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 2020-21 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: 


Breakthrough Twin Cities:  ($80,000)  Breakthrough Twin Cities operates a rigorous, tuition-free, six-year college preparatory program designed for committed low-income students of color who face barriers to college success. Programs are offered during a six-week summer program for rising 7th – 9th grade students and monthly Saturday sessions for all students throughout the school year. All students receive ongoing academic monitoring and mentorship, individualized college counseling, and opportunities for career exploration with support from local partner businesses and corporations.

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Change Inc. (formerly GAP): ($72,630)  Change Inc.’s Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society, led by Mitch Walking Elk, was created to uplift and empower the American Indian students we serve. The program teaches cultural skills and knowledge through an intensive apprenticeship for American Indian youth to deliver a definite and positive life-changing impact, helping participants further develop their cultural identity and use the their cultural strengths to overcome barriers related to systemic racism and intergenerational poverty.


Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES): ($80,000)  The Youth in Action (YA!) program empowers Latinx youth in grades 9-12 from low-income households to graduate from high school, grow into strong leaders, and become successful adults. The program provides holistic and culturally relevant one-to-one mentoring, leadership development, and college access services. Additionally, CLUES’ two-generation approach regularly engages parents and caregivers of all education and English language levels with informative workshops and activities that prepare them to support their student’s academic and career goals.


Family Values for Life: ($129,930)  Family Values for Life’s grant supports the U-Turn Reading Academy. This program provides free before/after-school and summer reading instruction for elementary school students in East Side neighborhoods of St. Paul. Our focus is serving students who are behind grade level in reading. Programming happens in partnership with our local schools. Most of the students we serve are African American. We also provide programming for parents.

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Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul:  ($194,503)  American Indian Youth Enrichment is a culturally specific after-school and summer program serving 100 elementary and middle school students annually. Programming occurs at American Indian Magnet School. All staff are American Indian. American Indian history, culture, and traditions shape the program curriculum. Students receive rigorous academic and literacy support interwoven with cultural activities and field experiences that build core competencies, increase cultural knowledge, and strengthen self-esteem. Parent engagement sessions help build safe and thriving families.

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Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM):  ($80,000)  KOM’s program helps provide refugee/immigrant youth with the academic and emotional support they need to complete their studies and prepare for life after school. We understand the complex needs and assets of program participants, and our staff collaborate with schools to direct an afterschool program of academic support, cultural activities, and emotional health education. We complement these activities with family engagement designed to help parents and adolescents better connect with and understand each other.


Keystone Community Services: ($112,867)  Keystone Community Services, partnering with Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, provides literacy tutoring to 65 low-income K-5th graders per year, primarily African-American and Karen. Keystone also provides the Check & Connect program (U of MN) at its Community Kids program at West 7th Community Center. The Check & Connect program helps struggling students in grades 6-12 improve their grades, attendance, behavior, etc. to stay on track for high school graduation.

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Minnesota Reading Corps:  ($112,500)  The grant supports an expansion of Reading Corps’ work, in which tutors help St. Paul preschoolers prepare for Kindergarten by boosting not only their literacy but also their numeracy skills with evidence-based interventions. Reading Corps tutors are embedded in preschool classrooms that serve a majority of children from low-income families and children of color. The tutor delivers one-to-one, small group, and class-wide interventions and assist preschool teachers in creating literacy- and numeracy-rich learning environments.

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Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD):  ($150,000)  NdCAD seeks to improve 3rd grade reading among African American students by embedding a culturally-specific and evidence-based family literacy model in a school. Our two-generation approach builds strong connections between home, school and the community to support improved reading skills, academic performance and life-long learning. Ultimately, we seek to learn and demonstrate how our proven approach can influence culturally-responsive classroom instruction and strengthen a school’s relationship and ties to the community.


Project for Pride in Living (PPL):  ($87,500) PPL’s Youth and Parenting Services close educational opportunity gaps for St. Paul children, birth to age 18, who are exiting homelessness and living in PPL’s supportive housing. Taking a broad, long-term view of family well-being, our trauma-informed, culturally responsive services engage two generations in developing an ecosystem of support for each child. Services include early childhood assessments, one-to-one relationships with caring adults, literacy tutoring, parent workshops, and more, to help children learn, thrive and grow.


Reading Partners: ($52,500)  The grant supports a Tier-2 literacy intervention backed by independent, gold-standard research. Reading Partners empowers low-income elementary students to reach their full potential by ensuring they have the foundational reading skills necessary for academic, professional, and life success. We deliver 2 45-minute one-on-one tutoring sessions each week in our intensive, year-long intervention for students who are as far as 2.5 years behind grade level. 


Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Freedom School: ($150,000 to Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood’s Freedom School)  The SPPS CDF Freedom School is a 6-week summer math, literacy, and cultural enrichment program that empowers K- scholars to “Make a Difference” in today’s society, and plays a proven role in closing the multiple opportunity gaps experienced by many African American scholars, other scholars of color, and low-income families. Scholars see their cultures, identities and communities represented in programming, resources, curriculum books, all lessons, and staffing.


The Sanneh Foundation:  ($150,000The Sanneh Foundation’s (TSF) Dreamline Program is a holistic approach to improving academic achievement based on evidence that students who develop powerful relationships with caring and trusted adults begin to change attitudes toward school, their self and their future. Dreamline develops students’ social, emotional, and cognitive skills, which an extensive body of research finding correlation with academic success and high school graduation attainment for young people.

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YMCA of Saint Paul:  ($122,500)  The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities will serve youth in grades K-5 onsite at the John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary and Maxfield Elementary schools in St. Paul through our Beacons School Success program. More than 90% are students of color and eligible for free/reduced lunch. Activities will be delivered year-round, including a robust summer program, and will include: math and literacy academic support, near peer mentoring, and enrichment that supports academic learning goals.