Previous Grantees

Foundation 2016 Grants Total $43,000

There were many smiling faces at the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation's Spring Reveal on May 19, and at least 24 of them belonged to the representatives from the 24 causes supported by the Foundation's 2016 grant awards. There were the usual strong contributions to our local schools supporting a variety of programs and initiatives like music, art, environmental education, as well first time grants for language, special education and school community-building efforts.

Other first time grantees included a locally grown organization, Chalkboard Commons, that is planning an event series to showcase the rich diversity of knowledge in the Park and match learning providers with interested audiences. Shakespeare also got his due with a grant to support a summer workshop and performance, and Known By Heart received support to create writing workshops for older adults in our area.

According to Grants Committee chair, Bruce Weber, there was a good mix of awards. "We received requests for around $80,000, with a lot of first timers." He said, adding, "We wanted to make sure we took care of critical ongoing asks but with an eye toward helping new organizations get off the ground."

Executive Director, Jon Schumacher pointed out that the number of applications coming from the Creative Enterprise Zone continues to grow as that community begins to come together. "The Board has made a conscious effort to include all of District 12 to build our larger community. Holding our inaugural Spring Reveal at Lake Monster Brewery was an acknowledgement of the exciting developments happening in the CEZ."

This was also the 3rd year of grants for Transition Town, the organization that won the Foundation's 15th Anniversary Grant Challenge. TT has used the $15,000 in total grant money to hold community meetings, create and maintain a website, put out a regular newsletter, and build consensus around St. Anthony Park's future sustainability.

Our 2016 Grant awardees:

Avalon School - Arts

Chalkboard Commons

Como High - Big Brothers/Sisters

Como High Choir

Como High – English Language Learners

Como High - Band

Como High – Special Education



Known By Heart – Senior writing workshops

Mid-Continent Oceanic Institute

Murray Middle School - Community Meal

Murray Middle School - Band

Murray Middle School - Pilot Tutoring

Murray Middle School - Wolfridge

Park Press

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors

St. Anthony Park Elementary School - Arts

St. Anthony Park Elementary School - Environmental Education

Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series

Shakespeare in StAP

Transition Town – Final grant of 3 Year award

4th in the Park - Annual donation in honor of our Spirit of the Park Award winner. This year's winners were the Founders of The St. Anthony Park Block Nurse Program


The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation announced it 2015 annual grant award winners. Through all of its grants, using both dedicated and general funds, the Foundation awarded just over $52,000 this year. The Foundation is able to support these great organizations and initiatives because of St. Anthony Park's generosity and commitment to community.

The Foundation’s Grants Committee Chair, Bruce Weber, noted that the Foundation is particularly grateful for the additional dedicated donations that are increasing each year to provide support for education. Both alumni groups and individuals have earmarked gifts to support unique programming that keeps our schools vibrant.

Jon Schumacher, the Foundation’s Executive Director, broke down the totals by fund. The Boss Undesignated Fund contributed $32,853; The Environmental Education Fund, $2,122; the Gerald R, McKay Family Music Fund, $2,347; and the Provisional Fund, $8,100.

Avalon School - $1,000 for arts programming
Creative Enterprise Zone - $950 to upgrade website
Keystone - $1,500 to support our local Meals on Wheels services 

Mid-Continental Oceanographic Institute -  $3,000 to support tutoring at Como High School

Murray Middle School - $750 for band scholarships; $2,000 for Wolfridge scholarships; $5,100 for E2 Program; $3,000 for Raptor Partnership (Class of '65 Donation); $600 for books for U of MN author partnership
Park Bugle - $2,000 for expanded business and education coverage
St. Anthony Park Area Seniors - $5,000 for general operating 
St. Anthony Park Community Council - $1,000 for online communications
St. Anthony Park Elementary School - $5,000 for arts programming; $1,000 for library books; $2,122 for Environmental Learning Programming
SPPS Foundation - $5,000 for New Lens Mentoring Program at Murray
Music in the Park Series - $3,000 for community outreach through Family Concert Series, School and Senior Home visits
Transition Town - $5,000 (2nd installment of Grant Challenge Award)
Community Programming Support - $5,000

Spirit of the Park Award - $500 to 4th Committee



The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation approved $20,733 in grant awards as the first part of it special 15th Anniversary awards package. They will award another $15,000 this fall to be paid out over the next 3 years to the winner of its recently announced grants competition.

Once again, education leads the list of funding priorities with grants going to support arts and science programming in our local schools. In addition, the Gerald R. McKay Family Music Fund provided grant money for the band programs at Murray Middle School and Como High School, as well as the school outreach coordinated by Music in the Park Series.

Other grantees included the St. Anthony Park Area Seniors which received a grant for their ongoing services and the community-wide assessment process they are currently working on with Wilder Research; The Park Bugle for expansion of their coverage of the business communities in our area; the District Council to help support increased transportation and communication around light rail and the Creative Enterprise Zone; Keystone Community Services to help address ongoing needs in our area; and for a new organization, The St. Paul Magic, which has formed a local athletic team to compete in the Special Olympics.

According to Bruce Weber, the Foundation Grants chair, the opportunity to split the grant process between the annual grant cycle and the grant competition’s 3-year dedicated award gave the Foundation board a chance to think outside of its traditional approach. “It’s always good to take a fresh look these things.” Weber stated. “This anniversary change has freed us up to consider new ways to carry out our mission in this community.”

As the Foundation continues to celebrate its 15 years of service to St. Anthony Park, executive director, Jon Schumacher, sees more opportunities for his organization to contribute to the community. “Our neighbors, through the Foundation, have given over $400,000 to sustain this community’s critical institutions and future viability. Between light rail, housing and educational needs, there’s plenty to keep us busy.”


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