LEAP, Inc.—Batcher Opera House: $2,500 to assess the value of the historic Batcher Opera House so it can be purchased at a fair market rate and owned by the city of Staples or a local nonprofit.
Loaves and Fishes Too—Healthy Meal Access in St. Cloud: $5,000 to support access to healthy food in the St. Cloud area.
Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota—CareerSTART Program: $5,000 to support CareerSTART, a program designed to provide exploration, development and application of career paths for youth in kindergarten to 12th grade. The program helps students develop employment skills and prepare for their career of choice.
Kinship Partners, Inc.—Strategic Planning: $5,000 to support the development of a new strategic plan and implementation steps.
True Friends—Seasonal and Year-round Staff Recruitment: $4,600 to support recruitment activities to attract, hire, train and retain seasonal staff.
New Pathways, Inc.—Strategic Planning: $5,000 to support the development of a new strategic plan.
Wadena County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.—Strategic Planning: $5,000 to support strategic planning.
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity—Community Display: $5,000 to support a community display at Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. The display will provide education to the community on the history of housing in the Brainerd area.
ConnectAbility of Minnesota—Training and Visioning: $5,000 for staff and client training.
Mission 61, Inc.—General Operating Funds: $5,000 to build the capacity of peer-support specialists to address the urgent housing needs of historically disadvantaged populations.
Timber Bay, North Branch—Youth Investment Foundation’s Program for At-risk Youth: $5,000 to support a weekly after-school program.
Minnesota Council on Foundations—2023 Annual Conference Sponsorship: $5,000 to support the Minnesota Council on Foundations Annual Conference.
Chisago County Economic Development Authority—Core Childcare Committee: $10,000 to increase quality, affordable and economically sustainable childcare in Chisago County. This plan was developed with the guidance from community advisors and facilitated by First Children’s Finance.
Youth Following Our Lead—Summer Programming: $3,000 to support the summer program.
Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project—Access for Formerly Incarcerated Persons: $80,000 to help formerly incarcerated people find housing, develop life skills, gain credentials in the construction field and achieve successful job placement in Benton County over a three-year period.
City of Sandstone—Sandstone School Geo-Exchange Feasibility: $9,600 to support an assessment and cost-benefit analysis of geothermal and/or solar resources at the workforce housing complex under development by the city of Sandstone at a former school.
City of Wyoming—Downtown Plan: $5,000 to support an economic analysis and develop recommendations to foster downtown revitalization.
Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation—Analytics Database Trial: $10,000 to provide the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation staff with tools and resources to support Crow Wing County business data requests.
City of Melrose—Comprehensive Plan Update and Strategic Planning: $5,000 to support the development of a new strategic plan and implementation steps.
Mille Lacs County Operation Community Connect: $1,000 to connect local families with community resources and services.