More than $475,000 in Fourth Quarter Grants Awarded
January 20, 2017
The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are pleased to announce that 157 grants totaling $475,229 were awarded during the fourth quarter of 2016. The grants support organizations and projects primarily in the 14-county region of Central Minnesota.
Innovation Fund Awards
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pre-K Through Grade 3 Alignment: Cambridge Isanti School District: $2,500 to increase parent engagement by purchasing and distributing learning materials that support literacy and healthy social emotional development.
- 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.
Partner Fund Awards
- Three Rivers Community Foundation: $3,000 to provide scholarships to 728 Cadets, Inc., the Elk River area marching band.
- Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation: $500 to purchase a 3D printer for Rice Elementary school.
- Granite Equity Partners: $500 to sponsor the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink event in St. Cloud.
- John & Bonnie Schlagel Endowment: $3,000 to support New Pathways, Inc., an organization that provides assistance to homeless families.
- Rum River Community Foundation: $15,872 to support the Milaca Band Shell Restoration project.
About Initiative Foundation Grants
Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded thousands of grants totaling nearly $32 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 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 support a strategic plan to help attract and retain skilled workers and young families.
- Help communities respond to and recover from significant local natural disasters.