2019 Community Grants Recipients

In 2019 the Eagan Foundation awarded $16,000 in grants to 21 non‐profit organizations to meet critical community needs. The awards reflect a focus on shelter and housing for the homeless, services for at-risk youth, food and nutrition, services to help move low-income families toward stability and youth development –– programs that would provide a significant boost to those who are struggling. The awards also include funding for the arts and education, in keeping with the Foundation’s mission of making Eagan the best place to live, learn, work and play.

“Our board members took a deep look at the needs of the community, tapping the opinion of civic leaders and engaging in strategic planning to identify areas where we could have the most impact. We were very intentional about awarding grants that make a difference, particularly for programs that might fall between the cracks of other funding opportunities,” says Barb Haagenstad, chair of the Eagan Foundation Board of Directors. “We thank and are grateful to our generous donors, who once again steppe

Guests at our Community Grants Coffee at Bald Man Brewing

d up in a big way to support our community grants program. We couldn’t have done this without them.”

New to this year’s Community Grants program is the Youth in Philanthropy initiative. High school students, leaders of tomorrow in Eagan, participated in the grantmaking process by assessing community needs, evaluating requests and designating 20 percent of the total grants funding to nonprofits they felt best addressed unmet needs.

The Eagan Foundation has invested nearly $2 million since 1990 in the Eagan community through student scholarships and community grants to advance the work of nonprofit organizations. Raising funds to support an annual grant program is an ongoing goal for the Eagan Foundation.

The grants will be distributed at a Community Grants Coffee on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. at Bald Man Brewing, 2020 Silver Bell Road, in Eagan.

The following is a list of the 2019 selected recipients and a brief description of each funded project:

360 Communities:support for Partners for Success, a program for at risk students  Video Report
Advent Cares: supplies needed for a community-wide Day of Service volunteering effort  Video Report
Art Works Eagan: funds for handicap-accessible building improvements
Bowls for Brain Power: clay and glaze for a student/community event to make hand-made pottery bowls Video Report
DARTS: multicultural and diverse books for Learning Buddies program  Video Report
Dakota Woodlands:school supplies, shoes and activities for homeless children; see last year’s Video Report
Eagan American Legionflag education materials and veteran’s outreach
Eagan Art Festival: materials for “hands-on art activities” for the 2019 Eagan Art Festival; see last year’s Video Report
Eagan High School AVID: support for college campus visits for first generation college students
Eagan High School Women in Stem: support for field trips for students in science and technology
Eagan’s Mens Chorus: concerts at senior citizens facilities in Eagan or Dakota County during 2019; see last year’s Video Report
Eagan parkrun: Funds for startup equipment for weekly neighborhood runs  Video Report
The Link: support and counseling to transition homeless youth into stable housing; see last year’s Video Report
Living Well Disabilitiesassistive technology to foster independence among people with disabilities
Loaves and Fishes
support for the Eagan dining site that serves healthy meals to people in need; see last year’s Video Report
Meals on Wheels in NW Dakota County: for new delivery bags and meal enhancements
Midwest Special Services: funds toward virtual reality headsets for people with disabilities
Open Door: operating support for the food pantry
Park Nicollet Growing Through Grief: for a stress reduction tool kit for students in grief ; see last year’s Video Report
Reaching Up Ministries: math and science tutoring for high school students
TreeHouse, Inc.
 one-to-one mentoring program for at risk teenagers; see last year’s Video Report