Second Quarter Grants 2023

During the second quarter of 2023, the Northwest Area Foundation approved 12 grants worth $533,950.

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 — Q2 Grantmaking: Akiptan Keeps Native Agriculture Rooted in Relationships


Akiptan of Eagle Butte, SD, will receive $250,000 over two years to support its core work including lending, one-on-one support and technical assistance for clients, webinars and informational resources, and advocacy related to Native agriculture.
Grant term: May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2025

Native Ways Federation Inc. of St. Paul, MN, received $50,000 to support the participation of its board and staff in a strategic planning process that builds off the organization’s refreshed theory of change. Funds will also support an in-person convening of focus group participants.
Grant term: April 1, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2023

Philanthrofund (PFund) Foundation of Minneapolis received $25,000 to support the TRANSCEND campaign, protecting and advocating for the rights of the transgender community, especially trans youth.
Grant term: April 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation of St. Paul, MN, will receive $200,000 over two years to support expansion of the college savings account initiative, which includes CollegeBound Boost and the People’s Prosperity Guaranteed Income Pilot.
Grant term: May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2025