The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation awarded 13 community grants totaling $57,500.
Area recipients included:
* Bi-County Community Action Program, Walker, YouthBuild Transitional Housing Program, $10,000 to support the efforts of at-risk youth as they rehabilitate four homes for transitional housing. Contact: Lucille Moe.
* Oasis/Share A Meal Inc., Little Falls, Morrison County Home Fix-up, $2,500 to support the efforts of community volunteers as they make minor repairs and safety upgrades to 10 homes owned by low-income seniors, single-parent families and people with disabilities. Contact: Carol Schmidt.
* Serpent Lake Association, Deerwood, Water Quality Improvement Campaign, $5,000 to offer septic system inspections, low-interest replacement loans and storm water runoff reduction training to shoreline residents. Contact: Paul Tesdahl.
* St. Alice Church, Pequot Lakes, Grace House, $5,000 to provide safe, transitional housing through a faith-based volunteer program. Contact: Mary Kay Verkennes.
* University of Minnesota, Staples, Farmer's Market, "Come Grow with us," $2,000 to support marketing efforts for 13 farmer's markets in central Minnesota. Contact: Sharon Rezac Andersen.
* Upper South Long Lake Improvement Association, Brainerd, Lake Management Plan Implementation, $5,000 to test drinking water wells for wastewater contamination and initiate a program to control curleyleaf pondweed, an invasive aquatic plant. Contact: Terry Lahti.
The Staples Community Foundation, a component fund of the Initiative Foundation, awarded grants to:
* Central Lakes College, Staples, Living Legacy Gardens, $1,500 to provide marketing resources for a horticulture learning center. Contact: Shirley Judd.
* Kinship of Todd-Wadena counties, Staples, trip to Minnesota Twins game, $1,000 to provide an opportunity for children and adult mentors to attend a baseball game. Contact: Stacy Tuchek.
The Initiative Foundation seeks projects that strengthen central Minnesota communities and address barriers to economic development. Grants up to $5,000 are available for short-term planning efforts. Grants up to $10,000 are available for single community projects. Inquiries for applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are generally reviewed within 14 days of receipt.
For more information, call the foundation at (877) 632-9255, or go online to www.ifound.org.
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