Nonprofits Receive Nearly $449,000 in Second-Quarter Grants
September 13, 2019
The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are pleased to announce that 120 grants totaling nearly $449,000 were awarded during the second quarter of 2019.
"We are proud to support local organizations that are doing good for those they serve," said Matt Varilek, Initiative Foundation president. "During the second quarter of 2019, we supported activities that advance women-in-business initiatives, provide career exploration opportunities for high school students and improve the sustainability of regional food shelves. Taken in their entirety, all of our second-quarter grants are aimed at elevating prosperity throughout the region."
Find the full second-quarter 2019 grants listing on ifound.org.
Innovation Fund Awards
The following organizations were among those that received grant funding during the months of April, May and June 2019:
- Faith in Action in Sherburne County—Furniture 4 Families: $2,500 to support Faith in Action of Greater Sherburne County's mission of providing families with basic household needs by supporting delivery networks.
- Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.—Central Minnesota Women's Business Alliance: $5,000 to support the newly established Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) office in Little Falls. This office serves Stearns, Benton, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Morrison, Todd and Crow Wing counties. Funds will be used to launch and stabilize the new office, bring matching federal dollars into our communities and provide necessary programming for women entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses.
- CommunityGiving—West Stearns County CEO Program Launch: $10,000 to launch an innovative youth entrepreneurship program called West Stearns County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) for high school juniors and seniors. This project is a partnership between community business investors and the school districts of Albany, Melrose and Sauk Centre. The goal is to assist youth in understanding the business and career opportunities in their own communities and build connections to business leaders as mentors.
- Foundation for Essential Needs—Capacity Building to Increase Sustainability & Service for Central Minnesota Food Shelves: $5,000 to support strategic planning, fund development, board training and capacity building at food shelves in Crow Wing, Cass, Kanabec, Stearns and Morrison counties.
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 that received grant funding during the months of April, May and June 2019:
- Pinckney Fund: $625 to the Little Falls school district to support Spotlight Jazz Camp.
- Innovative Schools Project Fund: $5,000 to the Bertha-Hewitt school district.
- Rum River Community Foundation: $1,000 to the Milaca school district for its Summer Youth Musical Program.
- Greater Pine Area Endowment: $25,000 to support improvements at the outdoor skating rink.
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.