(Jan. 4, 2013) "” The McKnight Foundation awarded 124 grants totaling $14,332,000 to in its fourth-quarter 2012 grantmaking. Grant totals and representative grants are available on our website at www.mcknight.org.
Of the grants approved to restore the water quality of the Mississippi River, $1.2 million went to 15 organizations working to reduce high nitrogen and phosphorus runoff in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Among these grantees, Allamakee Soil and Water Conservation District of Waukon, IA, received a two-year grant of $75,000 to enlist landowners to strengthen their lease agreements with farmer tenants to include soil and water conservation practices; American Farmland Trust of Washington, D.C., received a two-year grant of $125,000 to accelerate agricultural conservation practices in Illinois; the Food and Environment Reporting Network of New York, NY, received a two-year grant of $100,000 to support its investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health; Iowa State University of Science and Technology of Ames, IA, received a two-year grant of $70,000 for an online tool designed to help farmers and conservation planners make better land-use decisions to improve water quality; Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Inc., of East Troy, WI, received a two-year grant of $140,000 for organizing work to support federal and state conservation programs and policy development; and Rural Advantage of Fairmont, MN, received a one-year grant of $15,000 to develop and assess educational materials for pilot agricultural water quality workshops in Minnesota.
"The water quality of the Mississippi River directly impacts 18 million people and countless wildlife that depend on it for their health and livelihoods," says Ted Staryk, McKnight's board chair. "McKnight is proud to support organizations like these and others who explore creative and forward-thinking farming solutions to protect this vital national resource."
ABOUT THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION
The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based family Foundation had assets of approximately $1.9 billion and granted about $91 million in 2011. Program information and a full list of this quarter's grants are online at www.mcknight.org.