More Than $600,000 in 1st Quarter Grants Awarded
April 25, 2017
The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are pleased to announce that 117 grants totaling $614,773 were awarded during the first quarter of 2017. The grants support organizations and projects primarily in the 14-county region of Central Minnesota.
Innovation Fund Awards
- 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.
- 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 retain and attract skilled workers to the region.
- Happy Dancing Turtle - Eureka! TEDx Gull Lake 2017: $2,500 to deliver a regional TEDx-style event to increase community engagement, highlight technology, advance workforce opportunities and inspire Brainerd Lakes Area partnerships.
- Salem Lutheran Church - Salem WEST Fire Response Planning: $5,000 to support strategic planning and help Salem WEST rebuild and reorganize following a March fire at the nonprofit's Deerwood facility.
- Wildlife Forever - Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: $80,000 to assist Wildlife Forever in the deployment of a self-contained, vandal-resistant aquatic invasive species cleaning station.
Partner Fund Awards
- Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation: $4,000 for operating and classroom support.
- Edeburn Family Fund: $1,000 to the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA for the aquatic and community center project.
- Alternative Sources of Energy Fund: $1,375 for science enrichment at Milaca High School.
- Paws & Claws Animal Shelter: $1,550 for operations and marketing support.
- Wadena Regional Wellness Center Fund: $54,270 to support the Wadena Regional Wellness Center.
About Initiative Foundation Grants
- 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.