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2017 Partner Fund Awards

The Initiative Foundation is proud to host a variety of Partner Funds for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteer-led groups. Contact Community Philanthropy Specialist Kristi Ackley to learn how you can support a Partner Fund.

2nd Quarter 2017 Grant Awards

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

Quiet Oaks Hospice House 

  • CommunityGiving - Quiet Oaks Hospice House Fund: $7,962.67

Pillager Education Foundation 

  • Pillager School District - Spanish Classroom Support: $500

Granite Equity Partners Fund

  • CommunityGiving - Women on Stage: $1,000
  • American Cancer Society, Inc. - Annual Golf Sponsorship: $250
  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Programs & Operations: $25,000
  • Quiet Oaks Hospice House - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Paramount Arts Resource Trust, Inc. - Annual Gala Sponsorship: $1,580

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

Patrick and Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  •  AsOne Ministries - Operating Support: $2,000 

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 Awards

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

Granite Equity Partners Fund

  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - Operating Support: $7,500
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - Workplace Well-Being Initiative: $5,000
  • Northfield Area Family YMCA - Capital Campaign Support: $5,000
  • Apple Duathlon Events - Sartell Apple Duathlon: $1,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnestoa - Magic Moments Gala Sponsor: $1,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota - Operating Support: $1,000
  • West Central Initiative - Operating Support: $2,000
  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Operating Support: $10,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - St. Cloud Childrens Home: $1,000
  • Saint John's University - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of St. Cloud - iPad Giveaway Contest: $1,000
  • CBMC, Inc. - Central Minnesota Mayor's Prayer: $200
  • The Salvation Army - Operating Support: $1,000
  • CentraCare Health Foundation - Operating Support: $2,000
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation - Operating Support: $2,000
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation - Operating Support: $2,000
  • CentraCare Health Foundation - Earth Day Run Events: $5,000
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Saint Francis Xavier Church - SFX Rocks Fundraiser: $300
  • Central Minnesota Council of Boy Scouts of America - Operating Support: $1,000
  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Partners for Student Success: $1,000
  • Youth for Christ, Inc., Central Minnesota - Operating Support: $1,000
  • United Way of Central Minnesota - Imagination Library Progressive Dinner: $2,500
  • Community Giving - Good Samaritan Fund: $1,000
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation - Operating Support: $2,000
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation - IDEA Competition Sponsorship: $500
  • Community Giving - Julie Hanson Fund: $1,000
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation - Emerging Leadership Program: $500
  • Quiet Oaks Hospice House - Operating Support: $1,000
  • College of Saint Benedict - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT) - Operating Support: $1,000
  • St. Cloud Area Family YMCA - Capital Campaign: $5,000
  • St. Cloud Area Family YMCA - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT) - Operating Support: $250
  • Josiah Venture, In honor of Kathy and Neal Gaalswyk - Operating Support: $1,000
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest - Junior Achievement for St. Cloud and Morrison counties: $500
  • Northland Foundation - Operating Support: $2,000
  • St. Cloud State University - Winter Institute Teaching Workshop: $1,000
  • St. Cloud State University Foundation - SCSU President's Club: $3,000

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

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • Rocori Area Dollars for Scholars - Dollars for Scholars: $500
  • St. Cloud Area Family YMCA - Capital Campaign: $1,000

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