Nonprofits Receive Nearly $390,000 in Third-Quarter Grants
December 5, 2019
Innovation Fund Awards
The following organizations were among those that received grant funding during the months of July, August and September 2019:
- Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District—College and Career Exploration Fair: $2,000 to help Buffalo High School create a college and career exploration expo during parent-teacher conferences. Area businesses and organizations had the opportunity to present displays and hands-on activities to promote local workforce development through community connections.
- Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota—Technical Assistance for Communities: $7,000 to provide technical assistance and direct service to communities, businesses and schools for adapting practices and receiving certification as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The communities of Walker, Chisago Lakes, North Branch, Big Lake, St. Cloud and Little Falls will all benefit from this grant.
- Staples Economic Development Authority—Historic Batcher Block Opera House Bond Preparation: $5,000 to complete an economic impact analysis, develop architectural drawings and create a programming and business plan to support fundraising for the total restoration project.
- St. Cloud State University—Needs and Feasibility Analysis for a Co-Located School of Education and Campus Child Care Center: $5,000 to identify first steps to create a sustainable, high-quality child care center for St. Cloud State University and the community. St. Cloud State University will explore opportunities to unite public and private stakeholders to invest in the future of using St. Cloud State University as a central site for early childhood workforce development.
Partner Fund Awards
- Morrison County Area Foundation: $1,000 to the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls to provide financial aid for families in need or with special circumstances.
- Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund: $5,000 to the Braham Elementary Parent Organization for a playground at the high school.
- John and Bonnie Schlagel Endowment: $2,000 to Family Pathways for their food shelf.
- Three Rivers Community Foundation: $5,000 to Rivers of Hope for domestic violence intervention and prevention services for youth.
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.