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Initiative Foundation Awards Grants Totaling Nearly $449,000

September 19, 2019
Nonprofits Receive Nearly $449,000 in Second-Quarter Grants
The Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are pleased to announce that 120 grants totaling nearly $449,000 were awarded during the second quarter of 2019.
"We are proud to support local organizations that are doing good for those they serve," said Matt Varilek, Initiative Foundation president. "During the second quarter of 2019, we supported activities that advance women-in-business initiatives, provide career exploration opportunities for high school students and improve the sustainability of regional food shelves. Taken in their entirety, all of our second-quarter grants are aimed at elevating prosperity throughout the region."
Find the full 2019 grants listing on .
Innovation Fund Awards
The following organizations were among those that received grant funding during the months of April, May and June 2019:
  • Faith in Action in Sherburne County—Furniture 4 Families: $2,500 to support Faith in Action of Greater Sherburne County's mission of providing families with basic household needs by supporting delivery networks.
  • Great River Family Promise—Development Support: $5,000 to support fund development for Elk River's Great River Family Promise, serving Sherburne and Wright counties. 
  • Staples Economic Development Authority—Child Care Solutions: $10,000 to provide a source of matching funds to help engage public and private sectors with current and potential child care providers to improve access to quality, affordable child care. Funds will be allocated based on analysis and local public input of the opportunities and barriers to expand economically sustainable child care. This grant will support efforts throughout Todd County, and is supported with guidance from First Children's Finance, and funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Elk River Area Chamber—Board & Staff Development: $4,000 to support strategic planning, board development and board leadership succession.
Partner Fund Awards
The Initiative Foundation hosts a variety of Partner Funds for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteer-led groups. The following organizations were among those that received grant funding during 2019: 

Three Rivers Community Foundation
The following grants will support the Elk River school district:  
  • Scholarship Awards for Elk River High School: $7,500
  • 2019 Rogers High School Scholarship Program: $7,500
  • Scholarship Awards for Zimmerman High School: $3,000
  • Scholarship Awards for Ivan Sands Community High School: $1,000
  • Spectrum High School—Scholarship Award: $1,000
Bob McClintick,