Nonprofits Receive More Than $660,000 in 2nd Quarter Grants
July 10, 2017
The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are pleased to announce that 120 grants totaling $660,720 were awarded during the second quarter of 2017. The grants support organizations and projects primarily in the 14-county region of Central Minnesota.
Innovation Fund Awards
The following organizations were among those awarded funding during the months of April, May and June 2017:
- 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.
- 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. Funding will support collaborative events that bring together immigrant/refugee families and early childhood professionals to learn about healthy social and emotional development.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Partner Fund Awards
The Initiative Foundation hosts a variety of Partner Funds for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteer-led groups. The following organizations were among those awarded second-quarter 2017 grants:
- Three Rivers Community Foundation: $1,500 to Sherburne County Area United Way for the iEmpower Youth program.
- Greater Pine Area Endowment: $5,000 to Pine Technical and Community College for a Mobile Welding Lab.
- Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation: $500 to Sauk Rapids-Rice School District for a World History Through Food project.
- Land and Waters: $7,200 to the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association for expanded water quality testing and research.
- NJPA Innovative Schools Fund: $5,000 to Pine River-Backus Elementary Parent Teacher Organization's and its Innovative Schools Project.
About Initiative Foundation Grants
Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded thousands of grants totaling nearly $33 million. The average grant award is about $5,000. All grants support projects that address at least one of the following areas:
- Help small businesses and social enterprises through access to technical assistance, mentorship and education efforts. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting minority business ownership and/or job creation in areas of concentrated poverty.
- Help communities address opportunities or barriers to business growth and creation or retention of quality jobs.
- Support activities that lead to improved skills and employment or advancement in growing sectors for future, displaced or underemployed workers.
- Support community-based early childhood efforts to advance literacy, school readiness and access to dental services for children in poverty.
- Help nonprofits that have a core focus on poverty become more effective or efficient through strategic planning, staff development or board training.
- Support activities that cultivate the next generation of leaders working and living in our region.
- Support planning or start-up funds for community-based amenities or events that help attract and retain skilled workers and young families.
- Help communities respond to and recover from significant local natural disasters.
Letters of inquiry for the 2017 third-quarter grant round are due July 14. Visit the Initiative Foundation Grants page to learn more.