Older adults needing help with utility bills, and others, will be helped by 2019 grants

Fourteen organizations receiving 2019 grants from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation were recognized at the annual EP Gives event on April 27 at Bearpath Golf & Country Club.

The grants will help homebound persons, people with intellectual disabilities, older adults having difficulty paying utility bills, young women who are homeless, and many others in Eden Prairie.

The organizations selected by the Foundation to receive grants submitted applications that were reviewed by the EPCF Grants Committee, which made recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors. They were funded by the direct-grants programs, by donor-advised fund holders, and in one case by one of Eden Prairie’s major businesses. Also listed here are the winners of the first and second years of the Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship.

Congratulations to the following organizations on receiving 2019 grants from the Foundation:

Bloomington-EP Meals on Wheels — Grant will provide additional fresh produce in in clients’ lunches at least two days a week.

CHOICE Inc. — Supplies and technology to expand the fine-arts and performance-arts programs for intellectually disabled.

Cornerstone — Replacement furniture and other items for emergency shelter for women and children.

Eden Prairie Parks & Recreation — Art-in-public places project in city parks. (This grant has additional funding from the Pastor Rod & Julane Anderson Donor-Advised Fund.)

ESTHER Homes — Car-related education and assistance to pregnant women and single mothers facing homelessness. (Received support from a donor-advised fund holder.)

Mission Animal Hospital — Upgrade telephone system as part of facility expansion for nonprofit offering affordable pet care. (Received support from a donor-advised fund holder.)

Mothers Tutoring Academy –Funds for tutoring and mentoring of EP students to close achievement gap.

MoveFwd — Creation of Job Readiness Fund to help with expenses associated with teens’ first jobs.

Onward Eden Prairie –Help with 2019 utility payments at Eden Prairie home providing stable housing to young adults.

PROP — Emergency utility assistance to local older adults.

Star Legacy Foundation — Computers and software to help case managers provide assessments, guidance, support to families facing pregnancy loss and neonatal death. (This grant is being provided thanks to funding support from the C.H. Robinson Worldwide Foundation.)

The PROP Shop — Bedroom dressers for families-in-need.

TreeHouse – Support of operation of transportation van for one year so nonprofit can serve hurting teens.

True Friends — Programming at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie to serve people with disabilities. (Received support from a donor-advised fund holder.)

Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship Award (first year) –Bianca Byfield

Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship Award (second year) — Ethan Jones

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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