McKnight Awards $25.3 Million in First-Quarter Grants

McKnight Awards $25.3 Million in First-Quarter Grants

The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $25.3 million in support of national and international nonprofit organizations.

The grants include more than $2.6 million awarded through the foundation's Education program, which supports efforts to close opportunity gaps by engaging families and supporting diverse, effective educators. The two-year grants include $2 million to MN Comeback, an intermediary organization that represents a coalition of more than eighty schools, foundations, and community leaders; $300,000 to Hiawatha Academies, a network of public charter schools serving K-12 students in south Minneapolis; and $330,000 to EdAllies, a policy and advocacy organization.

"Every child deserves access to high-quality and culturally responsive schools," said McKnight board chair Debby Landesman. "We believe our strategies will help create conditions for student success."

Other recipients include Ananya Dance Theatre, which was awarded $100,000 in general operating support; the Audubon Center of the North Woods, which will receive $75,000 for its School Leadership Project; the Environmental Defense Fund, which was awarded $250,000 in support of its efforts to improve water quality in the Mississippi River Basin; and the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, which will receive $400,000 for its Regional Research, Training, and Practices Program.

(Photo credit: Ananya Dance Theatre)