The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling more than $8 million to fifty-two organizations.
The foundation awarded four grants totaling $505,000 to organizations working to foster community-level solutions to climate change and build broader support for clean energy alternatives, a key strategy of the foundation's Midwest Climate & Energy program. Recipients include the City of St. Paul, which was awarded $150,000 over two years in support of its efforts to address climate change and protect its air, water, and the urban landscape; the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, which will receive $80,000 to provide clean energy jobs and green financing in Minnesota communities; the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, which was awarded $175,000 over eighteen months for a series of rural climate dialogues; and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, which will receive $100,000 over two years for a program that encourages community leaders to diversify their communities' energy sources.
"From St. Paul to communities in greater Minnesota, citizens are displaying a commitment to advancing common sense clean energy solutions across the state," said McKnight board chair Meghan Binger Brown. "They demonstrate the vital role of local leadership and innovation to addressing climate change."
For a complete list of the foundation's first-quarter grants, see the McKnight Foundation website.