The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $20.8 million to a hundred and twenty organizations.
The fourth-quarter awards include grants totaling $1.34 million through the foundation's Midwest Climate & Energy program to six organizations working to foster and support climate and energy leadership in the Midwest. To that end, the Center for Energy and the Environment was awarded $55,000 over six months to develop and evaluate energy efficiency options for the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester, Minnesota; the Clean Energy Trust in Chicago will receive $200,000 to conduct a twelve-state study to evaluate how the clean energy sector contributes to the economies and environmental health of the region; and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C., was awarded $150,000 over two years to partner with cooperative and municipal utilities in Minnesota and Iowa on initiatives that offer on-bill financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, allowing customers to pay for those solutions through loans tied to their energy bills.
"We can and must act quickly to preserve our planet for ourselves and for future generations," said McKnight board chair Meghan Binger Brown. "By focusing on smart, local climate solutions, organizations like these work hard to keep our air and water clean and protect the health and well-being of our families."
Additional fourth-quarter grants included $25,000 to the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation to conduct a triennial statewide study of homelessness in Minnesota; $100,000 to Artspace Projects to develop affordable live/work artist housing and community space for the arts in Hastings, Minnesota; $40,000 to the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota to advance bicycle-related policy, systems, and environmental change work in Ramsey County communities; and $100,000 to Cannon River Watershed Partnership to reduce agricultural pollution in the Cannon River watershed, a tributary of the Mississippi River.