Funders Collaborative Grants Nearly $900K in First Quarter of 2015

April 2, 2015


In the first quarter of 2015, the Funders Collaborative awarded 8 grants totaling $867,500 to advance our goals of building a strong local economy and creating vibrant transit-oriented places. The grants awarded this quarter include:

Strong Local Economy

The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation received a $160,000 investment to support the East Metro Strong initiative’s work to advance tactical and strategic support for transit and transit-oriented development.

The Neighborhood Development Center received a $220,000 investment to support the Green Line Building Exterior Improvement project.

Vibrant Transit-Oriented Places

The Hamline Midway Coalition received a $230,000 investment to support the final phase of the Friendly Streets Initiative and a $12,500 investment to support the Midway Murals project to create up to four permanent murals at four commercial buildings near the Snelling Avenue Green Line station.

The City of Saint Paul received a $120,000 investment to support a Green Line Parks and Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) position for two years.

Historic Saint Paul received a $40,000 investment to support technical, financial, and architectural assistance to property owners seeking to rehabilitate historic structures along the Green Line.

The Bedlam Theatre received a $50,000 investment to support the start up costs of the Bedlam Lowertown performance space.

The TU Dance Center received a $35,000 investment to support the renovation and expansion of TU Dance’s studio space in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

To date, the Funders Collaborative has made 144 grants, totaling over $11M in four key areas: Access to Affordable Housing, Strong Local Economy, Vibrant Transit-Oriented Places and Coordination and Collaboration. For a complete list of investments, click here.