Third Quarter Grants 2017

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 31 grants worth $2,560,346 in the third quarter of 2017.

This quarter’s funding touched on work being done in each of our four interlocking portfolios, focusing on organizations that provide access to capital, support enterprise development, promote financial inclusion, and expand work opportunity.

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


Grants to Provide Access to Capital

First Nations Oweesta Corporation of Longmont, CO, will receive $435,000 over two years to strengthen Native community development financial institutions’ (CDFls’) ability to access lending capital, provide capital loans to Native CDFls, and facilitate learning and networking that supports Native CDFI capitalization.
Grant term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019


Grants to Support Enterprise Development

Chief Seattle Club of Seattle will receive $250,000 over three years to support Native Works, a social enterprise being launched in Seattle’s Pike Place Market that will provide an employment bridge for Club members to receive job training, work experience, and income opportunities at their own pace.
Grant term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

Immigrant Development Center of Moorhead, MN, will receive $150,000 over two years in renewed support for International Market Plaza, a business incubator that supports emerging immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs with shared technology, resources, space, and technical assistance.
Grant term: Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2019

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders of San Antonio will receive $400,000 over two years to support small business development and to build the capacity of small business development organizations through technical assistance, training, subgrants, and peer learning opportunities provided to local nonprofits in the Northwest Area Foundation’s region.
Grant term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

Nexus Community Partners of St. Paul, MN, received $200,000 to support work with current and new organizations and community leaders to build interest for the development of local cooperatives and other wealth-building models, educating and advancing community wealth-building initiatives within the local nonprofit sector, and providing small grants to participating organizations to test new approaches in community wealth building.
Grant term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018


Grants to Promote Financial Inclusion

Ujamaa Place of St. Paul, MN, will receive $400,000 over two years to support their efforts to lead a Community of Practice (CoP), comprised of six African American-led organizations, in developing a shared strategy and piloting a culturally anchored financial capability project that meets the needs of low-income African Americans in the Twin Cities.
Grant term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019


Grants to Expand Work Opportunity

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine, SD, will receive $400,000 over 15 months to build workforce housing, a 12-unit apartment building centrally located within Thunder Valley’s community development project, which will also contain a community center, garden, and 21 single-family homes. The project will provide education opportunities for its construction training program and contractor jobs for its local workforce.
Grant term: Aug. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2018


General Grants

South Dakota Native Homeowners Coalition, through its fiscal sponsor Lakota Funds, of Kyle, SD, will receive $200,000 over two years to help them advocate for increased participation of Native individuals in various state homeownership opportunities. Funding will be focused on improving the financial capability of Native American veterans, creating jobs in the residential construction industry, expanding training and capacity-building opportunities for homeownership practitioners to track their community impact, and supporting the efforts of the Coalition’s volunteer working committees.
Grant term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019


Rapid Response Grants

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

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon of Portland, OR, received $25,000.
Grant term: Aug. 1
, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Council on American Islamic Relations, Iowa Chapter of Cedar Rapids, IA, received $10,000.
Grant term: Aug. 1
, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center of Des Moines, IA, received $25,000.
Grant term: Aug. 1
, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Islamic Resource Group of St. Anthony, MN, received $25,000.
Grant term: Aug. 1
, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Mni Ki Wakan Decade of Water of Minneapolis received $7,500.
Grant term: Aug. 1
, 2017 – July 31, 2018



Sponsorships support opportunities for grantees 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 visit our grants database.

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD) of Oakland, CA, received $10,000 for sponsorship of scholarships for its 2017 Building CAPACD convention.
Grant term: Sept. 11
, 2017 – Sept. 13, 2017