Patty Johnson Seed Grants

  • Patty Johnson Seed Grants are small grants that provide start-up funds to initiate projects that serve community needs. Typical projects are funded at no more than $500. Questions may be directed to

  • All past NEW Leadership™ Development Institute participants are eligible to apply. More recent participants receive priority consideration, but all proposals are evaluated in terms of creativity and merit. Grant proposal are accepted and grants are awarded annually each fall. Applications for 2018 Patty Johnson Seed Grants will be available in June 2018.

    2016 Recipients

    • Ashley Charwood: Martin Luther King Day event in Bemidji, MN
    • Evelyn Paraboy Kaney: Project to assist Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania.
    • Amy Tran: “I’m With You: Empowering Young Asian American Women to Stop Sexual Violence” teen retreat
    • Kao Choua Vue: Hmong Women’s Giving Circle

    2015 Recipients

    • Tricia Tauer: “Equal Playing Field” fund to help low-income Becker High School students can get involved in athletics

    2014 Recipients

    • Kirsten Henagin: Conference at Concordia College to help students build career and personal finance skills

    2013 Recipients

    • Kavitha Gundala: “Community as One” community discussion of positive impacts of refugees in the Fargo-Moorhead area

    2010 Recipients

    • Deb Bakke: Conference and community discussion on the White Earth Indian Reservation of the impact of historical trauma
    • Allyson Ishaug and Anna-Alicia Watson: “Overcoming Sexual Assault Together (OSAT)” education program at NDSU
    • Erica Jepson and Karen Crabtree: “Parents Team Up: A Parent Teacher Organizations for Frazee”
    • Gladys Namuganga: “Revolving Investments in Grassroots Poultry Farming as a Tool to Reduce Poverty and Unemployment in Uganda”
    • Allana Rudd: “Assisting Project Night Light” funding for comfort items for children victims of violence


    • Kayla Hovland: To establish LGBTQ student group and SafeZone program at Lake Region State College
    • Stephanie Morse: “Ricochet Program for Girls Inc” empowerment program for girls


    • Faraja Kurubai: Microlending project to promote economic independence of Maasai women in Tanzania


    • Bess Harris: “Day at the Capitol” for Bemidji State Social Work students
    • KatyAnna Johnson: Sexual Health Awareness Week at Concordia College
    • Joie Jordan: Directory of resources and trans-friendly businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area
    • Evelyn Paraboy Kaney: Mentoring social between East African college students and East African refugee youth in the Fargo-Moorhead area