The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $29.8 million to a hundred and ninety-eight nonprofits.
Nineteen grants totaling $3.3 million were awarded through the foundation's Midwest Climate & Energy program, which works to advance climate and energy leadership in the region, with the goal of reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and positioning the Upper Midwest as a model for climate action. Grantees include TakeAction Minnesota, which was awarded $400,000 over twelve months in support of its systems-oriented efforts to change energy policy, advance racial and gender equity, create sustainable jobs, and support thoughtful community transitions to a clean energy economy; Environmental Initiative, which will receive $300,000 over two years in support of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition — a joint initiative of thirty Minnesota-based companies working to create a regional economy powered by 100 percent clean energy; and the Great Plains Institute, which was awarded $320,000 over eighteen months in support of its work to advance clean energy efforts at the municipal level in both urban and rural areas.
"Acting on climate change requires an 'everyone in' strategy," said McKnight board chair Debby Landesman. "This quarter's grantees feature a diverse group of organizations working across sectors to make energy cleaner for everyone in our state."
For a complete list of the foundation's fourth-quarter grantees, see the McKnight Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Environmental Initiative)