2015 Grant List

2015 Grant List


Housing Grants

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
St. Paul, MN
Support of 66 West: planning for the first permanent supportive youth housing in suburban Hennepin County (Edina). The building will provide 39 affordable studio apartments and on-site services for suburban youth (18-21) who have been homeless, many for an extended period.

$25,000.00

Family Housing Fund
St. Paul, MN
Support for the Not Even One Night (NEON) design initiative’s strategic experimentation of constructive and  sustainable youth homelessness prevention strategies that benefit and empower existing resources and programs, to make occurring youth homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

$25,000.00

Family Housing Fund
St. Paul, MN
Support for the Accelerated Implementation of Coordinated Entry program to better the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) program, within the Continuum of Care regions (Anoka, Ramsey, Hennepin, Scott, Washington, Carver counties)  in Minnesota for the enhanced access and quality of vital services for people experiencing homelessness.

$25,000.00


Youth Social Entrepreneurship Grants

Appetite For Change
Minneapolis, MN
AFC will expand their existing youth training/employment program (pilot 2015). The program will service the entire organization with hands-on training and classroom time for North Minneapolis youth ages 14-24. A culinary arts education certificate is being designed. Participant-staff will get jobs (not stipends). Graduates of their program move into internships, jobs. 

$25,000.00

COMPAS
St. Paul, MN
COMPAS along with Face to Face (F2F) will employ up to 24 homeless youth (ages 14 to 21) as apprentice painters and mosaic artists. They will work along side mentoring COMPAS artists, design and implement community park art displays to be enjoyed by all. Youth will learn mosaic & painting techniques, project implementation, leadership development, and gain employment skills.

$15,000.00

Cookie Cart
Minneapolis, MN
Social enterprise programming gives youth from low income neighborhoods an opportunity to engage in increasing connectedness to new communities, strengthening future goal orientation, improving interpersonal skills, enhancing critical thinking skills and increasing employment readiness skills. This grant will be dedicated to recruiting and involving community volunteers to connect with youth within our 360 Degree advanced work readiness classes, financial literacy, customer service and community sales and events.

$15,000.00

Cycles for Change
St. Paul, MN
2015-2016 Youth Apprenticeship will employ 20 low-income youth and youth of color to build skills as bicycle mechanics, educators, and leaders working to make their communities healthier, sustainable, and vibrant.

$20,000.00

Dream of Wild Health
Minneapolis, MN
The Garden Warriors youth learn technical job skills: filling out job applications, interviewing, and signing a contract. Each youth earns a stipend and a bonus for successfully completing the program and is trained in opening a bank account, writing checks, and basic money management, while older youth assist in organizing and staffing the Farmer’s Markets at St. Paul and Minneapolis, learning about nutrition and making new recipes, teamwork building, salesmanship, finance and marketing while building relationships within the communities.

$20,000.00

Elpis Enterprises
St. Paul, MN
Homeless youth trainees gain a better understanding of successful business management, and are provided additional real work experience in screen printing, woodworking, and e-commerce that support developing entrepreneurial and employment readiness skills. An innovative career development component of the program is youth organization partnerships offering marketing and website redesign. 

$10,000.00

Independent Film Producers Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
JuiceMedia, an after school program at IFP Minnesota. Teaching artists who are also professionals provide youth arts education. With support from the instructors, students complete three projects of increasing complexity. Topic focuses includes concern that affect the participants’ neighborhoods, homes, and greater community.

$10,000.00

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
Maplewood, MN
Support of the entrepreneurial JA Company Program, in which student groups develop their own business from the ground up with support and volunteer mentorships from local businesses. JA Company Program provides students with the opportunity to learn skills and can-do attitudes that the entrepreneurial spirit encompasses in a positive, structured environment, promoting creative solutions and community engagement.

$10,000.00

Juxtaposition Arts
Minneapolis, MN
Pathways to College and Careers (PaCC) targets older youth 16-21 years old who are participating at JXTA and nearing the end of high school up to approaching 22 years old. PaCC builds out successful education and employment model for life-long impact by preparing and placing youth in their broad partner network.

$20,000.00

Keystone Community Services 
St. Paul, MN
An expansion project will provide more employment opportunities for St. Paul youth, strengthen their evaluation program by adding a social/emotional assessment for apprentices and add six youth evaluators to lead the Youth Express evaluation team. Provides apprenticeships at four locations for 45 youth and will offer Urban Apprentice training for an additional 55 youth.

$15,000.00

Lakes Center for Youth and Families
Forest Lake, MN
Tried and True Small Engines for youth ages 13-18 in the Forest Lake area, will provide a supportive environment for youth caught up in the juvenile justice system, and interested in shop and mechanics. The Youth will gain experience and training in small engines repair while learning how to manage a small business. Youth repairing machines to sell for a small profit a community auction. The profits from this program go toward youth accrued debts and fines, and also fund LAYSB programming.

$15,00.00

Pillsbury United Communities
Minneapolis, MN
Sisterhood Boutique is a gently used clothing store that is staffed by youth. This program includes a four month paid internship for up to 45 young East African women per year – fostering cross cultural and cross generational connections, engages the interns in community improvement activities, and addresses social and emotional learning through an asset-based, social-emotional framework. Youth to learn, practice, and teach each other, and take control of their own financial and career futures by developing their individual and group entrepreneurial leadership skills.

