2020 grants help those who are young, old, homeless, abused

Youth, older adults, victims of abuse, and people who are homeless or homebound are among those who will be helped by 2020 grants from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation.

The grants, approved in January by the Foundation’s Grants Committee and board of directors, total nearly $20,000 and are only one part of the granting done through the organization each year. Grants also come from charitable funds at EPCF and at Prairie Brewfest in the fall.

This category is called “direct grants” and requires nonprofits-in-need to submit formal applications to the Foundation. The EPCF Grants Committee reviews and scores the applications based on criteria including the degree of need and number of Eden Prairie people who would benefit from the grant.

Unfortunately, the Foundation was unable to fund every request for 2020 grants. Applications were up over last year, and the amount of funding requested was four times what the Foundation had in its budget for direct grants.

“The fact that requests continue to outpace funding dramatizes the need for the Foundation to increase support from the public,” said Executive Director Mark Weber. “If more residents and businesses donate to the Foundation to fill community needs, we can make a bigger impact through our grant program.”

Here’s a breakdown of the 2020 grants being awarded:

Academy for Young Leaders — $1,000 to provide mentoring and leadership development to Eden Prairie teenagers who are from East Africa and other foreign areas.

Cornerstone — $2,000 to renovate the teen lounge portion of the emergency family shelter they operate for local victims of abuse.

ESTHER Homes — $1,350 for van operation, parking fees, and general operation of their Eden Prairie home for pregnant, homeless women.

Let’s Go Fishing — $1,000 to expand the youth portion of their program, which uses pontoon fishing trips to acquaint people with nature.

Meals on Wheels — $1,500 to continue providing fresh produce twice a week in the meals delivered to homebound Eden Prairie clients.

Mothers Tutoring Academy — $2,500 for after-school mentoring and tutoring of Eden Prairie students from East Africa.

MoveFwd — $1,500 to create a Youth Transportation Fund to help teens who are transitioning out of homelessness get to and from shelters, school, jobs, etc.

Onward Eden Prairie — $1,800 to help pay utilities at the residence housing four young adults who previously were couch-hopping or otherwise precariously housed.

PROP — $2,500 for its senior services.

Senior Community Services — $2,000 for its HOME, outreach, and caregiver-support programs.

The PROP Shop — $1,500 for new computers to replace outdated technology.

Thank you, Foundation supporters. Your willingness to help make Eden Prairie better makes these annual grants possible!

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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