Willmar Area Community Foundation

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The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) channels all grants through an online grant system. This will make it easier to receive and evaluate online applications, record decisions, and measure the outcomes using this online grants system. To apply, select the "Learn More" link associated with the grant round you are interested in. No paper applications will be accepted. All grant applications must be submitted online by midnight on the deadline.


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Bernick's Beverages and Vending Fund Grants

Online Application Open: July 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight September 1st - Decision: See "Application Process" Section

The Bernick family started the Bernick Family Foundation to honor the legacy of its company founders by continuing the tradition of supporting organizations consistent with the family's core values, while providing leadership in responding to emerging community needs.

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WACF - New London Spicer Area Fund Grant

Online Application Open: September 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight November 1st - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) is a citizen-driven and professionally managed ongoing resource that enables individuals to support advancements in the community. The New London-Spicer Area Fund operates as a community fund of the Willmar Area Community Foundation(WACF).

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WACF and United Way of West Central Minnesota Community Focus Grants

Online Application Open: September 1st, 2018

As part of their grant funding portfolios, United Way of West Central Minnesota and the Willmar Area Community Foundation have set aside funding for use during the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in their service area.

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WACF Arts Grants

Online Application Open: June 15th, 2018
Deadline: Midnight August 15 - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The purpose of the Willmar Arts Fund grant program is to support small and medium-sized arts organizations in Willmar. The fund also supports arts activities conducted by community organizations. The Willmar Arts Fund is an important resource for both new and existing arts organizations. It allows depth and diversity of the arts in Willmar and makes the arts more accessible to area residents. A Grants Committee assists in administering the Willmar Arts Fund program and advises the Foundation on the disbursement of fund from the Willmar Arts Fund.

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WACF General Grants

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2018
Deadline: Midnight January 15 - Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) supports specific community initiatives through a variety of grants. WACF seeks to make smaller grants for general operations and programs to address changing community needs. WACF also seeks to make significant grants that will be the "Difference Maker” in bringing about community-wide, lasting, and positive changes in the Willmar area. WACF is looking to provide leadership and financial support that goes beyond the grant in order to advance the project or initiative that needs a large dollar amount to get started or completed.

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