Grants Awarded in 2017

2017 Wells Foundation Grant Recipients

Organizations are listed in alphabetical order. Click on each name below to see a description, the amount awarded and the logo which has a hyperlink to each respective website.  Click on the arrow [] to return to the top.

African Chamber of Commerce The Lift Garage
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative The Link
The Bridge for Youth Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Children’s Minnesota Midwest Children’s Resource Center People, Incorporated
Circle of the Beloved – Episcopal Service Corps People Serving People
Emerge Community Development Project for Pride in Living
First Nations Kitchen Rebuilding Together
Four Directions Family Center/Family Partnership St. Stephen’s
Full Cycle Bike Shop Simpson Housing
Gateway Institute YouthLink
Genesys Works – Twin Cities


African Chamber of Commerce ~ $3,000

Support microbusiness development services for African immigrant women. 

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative ~ $5,000

Deliver on-site support services for young adults transitioning out of foster care at Nicollet Square (Minneapolis), Prior Crossing (St. Paul) and 66 West (Edina). 

The Bridge for Youth ~ $5,000

Provide crisis intervention, supportive housing, and case management for homeless youth. 

Children’s Minnesota Midwest Children’s Resource Center ~ $4,000

Provide supportive physical and mental health services for sexually abused and exploited runaway youth. 

Circle of the Beloved – Episcopal Service Corps ~ $10,000

Cover costs of a program director to launch a new intentional community addressing root causes of poverty and isolation for young adults in North and Downtown Minneapolis. 

Emerge Community Development ~ $5,000

Provide North side after school programs and housing addressing educational disparities facing families struggling with chronic homelessness. 

First Nations Kitchen ~ $3,000

Support start-up costs to expand community involvement and impact of program. 

Four Directions Family Center/Family Partnership ~ $4,000

Support Native American holistic child/family services including preschool and child-development assessment and therapies. 

Full Cycle Bike Shop ~ $5,000

Help homeless youth build employment skills and give back to their community. 

Gateway Institute ~ $4,000

Strengthen job readiness and employment training program for East African immigrant community. 

Genesys Works – Twin Cities ~ $2,000

Prepare disadvantaged students in Twin Cities area high schools for college and career success through training and a paid internship. 

The Lift Garage ~ $4,000

Provide low-cost car repair to prevent cascading financial difficulties that can result in eviction and homelessness. 

Deliver supportive housing at Lindquist Apartments for formerly homeless and/or disabled young adults. 

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans ~ $5,000 plus additional amounts

Assist Minnesota veterans and their families who are homeless or who are experiencing life crises that could lead to homelessness (all funds for this grant come from our annual fundraising concert “Honoring Our Veterans”). 

People, Incorporated ~ $5,000

Reach and connect homeless people to mental and physical health care and housing services. 

People Serving People ~ $4,000

Deliver K-12 programs of educational support and enrichment for youth staying at their family homeless shelter. 

Project for Pride in Living ~ $4,000

Provide housing and onsite services for Cabrini Supportive Housing Program. 

Rebuilding Together ~ $4,000

Provide home and accessibility repairs for low-income families with children, older adults, adults living with disabilities, and veterans. 

St. Stephen’s ~ $6,165

Support Street Outreach Team to locate people experiencing homelessness and help them find housing and other services (includes $1,000-$2,000 for Veterans Outreach funded by our annual fundraising concert “Honoring Our Veterans”). 

Simpson Housing ~ $4,000

Deliver services and programs serving children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

Support one-stop Youth Opportunity Center for homeless youth at tipping point of success and long-term homelessness.