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Second Quarter Grants 2013

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 27 grants worth $3,295,100 in the second quarter of 2013. The grants further strategies of increasing good jobs and improving personal financial abilities among low-income people in order to help them move from poverty to prosperity. The following is a list of awards to nonprofit organizations along with the title of the grant, a brief description of the work, and the funding term.

Grants to Build Assets & Wealth

AccountAbility Minnesota (AAM) of St. Paul, Minn., received $10,000 for Sustainable Financial Services for the Un(der)banked. The money will be used to design low cost, sustainable financial services and products for low-income people who have little or no access to banking services.
Grant term: July 1 – Oct. 31, 2013

Boys & Girls Club of the Leach Lake Area Inc. (BGCLLA) of the Leach Lake Reservation received $80,000 over two years for the BGCLLA Workforce Development Program. The project will focus on developing job training, financial education, and employment opportunities for youth in the Reservation’s private sector.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

Build Wealth, Minnesota Inc. of Minneapolis received $150,000 over two years for the Family Stabilization Plan. The money will fund financial education, access to credit for low-income people, and will provide startup funds for a community development financial institution.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

Cookie Cart of Minneapolis received $100,000 for Cookie Cart Youth Employment and Training, a youth social enterprise project in Minneapolis focused on developing job skills, financial education, and employment opportunities for teens.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

The Financial Innovations Center Inc. of Chicago received $10,000 for Sustainable Financial Services for the Un(der)banked. The money will be used to design low-cost financial products and services for low-income people who have little or no access to banking services.
Grant term: July 1 – Sept. 30, 2013

First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo., received $500,000 over two years for the project, Informing Strategies for Change: A Survey of Northwest Regional Native American Assets. Grant dollars will be used to create a comprehensive database detailing assets and programs of the 75 Tribal Nations in the Foundation’s region. The internal data that is compiled will help shape three public reports on strategies around renewable energy, food systems, and public policy opportunities for Native Americans.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

Greater Twin Cities United Way of Minneapolis received $100,000 for Generation Next, an initiative to close the educational achievement gap among low-income and minority students.
Grant term:  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

Homes of Oakridge Human Services Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa, received $150,000 over two years for Transitions, which is an intensive job training and placement program focused on overcoming barriers to employment for refugees and other hard to place workers.
Grant term:  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

Hopa Mountain Foundation of Bozeman, Mont., received $500,000 over three years for Strengthening the Circle, a program to support Native leaders in their efforts to improve education, ecological health, and economic development. Funding will also expand a fellowship program for Native youth who are interested in working the Native nonprofit sector.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016

The Seattle Foundation of Seattle received $500,000 over two years for Partnering with the Seattle Foundation, an initiative to increase economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods and to support and invest in the Funders Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

Ujamaa Place of St. Paul, Minn., received $150,000 over two years for Transforming Lives, a project aimed at overcoming barriers for economically disadvantaged African American men. The program will provide intensive support in the areas of education and workforce development to move participants toward living-wage careers.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

 

Grants to Improve Public Policy

Great Plains Institute (GPI) of Minnesota and North Dakota received $139,200 for The Legacy Fund Initiative: Harnessing Oil Wealth to Build a Positive Future for All North Dakota Citizens. Grant dollars will fund convenings on policy recommendations for North Dakota’s oil and gas Legacy Fund. GPI will organize the dialogues and community forums to garner grassroots citizen input. The findings will be compiled into a white paper to be presented to lawmakers.
Grant term:  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) of Washington, D.C., received $300,000 over two years for Sustainable Prosperity Initiative: Tribal Nations Securing Our Futures. This project builds on NCAI’s unique relationship with tribal leaders and Native organizations in order to strengthen tribal economies. The project is designed to empower tribal leaders to implement strategies the create prosperity in tribal communities throughout the Foundation’s region. Training will include financial education, access to capital, small business development, and workforce readiness.
Grant term:  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute of Portland, Ore., received $500,000 over three years on behalf of the Oregon Prosperity Initiative for Pilots Projects and Communications. The grant will support regional pilot projects designed to improve job prospects for low-wage workers. Another component of the work will focus on outreach and education on the costs of poverty and prosperity across Oregon.
Grant term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016

Rural Dynamics Inc. of Great Falls, Mont., received $28,000 for the Indian Business Alliance Convening. Leaders from five Indian Business Alliances in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin will share ideas and develop regional collaboration on small business development, access to capital, and economic development.
Grant term: April 1 – Aug. 31, 2013

 

General Grants

Fresh Air Inc. of Minneapolis received $25,000 for Conversations with Al McFarlane, a public policy forum that is broadcast on KFAI Radio.
Grant term:  April 15 – Dec. 31, 2013

 

Sponsorships

American Indian Institute of St. Paul, Minn., received $7,700 for sponsorship of Weaving Webs of Women’s Wisdom, a movement to reclaim traditional pathways  toward healing.
Grant term: July 23 – 25, 2013

Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. (ABFE) of New York received $5,000 for ABFE’s annual conference and James A. Joseph Lecture & Awards Ceremony.
Grant term: April 4 – 7, 2013

Headwaters Foundation for Justice of Minneapolis received $500 for the 15th annual Allies for Justice dinner.
Grant term: May 16, 2013

International Tradition Games Society of East Glacier Park, Mont., received $5,000 for the First International Native Games conference.
Grant term: June 26 – 28, 2013

Minneapolis Urban League of Minneapolis received $7,500 for the 2013 Gateway to Opportunity Gala
Grant term: June 20, 2013

A Minnesota Without Poverty of Minneapolis received $5,000 for Building a Movement to End Poverty.
Grant term:  April 15 – 16, 2013

Montana Homeownership Network of Great Falls, Mont., received $1,200 for the Montana Housing Partnership Conference.
Grant term: May 21 – 23, 2013

Native American Development Corporation of Billings, Mont., received $5,000 for the 2013 NADC Economic Development & Procurement Conference.
Grant term: June 19, 2013

Rural Development Initiatives Inc. of Eugene, Ore., received $10,000 for the 2013 Regards to Rural conference.
Grant term:  June 21 – 22, 2013

United Way of Jackson County of Medford, Ore., received $3,500 for the 2013 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders conference.
Grant term:  April 21 – 24, 2013

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs of Minneapolis received $2,500 for the 2013 Humphrey Public Leadership Awards.
Grant term: May 6, 2013

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