QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL GRANTS LISTING

2016

 

Second Quarter Grants 2016

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 27 grants worth $5,337,000 in the second quarter of 2016. We funded organizations whose work aligns with our four interlocking portfolios, creating enterprise development, access to capital, workforce opportunity, and financial inclusion for low-income communities across the Foundation’s region, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color, or immigrant. The quarter’s grantees are working to advance policies and programs to increase good jobs and strengthen financial capability—the pillars of financial security.

Grants to Provide Access to Capital

Main Street Project of Northfield, MN, will receive $500,000 over two years to support an agriculture and food system model in southeastern Minnesota that will create new socio-economic pathways for aspiring Latino and other immigrant farmers. Applying this model, Main Street is moving to the next phase of its operations, including access to a 60-acre farm to enhance training and production, negotiation of lease relationships with host farmers, and assistance with land acquisition for prospective Latino farmers. Grant term: April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018

Grants to Support Enterprise Development

African Development Center of Minneapolis will receive $155,000 over two years to invest in an Afro Deli mobile food truck. This will help ADC reach more customers for lunch and boost sales from catering and special events. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (AIOIC) of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to spur growth and increase income for Takoda Group, a social enterprise operated by AIOIC that provides advanced training and employment placement opportunities for AIOIC’s students, graduates from training facilities/colleges, and workers looking for advancement. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Appetite for Change of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to support its efforts to combine its social enterprise divisions into one cohesive transitional employment program to serve both youth and adults. It is hoping to combine its workshops, urban agriculture, business incubation, café, and catering efforts to have one comprehensive social enterprise with jobs serving all levels of the operation. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Center Pole of Garryowen, MT, will receive $200,000 over two years to support its Social Enterprises Expansion project in several ways. First, funding will give Center Pole the opportunity to increase enterprise staff so its businesses can operate longer hours, especially during high season, which will improve sales and expand availability to customers. Second, funding will help Center Pole start a radio station so it can advertise its products over the airwaves to attract more customers. And third, funding will allow Center Pole to expand its youth training program so more youth can work on culturally oriented projects, learn about the operations of enterprises, and gain valuable work experiences. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) of Eagle Butte, SD, will receive $200,000 over two years to support its Growing the Next Generation Lakota Workforce initiative. CRYP will formalize the operations of its three social enterprises and position them for growth, hiring a full-time social enterprise manager to run all three businesses and manage interns. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Emerge Community Development of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to create additional jobs through the expansion of EMERGEWORKS, an alternative staffing business, and by adding two new lines of business to its custom manufacturing operation. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Jobs Foundation of Golden Valley, MN, will receive $200,000 over two years to expand its Tech Dump work development program, strengthening the supportive services it offers so the management team can manage and train more employees, who then have a better chance at obtaining longer-term employment.
Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Lower Columbia Community Action Council Inc. of Longview, WA, will receive $200,000 over two years to add staff to its Grounds for Opportunity catering team, strengthen its marketing plan, and expand its hours of operation to build a larger customer base. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities of Minneapolis will receive $500,000 over two years to help establish a social enterprise development network to encourage and cultivate social enterprises among its member organizations, sharing best practices and strategies. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

NetWork for Better Futures of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to fund three new staff members who will deliver needed services: a crew chief for janitorial services, a life coach focused on employment transition and retention, and a manager for retail and online sales. Grant term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018

New Avenue for Youth of Portland, OR, will receive $200,000 over two years to help solidify its existing businesses and establish new enterprises, allocating grant funding for several key positions. It also intends to expand services to eastern Multnomah, where youth homelessness is increasing due to the gentrification of downtown Portland. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Nonprofits Assistance Fund of Minneapolis will receive $500,000 over two years to build on its partnership with the Initiative Foundation to support and expand Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise (FRSE), its cohort program for emerging social enterprises in central Minnesota. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Northland Foundation of Duluth, MN, will receive $500,000 over two years to support its efforts to strengthen the social enterprise sector across northeastern Minnesota: increasing social enterprise outreach and awareness efforts, offering financial and technical assistance for up to 10 social enterprises, and developing a regional social enterprise resource network. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Grants to Foster Financial Inclusion

Prepare and Prosper (P+P) of St. Paul, MN, will receive $200,000 as a renewal grant funded over two years to support its Financial Access in Reach (FAIR) initiative. FAIR is a long-term approach by multiple stakeholders to address the financial capability of the financially underserved through a suite of financial products that help people transact, save, and (re)build credit in a safe and affordable way. Grant term: June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2018

Prepare and Prosper (P+P) of St. Paul, MN, will receive $250,000 as a renewal grant funded over two years to support its efforts to increase the financial capability of Minnesotans through free tax preparation, financial services, financial coaching, and advocacy activities. Grant term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018

Ujamaa Place of St. Paul, MN, received a $200,000 learning and planning grant. Ujamaa Place will serve as the backbone organization for a Community of Practice (COP) that includes six African-American-led organizations committed to creating a formal collaborative. The collaborative will position each organization to embed culturally appropriate asset-building services into their respective organizations, reaching over 20,000 low-income African-Americans in the Twin Cities. Grant term: April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Grants to Promote Workforce Opportunity

Opportunity Link Inc. of Havre, MT, will receive $481,500 over two years to continue its administrative role in implementing its 20-year plan for the north central Montana region that includes internal workforce training, job and business development, financial education, and transportation programming Grant term: April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018

General Grants

Farmers’ Legal Action Group Inc. of St. Paul, MN, will receive $200,000 over two years to support training and technical assistance for 50 immigrant and refugee farmers, and to support efforts to work with farmers to secure leases on 150 acres of land. The funding will also help to increase farmers’ income and improve their financial capability. Grant term: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

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.

Credit Builders Alliance of Washington, DC, received $10,000 for its 2016 Credit Building symposium. Grant term: July 13, 2016 – July 14, 2016

Minnesota Council on Foundations of Minneapolis received $10,000 for accounting services. Grant term: April 12, 2016

Native American Development Corporation of Billings, MT, received $10,000 for its 2016 economic development and procurement conference, “Nation Building—Empowering Economic Development.” Grant term: Aug. 2, 2016 – Aug. 4, 2016

Opportunity Finance Network of Philadelphia received $10,000 for its Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry course. Grant term: Sept. 12, 2016 – Sept. 14, 2016