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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:

  • 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.

 See the full list of grant recipients ...

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:

  • Land and Waters: $7,200 to the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association for expanded water quality testing and research.

See the full list of Partner Fund grant recipients ...

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.


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