2022 Fall Grants Have Been Awarded

Year: 2022
Location:
Amount: $
Open Your Heart is excited to announce our Fall grantees! Thanks to our generous supporters, Open Your Heart awarded nearly $85,000 in funding this quarter to Minnesota crisis service agencies in need! None of this would be possible without you. Thank you! Peace House Community $4,295 | Minneapolis Toward a double wide commercial freezer and stainless-steel food preparation table. A new freezer will increase storage space, ensuring that Peace House Community can provide generous and healthy meals to community members in need. Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) $5,088 | Mound Toward an additional refrigerator unit, providing safe storage of a greater quantity and a variety of perishable items for WeCAN’s food programs. Hamline Midway Coalition $7,116 | St. Paul Toward a refrigerator, freezer, shelving, and other needed infrastructure, allowing volunteer and neighbor-led initiative to function more independently. For The Midway Project’s neighbors experiencing food insecurity, giving them a dedicated, discrete, and organized space to choose their food and other supplies will increase their access and comfort. Loaves & Fishes $8,000 | St. Cloud Toward a three-door fridge for Loaves & Fishes commissary kitchen in St. Cloud. By opening a commissary kitchen in St. Cloud, Loaves & Fishes will be able to prepare large bulk amounts of food to be prepared and served throughout the St. Cloud community. A three-door fridge will help them properly equip this commissary kitchen which ultimately will allow them to provide more meals to people in need. Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls: Nokomis East Giving Garden $1,726 | Minneapolis Toward a garden shed and the installment of an underground irrigation system, ensuring that all of Nokomis East Giving Garden’s various crops are watered based on their unique needs to produce at the highest rate and also survive during the hottest days. The ultimate beneficiaries are the many residents in Nokomis East’s surrounding neighborhoods who are experiencing food insecurity. 360 Communities $5,812 |Burnsville Toward the purchase of a new freezer. The new freezer will enable 360 Communities to provide The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) foods to their clients, particularly frozen vegetables during the colder months when produce is not in season in addition to frozen proteins. Hallie Q. Brown $5,748 | St. Paul Toward the purchase of two new two-section reach in refrigerators for Hallie Q. Brown’s Basic Needs program. This funding will increase Hallie Q. Brown’s capacity to serve participants a wider variety of healthy nutritious food. Haven Housing DBA St. Anne’s Place $3,493 |Minneapolis Toward the purchase of a new commercial refrigerator for St. Anne’s Place emergency family shelter. A commercial refrigerator is a crucial piece of equipment in St. Anne’s Place’s kitchen and is required for them to produce the 13,000 meals they serve annually to mothers and children experiencing homelessness. This helps reduce food insecurity among guests and provide a stable base for them in a time of crisis and transition. Avenues for Youth $7,000 |Minneapolis Funding will support the purchase of replacement bed frames and memory foam mattresses. This grant will improve the quality of Avenues’ crisis and basic needs services. When given a safe place to call home and the support of caring adults, youth experiencing homelessness can grow into thriving young adulthood. FreedomWorks Incorporated $3,845 |Minneapolis Toward the Pantry Saver software and much-needed hygiene items. Since opening to the community, FreedomWorks has seen the number of households served double from one month to the next. A more efficient software database will help FreedomWorks keep up with this rapid rate of growth. The Open Door $7,392 | Eagan Toward the purchase of a floor scale for The Open Door’s new food pantry facility. This floor scale will enable The Open Door to take in food donations and purchases quickly and efficiently from hunger relief partners, enabling them to distribute a wide variety of fresh food and pantry staples to the food insecure across Dakota County. The Link $7,000 |Apple Valley Toward the purchase of supplies for youth experiencing homelessness served by The Link’s Street Outreach Program and C.O.R.E. Drop-In Center. These funds will allow The Link’s Street Outreach Program and C.O.R.E. Drop-In Center to provide basic needs supplies to help youth stay safe and comfortable during winter months. Neighborhood House $8,000 |St. Paul Toward temporary hotel/motel stays. This support will help Neighborhood House prevent eviction and homelessness for low-income St. Paul families in crisis or transition. 1st Step Housing Consultant $2,000 | Plymouth Toward needed documents and resources that will aid a person experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming homeless, in housing stability. This funding will remove barriers by enabling 1st Step Housing to provide the documents necessary for their clients to obtain certain benefits, pay application fees and/or apply for housing. Servants of Shelter of Koochiching County $7,765 | International Falls Toward security cameras, helping to create a secure, fair, and safe housing community. Servants of Shelter have community guidelines based on harm reduction, client choice and maintaining safe, accessible, low barrier housing. Security cameras help to promote accountability and provides equity to guests who may not be able to express themselves as well as others.

Advocates Against Domestic Abuse dba HOPE

Year: 2022
Location: Atkin
Amount: $9743
To replace the broken boiler heating system for the safe housing apartments. These emergency housing spaces provide safety and shelter to domestic violence victim/survivors, their children and pets in greater MN.

Central Lakes College Food Pantry

Year: 2022
Location: Brainerd
Amount: $7000
To provide students who are housing insecure with emergency motel stays until they can find safe and affordable housing options. Funding will help get students out of their cars on cold winter nights, out of dangerous and abusive living situations, and off of the streets.

