Community Giving

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Competitive Grants

Learn more about the competitive grants available in your area, click below.

Central Minnesota Grants

Alexandria Grants

Brainerd Grants

Willmar Grants

CommunityGiving and its affiliates, the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Willmar Area Community Foundation, serve the nonprofit sector of their local communities through grants from our funds and through encouraging collaborative projects that strengthen the nonprofit sector.

Grantmaking often is the connecting point between those who give and those who need. It is the primary way that donors to CommunityGiving make the community stronger. CommunityGiving has hundreds of charitable funds supporting philanthropic causes as varied as the many donors who established them.

Most of these grants came from funds established to support specific causes or from donor advised funds, where the donor recommends grants from the fund to support charities that interest them.


In addition to these funds, the Foundation administers a number of funds that award grants for which nonprofits may apply on a competitive basis. For listings of competitive grant opportunities, please visit our Alexandria Grants, Brainerd Grants, Willmar Grants or Central Minnesota Grants pages. Specific criteria, grant guidelines and grant application forms are provided for each grant opportunity.