THIRD QUARTER GRANTS

2015

 

Third Quarter Grants 2015

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 26 grants worth $4,324,325 in the third 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 Children’s Finance of Minneapolis will receive $200,000 over two years to help fuel its work in Iowa fostering economic growth by creating and expanding quality child care businesses that serve low-income families, and to help it explore expansion and partnerships in the northwestern states. Grant term: Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2017

Grants to Support Enterprise Development

Jannus Inc. of Boise, Idaho, will receive $250,000 over two years to expand its Microenterprise Training & Assistance (META) financial capability program services to Native Americans, Latinos and refugees located in southwest Idaho. With this grant, META will be adding a financial education component to its microenterprise services to help these priority communities build credit and financial stability as individuals and as microentrepreneurs. Grant term: Aug. 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017

Little Earth Residents Association Inc. (LERA) of Minneapolis will receive $450,000 over three years to support its Little Earth Small Business Initiative and its two main social enterprises: developing a Native-themed food enterprise called Tatanka (buffalo), and expanding its property management services to other local and national Indian communities. NWAF’s support will allow LERA to continue its involvement with the social enterprise action learning network supported by the Democracy Collaborative Foundation and other technical partners. Both social enterprises share the goal of creating job opportunities for Little Earth residents and creating a supplemental source of income to support other programming activities that build the self-sufficiency of Little Earth tenants and families. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018

Nexus Community Partners of St. Paul, Minnesota, will receive $500,000 over two years to provide support for the continuation of its Strengthening Economic Vitality on the East Side project, which supports and implements a coordinated set of community wealth-building strategies to improve economic outcomes and build community wealth among low-income communities of color and other similarly marginalized groups. Grant term: April 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine, South Dakota, will receive $500,000 over three years to create and implement its Good Jobs Through Worker-Owned Enterprise Program, which will offer business management services  to support the research, planning, and launch of worker-owned enterprises as a systematic way to build skills, increase ownership, build assets, and create community wealth. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018

Ujamaa Place of St. Paul, Minnesota, will receive $300,000 over three years to continue implementation of its Theory of Transformation program, which is helping 150+ young, African-American men – most of whom have been affiliated with gangs, have criminal histories, and face multiple barriers – become stable, productive members of the community. Ujamaa Place provides a safe environment where these men receive intensive support to move them toward self-sufficiency and give them the tools they need for long-term success, including work opportunity and financial inclusion assistance. Grant term: June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2018

Grants to Foster Financial Inclusion

Native CDFI Network (NCN) of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, will receive $250,000 in renewal funding from its fiscal sponsor Four Bands Community Fund Inc., also of Eagle Butte, to continue its participation in the Financial Inclusion Policy Action Initiative. The initiative supports an advocacy campaign in Montana to ensure that the Native American Gap Financing Revolving Loan Program is properly implemented and that additional policies to support financial inclusion are passed. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017

Neighborhood Partnerships Inc. (NP) of Portland, Oregon, will receive $250,000 in renewal funding to continue its participation in the Financial Capability Policy Initiative. NP will use the grant to support the implementation of its action plan to strengthen financial capability policies in Oregon. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017

Northwest Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (NWIOIC) of Bemidji, Minnesota, will receive $250,000 in renewal funding to continue its participation in the Financial Capability Policy Initiative. NWIOIC will use the grant to support the implementation of its action plan to strengthen financial capability policies at the tribal level. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017

Oregon Native American Business & Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN) of Portland, Oregon, will receive $250,000 in renewal funding to continue its participation in the Financial Capability Policy Initiative. ONABEN will use the grant to support the implementation of its action plan to restructure minors’ trust payment policies in order to incentivize financial education and savings. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017

Partners for Prosperity New Beginnings for Eastern Idaho (P4P) of Blackfoot, Idaho, will receive $250,000 in renewal funding to continue its participation in the Financial Capability Policy Initiative. P4P will use the grant to support the implementation of its action plan to advance a policy to incentivize savings for low-income families in Idaho. The work will be carried out in partnership with Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI) and the Idaho Asset Building Network (IABN). Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017

Statewide Poverty Action Network (Poverty Action) of Seattle will receive $250,000 in renewal funding through its fiscal sponsor Solid Ground Washington, also of Seattle, to continue its participation in the Financial Capability Policy Initiative. Poverty Action will use the grant to support implementation of its action plan to strengthen consumer protection policies and eliminate asset limits in public assistance programs in the state of Washington. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017

Grants to Promote Workforce Opportunity

AMOS Institute of Public Life of Des Moines, Iowa, will receive $200,000 over two years as a renewal grant to continue its workforce development efforts to provide jobs and increased financial capability among central Iowa’s poorest residents, with a particular emphasis on formerly incarcerated and minority populations. Grant term: June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2017 

General Grants

The Aspen Institute Inc. of Washington, D.C., will receive $100,000 over two years to support the launch of its Native Youth Ambassadors program. The program will find, connect and develop at least 300 talented Native youth to enhance their leadership abilities. The project is part of the Institute’s Center for Native American Youth’s work with Generation Indigenous (Gen-I), a national effort of federal and nonprofit partners that focuses on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. Grant term: Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2017

Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) of St. Paul, Minnesota, received a $250,000 renewal grant to provide services for up to 200 low-income, hard-to-employ African-Americans through integrated job placement; extended job retention; and financial, coaching and asset-building services. Grant term: July 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2016

Sponsorships

Association of Black Foundation Executives Inc. of New York received $5,000 for sponsorship of its Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program Leadership Summit. Grant term: Oct. 26 – 30, 2015

First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado, received $10,000 for sponsorship of its L.E.A.D. conference. Grant term: Sept. 23 – 24, 2015

First Nations Oweesta Corporation of Longmont, Colorado, received $16,000 for sponsorship of its scholarship fund for the 2015 Opportunity Finance Network conference. Grant term: Sept. 15, 2015 – Oct. 27, 2016

Little Earth Residents Association Inc. of Minneapolis received $1,825 for its office remodel. Grant term: July 1 – Aug. 31, 2015

MACC Alliance of Connected Communities of Minneapolis received $4,150 for sponsorship of this year’s Social Enterprise Forum. Grant term: Oct. 5, 2015

Micro Grants of Minneapolis received $3,000 for sponsorship of its 2015 Grantees of the Year awards ceremony. Grant term: Sept. 16, 2015

Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) of Minneapolis received $6,000 to sponsor a funding organization for a project managed by MCF. Grant term: Sept. 3 – Dec. 31, 2015

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Baltimore received $3,100 for sponsorship of this year’s Freedom Fund banquet for the Treasure Valley, Idaho, branch. Grant term: Oct. 17, 2015

Native American Development Corporation of Billings, Montana, received $5,000 for sponsorship of this year’s Economic Development and Procurement conference. Grant term: Aug. 5 – 7, 2015

Open Arms of Minnesota Inc. of Minneapolis received $250 as a Northwest Area Foundation employee volunteer matching grant. Grant term: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015

Policy Link of Oakland, California, received $20,000 for sponsorship of its 2015 Equity Summit: All-In for Healthy Communities, Inclusive Cities, and a Prosperous Economy. Grant term: Oct. 27 – 29, 2015