Channel One Food Shelf

Year: 2022
Location: Rochester
Amount: $2254
Funding for two mobile beverage coolers in support of Channel One's Mobile Market, which will improve access for people living in the most food insecure neighborhood in Rochester. The Channel One Mobile Market will remove transportation and accessibility barriers that often keep low-income people from accessing nutritious, culturally appropriate food.

Churches United for the Homeless

Year: 2022
Location: Moorhead
Amount: $6500
To purchase new beds and bed frames in additional family spaces, addressing the uptick in the number of families need shelter. The beds from this grant will furnish these new rooms with the equipment necessary to set guests on a path toward healing.

Emergency Community Help Organization (ECHO)

Year: 2022
Location: Mankato
Amount: $6245
To upgrade ECHO's electrical circuit, meeting the demand of refrigeration units and avoiding a loss of operation time and product. Upgrading the electrical circuit will correct current electrical issues, allowing ECHO to operate without issues and reducing the possibility of food loss.

Grace House of Itasca County

Year: 2022
Location: Grand Rapids
Amount: $3000
To support youth in area schools experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing by creating pathways for improved access and academic success. The funds will support a student’s ability to participate in extra-curricular activities and school-related events, such as a fee for field trips, proper clothing for an event or sports activity, and most importantly, learning supplies, books or anything a homeless student needs to be successful.

Intermediate District 287

Year: 2022
Location: Plymouth
Amount: $5000
To remove barriers for homeless and highly mobile identified students, ages 5 to 21 years of age, so that they will have the resources to continue to attend school with dignity. Funding toward basic necessities for students experiencing homelessness---clothing, footwear, toiletries, and bedding---and to provide transportation (cabbing) to and from school until their McKinney-Vento transportation starts.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)

Year: 2022
Location: Minneapolis
Amount: $30000
Toward up to (15) $2,000 scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year to MCTC students who are currently experiencing homelessness or have experienced homelessness in the past two years. In addition to filling high-demand jobs, scholarship recipients are offered a real and permanent escape from a homeless life.

Minneapolis Temple Corps Salvation Army

Year: 2022
Location: Roseville
Amount: $3730
Funding to purchase a two-door sliding glass cooler to store perishable food. Having a large cooler will allow Temple Corps to increase their capacity to provide health perishable food to their community surrounding Lake Street in South Minneapolis.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)

Location: St. Paul
Amount: $3000
To provide comprehensive services to Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Minnesota. Through MACV, clients can engage with services designed to stabilize their housing and contribute to the end of Veteran homelessness in Minnesota.

Monticello Help Center

Year: 2022
Location: Monticello
Amount: $5000
Funding toward replacing an old three door refrigerator and upgrading an energy efficient glass door refrigerator that when shopping the clients can see product before opening.

New Creation Baptist Church (NCBC Food Shelf)

Year: 2022
Location: Minneapolis
Amount: $2555
To purchase a software that allows NCBC the capabilities to intake clients, record stats, enter new shoppers and intake TEFAP clients. With the new Pantry Saver software, NCBC can return to choice shopping and serve more clients in a more efficient way.

NorthStar Health

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $7500
To support the purchase of one commercial refrigerator to aid in food distribution, growing the capacity to store and distribute more fresh food items to communities of color who are low income and/or are experiencing homelessness.

Parkview Corps Salvation Army

Year: 2022
Location: Roseville
Amount: $1485
To purchase three new utility carts for use in both the food shelf and the Loaves and Fishes meal program and replace the broken heavy-duty shelving with two new shelves in the storage pantry. The funding will help staff and volunteers be more efficient and safer.

Sojourner Project

Year: 2022
Location: Hopkins
Amount: $3654
To help refurbish and refresh several resident rooms to help maintain emergency shelter's welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. After over a decade of use by hundreds of shelter residents, these items are no longer functional or comfortable, and need to be replaced.

South Central MN Food Recovery (SCMNFR)

Year: 2022
Location: Mankato
Amount: $6575
Toward the creation of a volunteer prep space that will allow for the continued access to healthful, remade meals made from high quality food that would otherwise be going to the landfill. Creating a volunteer space will allow SCMNFR to continue making and distributing ready-made meals for those working directly with people in need.

Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)

Year: 2022
Location: Columbia Heights
Amount: $6340
To replace a broken two door cooler that is used for dairy products in the shopping area of food shelf. Replacing this cooler enables SACA to serve their clients more effectively and efficiently.

The Bridge for Youth

Year: 2022
Location: Minneapolis
Amount: $5000
To meet the needs of youth currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness through The Mobile Youth Outreach Center. Funding will support the purchase of outreach supplies (gender affirming and transitional clothing, personal care items), engaging approximately 1,500 youth in early intervention services to prevent youth homelessness.

The Sanneh Foundation

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $4000
To repair the refrigerated truck in order to continue providing essential services to those in need. Support will have a direct, positive impact on those who are struggling with food insecurity as a result of their economic status, as well as individuals and families near or experiencing homelessness in the community.