The Sauer Family Foundation’s Grant Program is now open for applications.
The best use of Sauer Family Foundation funding is to create change, fill gaps, or help create something new in an organization, government agency, or system. The Sauer Family Foundation is particularly interested in grants that support work in systems and agencies that keep children in safe, supported families, decrease toxic stress and move them to resiliency.
They fund direct service, research, field building, and systems change efforts in the following areas:
Building Strong Family Relationships: Prevention and Intervention in Child Welfare
- Reducing child welfare placements away from family through parent support and family treatment services.
- Increasing family finding and natural connections for children & youth in child welfare. Their focus is reunification with primary caregiver, supporting kinship foster care & kinship permanency.
- Meeting the social emotional needs of foster children & youth and decreasing time to permanency, stopping the exit to homeless youth services.
- Increasing opportunities for the voice of foster youth in advocacy and increasing public awareness of the foster care experience.
Building Resilience to Trauma
- Early intervention models for preK-12 schools that support children to develop adaptive and flexible coping skills towards self-regulation.
- Professional development in trauma-informed practices in child welfare, children's mental health and education; including resiliency to secondary trauma.
- Please note: they do not make grants to support individual mental health treatment or counseling.
Building Educational Success for Children: Literacy Skills and Learning Disabilities in Reading, Writing and Math PreK – 8th Grade
Expansion of structured literacy and interventions based on the Science of Reading.
- Adoption of assessments that are indicated for learning disability screening and identification.
- Expansion of the accessibility and affordability of learning disability assessments and interventions.
- Expansion of structured literacy and interventions based on the Science of Reading.
Building a Workforce that Reflects the Diversity of Minnesota’s Children: Racially Equitable Career Pathways in their Funding Areas
- Programs that remove barriers to licensure for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to enter careers in child welfare, children’s mental health or education.
- Nontraditional pathways that lead to licensure and can move candidates from paraprofessional to professional positions in child welfare, children’s mental health, or education.
- Programs that increase support and mentoring for professionals of color in child welfare, children’s mental health or education allowing them to thrive.
- They fund in the state of Minnesota with priority given to the seven-county metro area.
- They work in settings that serve children who are at-risk or experiencing abuse or neglect, exposed to toxic stress/trauma, or have challenges developing reading, writing and math skills.
- This includes schools and early childhood settings, non-profit and research organizations, government agencies, collaboratives, and networks.
- All applicants must comply with all Federal, State and local non-discrimination laws. The Sauer Family Foundation does not make grants to individuals, political and lobbying activities, endowments, deficit or debt reduction, fundraising activities or advertising.
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