Community Foundation announces latest grant recipients
The St. Anthony Park Community Foundation announced it has awarded $35,650 to support the activities and initiatives of 14 local nonprofit organizations and community groups in 2021-2022.
The Foundation’s grant awards span the areas of arts and culture, environment, physical activity and participation, education, community engagement, youth civic engagement. The grants generally target youth, new Americans, low income residents and seniors.
“It is always a thrill to be able to contact applicants and let them know that the Community Foundation is able to support the great work they are doing to ensure Saint Anthony Park is a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable community for all,”Julie Drechsler, SAP Community Foundation executive director said in a news release.
Programs and initiatives funded for the current fiscal year include:
• Transition Town—A neighborhood-based response to the climate crisis.
• The Schubert Club—Julie Himmelstrup “Music in the Park” series.
• St. Anthony Park Community Council—Home “Swift” Home: Chimney Swift Habitat in SAP.
• Saint Anthony Park Area Seniors—General operating costs.
• Park Bugle—Resilience through shared stories.
• Minnesota Urban Debate League—Strengthening St. Paul Through Urban Debate.
• Minnesota Tool Library—Access over ownership.
• Langford Park Hockey—Girls hockey program.
• Keystone Community Services—Meals on Wheels and doorstep food shelf delivery.
• International Institute of Minnesota—English for work program.
• Close Up Foundation—Civic education for low-income St. Paul students.
• Avalon School—Spring play with Harry Waters Jr.
• Upstart Crow Youth Shakespeare Troupe—Summer 2021 Youth workshops
• University of Minnesota Raptor Center & Murray Middle School partnership.
Altogether, the Foundation received $45,000 in grant program funding requests. Through its endowment funds, the Foundation was able to provide all applicants with either full or partial funding to ensure these programs continue.
Drechsler noted, “The Foundation is working hard to ensure we grow our endowment fund so we can continue this vital support. But we need help from the community to achieve this growth.”
Interested community members can donate to the St. Anthony Community Foundation through the GiveMN page, the website or through the annual giving campaign.
The Foundation’s annual grant support comes from three endowed funds: the Gerald R. McKay Family Music Fund, The Environmental Education Fund and the Andy Boss Fund.
Submitted by Julie Drechsler, executive director of the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation.