Strategic Initiative Grantmaking

Partnering to make lasting change in our community

Our Strategic Initiative grantmaking seeks out programs that address the desired outcomes for our four Strategic Initiatives. With a combination of commissioned and competitive grants, we aim to partner with our Strategic Initiative grantees in a deeper, more sustained manner to maximize our impact together. Consequently, our Strategic Initiative grants are among the larger grants awarded by the Foundation each year.

Philanthropy in the Social Economy

Leading to a More Generous Region

the Creative Economy

Fostering a Thriving Cultural Community

Preparing Students
to Succeed in the New Economy

Expanding Equitable Access to Higher Education

the Regional Food Economy

Leading to a Healthy, Accessible Food System

Whether working to foster a thriving cultural community, expand equitable access to higher education, or create a more healthy and accessible food system, we encourage grantseekers who have explored our Strategic Initiatives and are interested in partnering with the Foundation to make a measurable difference in some of this community’s toughest issues to view our Grants Calendar and Apply for a Grant related to a relevant initiative. You may also review some of our previously awarded Strategic Initiative grants.



Throughout the year, the Foundation launches competitive grant opportunities to fund the worthy work of local nonprofits. For the most current information for each granting programs, view our Grants Calendar and sign up for the Grants Registry.

View the Calendar and Registry