QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL GRANT LISTING

2016

Fourth Quarter Grants 2016

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 60 grants worth $9,039,900 in the fourth quarter of 2016. We funded organizations whose work aligns with three of our four interlocking portfolios, providing access to capital, creating enterprise development, and promoting workforce opportunity for low-income communities across the our region, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color, or immigrant.

Grants to Provide Access to Capital

Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund of Minneapolis will receive $120,000 over two years to support expansion of financial programs and products for low-income urban Native Americans.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation of Pendleton, OR, will receive $100,000 over two years to support the establishment of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), expanding currently offered financial products, financial services, and asset-development programs.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Craft3 Investment LLC of Ilwaco, WA, will receive $250,000 over five years to support development of loan opportunities in Native communities by partnering with Native CDFIs, through participation in the USDA Community Facility Relending Program.
Grant term: Dec. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2021

Dakota Resources of Renner, SD, will receive $646,000 over five years to support the operational costs associated with projects resulting from participation in the USDA Community Facility Relending Program.
Grant term: Dec. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2021

Four Bands Community Fund Inc. of Eagle Butte, SD, will receive $450,000 over two years to support continued development of an enterprise incubator to accelerate the growth of successful small businesses. Funds will also support the development and piloting of an online curriculum that will enable Four Bands to expand its engagement and targeted programming for the next generation of leaders in Native communities throughout South Dakota.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Hunkpati Investments Inc. of Fort Thompson, SD, will receive $150,000 over two years to support the establishment of a uniform commercial code on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation. Funds will also support redesign of Hunkpati’s programs to include a targeted youth component and provide opportunities for youth participation in community change, and the incorporation of language and culture into financial management training.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial Inc. of Pine Ridge, SD, will receive $200,000 over two years to strengthen its organization, raise additional capital for housing products, increase lending, and provide counseling services to help Native individuals increase their financial management skills and abilities to obtain conventional financing.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Montana Community Development Corporation of Missoula, MT, will receive $300,000 over three years to support the operational costs associated with projects resulting from participation in the USDA Community Facility Relending Program.
Grant term: Dec. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2019

Montana Indian Business Alliance (MIBA) will receive $150,000 over two years through its fiscal sponsor, Native American Development Corporation of Billings, MT, to advance economic development and entrepreneurship in Native communities, focusing on strengthening governance and infrastructure and improving access to capital and resources.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

NACDC Financial Services Inc. of Browning, MT, will receive $270,400 over two years to support expansion of its services in farmer and ranching training; regional trainings on financial literacy, credit management, and business development; individual one-on-one technical assistance; and credit-builder and consumer loans.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Native CDFI Network Inc. of Rapid City, SD, will receive $400,000 over two years to support empowerment of its members so they can connect to one another and foster systemic and sustainable Native community and economic development.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Northwest Native Development Fund of Nespelem, WA, will receive $250,000 over two years to support expansion of its back-office support services to two additional Native CDFls, continued outreach and collaboration activities through small business and participation loans, and increased financial education and entrepreneurial classes and workshops offered to neighboring reservation communities.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation of Mission, SD, will receive $100,000 over two years to support its continued efforts to strengthen the organizational capacity and expand the financial services and products of one of the organizations it is sponsoring so they can meet all of the requirements for certification as a CDFI by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Taala Fund of Pacific Beach, WA, will receive $250,000 over two years to support efforts to promote private business development and build assets on the Quinault Indian Reservation and among Quinault tribal members for improved quality of life.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine, SD, will receive $500,000 over two years to support a project aimed at empowering families on the Pine Ridge Reservation through a streamlined homeownership system that stimulates asset building, economic development, and community wealth.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

White Earth Investment Initiative of Ogema, MN, will receive $250,000 over two years to provide loan capital to meet the growing demand for flexible business loans, and will be targeted to microenterprises and small businesses that do not meet commercial bank underwriting standards.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Grants to Support Enterprise Development

Juma Ventures of San Francisco, CA, will receive $150,000 over two years to support efforts to empower low-income youth by giving them access to job training, strengthening their financial capability, and supporting their post-secondary education goals.
Grant term: Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2018

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA) will receive $150,000 over two years through its fiscal sponsor, Management Assistance Programs for Nonprofits Inc. of Minneapolis, to advance economic development and entrepreneurship in Native communities, focusing on strengthening governance and infrastructure and improving access to capital and resources.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Native American Development Corporation of Billings, MT, will receive $250,000 over two years to support growth of its loan portfolio and help build a capital base to leverage additional capital, with the goal of increasing small-business lending to Native American-owned businesses.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Neighborhood Development Center Inc. of St. Paul, MN, will receive $300,000 over three years to support efforts to empower entrepreneurs and community partners to transform their low-income neighborhood economies from within through entrepreneur training, business lending, technical assistance, and business incubators.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2019

Spokane Tribe of Indians/Planning & Economic Development Department of Wellpinit, WA, received $18,000 to support its Promise Zone plan to create quality employment opportunities, improve educational opportunities, reduce violent crime, and increase access to quality affordable housing.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2017

