The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $17.9 million.
The foundation awarded a total of $5.4 million to the inaugural cohort of its Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, which provides support to partners committed to achieving more equitable outcomes with and for Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities in the state as well as low-wealth Minnesotans. The grants include $150,000 over two years to the Awood Center in support of its efforts to address racism, attacks against immigrants, and Islamophobia; $125,000 to Native Sun Community Power Development to help Native nations install solar energy systems, train and deploy a Native solar/renewable energy workforce, educate community members about climate change, and develop the civic infrastructure and capacity of Native communities in the state; $200,000 over two years to the Network for Better Futures, which works to transform the lives of formerly incarcerated men through various housing, health, life coaching, and employment supports; and $150,000 over two years to the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Minnesota, which advocates for improved working and living conditions for low-wage restaurant workers.
"McKnight envisions a future in which all Minnesotans have shared power, participation, and prosperity," said the foundation's board chair, Noa Staryk. "With their innovative spirit and strong community ties, these grantee partners are helping us get closer to realizing that vision."
For a complete list of the foundation's first-quarter grants, see the McKnight Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Robert Blake/Native Sun)