QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL GRANTS LISTING

2017

 

Fourth Quarter Grants 2017

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 78 grants worth $4,975,510 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Our support for expanding work opportunity was the highlight of this quarter, although this quarter’s funding touched on work being done in each of our four interlocking portfolios, as well as work related to several general projects that are not designated to a specific portfolio.

Our grants support organizations anchored in the culture of the people they serve and dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in under-resourced communities across our region, including Native nations, communities of color, rural communities, and other resilient communities who have fewer opportunities to thrive on their own terms.

We include grants of $10,000 or more below. For grants of less than $10,000, please visit our grants database.

Grants to Provide Access to Capital

Black Hills Community Loan Fund Inc. of Rapid City, SD, will receive $200,000 over two years to provide financial education and technical support services to community members who have the long-term goal of becoming homeowners or small-business owners.
Grant term: Nov.1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

Nimiipuu Community Development Fund of Lapwai, ID, will receive $180,000 over two years to foster the entrepreneurial growth and financial well-being of citizens on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and surrounding region by providing comprehensive financial education/asset building, business development training services, and access to capital through loan products.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

 

Grants to Support Enterprise Development

First Children’s Finance (FCF) of Minneapolis will receive $150,000 over two years to support development of products and services in ways that increase benefits to small-business clients and also increases FCF’s capacity to grow.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2019

NeighborWorks Umpqua of Roseburg, OR, will receive $200,000 over two years to build upon the work and momentum of the WealthWorks Northwest Project, continuing to build partnerships and engage the communities using the WealthWorks framework.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

Northside Economic Opportunity Network of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to support work that addresses critical economic disparities in North Minneapolis by providing the resources necessary to develop successful entrepreneurs and sustain small businesses from within the community, expanding economic opportunities and focusing on people of color.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

Ventures of Seattle will receive $300,000 over two years to help strategically grow its microbusiness development program in the Seattle region.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2019

WomenVenture of Minneapolis will receive $150,000 over two years to support its worker-owned cooperative child care pilot program, which focuses on teaching business acumen and co-op governance, and provides mentoring, technical assistance, and loans to individuals.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

 

Grants to Promote Financial Inclusion

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Inc. of Minneapolis received $25,000 to provide general operating support for the Minnesota Asset Building Coalition.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018

Neighborhood Partnerships Inc. of Portland, OR, received $70,000 to support its continued work to create a statewide children’s savings account platform in Oregon.
Grant term: Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018

Northern Eagle Federal Credit Union of Tower, MN, will receive $200,000 over two years help enhance its time and capacity to provide financial education and services on the Bois Forte Reservation.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2019

Rural Dynamics Inc. of Great Falls, MT, will receive $230,000 over two years to support its continued work to help low-income individuals and communities access capital in the form of local, safe, and affordable financial products and services.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

Solid Ground Washington of Seattle received $70,000 to support Statewide Poverty Action Network’s work with low-income communities, addressing barriers to long-term financial capability and prosperity, including advocacy for better regulation of predatory financial services.
Grant term: Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018

 

Grants to Expand Work Opportunity

Aaniiih Nakoda College of Harlem, MT, received $21,875 to provide side-by-side funding to recipients of Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Tribal College Apprenticeship Pipeline grants.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018

American Indian Science and Engineering Society of Albuquerque, NM, will receive $250,000 over two years to support its efforts to increase the numbers of Native Americans seeking degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, while increasing engagement and building capacity among Cheyenne-Eagle Butte schools.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2019

AMOS Institute of Public Life of Des Moines, IA, will receive $200,000 over two years to continue its work with Project IOWA to expand Iowa Opportunities for Workforce Advancement, a workforce development strategy that promotes individual growth, skills development, and job placement of clients.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2017 – July 31, 2019

Boys & Girls Clubs of America of Atlanta will receive $250,000 over two years to support its Native services unit, increasing the unit’s capacity to provide high-quality workforce development programs, guiding Native youth to develop 21st-century skills and a clear vision of their future career goals.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

Fort Peck Community College of Poplar, MT, received $38,231 to implement an Addiction Counselors apprenticeship program, provide the capacity for employers to supervise and train apprentices, address students’ ability to pay for professional development, and pay licensing fees.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018