Grants to Promote Workforce Opportunity

American Indian College Fund of Denver received $100,000 to support a research and engagement project focused on better understanding the workforce funding opportunities at tribal colleges and universities.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Cankdeska Cikana Community College of Fort Totten, ND, will receive $200,000 over two years to establish a career coach position to better support tribal college students and community members, create an education and career pathway, and provide more centralized and coordinated counseling services.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

CAPI USA of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years for its Good Jobs Pathway Initiative, enhancing the capacity, reach, and effectiveness of its workforce programs.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Center for Law and Social Policy of Washington, DC, will receive $100,000 over two years to support its efforts to plan, design, and implement quarterly Good Jobs Pathway Initiative meetings, and to provide content and analysis training for Initiative grantees.
Grant term: Oct. 3, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Department of Education of Plummer, ID, received $100,000 to build capacity in evaluation and intertribal partnerships. Funds will also support expansion of a youth internship program and support longitudinal tracking of the education and employment outcomes for students.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2017

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) of St. Paul, MN, will receive $200,000 over two years to support a Latino Learning Institute that will provide yearlong vocational training in identified career tracks.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of Pablo, MT, will receive $150,000 over two years to support its tribal workforce enterprises, providing paid work experiences and support services to low-income tribal citizens through social enterprises—a gas station, convenience store, and transit company.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) of St. Paul, MN, will receive $200,000 over two years to assess and align its infrastructure, resources, and talent to ensure that its workforce programming meets the needs of its community.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Duluth, MN, will receive $200,000 over 2.5 years to secure awarded federal Social Innovation Fund support for the Duluth Bridges to Career Opportunities project, as well as to provide extensive technical support, training, alignment with community development initiatives, and assistance to help market and evaluate project results.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – May 31, 2019

Minneapolis Urban League of Minneapolis will receive $240,000 over two years to support research into the opportunities for expanding programming into St. Paul and suburban communities northwest of Minneapolis, and to support enhancing the League’s internal research, data management, and advocacy capabilities.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

National Congress of American Indians Fund of Washington, DC, received $250,000 to support continued dissemination of workforce resources such as in-depth case studies of innovative approaches to workforce development in tribal nations, and well as tools documenting best practices and learning.
Grant term: Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2017

Northwest Indian Community Development Center of Bemidji, MN, will receive $200,000 over two years to create a model that assists tribal communities in addressing regional health and behavioral health disparities.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota of Red Lake, MN, received $100,000 to support pursuit of accreditation for its training institute, which will expand career pathway trainings in health care, construction trades, and food service. Funding will also support the integration of culture-based, self-sufficiency programming into vocational training.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2017

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation of Mission, SD, will receive $155,000 over two years to support completion of an engineering report to move its Community and Workforce Development Project forward. Funding will also provide social and emotional skills training for employees and key citizens of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Fort Hall, ID, received $75,000 to support efforts to conduct an economic and labor assessment of the reservation in order to provide a blueprint for developing future workforce programming and planning, and to create a new job position to expand safety enforcement for workers and provide credentialed training to help workers’ employability.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2017

General Grants

Center for Intercultural Organizing of Portland, OR, will receive $250,000 over two years to provide support for the organization’s capacity-building goals: creating a new chapter, improving membership outreach across the Foundation’s priority communities, enhancing leadership development, and strengthening fundraising capabilities.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2018

Hopa Mountain Foundation of Bozeman, MT, will receive $240,000 over three years to help build the organizational sustainability and effectiveness of Native-led nonprofits in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The project provides nonprofit leaders with the tools, skills, and technical assistance necessary to develop and strengthen their organizations.
Grant term: Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2019

Interfaith Worker Justice of Chicago received $150,000 to expand its technical assistance capacity and funding support to four of its affiliate worker centers in the Foundation’s region.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2017

Potlatch Fund of Seattle will receive $250,000 over three years to build capacity in Indian country. Participating organizations will have access to a 10-month program that will deliver training through cohort learning, general education sessions, and specialized technical assistance.
Grant term: Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2019

Voices for Racial Justice of Minneapolis will receive $250,000 over two years to help build organizing capacity in Minnesota’s communities of color to eliminate statewide racial and economic disparities.
Grant term: Dec. 1, 2016 – Nov. 30, 2018

Western Native Voice of Billings, MT, will receive $150,000 over two years to support additional community organizer trainings and increased policy and civic education work in the community.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2018

Sponsorships

All sponsorships support opportunities for grantees within our four-portfolio grantmaking strategy to participate in activities that advance their learning, build relationships, exchange ideas and resources, and collaborate in unexpected ways. We include sponsorships of $10,000 or more in the list below. For sponsorships of less than $10,000, please see our grants database.

First Nations Oweesta Corporation of Longmont, CO, received $10,000 to use toward stipends for the Opportunity Finance Network Conference.
Grant term: Oct. 24
–27, 2016