As part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota awarded a total of $20,000 in grants to several nonprofit organizations in the region.

Funding for these grants comes from Mayo Clinic’s EverybodyIN Fund for Change. Last summer, Mayo Clinic staff contributed nearly $89,000 to the fund with the goal of supporting efforts to advance racial equity and inclusion. Mayo Clinic’s match brought the fund’s total to $200,000. More than 100 organizations located in communities that Mayo Clinic serves applied for the grant funding. 

“There are numerous worthy organizations in our area communities dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion, and we are pleased to be able to support several of them with EverybodyIN funding,” says Laura Bowman, regional director of community relations and strategic partnerships. 

A total of 36 organizations located in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin will receive a portion of the $200,000 in grant dollars. 

The following Southwest Minnesota organizations will receive funding:

  • Life-Work Planning Center, $10,000 to the Women in Transition program to support their job skills and self-respect workshops. This includes a new partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System, which includes quarterly workshops for participants to learn about careers in health care. 
  • Open Door Health Center, $3,000 to provide COVID-19 vaccination outreach and communication to minority populations. 
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Allied Health and Nursing, $3,000 to support a project to help close the “Provider of Color” gap by increasing a culturally representative workforce within behavioral healthcare.  
  • New Prague Area Chapter of PFLAG, $2,000 in support of outreach and education to regional communities. PFLAG provides support, information and resources for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.
  • MY Place, $2,000 to develop a youth-focused racial justice facilitator curriculum in collaboration with the Mankato YWCA. 

In addition to these grants, Mayo Clinic Health System provides ongoing Hometown Health Grants to improve the health and wellness of our communities. Visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org for more information.