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Ruttger Family to Receive Award in Philanthropy from Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

July 02, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year's Award in Philanthropy recipients will be the Ruttger Family. Chris, Joanne, Ann and Jack Ruttger have displayed a strong sense of community and a passion for helping others.

Over $150,000 Raised for Local Organizations Benefiting Women and Girls

June 19, 2018

ST. CLOUD, MN – The third annual Women’s Fund Presents: Dancing With Our Stars LIVE was held yesterday, Monday, June 18, 2018 at the College of St. Benedict. The event raised $151,949 for local organizations that benefit women and girls. Over 600 people were in attendance to cheer on their favorite dancers and charities. This year’s event once again featured a dance competition between six local celebrities who had 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.

Fund Established to Aid Flood Victims in Somalia

June 04, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn.— The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today the opening of the Flooding in Somalia Fund. This fund was established to support humanitarian assistance and aid displaced people in Somalia due to flooding.

Tarryl Clark Selected as 2018 ATHENA Award Recipient

June 04, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. –The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has selected Tarryl Clark as the 2018 ATHENA Award recipient. Tarryl was chosen for the award because of her leadership and dedication to strengthening our community.

$475,000 Awarded to Organizations Supporting Communities of Color

May 23, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn.— The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today the grant recipients of the 2018 Minnesota State Opportunity Grant. Grant funding totaling $475,000 will be awarded to six organizations across central Minnesota. 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. The funding was made available pursuant to 2017 Laws of Minnesota, Chapter 94, Section 2, Subd. 2 (ee).

Ruth McDonald Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications for Health and Wellness Programming

May 22, 2018

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today that they are now accepting grant applications for the Ruth McDonald Fund Grant round to support projects that address health and wellness especially the needs of people in poverty. Grants range in size from $2,500 to $5,000. Grant application deadline is June 30.

Willmar Area Community Foundation Grants Over $129,000 to Local Organizations

May 21, 2018

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is pleased to announce today the grant recipients of their 2017-2018 grant round. Ten projects were chosen to receive a total of $129,450 in funding. The three focus areas of the grant round were for projects that addressed the achievement gap for youth, increased community connections and welcoming diverse populations and to support productive aging.

"Difference Maker" and Arts Grant Rounds Now Accepting Applications Through Central Minnesota Community Foundation

May 01, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCCF) announced today that they have two grant rounds that are now accepting applications for funding requests. The "Difference Maker" grants will be significant grants that bring about lasting and positive changes to the Central Minnesota communities. The Central Minnesota Arts Grants will be to support small to medium size arts organizations that make arts more accessible to area residents. Application deadlines for both grant rounds is June 30.

AACF Now Accepting Grant Applications for Difference Maker Gratns

May 01, 2018

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today that their “Difference Maker” grant round is now accepting applications for programs that serve people in Douglas County. The AACF seeks to make significant grants that will be the “Difference Maker” in bringing about lasting, positive change in the Alexandria area community. Grant application deadline is June 30th.

Local Projects To Receive Grant Funding from Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

April 27, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the grant recipients of their 2017-2018 grant round. Six local projects, plus four performing arts organizations will be receiving funding, totaling $85,000. Programs that focus on workforce issues were targeted. Eligible organizations were 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, schools or government entities that serve Crow Wing and southern Cass counties.