Nonprofits Receive More Than $746,000 in First-Quarter Grants
June 27, 2019
Innovation Fund Awards
- Terebinth Refuge--Women's Employment Readiness Program: $5,000 to support this St. Cloud-based program that provides job skills training, educational opportunities and safe housing for women who have been victims of sex trafficking.
- Kanabec County--Workforce Housing Feasibility Study: $10,000 to partner with the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership to complete a feasibility study for the development of a large workforce housing project in Mora.
- Dreams United/Sueños Unidos--Going Beyond Cinco De Mayo: $1,000 to engage young leaders of Long Prairie's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to develop new programming or events to serve area families and children. The long-range goal is to foster event leadership succession planning.
Rural Renewable Energy Alliance--Community Solar for Community Action: $5,000 to support development of a community-owned solar array in Little Falls which will provide energy assistance to income-eligible veteran families and demonstrate a long-term approach to energy insecurity.
Partner Fund Awards
- Patriot Foundation: $1,750 to the Pequot Lakes School District for Just Dancin' in the Gym.
- Paula & Chad Becker Foundation: $5,000 to the Browerville Schools wrestling program.
- Albany Area Education Foundation: $1,000 to Drumming 'Round the World, a program that supports a hands-on, multicultural approach to music education.
- Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund: $1,000 to the Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women-Anna Marie's Alliance.
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.