FOURTH QUARTER GRANTS

2014

 

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 35 grants worth $4,502,550 in the fourth quarter of 2014. 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 a list of the grant awards:

Grants to Build Assets & Wealth

Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA) of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $75,000 to develop a comprehensive three-year strategic plan and to expand its small-business development program in the Twin Cities. The project aims to strengthen AEDA’s ability to increase economic opportunities for low-income Asian Americans by supporting small-business and entrepreneur development.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015

Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund of Minneapolis, an emerging Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on helping the Twin Cities American Indian community build its assets, will receive $100,000 over two years to develop a loan portfolio and meet its final requirements for CDFI certification through the Department of the Treasury.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Black Hills Community Loan Fund Inc. of Rapid City, South Dakota, an emerging CDFI focused on providing financial literacy and credit coaching for the First Nations Oweesta community, will receive $75,000 over two years to meet the final requirements for its CDFI certification application.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Center for Financial Services Innovations (CFSI) of Chicago received $129,150 to support Financial Access and Inclusion Roadmap (FAIR) product development (low-cost transactional functionality, a savings component, financial education, and a credit-building option delivered through trusted channels).
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation of Pendleton, Oregon, will receive $100,000 over two years to create a CDFI to build on the existing services and create one entity to more effectively engage a greater number of tribal members in financial education and banking services. The creation of a CDFI is part of the tribe’s Master Plan for Reservation Small-Business Economy.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) of Washington, D.C., and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Baltimore will each receive $250,000 over two years to work collaboratively to provide technical assistance to African-American asset-building organizations that will serve as local anchors for the African-American Financial Capability Initiative in the Twin Cities, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Des Moines. The technical assistance aims to support a sustainable network of African-American asset development entities that produce and deliver premium asset-building resources that better serve the African-American community and encourage financial capability.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016

Four Bands Community Fund Inc. of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, will receive $250,000 over two years to further enhance their community impact and sustainability through research and the initial development of an enterprise incubator to accelerate the growth of small businesses and become a new earned-income source to support Four Bands’ operations.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance and North Dakota Indian Business Alliance will each receive $100,000 over two years, Montana Indian Business Alliance will receive $105,000 over two years, and South Dakota Indian Business Alliance will receive $150,000 over two years through their fiscal sponsor Four Bands Community Fund Inc. of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, as general operating support to deepen their capacity and strengthen their impact to support entrepreneurship in Native communities.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Hunkpati Investments Inc. of Fort Thompson, South Dakota, received $75,000 to expand staff capacity, conduct a community outreach survey, and plan and develop strategies for increased capital deployment.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2015

Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, will receive $200,000 over two years so they can continue to provide mortgages, rehab loans, credit-builder loans, homebuyer and general financial education, and credit coaching to help members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe build long-term assets and reduce poverty.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Native American Community Development Corporation (NACDC) Financial Services Inc. of Browning, Montana, will receive $200,000 over two years so they can continue to provide financial services, including loans and financial literacy training and support, to residents of the Blackfeet, Fort Belknap and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations in Montana.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Native American Development Corporation of Billings, Montana, will receive $250,000 over two years to support the pilot of two new loan products (new market tax credits and royalty financing products), increasing NADC’s ability to leverage large-scale capital for Native projects.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) of Portland, Oregon, will receive $100,000 over two years to establish a Native CDFI as a core institutional component of its comprehensive community wealth-building strategy.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Native Youth Leadership Alliance of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, will receive $150,000 over two years to support its leadership and capacity-building efforts among young tribal college students. This is a transition grant to help the organization improve its internal capacity and its ability to leverage partner relations as it pursues greater self-sufficiency.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Nez Perce Tribe of Lapwai, Idaho, will receive $100,000 over two years to support the emerging Nez Perce Tribe CDFI.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Northwest Health Foundation Fund II of Portland, Oregon, will receive $250,000 over three years to partner with the Northwest Area Foundation to jointly develop a multifaceted systems change strategy to focus investments, policies and community-building supports for low-income single-parent households with children to improve access to better jobs, increase assets and improve health outcomes.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 20, 2017

Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) of Nespelem, Washington, will receive $250,000 over two years for its proposed Pathway to Native CDFI Collaboration, Growth and Stability Project, which will offer new loan products and services to strengthen CDFIs’ back-office operations and lending capabilities. The project also will support NNDF operations, the continuation of its financial education services, and the expansion of its business development network for Native entrepreneurs.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Oyate Community Development Corporation, an emerging CDFI on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota, will receive $75,000 over two years to support its efforts to create additional programming that focuses on providing credit-builder loans, microbusiness loans and technical assistance.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

People’s Partners for Community Development of Lame Deer, Montana, will receive $100,000 over two years to support development of a CDFI and other work to create jobs and build up the local economy.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Rosebud Sioux Tribe – Sicangu Oyate of Rosebud, South Dakota, will receive $100,000 over two years to support development of a CDFI, a key element in the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO)’s comprehensive plan to establish a vibrant, sustainable tribal economy.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

Taala Fund, a certified Native CDFI of Taholah, Washington, will receive $250,000 over two years to expand their target market, add a new loan product, and increase the skills of its staff and board through training and development of an evaluation program. A portion of the funds also will be used to provide additional capital for borrowers (Quinault tribal members and the larger community), along with provisions for a loan loss reserve to provide security to the debt providers.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2016

YouthBuild USA Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts, will receive $400,000 over two years to replicate in Native Communities its model of programs that develop pathways to productive adulthood for low-income youth. The funds will offer knowledge and networks to build local programs, provide staff expertise to local programs, secure federal funding, and develop local resources to support ongoing operations in the Foundation’s eight-state region.
Grant Term: Nov. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016

 

General Grants

Lummi Nation Ventures Partnership of Bellingham, Washington, received $100,000 from its fiscal sponsorLummi Nation Service Organization (LNSO), also of Bellingham, to support transition planning as its 10-year partnership agreement with the Foundation comes to an end. This additional funding will enable Lummi Ventures to transition some of the promising programs to partner organizations and effectively share their impacts and learning with other Native communities and funders.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015

Makoce Waste Development Corporation of Rapid City, South Dakota, received $75,000 to develop a comprehensive business plan for bioenergy production. This project is one of the economic development opportunities identified in the Roadmap for Sustainable Economic Development, and aims to create good jobs and economic opportunities for Lakota-Dakota-Nakota people in the Black Hills region.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015

Northwest Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (NWIOIC) of Bemidji, Minnesota, received $150,000 to support its Mino Mashkiki (Good Medicine) pilot over an 18-month period. The pilot seeks to build a pipeline of job opportunities for Native Americans interested in working in the health care sector in northern Minnesota. Through this pilot, NWIOIC seeks to integrate traditional Native approaches within the regional health care delivery system to improve Native health outcomes and capture the economic potential that exists for employment and small-business opportunities for Native individuals and tribes.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Sponsorships

Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $2,500 for sponsorship of their 27th annual awards banquet.
Grant term: Dec. 5, 2014

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Baltimore received $3,100 for sponsorship of Boise, Idaho’s Treasure Valley.
Grant term: Oct. 24, 2014

Neighborhood Development Center Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $20,000 for sponsorship of Mercado Central.
Grant term: Oct. 15 – Dec. 31, 2014

Open Arms of Minnesota Inc. of Minneapolis received $100 for their Employee Recognition Program.
Grant term: Jan. 8 – Jan. 31, 2015

Piegan Institute of Browning, Montana, received $50,000 for sponsorship of the Sootsimann (Parfleche) Project, a financial literacy program through the Cuts Wood Academy (CWA).
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015

Pratt Parent-Teacher Organization of Minneapolis received $200 for their Employee Recognition Program.
Grant term: Nov. 20, 2014

South Dakota Budget & Policy Project Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, received $20,000 as a matching grant.
Grant term: Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

Tiwahe Foundation of Minneapolis received $2,500 for their 2nd annual Seventh Generation event.
Grant term: Nov. 13, 2014

 

Annual Memberships

Philanthropy New York $5,000