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Dancing with Our Stars 2018 Line-Up Announced

February 06, 2018

ST. CLOUD, MN – The third annual Women’s Fund Presents: Dancing With Our Stars will be held Monday, June 18, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the College of St. Benedict’s Escher Auditorium. This year’s event will once again feature a dance competition between six local celebrities who have been paired with a professional partner for a chance to win up to a $15,000 grant for the non-profit program of their choice.

Local Programs Supporting Women and Girls Receive $59,000 in Grant

January 29, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Women’s Fund and Julianne Williams Fund of Central Minnesota Community Foundation announced today the recipients of their annual grants, totaling $59,000. The grants were awarded to eleven area organizations focusing on improving the lives of women and girls in central Minnesota. "Helping women and girls live their best lives is so important to the overall wellness of our community and we are excited to assist these programs as they do their work," says Kathleen Crawford Bernick, chair of the Women's Fund Advisory Board.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Awards $16,000 to Local Programs

January 24, 2018

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) announced the recipients of their recent grant round. NLSAF awarded $16,000 in grant funding to six local programs. NLSAF chose to award grants to projects that fit within the categories of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment and large-scale and sustainable initiatives. "As an organization, we are excited to be supporting these programs that continue to help our community thrive" says NLSAF board chair, Clark Vollan.

Charity Challenge Raises Record $468,673 for Food Shelves

January 12, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation are pleased to announce that the Charity Challenge raised a record $468,673 this holiday season to provide much-needed support to food shelves in the St. Cloud metro area.

Local Arts Programming Receives Support

December 04, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – Local arts programming is being given a financial boost after the recent Willmar Area Community Foundation Arts Fund grant round. Five programs will be receiving funding with over $5,000 being awarded. The programs range from orchestra music to art exploration for kids. Sara Carlson, executive director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation stated, "Encouraging creative and artistic outlets for all ages is an important aspect of making our community the best it can be. There are many great opportunities to explore the arts in our community and we are excited to support them."

CMCF Administers Minnesota State Opportunity Grant Set to Open December 1st

November 22, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn.— The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today that the opening of the 2018 Minnesota State Opportunity Grant will take place on December 1, 2017. CMCF will be administering this grant and the purpose of the funding is to enhance long-term self-sufficiency for central Minnesota communities of color by improving education, housing and economic outcomes and to create positive long lasting impact on the community. This funding is made available pursuant to 2017 Laws of Minnesota, Chapter 94, Section 2, Subd. 2 (ee). To learn more about the grant, visit and select "2018 Minnesota State Opportunity Grant".

Willmar Area Women's Fund Reaches Impact Goal

November 21, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund, an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), announces it has met its fundraising goal to help continue existing and create new anti-trafficking efforts in Kandiyohi County. The Fund granted $23,000 to Safe Avenues and Lutheran Social Services in September to help them continue their work against local human trafficking. This partnership focuses on direct victim assistance as well as increasing awareness of and preventing trafficking.

Charity Challenge Returns to Help Local Food Shelves

November 20, 2017

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Charity Challenge has become a tradition for the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the St. Cloud metro area. Since the first Challenge in 2001, which raised $10,185; to last year’s record setting $464,045 challenge, this event has surpassed a total of $2.7 million raised for local food shelves.

WACF Opens Grant Round

November 15, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the opening of their annual grant round. The WACF seeks to fund programs that focus on three different areas this year; addressing the achievement gap for youth, increasing community connections and welcoming diverse populations, and supporting productive aging. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, school or government entity who serve residents of Kandiyohi County. For additional information and the online application, visit and select "WACF General Grants".

Funding Available to Workforce Development Programs

November 15, 2017

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced today that their annual Brainerd Lakes Area Grant round is now accepting applications. The BLACF has focused this year's grant round on supporting programs and projects that help develop, attract and retain a quality workforce for the Brainerd Lakes area now and in the future. Grant application deadline is January 15th. For additional information and to apply, visit and select "Brainerd Lakes Area Grant".