Grant Listings

During the first quarter of 2024, the Northwest Area Foundation approved 26 grants worth $1,952,120.

Our grantmaking supports organizations building social, racial, and economic justice—helping communities within our region of eight states and 76 Native nations thrive on their own terms. They’re advancing long-overdue change in deep connection with the land they inhabit and communities they serve—Native Americans, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in rural areas.

We include grants of $10,000 or more in the list below. For information on grants of less than $10,000, please visit our grants database.

Descriptions of highlighted grants appear in our quarterly grants blog — Q1 Grantmaking Focuses on Rebuilding Vibrant Native Economies

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Headwaters Foundation for Justice of Minneapolis will receive $500,000 over two years to support pooled grantmaking efforts focused on Native communities, Black communities, and social justice-focused nonprofits in Minnesota. Grant funds will also support core operations work related to administering these funds and providing tailored assistance to organizations.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2025

Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Duluth, MN, will receive $250,000 over two years to support a project that assists local communities of color in the Duluth area through entrepreneurship, convening, and visibility.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2025

Minnesota Museum of American Art of St. Paul, MN, received $100,000 to restructure a loan that supports Phase I of its two-phase renovation project.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2024

Opportunity Link of Havre, MT, will receive $400,000 over two years to support its work in economic development, sustainability of local food systems, housing and infrastructure development, and access to broadband technology.
Grant term: April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2026

Oregon Native American Chamber of Portland, OR, will receive $250,000 over two years to support its Native economic revitalization efforts across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Grant term: Feb. 1, 2024 – Jan. 31, 2026

Working Partnerships Incorporated of Minneapolis, as fiscal sponsor for Workers Confluence Fund of Minnesota, will receive $450,000 over two years to support the Confluence’s efforts to strengthen the collaboration among Minnesota-based organizations interested in building worker power through a worker-centered movement with, and on behalf of, workers in low-wage jobs.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2025