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Pine Tech Receives $10,000 Grants from Initiative Foundation

Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 6:06 am

The Initiative Foundation announced that it has awarded 27 community grants totaling $165,275.  The following organizations were selected as grant recipients:

Pine Technical College, Pine City; Phase III: Enterprise Network Systems Analysis / TREND ($10,000) – to apply regional research data to target local businesses that may be able to expand operations and create quality jobs in the region. Contact: Robert L. Musgrove, (320) 629-5120.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Early Education, Onamia; Mille Lacs Band Early Childhood Mental Health Coalition ($5,000) – to support the creation of an early childhood mental health coalition team in order to increase opportunities for the healthy social and emotional development of young children in their community. Contact: Joycelyn Shingobe, (320) 532-4690.

Women’s Environmental Institute at Amador Hill, North Branch; East Central Minnesota Local Produce Market Study ($1,500) – to determine the potential for a regional processing facility that would create value-added goods from locally grown, organic produce. Contact: Karen Clark, (651) 583-0705.

AccountAbility Minnesota, St. Paul; St. Cloud Area Low Income Tax Assistance ($5,000) – to support the expansion of a volunteer tax preparation service for over 1,200 low-income individuals and families. Contact: Bonnie Esposito, (651) 287-0187.

Anderson Center, St. Cloud; Emerging Companies Forum ($10,000) – to provide support for the development of advisory boards that better position central Minnesota entrepreneurs for the future . Contact: Venita Wilkes, (320) 255-2120.

Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association; Bridges Career Academies and Workplace Connection ($18,000) – to support a program that links education and business in order to ensure a viable workforce for the 21st century. Contact: Lisa Paxton, (218) 829-2838.

Child Care Choices, Inc., St. Cloud; Caring for a Lifetime Conference ($500) – to assist with speaker and facility expenses for an early care and education conference for childcare providers. Contact: Renee Hendricks Olson, (320) 251-5081.

City of Avon; A Vision of Neighbors II ($5,000) – to conduct a follow-up visioning session in order to select new goals, recruit volunteers and establish task forces to begin community-based projects. Contact: Jodi Austing-Traut, (320) 356-7922.

Delano Public Schools; Youth as Resources ($10,000) – for renewed support of an intergenerational leadership program that funds youth community service projects. Contact: John Sweet, (763) 972-3365.

Helping Hands Outreach to Elders, Inc., Holdingford; Building Donor Base – Northeast Stearns County ($2,300) – to improve a donor-management system that strengthens community support for senior services and activities. Contact: Jeff Fromm, (320) 746-9960.
HOME Line, Minneapolis; Tenant Hotline and Renter Education Outreach ($5,000) – to provide professional legal support to individuals and families facing home rental and foreclosure issues in 14 central Minnesota counties. Contact: Beth Kodluboy, (612) 728-5770.

Housing & Redevelopment Authority of St. Cloud; St. Cloud’s Downtown Business Recruitment Initiative ($10,000) – to identify potential for additional retail stores, develop marketing materials, and collect company contact information. Contact: Bruce Theilman, (320) 252-0880.

Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul; Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) ($3,000) – to provide an introductory workshop and promote father involvement, children’s literacy and quality father-child relationships. Contact: Stanley Romanstein, (951) 772-4255.
Pequot Lakes School District; Youth As Resources ($2,500) – for renewed support of an intergenerational leadership program that funds youth community service projects. Contact: Rick Linnell, (218) 568-9200.

Region Five Development Commission, Staples; Micropolitan Regional Planning ($15,000) – to coordinate planning and zoning across city/township boundaries, share costs and reduce bureaucracy in order to protect the natural resources in the Gull Lake Watershed. This grant is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative. Contact: Cheryal Hills, (218) 894-3233.

Region Five Development Commission, Staples; Phase III: Enterprise Network System Analysis ($10,000) – to apply regional research data in order to target local businesses that may be able to expand operations and create quality jobs in the region. Contact: Cheryal Hills, (218) 894-3233.

Salem Lutheran Church, Deerwood; Support Services for Brainerd Lakes Area Families in Need ($5,000) – to provide basic supplies, emergency funds and services to  individuals and families experiencing poverty and personal crisis. Contact: David Anderson, (218) 534-3309.

St. Cloud State University Foundation, St. Cloud; 47th Annual Economic Education Winter Institute ($5,000) – to support a regional economic summit with a special emphasis on the impact of the Chinese economy. Contact: Robert White, (320) 308-3058.

St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls; Little Falls Youth as Resources ($7,500) – for renewed support of an intergenerational leadership program that funds youth community service projects. Contact: Larry Schulz, (320) 632-5441.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary, Brainerd; Mississippi River Walk ($5,000) – to support public input, planning and design for a Mississippi River boardwalk and trail. Contact: Sara Dunlap, (218) 828-7610.

Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc., Little Falls; Little Falls Area Early Childhood Coalition ($11,000) – to continue early childhood coalition projects that promote a healthy start for young children and their families in the Little Falls area. Contact: Joseph Ayers, (218) 829-2410.

United Way of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud; Youth as Resources ($5,000) – for renewed support of an intergenerational leadership program that funds youth community service projects. Contact: Noreen Dunnells, (320) 252-0227.

Wright County Economic Development Partnership, Rockford; Wright County Commuter Transit Study ($5,000) – to determine the feasibility of a community transit system. Contact: Noel Labine, (763) 477-0386.

HEALTHY ORGANIZATIONS PARTNERSHIP (HOP) PROGRAM
The following nonprofit organization has been selected for the HOP program, designed to help nonprofit organizations become more effective by providing leadership training, strategic planning assistance, grants and ongoing technical assistance.
•             Grace of God Mission, Little Falls; ($6,500). Contact: Greg Spofford, (320) 632-2360.

LITTLE FALLS AREA FOUNDATION:
The Little Falls Area Foundation, a component fund of the Initiative Foundation, announced the following grant award:

Little Falls Youth Hockey, Inc; Skate-for-Free ($1,800) – to offset costs for operating an introductory program for young and new skaters from the Little Falls, Royalton, Pierz, Upsala and Swanville areas. Contact: Joe Berg, (320) 632-2651.

STAPLES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:
The Staples Community Foundation, a component fund of the Initiative Foundation, announced the following grant awards:

MOMS Club of Staples; Preschool Playground Enhancement ($300) – to support preschool playground enhancements for public use in the Staples area. Contact: Sara Dregney, (218) 894-1897.

Staples Area Food Shelf; Food Storage ($375) – to serve greater numbers of people in need of food and services. Contact: Stephen Sveom, (218) 894-1546.

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