MINNEAPOLIS (March 26, 2014) — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded $295,000 in grants for a second year of funding to 21 nonprofit organizations through its Social Change Fund. The grant period is Feb. 1, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2015.
Through the Social Change Fund, the Women’s Foundation awards grants and provides technical assistance to nonprofits across the state working to achieve equality for women in economics, safety, health and reproductive rights, and political power.
Economic Opportunity ($120,000 total)
• Asian Economic Development Association (Saint Paul) — $15,000 — To increase and support the leadership of Asian women business owners and managers by providing business counseling and training.
• Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (Virginia) — $15,000 — To support the Adult Workforce collaboration in Hibbing and Virginia to bring a gender lens to post-secondary technical education for welding and millwright work in the region.
• Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (Saint Paul) — $15,000 — To develop and implement a financial empowerment program to educate survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault about economic self-sufficiency.
• Community Action Duluth (Duluth) — $15,000 — To implement the Getting Ahead program — a 10-week economic justice leadership program which empowers participants to understand issues of poverty and overcome barriers.
• Jeremiah Program (Minneapolis) — $15,000 — General operating support. Jeremiah Program’s proven, holistic approach transforms families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time by providing single mothers and their children with a safe, affordable place to live, quality early childhood education, empowerment and life skills training, and support for career-track education.
• Latino Economic Development Center (Minneapolis) — $15,000 — To involve more women in its micro entrepreneurship trainings and to expose Latinas to career opportunities in the construction trades.
• Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (Moorhead) — $15,000 — To broaden employment access, enhance economic opportunity and address needs of women in workforce development.
• YWCA of Minneapolis (Minneapolis) — $15,000 — To conduct research on the intersection of racial equity and early education and support advocacy efforts to bring this information into the public debate around childcare policy.
Safety & Security ($60,000 total)
• Breaking Free, Inc. (St. Paul) — $15,000 — General operating support. Breaking Free serves women and girls involved in systems of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
• Kwanzaa Community Church – Northside Women’s Space (Minneapolis) — $15,000 — General operating support. Kwanzaa Community Church’s Northside Women’s Space is to provide a safe place where girls and women who have been exploited by sex trafficking and the sex trade can find rest, a place to think, and connections to services and supports that will get them from where they are now to where they want to be in life.
• Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (Minneapolis) — $15,000 — General operating support. MIWRC addresses systemic gender inequities across boundaries, focusing on the disproportionate gender violence against American Indian women and girls.
• North Shore Horizons (Two Harbors) — $15,000 — To enhance women and girls’ crime victim rights in Lake County Minnesota, North Shore Horizons and partnering agencies will improve system and community response to sexual and domestic violence crimes through a multi-agency collaboration.
Health & Reproductive Rights ($60,000 total)
• Centro Cultural Chicano (Minneapolis) — $5,000 — To support and develop systems and evaluation practices – development of logic model, work plans and performance monitoring plans for program implementation.
• Everyday Miracles (Shakopee) — $15,000 — To provide program support for Isis Rising, a prison-based pregnancy, birth, and parenting project for women prisoners at the Shakopee Women’s Prison to improve maternal and health outcomes in the context of incarceration and to support its advocacy efforts focused on an anti-shackling bill.
• Planned Parenthood of Minnesota North Dakota South Dakota (Statewide) — $15,000 — General operating support for public policy work to advance reproductive justice.
• Pro-Choice Resources (Minneapolis) — $10,000 — To build a coordinated, long-term organizing effort that strengthens organizational, policymaker, and public support for public coverage of abortion.
• Women’s Health Center of Duluth (Duluth) — $15,000 — To build community capacity by strengthening women leaders, increase access to resources, and create effective networks.
Political Power & Leadership ($55,000 total)
• American Indian and Rural Women’s Leadership Project (Virginia) — $15,000 — To confront and effectively challenge political inequity and changing the cultural context of political leadership by providing practical skills, support, on-going relationships and training for American Indian and Rural women.
• OutFront Minnesota Community Services (Minneapolis) — $15,000 — To identify and develop leaders within the lesbian, bisexual and transgender women of color communities around economic justice and marriage equality.
• Project 515 (Minneapolis) — $10,000 — To educate the state about discrimination of same-sex couples and advance policy change.
• Women’s Action for New Directions Education Fund (Statewide) — $15,000 — To support a comprehensive, multi-year program to build the leadership and communications capacity of women leaders in Minnesota to advance long-term, sustainable solutions.