McKnight Foundation Awards $33.8 Million in Fourth-Quarter Grants

McKnight Foundation Awards $33.8 Million in Fourth-Quarter Grants

The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling more than $33.8 million.

In the fourth quarter, the foundation awarded a hundred and fifty-five grants to a hundred and thirty-eight nonprofit organizations working to the areas of the arts and culture, community improvement, education, the environment, immigrant rights, and international development. Grants awarded as part of the foundation’s commitment to building community and advancing opportunity included $100,000 to the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in support of its efforts to amplify the voices of communities to advance equity and justice; $50,000 to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota to provide legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in the state; and $140,000 over eighteen months to InquilinXs UnidXs Por Justicia (United Renters for Justice) to advance fair access to decent rental housing for low-income people and people of color and build on its efforts to organize tenants across Minneapolis victimized by landlord abuse and neglect.

Other grant recipients included Pangea World Theater, which was awarded $100,000 over two years to promote human rights by creating and presenting multidisciplinary theater productions for international audiences, and the Migration Policy Institute, which received $50,000 in support of its ongoing work with the Coalition of Asian American Leaders and Minnesota Education Equity Partnership to ensure a strong state policy framework for dual-language learners in the state.

"As stated in our strategic framework, the civic and economic vitality of our home state depends on inclusive and equitable opportunities for everyone," said McKnight Foundation board chair Meghan Binger Brown. "We are proud to support organizations like these and many others working to ensure equal access to basic rights and opportunities for every member of our community."

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the McKnight Foundation website.

"McKnight Affirms Commitment to Equity and Community." McKnight Foundation Press Release 01/09/2017.