Our Work: Grant-Making

The Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative receives funding each year through the “Local Collaborative Time Study” (LCTS).  Thanks to efforts by our school district, local public health and corrections partner staff, Minnesota receives reimbursement from the federal Medicaid and Title IV-E programs, which is then distributed to local collaboratives. All the LCTS funds received by the Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative are used to make grants to community partners providing prevention and early intervention services to children, youth and families in Saint Paul.  We use our Youth Master Plan goals to guide our grant-making. We typically accept proposals in the summer of odd-numbered years. Please check back here for more information and if you’d like to be added to our Community of Care list and be notified of future grant opportunities, please email: SPCC@advance-consulting.com.

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We are pleased to support the following projects in our 2018-19 grant cycle. Each of these two-year grants supports Saint Paul children/youth who are native-born African American; American Indian; or English-language learners who are Southeast Asian or Hispanic: 


Anew Bam($75,000) Anew Bam is an out-of-school time and in-school residency program focused on improving educational outcomes for African American children.  Anew Bam provides safe, supervised after school education, cultural history, enrichment and recreation programming for children/youth ages 5-14.  The program includes homework assistance, academic support, African American studies and enrichment activities provided by African American staff and tutors.  The grant funds after school and summer programming.

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Breakthrough Twin Cities:  ($75,000) Breakthrough Twin Cities (BTC) is a 6-year, year round out-of-school time program for highly motivated but under-resourced 7th through 12th grade students. As a dual mission program, BTC also provides an opportunity for talented and diverse older students (late high school and college) to serve as aspiring teacher interns, where they design, teach, and evaluate their own core and elective class to middle school students. BTC programming provides academic enrichment and college prep, including a rigorous full-time academic summer program, tutoring, mentoring, youth leadership opportunities, and college visits. The High School Program adds computer and research skills; college preparation including mentoring, one-on-one application and financial aid assistance and counseling; and tutoring. 


Freedom School: ($75,000 to Saint Paul Public Schools’ Freedom School and $146,169 to Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood’s Freedom School)

SPCC funding supports this high quality, evidence-based summer learning loss prevention program created by Children’s Defense Fund for scholars in several Saint Paul neighborhoods. The program is offered in summer 2018 and 2019. The effort includes expansion of the successful Freedom School model, which focuses on developing reading skills, increasing self-esteem, and generating more positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.


Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP): ($60,000) GAP is an alternative school located on the West Side and under contract with the Saint Paul Public Schools to provide education to high-risk youth.  SPCC funding supports a “bold and deep” Indigenous Youth Cultural Mentoring Society with Mitch Walking Elk, a counselor and instructor at GAP as well as a cultural and spiritual advisor for American Indians.  Up to 15 youth ages 10 to 18 per year will participate in the project.   Activities include weekly mentoring group meetings, language recovery and revitalization, ceremony officiating, local and regional cultural field trips and training as peer group leaders.  Community elders and cultural leaders are also engaged to support Native youth.

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Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul:  ($60,000) SPCC grant supports the American Indian Youth Enrichment program, which provides evidence-based tutoring for 3 days/week and summer camp for June and July using culturally specific programming and materials.

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Karen Organization of Minnesota:  ($75,000) The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s funded project serves refugee youth from Burma who are English-language Learners.  They provide academic support in their Saint Paul 6th – 12th grade classrooms, in reading, writing and math.  They also receive after-school academic support, as well as leadership social development supports.


Keystone Community Services: ($80,000) Keystone provides after-school and summer literacy tutoring using trained teen tutors, along with independent reading, homework help and social-emotional learning support.  The grant supports this project in the McDonough Community Center and expands the project to Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.

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Minnesota Reading Corps:  ($75,000) SPCC funding supports the placement Minnesota Reading Corps members in 6 Saint Paul Pre-K sites. This investment will serve 120 children per year, providing specialized literacy interventions that have been proven to significantly increase kindergarten readiness and proficiency levels by 3rd grade.

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Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD):  ($100,000) SPCC grant funds support NdCAD’s literacy and cultural enrichment programs for children, youth and families in Saint Paul.   Sankofa is a culturally-specific reading intervention designed to insure reading proficiency by addressing root causes that inhibit reading and academic success.  The Parent Power parent education program serves the parents of the Sankofa children, with a focus on building literacy and skills related to advocating for children’s education.  Other funded components include home visits to participating families and the AAAL summer cultural enrichment camp for Sankofa children.

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New Lens Urban Mentoring Society($85,000) The project supports programming to improve the quality of life for young black males by providing culturally congruent, multi-generational mentoring to support mental, physical and social development. The project operates in school, Saturdays and also provides a University of Minnesota College Experience, allowing youth to live in dorms and experience college life. 

Past Athletes Concerned About Education (PACE): ($25,000 Emerging Organization Grant) Former student athletes provide mentoring and tutoring to African American young men ages 8-12 years.  Activities include weekly talking circles, out-of-school mentoring and group enrichment activites including sporting and community events.  All mentors are African American men.


Project for Pride in Living:  ($75,000) The Youth Development Program offered onsite for children/youth of residents at Fort Road Flats permanent housing site is funded by a grant from SPCC.  All participating families create a well-being plan, with support from PPL staff.  School-age students receive after-school academic support.  Teen group meets 2-4 times per month, and school-age students receive social-emotional support.  

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The JK Movement: ($25,000 Emerging Organization Grant) The grant supports culturally-specific mentoring and other youth development activities, including guest speakers, field trips, and physical fitness, all designed to help African-American young men develop to their full potential.


The Sanneh Foundation:  ($90,000) The grant supports Dreamline coaching in seven Saint Paul Public Schools, both during the school day and through after-school enrichment acitivities.  The project is embedded in the schools and Dreamline coaches work closely with school staff to identify students to participate and to support those students throughout the school year.

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YMCA:   ($50,000) SPCC funding provides in-school academic support focused on reading and math during the school year, along with mentoring and summer programming.  The focus is on K-5th grade students at John A. Johnson and Maxfield elementary schools.


YWCA of Saint Paul:  ($75,000) The SPCC grant supports expansion of YWCA’s proven Parent and Children Together model to families living in the YWCA’s Rapid Rehousing Program.  The project includes screening, support to parents and children to build reading skills, parent education and recreational activities for parents and children in the Rapid Rehousing Program.