Catalyst Initiative Awards Second Round of Grants


Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation awards $161,500 in second grant round

MINNEAPOLIS — (Oct. 1, 2015) — The second round of seed grants awarded by the Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation supports holistic approaches to health and wellness in a diverse range of communities in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Founded by Penny and Bill George in 1994, the George Family Foundation is a $68 million private family foundation with an interest in integrative health, authentic leadership, spirituality and the community.

 “The Catalyst Initiative continues to build community partnerships to support culturally relevant mind-body-spirit healing practices, resulting in enhanced self-care practices and a new sense of wellbeing,” said Suzanne Koepplinger, director. “We are privileged and honored to begin new partnerships with these seed grantees.”

In this latest round of grants, the Foundation’s Catalyst Initiative awarded 10 grants for a total of $161,500. One grant to the YWCA of Minneapolis for its YWCA and Mind Body Solutions Partnership will help employees integrate mind-body techniques and practices into their personal and professional lives. The Catalyst Initiative also provided four seed grants reflecting its continuing interest in supporting health and wellness in diverse communities, including the Latino, Native American and Somali communities.

 The complete list of grants awarded in this round includes: 

 $15,000 to Casa de Esperanza of St. Paul for Being our Best Selves, an organizational project to embrace and embed self-care as a core competency for staff and all program participants in this community agency serving Latino/a women, children and families.

 $15,000 to Catholic Charities of St. PaulandMinneapolisfor Mind Body Medicine in Wellness, a train-the-trainer approach to build integrative healing practices for better staff health and wellness, and to bring enhanced healing practices to program participants across Catholic Charities’ service areas.

 $20,000 to CornerHouse Interagency Child Abuse Evaluation and Training Center for Mind Body Skills for Abused Children, Teens and their Caregivers, which builds upon their established comprehensive network of care for traumatized children and families to reduce stress and enhance coping skills while influencing the larger child protection system to adopt a more holistic care framework.

 $10,000 to OutFront Minnesota Community Servicesfor Implementing Mind Body Practices for Self-care in Anti-Violence Programming (AVP). This project will train AVP direct service staff in mind-body healing practices for their work with LGBTQ youth and adults who have experienced violence and trauma.

 $20,000 to Pillsbury United Communities for Training Cultural and Community Change Agents: Expanding the Work of The Health Realization Training Center. This project will design a train-the-trainer model and curriculum, train four community change agents and build a robust community wellness program targeting Somali, Hmong and Latino communities.

 $20,000 to YWCA of Minneapolisfor YWCA of Minneapolis and Mind Body Solutions Partnership to build the internal capacity and skills of employees to integrate mind-body technique and practice into their personal lives and their professional work with the 25,000 people served annually at the YWCA.

 $20,000 to RECLAIM!for Healing the Healers and Trans Mentorship Circle. Healing the Healers program will focus on wellness support for practitioners who are engaged in providing mental health care for queer and transgender youth, and Trans Mentorship Circle will increase health and wellness for the transgender community by connecting transgender and gender-questioning youth in the Greater Twin Cities area with transgender mentors.

 $16,500 to Reihan Company and Headway Emotional Servicesfor the Somali Community Health Project to improve health outcomes in Minnesota's Somali population by strengthening community and provider capacity to integrate health care and ways for individuals to take charge of their own well-being. Reihan and Somali community leaders will be trained in mind-body healing in order to host open community learning sessions on building self-care as a stress management tool.

 $15,000 to Evergreen Youth and Family Services, Inc. to support Integrative Health Training Project to improve integrative health skill building for community members and professionals in Northwestern and North Central Minnesota.

 $10,000 to Sacred Spirits First Nations Coalition for Healing the Sacred Spirit of Indigenous People. This grant will support the capacity building of individual and community healing of mind, body and spirit on the White Earth Reservation.

 For more information, visit the George Family Foundation and Catalyst Initiative websites.