SECOND QUARTER GRANTS

2014

 

Second Quarter Grant Listing 2014

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 23 grants worth $3,296,250 in the second 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

Craft3 Investment LLC of Ilwaco, Washington, will receive $1 million over three years to build a coordinated financial infrastructure in rural Washington and Oregon. It builds on existing grantee relationships and supports an in-depth engagement to develop industry sectors, rural financing structures and local and regional economies in underserved areas.
Grant term: June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2017

The Democracy Collaborative Foundation Inc. of Cleveland received $275,000 to support a second year of the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building program, which develops Native employee ownership and social enterprise for community wealth building. This year, the emphasis will be on supporting participating organizations in the implementation of their enterprise concepts.
Grant term: June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Main Street Project of Minneapolis will receive $500,000 over two years as continued support for a project to expand training, technical and financial assistance provided to emerging and established Latino and immigrant farmers, address the barriers that low-income people of color encounter while establishing and growing small farm enterprises, and combine strategic partnerships and direct investments to deploy a larger regional sustainable farming system and related social enterprises that can produce good jobs and livelihoods.
Grant term: April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to provide affordable access to capital for low-income and underserved entrepreneurs within the Twin Cities metropolitan suburbs. Specifically, this grant will help offset the interest expense and loan loss incurred by MCCD in the deployment of recourse capital to underserved, low-income entrepreneurs.
Grant term: April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016

Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to support the expansion of the MUL Financial Opportunity Center, particularly its programming in the workforce solutions and wealth0accumulation service areas for low-income and African-American communities.
Grant term: April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016

Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, will receive $100,000 over two years for general operating support to help them evolve from an all-volunteer organization (AVO) to a staffed organization. Funding will support a portion of administrative and operational expenses, organization and program development, marketing/branding, and fund development.
Grant term: March 1, 2014 – Feb. 29, 2016

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance will receive $100,000 over two years through its fiscal sponsor, Native Americans in Philanthropy of Minneapolis, to help develop and support entrepreneurship in Native communities, both on and off reservation.
Grant term: April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016

Montana Indian Business Alliance will receive $105,000 over two years through its fiscal sponsor, Rural Dynamics Inc. of Great Falls, Montana, to help develop and support entrepreneurship in Native communities, both on and off reservation.
Grant term: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016

Native American Natural Foods of Kyle, South Dakota, received $100,000 through its fiscal sponsor, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine, South Dakota, to continue participation in the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building program, which develops Native employee ownership and social enterprise for community wealth building.
Grant term: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

PolicyLink of Oakland, California, received $100,000 to advance equity and asset-building work in the Foundation’s region. Funding will strengthen the capacity of leaders of color and their networks to advance equitable asset development, public policies and practices, and develop, with Foundation staff, an equitable asset-building strategy that effectively serves the African-American community.
Grant term: May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015

Prepare + Prosper (formerly AccountAbility Minnesota) of St. Paul, Minnesota, will receive $250,000 over two years to increase the financial capability of low-income Minnesotans through the provision of free tax preparation and financial services.
Grant term: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016

Wounded Knee Community Development Corporation of Manderson, South Dakota, willreceive $50,000 over two years to support the development and operations of the social enterprise Wounded Knee Sioux-Preme Wood Products.
Grant term: Sept. 1, 2014 – Aug. 31, 2016
Grants to Improve Public Policy

Center for Ethical Leadership of Seattle received $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a sustainable network of governmental jurisdictions focused on racial equity as a way to advance good jobs and financial capability through the local and regional government Alliance on Race and Equity.
Grant term: May 16, 2014 – May 15, 2015

General Grants

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery of Minneapolis received $5,000 for sponsorship of The Multiplying Effect: A Campaign to Reach More Families for general operating support.
Grant term: April 30 – May 1, 2014

Open Arms of Minnesota Inc. of Minneapolis received $250 for the NWAF Volunteer Matching Contribution Program.
Grant term: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

Regents of the University of California at Berkeley of Berkeley, California, received $100,000 for Rebuilding the Economic Health of the African-American Community: A Structural Assessment and Recommendations, a project by The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society to develop a more robust knowledge base and network of leaders focused on the economic health of the African-American community.
Grant term: May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015

University of Montana Foundation of Missoula, Montana, will receive $100,000 over two years to assist in the startup of the Eloise Cobell Land and Culture Institute, an interactive space for tribal colleges and Native students who are interested in exploring and solving issues that are affecting the economic health and cultural sustainability of Native communities. The Institute will advance improvements in educational programming and support services for Native students seeking higher education and employment opportunities.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016

 

Sponsorships

African Development Center of Minneapolis received $2,500 for sponsorship of their 2014 gala.
Grant term: May 30, 2014

First Peoples Fund of Rapid City, South Dakota, received $2,500 for sponsorship of the 2014 Jenifer Easton Community Spirit Awards.
Grant term: Oct. 18, 2014

Little Earth Residents Association Inc. of Minneapolis received $1,500 for sponsorship of the Little Earth Red Bears basketball program.
Grant term: May 1 – Dec. 31, 2014

Metropolitan Economic Development Association of Minneapolis received $1,500 for sponsorship of their annual luncheon.
Grant term: June 4, 2014

Pillsbury United Communities of Minneapolis received $1,500 for sponsorship of the annual Father’s Day celebration.
Grant term: June 10 – 12, 2014

University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs of Minneapolis received $1,500 for sponsorship of the 2014 Humphrey Public Leadership awards.
Grant term: June 25, 2014