FOURTH QUARTER GRANTS

2015

 

Fourth Quarter Grants 2015

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 43 grants worth $4,985,450 in the fourth quarter of 2015. Access to Capital, Enterprise Development, Financial Inclusion, and Work Opportunity – the Foundation’s four interlocking portfolios of grantmaking – continue to provide the basis for funding. Together, programs within these portfolios advance good jobs and financial capability for low-income communities across the Foundation’s region, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color, or immigrant.

The following is a list of the grant awards:

Grants to Provide Access to Capital

First Ponca Financial of Grand Island, Nebraska, will receive $150,000 over two years for its Expanding Small Business Services to Native Americans in Iowa project. The grant enables Fist Ponca to better access market opportunities for expanding its programming throughout Iowa. Grant term: Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2017

Grants to Support Enterprise Development

The Aspen Institute of Washington, D.C., received $165,000 to undertake a research and engagement project that will lead to stronger microenterprise development networks in the Foundation’s region. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2016

Emerge Community Development (EMERGE) of Minneapolis received $150,000 to integrate its staff, operations and strategy with another nonprofit, Momentum Enterprises, in order to provide enhanced career opportunities for low-income and hard-to-place individuals in the Twin Cities. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016

Hmong American Farmers Association of St. Paul, Minnesota, will receive $150,000 over two years to support the development of its Whole Food Model, which will provide key services to farmers, helping to improve management and self-sufficiency of their farming operations, increase farm sales by at least $250,000 in aggregate, and create at least 50 jobs. Grant term: Dec. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2017

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $150,000 to expand HAP Transportation, a social enterprise that employs and trains low-income individuals and also provides earned income to support HAP’s mission. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015– Oct. 31, 2016

Juma Ventures of San Francisco received $75,000 to support its job training program and provide dollars for individual development accounts. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016

Region Five Development Commission of Staples, Minnesota, will receive $150,000 over 18 months to more thoroughly assess the low-income impacts of its Sustainable Communities work and to support the continued implementation of its social enterprise, SPROUT MN, a regional food hub. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017

Spokane Tribe of Indians/Spokane Tribal Enterprises of Wellpinit, Washington, received $140,000 as a renewal grant to help revitalize the Wellpinit Trading Post. A portion of the store’s projected net profits will be used to provide wealth-building tools for its employees and customers. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine, South Dakota, acting as fiscal sponsor for Native American Natural Foods (NANF), will receive $150,000 over two years to support NANF’s continued involvement in the Learning Action Lab, with an end goal of increasing employee understanding of ownership, providing mentors and high-level professional development to employees, and creating an operating handbook for employee ownership. Grant term: Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2017

Ventures of Seattle will receive $300,000 to refine the organization’s successful Latino microbusiness development program and increase capacity to incorporate program evaluation. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2017

Grants to Support Financial Inclusion

Centerstone of Seattle received $200,000 as the lead organization in the Seattle/King County area for the African-American Financial Capability Initiative, which aims to improve and protect the economic security of African-Americans by strengthening African-American-led organizations that provide critical services and advance strategic policies. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2016

The Directors Council of Des Moines, Iowa, received $200,000 as the lead organization in the Des Moines area for the African-American Financial Capability Initiative, which aims to improve and protect the economic security of African-Americans by strengthening African-American-led organizations that provide critical services and advance strategic policies. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2016

Management Assistance Programs for Nonprofits Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, received $200,000 in order to play a leading role in the Twin Cities area for the African-American Financial Capability Initiative, which aims to improve and protect the economic security of African-Americans by strengthening African-American-led organizations that provide critical services and advance strategic policies. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2016

Migizi Communications Inc. of Minneapolis will receive $240,000 over two years to support its Indigenous Pathways to Economic Independence project that supports Minneapolis Native youth in achieving higher educational outcomes, improved financial literacy, and work skills and experience that connect youth to good job pathways in the growing green economy. Grant term: Dec. 1, 2015 – Nov. 30, 2017

Minneapolis Urban League of Minneapolis received $200,000 in order to play a leading role in the Twin Cities area for the African-American Financial Capability Initiative, which aims to improve and protect the economic security of African-Americans by strengthening African-American-led organizations that provide critical services and advance strategic policies. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2016

OneAmerica of Seattle will receive $200,000 as a renewal grant to strengthen its base of grassroots leaders and partner with key allies to advocate on issues impacting good jobs and financial capability among the populations it serves. Grant term: Dec. 1, 2015 – Oct. 30, 2017

Washington Asset Building Coalition of Seattle will receive $150,000 over two years to build out its programmatic and policy work to support good jobs in Washington. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2017

Grants to Promote Workforce Opportunity

American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center and CAPI USA of Minneapolis, and Hmong American Partnership (HAP) and Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) of St. Paul, Minnesota, each received $30,000 to support their work on the Good Jobs Pathways initiative, an effort supporting effective workforce development practices in community-based organizations that are poised to reform their local workforce development systems. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016

Homes of Oakridge Human Services of Des Moines, Iowa, will receive $200,000 as a renewal grant to provide holistic workforce services for refugees, immigrants, and other low-income individuals. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2017

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine, South Dakota, will receive $300,000 over two years to expand and enhance its workforce development program, which they will then offer to other organizations and companies on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2017

General Grants

Mission Asset Fund of San Francisco will receive $200,000 as a renewal grant so it, along with its partners, can amplify their impact across the Foundation’s region. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2017

Tiwahe Foundation of Minneapolis will receive $1 million over two years to support its Investing in Indian Philanthropy project, which will help develop new policies and procedures to administer planned giving, investment management, and grant tracking and evaluation as Tiwahe completes its $6 million endowment campaign. Grant term: Sept. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2017

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.

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) of Portland, Oregon, received $10,000 as a NAYA Annual Gala matching challenge grant. Grant term: Nov. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015