Grants and Funding

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Current funders of the Southeast Como Improvement Association & related projects include:

:: the McKnight Foundation--region and communities program 

:: the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) 


Previous funders include:

:: the McKnight Foundation--region and communities program 

:: the Office of Environmental Assistance, now (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

:: the Bush Foundation--ecological health program

:: Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice


Additional project funding has come from:

:: University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund (2011, 2010, 2008)

:: Community Power grant (for organic yard care--2005-06) 

:: Mississippi Watershed Management Organization grant (restore Bridal Veil 2003-05)

:: Beautiful "U" grants (SECIA student group, Earth Day 2008, 2007, 2006)

:: Fiskars Orange Thumb Tool Grant (supported Community Garden projects with tools)

:: Tree Trust grants (planting trees in Como)

:: Minnesota Horticultural Society Demo Day Grant

:: Coca Cola Partnership with the University of Minnesota

:: Climate Change Micro-grant from the City of Minneapolis (clothesline project in 2007)


Most of our funding has gone to support specific environmental initiatives.  The McKnight Foundation has generously awarded us grants over the last few years for general operating support and our Green Village initiative...

In addition to foundation support we have received direct contributions from numerous Como businesses and industrial "Good Neighbors" like Ritrama and Rock-Tenn Company and our latest addition Greatbatch Globe Tool. We have also received direct contributions from community members to help support the organization.

SECIA is actively seeking funding to replace conventional Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funding shortfalls and have an ad-hoc Fundraising Committee that generally meets the end of each month. If you would like to become more active in SECIA's fundraising efforts or would like to contribute please contact the office at 612-676-1731.

Grants and Funding

SECIA would like to thank all of the supporters of our organization and community projects.