$15,000.00

Redeemer Center for Life
Minneapolis, MN
Redeemer Center will expand their Youth Social Entrepreneurship programs to include a Design Thinking based, year long process. This award will allow for additional staff that is necessary to maintain a low mentor to youth entrepreneur ratio.

$15,000.00

RS Eden
Minneapolis, MN
Fresh Grounds Café program for homeless youth will expand with the addition of a Youth Training Program Manager who will design and implement a more robust and dynamic curriculum, more fully aligning with a Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE) model, for—and by—youth residing at the Seventh Landing supportive housing program in Saint Paul.

$15,000.00

The Lift Community Development Corporation
St. Paul, MN
Investing in young adult interns from under-resourced backgrounds who will both develop and lead their youth and programs, and also invests in young high-potential leaders. Their attended community engagement meetings and assist with networking and grant writing. Their interns are piloting an arts program that work with up to ten high school students to find their voice through writing lyrics and spoken word pieces, learning studio music production, and performance skills.

$15,000.00

Urban Boatbuilders
St. Paul, MN
A majority of Apprentices face adversity in their lives or are vulnerable to disconnection from school and from stable employment in their future.  The Youth Apprenticeship Program serves youth ages 16-19 through a six-month  21st Century work-readiness training program. This job offers paid vocational, academic and social skill development through entrepreneual boat building. 

$15,000.00

Urban Roots
St. Paul, MN
They will provide 60 low-income, diverse 14-18 year-old youth on the East Side of St. Paul with youth social entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities via sustainable agriculture, food production and distribution, wellness living, and conservation projects through their year-round paid youth internship program. Youth social entrepreneurship project elements include: producing over 4,000 pounds of vegetables; harvesting and distributing within a 30-member CSA; weekly market stands and at Twins baseball games.

$15,000.00

Woodbury Community Foundation
Woodbury, MN
Teens in the WAYLEDP engage in multiple learning sessions during the fall with experts in business, community development and entrepreneurship, compiling an extensive journal of thought along the way that they will use while completing extensive on-site field experiences. The learning sessions will focus three main areas: defining entrepreneurism in easy to understand ways, how to effectively engage in the community we live in, and how to acquire the real-world skills necessary to succeed in the business/work environment.

$10,000.00

Youth Farm
Minneapolis, MN
The Urban Klatsch Initiative is a vehicle for youth and neighbor-to-neighbor engagement at multiple levels, which results in an increase of produce grown, distributed and used by Youth Farm, stronger neighborhood connections, and long term leadership skill development for youth. By planning, producing, processing, and sharing food with their neighbors in mind, they learn not only about the people in their communities but exercise their vital role as communicators and distributors of healthy foods, act as facilitators, pollinators, and often the connective tissue between disparate groups and individuals.

$20,000.00


Opportunity Grants

American Indian Family Center
Minneapolis, MN
Family Center offers holistic services to individuals from the American Indian and Saint Paul communities in Employment and Education Service, Wellness and Recovery, Women’s Outreach, Therapy, Mental Health Case Management and Home/School liaison, The Family Center staff is from the Lakota, Dakota, Ojibwe, Chippewa and Causasian communities and offers a wealth of educational credentials, cultural knowledge, customs and values to the community in which they work.

$1,500.00

Mano a Mano
St. Paul, MN
This local organization collects and transports medical equipment and supplies from North America to support clinics, education and infrastructure, such as water resovaers, roads and green houses in the mountains of rural Bolivia (the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere). They also coordinate the logistics and volunteer needs remotely.

$1,500.00

Metro-wide Engagement for Shelter & Housing (MESH-MN)
St. Paul, MN
MESH is a unique collaboration of more than sixty nonprofits, government agencies, elected officials and providers of shelter and affordable housing services representing the seven counties of Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Carver, Washington, Scott and Anoka. MESH brings providers, advocates and county staff together to address these issues on a regional basis. The mission of MESH is to foster metro-wide partnerships and strengthen capacity to end homelessness.

$750.00

MicroGrants
Minneapolis, MN
MicroGrants gives $1000 grants for low-income people of potential to invest in their lives. The grants are designed to help people increase their income either through small business development or getting and retaining stable employment.

$1,500.00

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
St. Paul, MN
The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless is uniquely positioned as the hub of a statewide network of 150 homeless service providers, individuals, and organizations across Minnesota. The Coalition has been the voice for people experiencing homelessness and for service providers in state and federal policy decision-making since 1984.

$750.00

Penumbra Theatre
St. Paul, MN
Penumbra Theatre creates professional productions that are artistically excellent, thought provoking, relevant, and illuminate the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.

$500.00

Ten Thousand Things
Minneapolis, MN
Ten Thousand Things brings award-winning, high-quality theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts. This company invigorates ancient tales, classic stories, and contemporary plays through vital, open interactions between actors and non-traditional audiences.

$500.00

Threads Dance Project
Golden Valley, MN
Threads Dance Project is a contemporary dance company that seeks to examine, expose and celebrate the threads that bind humans together.

$500.00

Youthprise
Minneapolis, MN
Supported the 2015 Youthprise Summit at the Minnesota History Center, which hosted the Sundance Family Foundation Tech & Training Expo exhibiting certificate programs and pathways to careers with livable wage jobs for young people.

$10,000.00

This is a representative list of the 2015 grants made by the Sundance Family Foundation and the Sundance Pay It Forward Foundation.

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