Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation Awards $146,000 in Fourth Grant Round


MINNEAPOLIS — (November 1, 2016) — In its fourth round of seed grants, the Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation continued its support of the development of mind-body healing practices in a diverse range of communities in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Several grants in this round continued the Catalyst Initiative's focus on supporting culturally relevant, holistic models for healing from trauma — also the focus of its Sept. 27 conference, Building Resilience, which drew more than 300 people.

Founded by Penny and Bill George in 1994, the George Family Foundation is a $61 million private family foundation with interests in integrative health and healing, authentic leadership, spirituality and mindfulness, community, environment and youth development.

“The Catalyst Initiative continues to help communities experience their capacity to support health and well-being using mind-body approaches that are culturally meaningful,” said Suzanne Koepplinger, director. “There is great creativity and wisdom in the community, and when given the opportunity, people know how to solve problems. There is acceptance and eagerness to bring culturally relevant healing practices into their respective communities.”

In this latest round of grants, the Catalyst Initiative awarded seven grants for a total of $146,000. Representative grants included those to African Aid to create an East African specific resource guide, and the OM Collaborative to create a community wellness coaching model in the African American community. A grant to Ampersand Families will support the use of a holistic mind-body approach to help adopted teens heal from trauma.

The complete list of grants awarded in this round includes:

African Aid – $15,000 for Healthy Spirit (Ruux Caafimaad Qaba) Community Resource Guide. The grant will be used to develop a Somali- and East African-focused resource guide to integrative and culturally grounded healing practices.

Ampersand Families – $16,000 for Using the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) as a guide for parents to access holistic mind-body approaches to help their adopted teens heal from trauma. The grant will be used to implement this pilot project to better understand how NMT assessments in the adoption process can be used to embed mind-body healing from trauma practices in teens and adoptive families.

Cornerstone – $20,000 for Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Services through Mind-Body Medicine Practices. The grant will be used to build internal capacity of mind-body healing from trauma as an organizational core competency and external training menu option.

Lotus Health Foundation – $25,000 for Creating a Community of Wellness. The grant will support building lifestyle medicine practices with a cohort of University of Minnesota Rochester health sciences students, and build general community awareness and networks practicing healthy lifestyles grounded in the evidence-based practice of Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).

MN Communities Caring for Children – $20,000 for The 2016 Midwest Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Healing Communities Together. The grant will support this statewide event to promote culturally grounded healing from trauma and integrative resilience skills with a cross sector audience.

The OM Collaborative and Joi Unlimited Coaching and Consulting (Citizen's League as fiscal agent) – $25,000 for The OM (Orange Method) Community Coaching, Training and Certification in Healing Justice. The grant will support the development of a culturally grounded coaching curriculum to build capacity of African American healers to provide accessible healing modalities that interrupt the impact of structural, historic and other forms of trauma using mind/body/spirit tools.

People's Center Health Services – $25,000 for People's Center Integrative Health & Healing Program Development. The grant will help this federally qualified health center develop capacity to be an integrative health and healing provider and boost overall health outcomes for the low-income, largely immigrant communities they serve.

For more information, visit the George Family Foundation and Catalyst Initiative websites, including a recap of the Building Resilience conference.

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