The Initiative Foundation announced it has awarded 22 community grants totaling $146,850.
The following area organizations were selected as grant recipients:
* Cass County Environmental Services, Walker; Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership Training, $20,000, to support eight lake associations in developing and implementing lake management plans in Cass and Crow Wing Counties. Contact is John Sumption.
* City of Long Prairie; Working Together to Reduce Violence, $5,000, to assist Long Prairie area communities with a vision and implementation process to reduce youth violence and increase positive relationships between residents of different cultures. Contact is David Venekamp.
* Horizon Health Inc., Pierz; Morrison County Faith in Action, $7,500, to help volunteers from faith communities provide individual support to elderly, chronically ill and disabled adults, allowing them to maintain their independence. Contact is Bridget Britz.
* Pine River-Backus Family Center; Youth as Resources, $5,000, for ongoing support of a Youth as Resources program to increase intergenerational opportunities and promote youth-driven community service projects. Contact is Leslie Bouchonville.
* Small Business Development Center, Central Lakes College, Brainerd; Central Minnesota Small Business Technical Assistance, $5,000, to provide management, marketing and financial assistance to 50 small businesses in central Minnesota. Contact is Greg Bergman.
* The Water Foundation, Brainerd; Windy River Sustainable Agriculture Fair Sponsorship, $1,000, to encourage support for local growers and renewable energy vendors at the Morrison County Fair. Contact is David Winkelman.
* Tri-County Community Action Program Inc., Little Falls; Understanding the Framework of Poverty Training, $850, to provide reference and training materials on the issues of poverty and its impact on families. Contact is Joseph Ayers.
Two communities have been selected to participate in the next round of HCP training set to begin on Oct. 13. HCP provides training, staff assistance and grants to volunteer leadership teams as they guide local efforts to create citizen-driven plans for the future of their communities.
The communities receiving $10,000 grants are Cass Lake and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Cass Lake. The Cass Lake contact is Renee Eckerly and the Leech Lake contact is Victoria White.
Two area nonprofit organizations have been selected for the HOP program scheduled to begin Sept. 23. The program is designed to help nonprofit organizations become more effective by providing strategic planning assistance, leadership training and grants.
The organizations receiving $5,500 grants are Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, Brainerd, and Mounted Eagles Inc., Brainerd.
The Initiative Foundation seeks projects that strengthen central Minnesota communities and address barriers to economic development. Grants are available for short-term or planning efforts, up to $5,000, and program implementation for single community projects, up to $10,000. Inquiries for applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are generally reviewed within 14 days of receipt.
For more information, call the Initiative Foundation at (877) 632-9255 or consult www.ifound.org.
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