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Nonprofits Receive More Than $750,000 in 3rd Quarter Grants

October 3, 2017

The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are pleased to announce that 81 grants totaling $753,744 were awarded during the third 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 July, August and September 2017:

  • City of Pequot Lakes--Pequot Lakes Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI): $5,000 to support projects resulting from the city's participation in the Thriving Communities Initiative (TCI) program, including: creation of a trademarked community brand, design of a new skateboard park, coordination of a community website to assist visitors and residents, and revisions to the city's current comprehensive plan to include elements from the TCI Initiative.

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 third-quarter 2017 grants:


About Initiative Foundation Grants

Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded thousands of grants totaling nearly $33.8 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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