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Nonprofits Receive More Than $1.2 million in 4th Quarter Grants

January 25, 2018

The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are pleased to announce that 160 grants totaling $1.2 million were awarded during the fourth quarter of 2017. The grants support organizations and projects primarily in the 14-county region of Central Minnesota. Our aquatic invasive species grants are part of a statewide initiative supported by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
"The organizations we support are doing great work in their respective communities, on everything from early childhood literacy efforts to improving healthy food offerings, advancing economic development, and more," said Matt Varilek, Initiative Foundation president. "Together, with many partners, these grants are helping to advance our mission of empowering people to build thriving communities and a vibrant region across Central Minnesota." 
Innovation Fund Awards

The following organizations were among those that received grant funding during the months of October, November and December 2017: 
  • WACOSA--True Friends: $2,500 to support a unique, customized training experience for staff, board and clients with a focus on enhancing leadership skills and equipping new leaders with concepts and techniques to incorporate into their work with clients.

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 fourth-quarter 2017 grants:

About Initiative Foundation Grants

Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded thousands of grants totaling more than $34 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.
Visit the Initiative Foundation Grants page to learn more.

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