Fourth Generation Awards $50,000 in Grants
Funding will support five local groups that are working to advance mental health justice.
Fourth Generation, a program of the Minneapolis Foundation, completed its 12th grantmaking cycle by awarding $50,000 in grants to five local organizations that are providing critical services in support of mental health justice.
Members of Fourth Generation center equity in the conversation as they learn about grantmaking and pool their resources to make a much bigger difference in the community than they could alone. Every year, they vote to choose an issue, learn from community members engaged with it in the community, fundraise, review proposals, and award grants to local nonprofits.
Grantee photos from Project Tshav Ntuj, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, and Native American Community Clinic.
Fourth Generation’s 2022 grant recipients are advancing mental health justice in a variety of ways:
Indigenous Peoples Task Force, which received a grant of $7,750, strengthens the wellness of the Native community in ways that are based in Indigenous values and ways of knowing. Founded in 1987 to develop and implement culturally appropriate HIV education and direct services to the Native community in Minnesota, IPTF is pioneering mental health programming for Indigenous people in the Twin Cities.
Native American Community Clinic, which was awarded $9,000, opened its doors in 2003 to address health disparities in the urban Native American community of the Twin Cities. NACC approaches health care by addressing root causes of these disparities— including access to food, housing, and health insurance—with services such as resource navigation, care coordination, outreach, and community-based activities facilitated by peer recovery coaches and community health workers.
Open Path Resources, which received $13,000, serves East African immigrant families and community centers by building their capacity to influence public policies that affect their lives. In support of mental health justice, Open Path Resources developed a pre-chaplaincy program that places Muslim faith leaders (both men and women) in public institutions that use interfaith chaplains.
Project Tshav Ntuj, which received $9,250, is a grassroots movement founded by a group of Hmong educators, clinicians, artists, and community members who came together after the suicide of a Hmong high school student. It connects the community with mental health resources and provides education on suicide prevention.
RECLAIM, which was granted $11,000, increases access to mental health supports for queer and trans youth, working with youth ages 13-25 who are marginalized because of their gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation.
Fourth Generation is a hands-on experience in philanthropy for rising leaders who care about local issues and want to make a bigger impact. In the past decade, some 400 members have granted more than $620,000 to nonprofit organizations working to address community issues such as affordable housing, criminal justice reform, food justice, and small business development.
Fourth Generation welcomes new members every fall. Learn more about becoming a member.