  • Musical Instruments for Pleasantview Elementary: $500
  • Spanish Project for High School Students: $500
  • 3D Printer for Rice Elementary: $500
  • OSMO Learning Systems: $500
  • Alternative Seating for 5th Graders: $500
  • Comprehension and Critical Thinking Skills Program: $275

Minnesota Pioneer Park Endowment Fund

  • Minnesota Pioneer Park - Operating Support: $900

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Crosby-Ironton Public Schools Foundation - Operating & Classroom Grants Support: $3,000
  • Crosby-Ironton Public Schools Foundation- Operating & Classroom Grants Support: $2,000

Gallswyk Family Fund

  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center - Operating Support: $700
  • Youth Investment Foundation - Operating Support: $700

CWEPA Fund

  • East Twin Lake Association - Reforest Paul Bunyan State Trail: $3,000

Family Farm Fund

  • Regents of the University of Minnesota - Central Minnesota Food Access Summit (CMFAS): $2,500

Central Minnesota CEO Fund

  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program: $633
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $6,935

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • Esperance Education Institute - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Saint Cloud State University Foundation - SCSU Baseball Program: $1,500

John & Bonnie Schlagel Endowment

  • Animal Humane Society - Operating Support for Coon Rapids Location: $1,000
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation - Evan Stein Scholarship: $1,000
  • Allina Associated Foundation - Reach Out & Read Program: $1,800
  • A Place for You - Housing for Homeless Individuals: $2,000
  • Cambridge Community College Center Foundation - 2017 Cambridge Scholardazzle Sponsor: $1,000
  • Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars Foundation - Scholarships: $2,000
  • Isanti County Humane Society - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Family Pathways - Food Shelf Program: $2,000
  • Family Pathways - Refuge Network Shelter: $3,000
  • Mayo Clinic - Cancer Programs: $2,000
  • Minnesota Safe Ride - Sober Cab Program: $2,000
  • New Pathways, Inc. - Housing for Homeless Families: $3,000
  • Pine Technical College Foundation - Scholarships: $2,000
  • Tres Islas Orphanage Fund - General Operations - Mexican Orphanage: $2,500
  • University of Minnesota Foundation - Veterinary Medicine Scholarship: $2,000

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc. - Holiday Support for Sheltered Families: $600
  • Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota - Radiothon to End Child Abuse: $500
  • Brainerd Family YMCA - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen - Operating Support: $500
  • Brainerd Baxter Youth Center - Operating Support: $600
  • The Church on The Wise Road - Jamaican Missions Team: $500

Shawn Grittner Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Holy Family Church Belle Prairie - Holiday Gift Program for Morrison County: $1,000
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School - Tuition Support for Pierz Students: $1,000

Veteran's Art Monument Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $7,100
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $3,700
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Monument: $400

Youthprise

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Compass Program Support: $10,131

Melrose Area Relief Fund

  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Melrose Area Relief Support: $9,571
  • Unique Boutique - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $2,500
  • James & Elizabeth Illies - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $2,500
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Melrose Area Relief Support: $2,050
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Melrose Area Relief Support: $11,279
  • Lisa's on Main - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $2,500

Rum River Community Foundation

  • City of Milaca - Band Shell Restoration Project: $15,872

Wadena Regional Wellness Center Fund

  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $11,311
  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $14,895

National Joint Powers Alliance Innovative Schools Fund

  • Bertha-Hewitt School District - Innovation Schools Project: $5,000
  • Browerville Public Schools - Innovation Schools Project: $5,000

3rd Quarter 2016 Grant Highlights

Rum River Community Foundation

  • Milaca Fine Arts Council - Art Gallery Expansion: $500

Greater Pine Area Endowment

  • Pine County Agriculture Society - Horse Arena Project: $4,000

Morrison County Area Foundation

  • Employment Enterprises, Inc - Work Program for Little Falls Special Education Students: $1,500
  • Paramount Arts Resource Trust, Inc - Teen Arts Program for Morrison County: $2,000
  • Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota - Music Program Scholarships for Income-Eligible Students: $1,000
  • Flyer Athletic Boosters - Playground Equipment for Little Falls Park: $2,000
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Financial Literacy for Morrison County Students: $1,500
  • Morrison County United Way - Imagination Library: $2,000

Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation

  • Faith Lutheran Church - Staples-Motley Back-to-School Fair: $2,000

Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Fund

  • Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge - Oak Savanna Learning Center: $25,000

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Crosby-Ironton Public Schools Foundation dba Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation - Operating & Classroom Grants Support: $2,100

Lake Region Christian School Education Foundation

  • Lake Region Christian School - Grants & Operating Support: $500

Quiet Oaks Hospice House Family Fund

  • Quiet Oaks Hospice House - Red Leaf Sponsorship: $800

Central MN CEO Fund

  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $2,002
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $737
  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program: $156

Fish Trap Lake Endowment Fund

  • Fish Trap Lake Property Owners Association - Lake Water Quality Study: $1,100

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • Africa Jam - Program Support: $1,000
  • Community Giving - Women's Fund: $500
  • Community Giving - Good Samaritan Fund: $500
  • Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT) - Capital Campaign: $1,000
  • The Yes Network - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation - South Dakota Salutes: $1,000

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Rotary International Brainerd - Pillager STRIVE Youth Mentoring Program: $1,000
  • Lakes Area Music Festival - Opearting Support: $1,500
  • Community Care-N-Share Cafe - Community Meals: $500

Veteran’s Art Monument Fund

  • MN State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Project: $1,400
  • MN State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Monument: $2,400
  • MN State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veterans Art Monument: $11,200

Melrose Area Relief Fund

  • Balu Renovations, Inc. - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • Commercial Exchange Corporation - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • James & Elizabeth Illies - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • Lisa's on Main - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • McDonald Realty, Inc. - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • New Munich Mutual Insurance Company - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • Ridgewater College - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • Wealthcare, Inc. - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900
  • Tienda Mexicana La Mas Barata La Morenita - Economic Relief for Businesses Impaired by Melrose Fire: $3,900

Rum River Community Foundation Bandshell Project

  • City of Milaca - Band Shell Restoration Project: $16,000

Oakland Cemetery Fund

  • Oakland Cemetery Association - Operating Support: $2,000

2nd Quarter 2016 Grant Highlights

Longville Area Community Foundation

  • Longville Area Community Foundation - Operating and Grantmaking Support: $4,800

Greater Pine Area Endowment

  • Pine City Area History Association - Technology Upgrade for Public Library: $1,200
  • Pine County - Business Mapping Project: $1,500
  • Pine City School District - Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration: $2,000
  • Pine Community Food Shelf - Refrigeration Equipment: $5,000

Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation

  • Staples Area Men's Chorus - Regional 'Big Sing' Choral Festival: $2,000
  • Staples Motley School District - Alternative Seating Options for Connections School: $736
  • Wadena County - Transportation for Summer Youth Programs in Staples and Motley: $2,000
  • LEAP, Inc. - Staples Motley Volleyball League Equipment: $1,325
  • Lakewood Health System - Staples Reach Out & Read Program: $2,100
  • LEAP, Inc. - Motley June Fest: $1,000
  • LEAP, Inc. - Thriving Communities Initiative for Staples: $2,000
  • Staples Economic Development Authority - Staples Community Pride Initiative: $2,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Living History Lyceum for 6th Graders: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Special Education Tools: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Educational Robots for Kindergartners at Rice Elementary: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Kinetic Machines for Early Childhood Center: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Children's Newspaper for 3rd Graders: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Science & Social Studies Resources for 1st Graders: $500
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - High School Art Project for Promise Neighborhood: $400
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Spanish Project for High School Students: $275
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Alternative Seating Options for Second Graders: $375
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Classroom Technology Accessories for 4th Graders: $950
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District - Fine Arts & Operating Support: $1,500

The 482 Education Foundation

  • Little Falls School District - Weekend Food Backpack Program: $1,500

Pillager Education Foundation

  • Pillager School District - Spanish Class Support: $500

Playing it Forward: The Kenneth & Evelyn Pinckney Young Musicians’ Fund

  • Little Falls School District - Band Instrument Repair Project: $1,000

Central Minnesota CEO Fund

  • National Joint Powers Alliance - CEO Program Support: $417

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Palace City Pedalers Tour De Corn, Inc. - Operating Support: $500
  • Rocori School District - Field of Dreams Project: $2,000
  • ROCORI Area Dollars for Scholars - Dollars for Scholars: $500
  • Andra Heart Foundation - Operating Support: $1,000

