MINNEAPOLIS (June 2, 2014) — To celebrate 60 years of giving, the General Mills Foundation, in partnership with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, has doubled its grant pool for 2014 to $1 million.
This year’s grants, ranging from $10,000-$60,000, celebrate the innovative work of 40 outstanding Twin Cities’ nonprofits that support the needs of our diverse community. General Mills launched the Celebrating Communities of Color grants program ten years ago.
“These grants focus on Twin Cities organizations with innovative programs that strengthen this community,” says Ellen Goldberg Luger, executive director of the General Mills Foundation. “Celebrating Communities of Color is another way General Mills can nourish our communities by supporting a broad spectrum of organizations that provide impactful services to our diverse community.”
Since 2004, the Communities of Color program has served more than 700,000 children, families and individuals across the seven-county metro area with a total of $5 million in grants. Areas of focus include hunger and nutrition wellness, and education.
Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota—St. Paul received funding for it’s Southeast Asian Health Promotion and Access Project www.vssmn.org.
This project developed out of the need to increase Vietnamese and Karen refugee and immigrant awareness of the importance of physical activity and good nutrition. The project will promote preventive health care via healthy nutrition to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in these populations.
Changes in dietary habits have made the Vietnamese and Karen high-risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol levels which lead to heart disease. The project will also assist Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants in securing appropriate health insurance coverage. The project also serves immigrants from Somalia who express a need for education and access to health care. VSS works to serve the health needs of the community by encouraging individuals and families to be more active.
Information on the General Mills Celebrating Communities of Color initiative is available at: Celebrating Communities of Color Grants.
• Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota — Saint Paul – Southeast Asian Health Promotion and Access Project www.vssmn.org.
CAPI USA – Centre for Asians and Pacific Islanders—Minneapolis received funding for it’s Asian Food and Nutrition Services www.cctwincities.org.
Hmong Academy—Saint Paul
received funding for it’s Music Now program for Creating, Performing and Archiving Traditional and Cultural Music – www.hcpak12.org.
This is a sampling of the 2014 Communities of Color grant recipients. For a full list of grant recipient profiles, visit Communities of Color Grant
• Breakthrough Saint Paul—St. Paul: Promise Neighborhoods Expansion www.breakthroughsaintpaul.org
• NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center — Minneapolis – Mobile Food Marketplace Program www.northpointhealth.org
• AccountAbility Minnesota—Saint Paul – Financial Coaching Program www.accountabilitymn.org.
• Augsburg College—Minneapolis — MN Urban Debate League www.augsburg.edu.
• Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow — Minneapolis – Camp Tatanka www.babyspace.org.
• Breakthrough Saint Paul—Saint Paul – Breakthrough Twin Cities: Promise Neighborhoods Expansion www.breakthroughsaintpaul.org.
• Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis—Minneapolis – Northside Child Development Center (NCDC) www.capiusa.org.
• Community Design Center of Minnesota AKA Urban Roots—Saint Paul – Cooking and Nutrition Adventures for Healthy Youth www.urbanrootsmn.org.
• Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP)—Brooklyn Center – Food Shelf Expansion to Reflect a Community of Color www.ceap.org.
• Community Initiatives for Children — Minneapolis – HIPPY Healthy Kids www.community-initiatives.org.
• Emergency Food Shelf Network, Inc.—New Hope – Culturally Competent Food Shelf Resources
• Givens Foundation for African American Literature—Minneapolis – Givens Foundation Education Residency Program www.givens.org.
• Headwaters Foundation for Justice—Minneapolis – African American Leadership Forum www.headwatersfoundation.org.
• Holy Rosary Catholic Church – Minneapolis — ¡Ándale! (Let’s Go!) www.guadcenter.org.
• Independent School District No. 281—New Hope – Cooper Cares www.rdale.org.
• Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM)—Maplewood – JA Company Program for Communities of Color www.jaum.org.
• MacPhail Center for Music — Minneapolis MacPhail Community Partnerships www.macphail.org.
• Mentoring Peace Through Art Inc — Hopkins – Art to Work: Creating Ferociously Competent Workers through Community Art www.mentoringpeace.org.
• Migizi Communications, Inc. — Minneapolis – New Media Pathways www.migizi.org.
• Minneapolis Public Schools, Special School District #1 / Special School District No. 1—Minneapolis – L.E.A.P! (Leading, Engaging, Advocating: Parents!) Leadership Academy www.mpls.k12.mn.us.
• Minneapolis Urban League — Minneapolis – The 13th Grade: A Career Pathway Program For Young Adults 18-24 www.mul.org.
• Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA)—Brooklyn Center – Amakolo African Girls Pathway to Success Project www.mawanet.org.
– New American Academy (NAA) — Edina – Empowering immigrant youth and families through mentoring, leadership development and connecting one another www.newamericanacademy.org.
• NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center — Minneapolis – Mobile Food Marketplace Program www.northpointhealth.org.
• People Serving People, Inc. — Minneapolis – PSP Culinary Arts Training and Nutrition Education www.peopleservingpeople.org.
• Perspectives, Inc.—St. Louis Park – Kids Connection – www.perspectives-family.com.
• Project Success-Students Undertaking Creative Control — Minneapolis – Patrick Henry and Project SUCCESS Class of 2017 9th Grade Transition www.projectsuccess.org.
• Public Art Saint Paul—Saint Paul – Create: The Community Meal www.publicartstpaul.org.
• Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation Inc.—Saint Paul – New Lens Urban Mentoring Society – www.sppsfoundation.org.
• Saint Paul City School—Saint Paul – RIGHT TO READ www.stpaulcityschool.org.
• SteppingStone Theatre—Saint Paul – Celebrating Mainstage at SteppingStone Theatre www.steppingstonetheatre.org.
• Teatro del Pueblo, Inc.—Saint Paul – The Astronaut Farmworker www.teatrodelpueblo.org.
• The Aliveness Project — Minneapolis – Meal Program and Food Shelf – www.aliveness.org.
• The Sanneh Foundation—Saint Paul – The Sanneh Foundation Dreamline Program www.thesannehfoundation.org
• Think Small—Saint Paul – Healthy Children, Healthy Lives www.thinksmall.org.
• TU Dance—Saint Paul – World premiere dance work by Uri Sands inspired by African American contralto Marian Anderson www.tudance.org.
• Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. — Saint Paul – TPT’s Super WHY Reading Camps www.tpt.org.
• Youth Farm and Market Project — Minneapolis – Growing Youth Farm Initiative – The Urban Klatsch www.youthfarm.net.
• Youthrive—Minneapolis – Youth Café & Food Justice Program at Oak Park Neighborhood Peace Center www.youthrive.net.
The mission of the General Mills Foundation is to nourish communities globally with remarkable philanthropy. During fiscal 2013, General Mills provided more than $153 million to communities across the world. Of the total, the Foundation contributed $27 million in grants in the targeted areas of alleviating hunger, advancing nutrition wellness and improving K-12 education, in addition to $46 million in food donations. General Mills employees also support their communities through volunteerism, with 83 percent of U.S. employees contributing their time and talent in their communities each year. To learn more about the ways General Mills nourishes lives through philanthropy and community engagement, please join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GeneralMillsGives or visit us at the General Mills Foundation website.