The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, and Mardag Foundation have announced grants totaling more than $8.2 million in support of efforts to enrich the lives of youth in Minnesota.
The seventy-three grants totaling $3.2 million awarded by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations include a capacity-building grant of $75,000 to Indigenous Roots, which is dedicated to cultivating opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism, and a grant of $30,000 to Saint Paul Urban Tennis, which will use the funds to expand its summer programming to provide youth with employment opportunities.
The Bigelow Foundation's eighty-one grants totaling nearly $3.6 million include a grant of $30,000 to Face to Face Health & Counseling Service in support of the organization's medical, mental health, and other support services, and a grant of $70,000 to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota in support of the organization's community defense project. And the Mardag Foundation's fifty-three grants totaling about $1.4 million include a grant of $45,000 in support of the Jones Family Foundation's Every Hand Joined program, which works to ensure the success of every child, from cradle to career.
"The community is our compass," said Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations executive vice president Ann Mulholland. "If we, as grantmakers, are to make smart investments in our state, we need to listen to the wisdom and experience of those leading the work. By investing in community-informed and -led solutions, we are better able to identify, fund, and advocate for ideas that build our community's capacity to magnify impact."
(Photo credit: Indigenous Roots)