(Sept. 19, 2013) — The McKnight Foundation awarded 80 grants totaling $28,889,000 to 79 organizations in its third-quarter 2013 grantmaking. Grant totals and representative grants are available here.
Of the $28.9 million total approved, $935,000 went to six McKnight grantees working to restore and protect floodplains and wetlands in the 10-state Mississippi River corridor. (All grants are for two years.) Ducks Unlimited received $300,000 to advance conservation and wetland restoration in the upper Mississippi River states; the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana was awarded $200,000 for general operating support; Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund received $160,000 to analyze and clarify legal issues surrounding Mississippi River and coastal restoration in Louisiana; $120,000 went to River Network for its support of the Mississippi River Collaborative, promoting policies for improving water quality and protecting wetlands in river corridor states; Bayou Grace Community Services was granted $80,000 to mobilize residents of rural southern Louisiana in advocacy for the environmental health of their coastal communities; and the Trust for Coastal Stewardship received $75,000 for its ongoing efforts to accelerate coastal restoration in Louisiana.
"The health of the floodplains and wetlands along the Mississippi River has a direct impact on the resilience of the river itself," says Ted Staryk, McKnight’s board chair. "We are fortunate to work with organizations like these, employing innovative strategies to protect all 2,300 miles of this vital national treasure."
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