The latest round of Initiative Foundation grants focused on strategic planning, youth community service and improving the water quality of central Minnesota lakes.
The Initiative Foundation announced that it has awarded 14 community grants totaling $35,325. The Greater Pine Area Endowment, a community fund hosted by the Initiative Foundation, awarded four grants totaling $9,000.
The following organizations were selected as grant recipients in the area:
* Cass County, Walker; Blackwater Lake Management Plan Implementation, $5,000, to improve water quality and fisheries by surveying aquatic vegetation, offering septic system inspections and sharing costs for responsible landscaping. Contact: Robert Yochum.
* Cloverleaf Youth Partnership, Wadena; Youth as Resources, $7,500, for renewed support of a Youth as Resources program designed to increase intergenerational opportunities and promote youth-driven community service projects in the Wadena area. Contact: Mim Maas.
* Northern Pines Mental Health Center, Little Falls; Self-Managing Teams Training, $1,000, to provide leadership training for the management teams of two community mental health centers, focusing on creative problem-solving. Contact: Mark Bublitz.
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. 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 go online to www.ifound.org.
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