Schlagel Endowment

  • Animal Humane Society - Operating Support for Coon Rapids Location: $1,000
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation - Evan Stein Scholarship: $1,000
  • East Central Regional Development Commission - Towards Zero Death Program: $1,000
  • Isanti County Humane Society - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Mayo Clinic - Support for Cancer Programs: $2,300
  • University of Minnesota Foundation - Veterinary Medicine Scholarship: $1,000

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity - Matching Grant for Women Build Fundraising Breakfast: $5,000

Veteran’s Art Project Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Project: $5,600
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Project: $1,500
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Project: $1,000

Wadena Regional Wellness

  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $3,379
  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $3,132

1st Quarter 2016 Grant Highlights

The following organizations were awarded funding from the Foundation's Turn Key Partner Funds during January, February and March 2016:

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Sherburne County Area United Way - True Color Fashion Show Sponsorship: $1,500

Greater Pine Area Endowment

  • National Wild Turkey Federation, Inc. dba Pine County Thunderin Toms - Pine City Youth Trap Shooting Team: $3,500
  • Pine City - Pine City Beach Park Improvements: $2,000

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Crosby-Ironton Public Schools Foundation dba Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation - Classroom Grants: $1,600

Edeburn Family Fund

  • Pine Cone Central Park Association - Pine Cone Central Park Expansion: $1,667
  • Saint Cloud Area Family YMCA - Capital Campaign: $1,000
  • Carleton College - Annual Fund: $2,000
  • First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region - Education Wing: $5,000

Playing it Forward: The Kenneth & Evelyn Pinckney Young Musicians’ Fund

  • Great River Arts Association - Cadence Music Award: $500

Family Farm Fund

  • Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota - Strategic Planning for Central Minnesota: $1,000

Central Minnesota CEO Fund

  • National Joint Powers Alliance - Operating Support: $393

Conservancy Fund of Big Fish Lake Association Fund

  • Big Fish Lake Association - Operating Support: $2,500

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • Saint Cloud Area Family YMCA - Captial Campaign: $1,000

Bob & Marsha Bunger Endowment Fund

  • Milaca Area Historical Society - Operating Support: $100
  • Milaca Friends of the Library - Operating Support: $100
  • Milaca Scholarship Foundation - Student Scholarship: $500
  • Quiet Oaks Hospice House - Operating Support: $200

Mark Wood Foundation

  • Little Falls School District - Mentorship Program: $5,500

Lake Region Conservation Club Fund

  • Hillman Area First Response Team - Operating Support: $500
  • Sullivan Lake First Responder - Operating Support: $500

Veteran’s Art Project Fund

  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Project: $5,200
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Project: $2,900
  • Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Association - Veteran's Art Project: $4,000

Wadena Regional Wellness

  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $31,013
  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $40,984
  • City of Wadena - Wadena Regional Wellness Center: $44,994

 

Partner Fund Grant Rounds

The Initiative Foundation is proud to host a variety of Partner Funds for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteer-led groups. Our Partner Fund program allows local leaders to champion local causes while we provide the 501(c)(3) public charity infrastructure necessary for donor gifts to receive the highest possible charitable tax deduction. From community foundations to educational funds to special project and field-of-interest funds, the Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are working together to ensure strong and vibrant communities throughout Central Minnesota.

For more information on starting a Partner Fund, contact Community Philanthropy Manager Kate Bjorge

For more information on applying for a Partner Fund grant, contact Program Associate Kerie Thoma.  

