The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis has announced second-quarter grants totaling nearly $12.2 million to sixty nonprofit organizations.
Six grants totaling $865,000 were awarded to organizations working to reduce agricultural runoff in four states — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois — with a focus on farmland and operations with high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. Recipients include Conservation Minnesota, which was awarded $300,000 over two years in support of its efforts with Audubon Minnesota to change the dynamics of the state-level clean water policy debate through capacity-building and mobilization of conservative and center-right Minnesotans; Environmental Initiative, which will receive $100,000 to expand a newly formed environmental credit trading marketplace; Great River Greening, which will receive $140,000 over two years to help restore the region's natural resources by strengthening ecological systems and promoting stewardship and management of critical lands and waters; the Main Street Project, which was awarded $150,000 over two years in support of its mission to revitalize rural communities through sustainable agricultural systems; River Alliance of Wisconsin, which will receive a grant of $150,000 over two years to organize at the grassroots level and advocate for policies that promote clean water; and the University of Minnesota Foundation, which was awarded $25,000 to test new software tools that enable better siting of conservation projects in agricultural landscapes.
"Stemming the flow of agricultural pollution from farm runoff is essential to our goal of restoring the water quality and resilience of the Mississippi River," said McKnight Foundation board chair Meghan Brown. "McKnight is proud to support organizations like these, and many others, working to protect this singular and fragile natural resource."
For a complete list of second-quarter grant recipients, visit the McKnight Foundation website.