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GENERAL MILLS FOUNDATION AWARDS $2.3 MILLION; $187,750 TO SUCCESS BY SIX PROGRAM IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS

 GENERAL MILLS FOUNDATION AWARDS $2.3 MILLION;
 $187,750 TO SUCCESS BY SIX PROGRAM IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS
 MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Mills Foundation trustees awarded $2,331,612 in grants this quarter to 145 nonprofit organizations for a variety of community initiatives that support families, children and youth. Ninety-five organizations were awarded $1,650,637 for "Health and Social Action" programs. "Education" initiatives received $229,300 for 18 organizations. Twenty-two "Arts and Culture" organizations received $375,475 and 10 other organizations were awarded $76,200.
 "Way to Grow," a collaborative concept designed through the Minneapolis United Way "Success by Six" effort, will continue its successful Northside Family Connection Program and add an interpreter for its Southeast Asian participants with a $187,750 grant. The program, under the direction of the Messiah Willard Day Care Center as lead agency, prepares children up to age six for school by strengthening family support systems and connecting them with appropriate community resources. Thirteen General Mills employees also are assisting the Northside Family Connection by serving on a task force to better understand community problems and provide long-term solutions. The General Mills Foundation has supported this program over two years with grants totalling $337,750.
 Education Grants:
 Student achievement and teacher renewal are the anticipated benefits of the education grants. Dunwoody Industrial Institute (Minneapolis) was awarded $40,000 for operating support and for its Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP). The four-year-old YCAP introduces low-income, at-risk youth to the career opportunities open to graduates of technical colleges. To date 145 students have been served by the program.
 The second year of a Mathematics Training Program for elementary school teachers -- funded with $31,500 through Edina Public Schools -- will prepare an additional 25 teachers in the Edina School District and five other districts. The program, in conjunction with the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, is designed to reorganize mathematics education in the elementary schools.
 Beloit College (Wisconsin) will use $30,000 from the General Mills Foundation to fund its Beloit Academy this summer and next school year. This innovative, collaborative project with the Beloit Public School District uses Latin to teach analytical skills development and multi- cultural relations.
 Other education grants include:
 -- $20,000 to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (St. Louis) for minority fellowships;
 -- $20,000 to the Saint Paul Foundation (St. Paul) for its Diversity in Schools Program;
 -- $20,000 to the University of Minnesota Foundation (Minneapolis) for its Jason Project at the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History.
 Health and Social Action Grants:
 New health grants were awarded to agencies to improve health services.
 Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis) will receive $250,000 to help establish the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, a specialized center for the treatment of cancer. The institute expects to distinguish itself by developing special areas of focus, particularly in colorectal cancer, cancer of the brain, some leukemias, breast cancer, neuro- oncology and B-limphocyte neoplasms.
 The Susan K. Komen Foundation (Dallas) was awarded $75,000 to underwrite eight regional summits on breast cancer. The summits conducted across the country will be cosponsored by The National Cancer Institute.
 Another innovative program is the Comprehensive Education in Chronic Illnesses Program through the South Chicago Health Care Foundation. It received $35,000 for equipment for its comprehensive, continuous education program for patients, nurses, volunteers and pastoral caregivers.
 The South East Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center (SEADAC) (Chicago) received $100,000 toward its $1.9 million capital campaign to construct a facility. SEADAC provides alcohol and drug abuse prevention, education and treatment programs.
 Other health and social action grants included:
 -- $357,087 to United Way campaigns to match employee contributions in the following 20 communities, bring the total grants to United Ways in 1991 to $1.5 million in 38 communities: Los Angeles, Orange (Calif.), San Francisco, Stockton (Calif.), Orlando (Fla.), Atlanta, Aurora (Ill.), Chicago, Des Moines (Iowa), Big Rapids (Mich.), Kansas City (Mo.), St. Louis (Mo.), Vineland (N.J.), Albuquerque (N.M.), Raleigh (N.C.), Cleveland, Toledo (Ohio), Portland (Ore.), King of Prussia (Penn.) and Memphis (Tenn.);
 -- $80,000 over two years to Partnership for a Drug-Free America (New York) for its educational anti-drug campaign;
 -- $50,000 to the All Faiths Receiving Home (Albuquerque) for operating support of its Crisis Shelter for Abused and Neglected Children;
 -- $41,000 to Second Harvest (Chicago) for operating support;
 -- $30,000 to WomenVenture (Minneapolis) for operating support;
 -- $24,800 to North Toledo Community House for capital expenditures for its Early Childhood Development Program.
 Arts Grants:
 Among the arts grants was $250,000 awarded to Minnesota Public Radio given over three years toward the capital expenditure portions of MPR's $11 million 25th Anniversary Campaign.
 The General Mills Foundation provides philanthropic support to help solve community problems and to improve opportunities for individuals. Grants made by the foundation since it was established in 1954 total more than $110 million.
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 /CONTACT: E. Barry Wegener of General Mills, 612-540-7784/ CO: General Mills ST: Minnesota IN: FOD SU:


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