FOURTH QUARTER GRANTS

2013

 

Fourth Quarter Grants 2013

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 24 grants worth $4,635,364 in the fourth quarter of 2013. The grants further the Foundation’s strategies of increasing good jobs and improving financial capability of low-income people to enable them to move from poverty to prosperity. The following is an annotated list of the grant awards:

Grants to Build Assets & Wealth

CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) of Washington, D.C., will receive $500,000 over two years for Expanding Capacity to Build Financial Capability and Wealth in the Northwest. The goal is to strengthen the ability of nonprofit organization programs and advocacy efforts for low-income families. The long-term goal is to increase financial ability and to build wealth needed to move out of poverty. Funding will also support efforts to bolster the Assets & Opportunity Network through policy strategy and product-development assistance to state and local organizations.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014– Dec. 31, 2015

Children’s Defense Fund of St. Paul, Minn., will receive $150,000 over two years for Building Economic Security for Minnesota Children and families. This goal of this initiative is to build partnerships and promote policies that foster economic security. Funding will support efforts to increase Minnesota’s minimum wage and fully fund and reduce the wait for child care subsidies. Nationally, the grant will back work to estimate the federal cost of lifting children out of poverty for one year.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013–Sept.30, 2015

El Centro de la Raza of Seattle will receive $100,000 over two years for Volunteer Program. Grant dollars will be used to bolster the volunteer program, which serves low-income Latinos who are working their way out of poverty.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014–Dec. 31, 2015

Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years for Job Creation Through MBEs. The grant will support MEDA’s strategic plan to serve Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). The work will focus on strategic growth, access to capital and connections to public and private contracting opportunities. The long-term goal is creation of good jobs with businesses where more than half of those employed are people of color.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015

The Minneapolis Foundation of Minneapolis received $500,000 over two years for Promoting Economic Vitality Strategies in Minneapolis. The funds will be regranted in Minneapolis to provide assistance and training to minority-owned businesses as well as job training and career preparedness for people of color. The Minneapolis Foundation will provide a 3:1 match of the grant.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015

NACDC Financial Services Inc. (NACDCFS) of Browning, Mont., will receive $103,290 for Reduce Poverty and Build Sustainable Prosperity throughout Montana Tribal Communities. The grant will support efforts to expand alternative loan funds and credit-building services to the Rocky Boys and Flathead Reservations as well as the Little Shell community. NACDCFS currently provides financing products to individuals and small business on the Blackfeet, Fort Belknap, and Northern Cheyenne reservations in Montana.
Grant term: Jan.1-Dec. 31, 2014

Opportunity Link Inc. of Havre, Mont., will receive $334,074 over two years for Building Sustainable Prosperity: Advancing Employment and Housing through Regional Asset-Based Economic Development. Grant dollars will fund an initiative to address housing affordability and quality, employment training and jobs creation for Native and low-income people in North Central Montana.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015

Peta Wakan Tipi of Hugo, Minn., will receive $40,000 for Dream of Wild Health Indigenous Food Network. The grant will fund planning, development, and analysis of two business projects focused on job training and opportunities in food preparation and agriculture for Native adults and older teens.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors of San Francisco will receive $500,000 over two years as fiscal sponsor to Multi-Tribal Power Authority for the Oceti Sakowin Power Project. Seven tribes in South Dakota have joined in forming a multi-tribe power authority that would build and operate a wind-energy utility and issue bonds to pay for it. The seven tribes are the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe. The grant will fund a feasibility study and a comprehensive business plan with an emphasis on job training and employment for Tribal members.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015

The Saint Paul Foundation of Saint Paul, Minn. received $500,000 over two years for Regranting Support for Economic Opportunity Strategies. One-quarter of the funds will be regranted to support the Minneapolis Saint Paul Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWIN) and the Job Creation Impact Initiative. Both strategies seek to create high quality jobs and job training that will help low-income people, particularly people of color, build assets and wealth. The Saint Paul Foundation will provide a 3:1 investment match.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015

Summit Academy OIC of Minneapolis will receive $500,000 for Expansion of Adult Education Programs and Poverty Reduction Pilot of the Northside Community Response Team. Summit Academy OIC (SACOIC) trains people of color, women, and veterans for careers in high-demand industries. Grant funding will support efforts to increase enrollment from 600 students in 2013 to 1,000 student annually in 2016 and to support SAOIC’s leadership in reducing poverty in North Minneapolis.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2014

United Tribes Technical College of Bismarck, N.D. will receive $250,000 over two years for Social Enterprise Development in Native Communities. The aim of this grant is to create a social community-based enterprise for Native American students graduating in the medical coding program. Funding will support efforts to offer graduates employment and the opportunity to start their own medical coding businesses.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec.31, 2015

Verde of Portland, Ore., will receive $200,000 over two years for Living Cully: A Cully Ecodistrict. Living Cully is a long-term, community-based partnership working to increase environmental investments that restore neighborhoods and create economic opportunities that benefit low-income residents. The grant will fund efforts in the Cully neighborhood to build assets and wealth through social enterprise businesses that would offer jobs and training to increase the wages and benefits of low-income workers and target businesses.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015    

Young Women’s Christian Association of St. Paul will receive $250,000 for Focus Forward, and Employment & Economic Development Project. The grant is aimed at bolstering the YWJOBS program, a workforce development initiative aimed at improving the job outlook for hard-to-employ African Americans. Funding will provide 18-months of participation in the program for more than 100 people who are working to rebuilding their lives and futures.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

 

Grants to Improve Public Policy

The Minneapolis Foundation of Minneapolis will receive $75,000 for Development of Latino Leaders Network. The grant will support efforts to strengthen the ability of the Network to achieve its vision of creating a robust coalition of communities of color. The grant dollars will be leveraged with a 3:1 match.
Grant term: Jan.1-Dec. 31, 2014

The Foundation approved grants totaling $390,000 for the work of The State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI). The grant dollars will provide transitional support to three SFAI organizations as they position themselves for greater sustainability while the Foundation refines its grantmaking approach that may not emphasize the work of SFAI.

The grants will go to:

Montana Budget and Policy Center of Helena, Mont., will receive $140,000 for Montana Budget and Policy Center.
Grant term: Jan.-Dec., 2014

Mountain States Group Inc. of Boise, Idaho will receive $120,000 for Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy.
Grant term: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation of Sioux Falls, S.D., will receive $110,000 for South Dakota Budget & Policy Institute.
Grant term:  Jan. 1-Dec.31, 2014

General Grants

Asian American-Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy of San Francisco will receive $25,000 as fiscal sponsor for the Coalition of Asian-American Leaders. The grant will support efforts of Asian American leaders to build engagement with other ethnic communities of color as they seek solutions to racial disparities.
Grant term: Nov.1-Dec. 31, 2013

Main Street Project of Minneapolis will receive $15,000 for Capital Access in Rural Areas Research.  The grant will fund research and development of ways to measure success in improving access to capital for small-scale agriculture businesses in rural areas.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

Sponsorships

Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. (ABFE) of New York received $5,000 for sponsorship of the 2013 ABFE Annual Conference.
Grant term: April 4-7, 2013

Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) of Minneapolis received $3,000 for sponsorship of the 2013 MEDA Gala.
Grant term: Nov. 22–Nov. 24, 2013

Potlatch Fund of Seattle received $5,000 for sponsorship of the 2013 Potlatch Gala Fund.
Grant term: Nov.2-3, 2013

Native American Youth and Family Center of Portland, Ore., will receive $10,000 for the 2013 Paddle Raise New Donor Matching Grant.
Grant term:  Nov. 1-17, 2013