Indian Nation Conservation Alliance of Twin Bridges, MT, received $60,000 to support an initiative to hire Native American high school students to work as Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) volunteers, helping the students gain experience in natural resources and related fields, and providing them with an introduction to NRCS career opportunities.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018

Little Big Horn College of Crow Agency, MT, received $34,500 to support the creation of two apprenticeship programs: accounting assistant and highway construction.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018

Migizi Communications Inc. of Minneapolis will receive $240,000 over two years to provide support for preparing 90 Native youth for high-growth, high-demand careers in Minnesota’s growing green economy, with a specific focus on training in wind, water, and solar renewable energy technologies.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2019

Northwest Indian Community Development Center of Bemidji, MN, will receive $500,000 over two years to support the Good Job Pathways Initiative’s goal of advancing racial equity in Minnesota’s public system, with special attention on workforce, education, and training.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2019

Salish Kootenai College Inc. of Pablo, MT, received $20,285 to support expansion and improvement of its Emergency Medical Technician pre-apprenticeship program.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018

Stone Child College Corporation of Box Elder, MT, received $25,221 to support a Health and Wellness apprenticeship program.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018

Summit Academy OIC of Minneapolis will receive $250,000 over two years to help elevate the role of the General Educational Development (GED) diploma in the broader discussion of workforce development, to maximize internal operations to holistically prepare students for success, and to provide a pipeline of skilled workers of color to regional employers.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2019

 

General Grants

When we fund projects that help organizations and communities in ways that aren’t specifically associated with one of our four interlocking portfolios, we include those grants in the “General” category. As with our other grants, we only include those of $10,000 or more below. For grants of less than $10,000, please visit our grants database.

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Lame Deer, MT, received $15,000 to help fund repairs to its Lame Deer branch building.
Grant term: Sept. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2017

College Possible of St. Paul, MN, received $15,000 as a VP-directed grant.
Grant term: Sept. 22, 2017 – Sept. 22, 2017

Dream of Wild Health of Minneapolis received $50,000 to rebuild an indigenous food system through an innovative seasonal food system approach and social enterprise development.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018

First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, CO, will receive $250,000 over two years to bring together two of its overarching initiatives—food sovereignty and asset building—in an effort to help develop strong, diverse, and resilient tribal economies.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2019

First Nations Oweesta Corporation of Longmont, CO, received $25,000 to provide technical assistance to Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) encountering leadership changes and other ongoing operational challenges.
Grant term: Aug. 31, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2017

Montana Community Foundation Inc. of Helena, MT, received $100,000 to support the Social Justice Montana fund, focused on mentorship programs for rural and indigenous LGBT youth, an indigenous scholar program, racial justice workshops, a Crow Reservation radio station and youth internship program, and statewide advocacy work for LGBT and indigenous Montanans.
Grant term: Oct. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017

Native Americans in Philanthropy of Minneapolis received $132,500 to support the #GenIndigenous Response Fund, with a focus on specific cohorts or actions of ongoing youth organizing work over 3-6 months.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018

Opportunity Link of Havre, MT, received $125,000 to further the Mobilizing for Action and Change pilot project on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, focusing on building knowledge and collaborative support for the development of localized economic strategies.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018

Social Justice Fund Northwest of Seattle received $120,000 to match funds for community-organizing grants to rural organizations and other organizations based outside of Seattle and Portland—in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Grant term: Dec. 1, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2018

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network of Burien, WA, received $100,000 to help increase its capacity and to provide an opportunity to regrant funds to community groups and organizations that meet specific criteria.
Grant term: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018

 

Rapid Response Grants

To respond to nonprofits in 2017’s changing environment, we issued five rapid response grants from our Presidential Reserve as one-time-only, general operations support to the following organizations:

Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance of Halliday, ND, received $25,000.
Grant term: Nov. 1
, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Montana Two Spirit Society of Missoula, MT, received $25,000.
Grant term: Oct. 2
, 2017 – Sept. 28, 2018

Philanthrofund Foundation of Minneapolis received $35,000.
Grant term: Nov. 1
, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018

Pride Foundation of Seattle received $60,000.
Grant term: Nov. 1
, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018

Women of Color Alliance of Meridian, ID, received $10,000.
Grant term: Nov. 1
, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018