The McKnight Foundation awarded 53 grants totaling $8,019,000 to 52 organizations in its first-quarter 2017 grantmaking. Of the $8 million total approved, $505,000 went to four organizations working to foster community-level solutions that can serve as models for replication and build broader support for climate and clean energy progress, a key strategy of our Midwest Climate & Energy grantmaking program. Below, we highlight just a few of the approved grants this quarter. The full list of grants approved this quarter is available at our grants database.
Striving to be one of the most sustainable cities in the United States, the City of St. Paul received a two-year grant of $150,000 to support an array of efforts to fight climate change and to protect its air, water, and urban landscape. Through the process, the city is committed to establishing greenhouse gas emissions targets, assessing climate hazards and vulnerabilities, and developing a mitigation and adaptation plan. The plan includes provisions to help ensure that the city engages communities of color, underrepresented, and low and modest income households in the process. In addition, St. Paul was recently selected to participate in a national initiative to improve the energy efficiency of large commercial buildings.
This quarter, McKnight also made grants to three other organizations working to improve clean air, public health, and our economy. BlueGreen Alliance Foundation received a one-year grant of $80,000 to support clean energy jobs and green financing in greater Minnesota communities. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy received $175,000 over 18 months for a series of rural climate dialogues in three communities in greater Minnesota. Lastly, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters received a two-year grant of $100,000 for a program aimed at supporting community leaders’ ability to diversify energy sources.
“From St. Paul to communities in Greater Minnesota, citizens are displaying a commitment to advancing common sense clean energy solutions across the state,” says board chair Meghan Binger Brown. “They demonstrate the vital role of local leadership and innovation to addressing climate change.”
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The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. We use all our resources to attend, unite, and empower those we serve. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based family foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $87 million in 2016. Learn more at mcknight.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.