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Partner Funds With Open Grant Rounds

Name of Fund Fund Priorities

2020
Grant Rounds

Albany Area Education Foundation The mission of the Albany Area Education Foundation is to enhance student learning opportunities in the Albany area by gathering private support and community engagement, providing faculty with resources needed to develop unique, next level educational experiences in and beyond our classrooms. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Jan.1 -  Jan. 31
Becker Education Foundation The mission of the Becker Education Foundation is to cultivate the educational experience of all students within the Becker School District and connect alumni, community, families and businesses. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Sept. 7 - Sept. 21
Braham Area Education Foundation The mission of the Braham Area Educaton Foundatino is to provide Independent School District #314 with enhanced educational opportunities and resources, support academic excellence, and encourage student achievement. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Dec. 15 - Jan. 31 and Aug. 1 - Sept. 15 
Black Oak Getty Community Foundation The mission of the Black Oak Getty Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life of all citizens in the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm Area Communities, by awarding charitable grants that promote community development, encourage responsible stewardship of our resources, and foster educational growth. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Open All Year (Review Nov. 30)

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation

The mission of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation is to support health, wellness and related activities in Isanti County and surrounding areas. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Open All Year (Review Aug. 1 - Sept. 15)
Delano Area Community Foundation The mission of the Delano Area Community Foundation is to support the general advancement of communities, economy and philanthropy within the geographic area comprised by Delano School District 879. Donors can support this fund through gifts of cash, stock, real estate or other assets. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Sept. 15 to Oct. 30 
Greater Pine Area Endowment The mission of the Greater Pine Area Endowment is to provide permanent support to develop community resources to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in the Pine City area. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Open All Year (Review Sept. 30)

Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation

The mission of the Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation is to foster creative apporaches to projects initiatives that support our community vision. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here  To be determined

Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation

The mission of the Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Hackensack lakes area through grants to schools, local units of government and nonprofit organizations. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here To be determined 

Lakes Area Medical Development Association Fund

The mission of the Lakes Area Medical Development Fund is to support projects that promote the health and wellness of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Open All Year (Review July 15 - Sept. 1) 

Land and Waters Preservation Trust

The mission of the Land and Waters Preservation Trust is to support efforts that preserve or improve the water quality and ecosystem of the Pine River Watershed, which includes the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. To donate to the trust, click here. March 15 - April 30

Little Falls Education Foundation

The mission of the Little Falls Education Foundation is to enrich the educational experience of students through the establishment of resource partnerships with community members, alumni, families, businesses and organizations. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here Jan. 16 - Feb. 29

Morrison County Area Foundation

The mission of the Morrison County Area Foundation is to support nonprofit organizations, school districts or local units of government serving those living and/or working within Morrison County. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here To be determined

Patriot Foundation

This mission of the Patriot Foundation is to support the Pequot Lakes school district through student scholarships and classroom enhancements. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here Oct. 1 - Nov. 30 

Pillager Education Foundation

 The mission of the Pillager Education Foundation is to support innovative approaches and enhance student excellence in academics, arts, athletics and activities within the Pillager Independent School District #116. To donate to the foundation, click here. To learn more or apply for grants, click here Nov. 2 - Nov. 19

Royalton Education Foundation

The Royalton Education Foundation supports student well-being, education and activities in the geographical area served by the Royalton School District. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here Jan. 15 - Feb. 28

Rum River Community Foundation

The mission of the Rum River Community Foundation is to provide opportunities through proposals that improve parks, outdoor assets, recreational events and activities for residents and visitors. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here Jan. 23 - Feb. 20

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation

The mission of the Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation is to support education and activities in the geographic area served by the Sauk Rapids-Rice Independent School District #47. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here Feb. 5 - March 18 and Sept. 9 - Oct. 14 

Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation

The mission of the Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation is to develop and strengthen community resources and to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and organizations in the Staples-Motley area. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here

Open All Year (Review April 15 and Oct. 15)

Three Rivers Community Foundation

The mission of the Three Rivers Community Foundation is to strengthen communities in the Independent School District 728 area by developing, investing and distributing funds and encouraging leadership. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here May 1 - July 15 

Women's Leadership Fund

The mission of the Women's Leadership Fund's mission is to accelerate the number, effectiveness and impact of women in organizational leadership roles. To donate to the foundation, click hereTo learn more or apply for grants, click here To be determined
 
 
 
 

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Insight & Information

Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded thousands of grants that have provided millions to the communities we serve. The average grant award is about $5,000. For an historic snapshot, see our Impact Update or our county-by-county investment activity.

In all of its grant-making efforts, the Foundation subscribes to the Minnesota Council on Foundation’s Principles for Grantmakers.

Visit our Grants Awards page to learn more.