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Bernick Family Foundation Grants

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.

Funding Categories

The Bernick Family Foundation supports two key focus areas:

Youth and Education:
Support of activities that help prepare students for future success in education and the workplace--particularly programs that develop leadership skills, community involvement, teamwork, and entrepreneurship.

Health and Fitness:
Support of activities that address health and wellness--particularly programs that promote fitness, nutrition, healthy living and responsible lifestyles.

What We Fund

Funding may go toward capital projects, new or expanded programs or strategic investments in operations (i.e. one-time investments that will help organizations increase efficiency and/or ongoing revenue).

Eligible Organizations: 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, schools and government entities.

Eligible Geographic Area: The organization must be based in or serve one of the regions in which Bernick’s operates, including the areas in and around Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, St. Cloud, and Willmar, Minnesota and Dresser, Wisconsin. To find out if your area is included, please see Bernick's Service Area Listing and Map.

Funds Available

The minimum amount that can be requested is $3,000, and the maximum is $50,000 per year.  To request gifts of product and other funding requests under $3,000, please visit Bernick's Sponsorship/Donation Criteria page.

What We Do Not Fund

This fund does not fund endowment, operating expenses for government agencies, religious organizations for religious purposes, projects that have already been completed or regranting to organizations not specifically named in the Bernick's application.   

Application Process

Interested organizations should complete a letter of inquiry application online between July 5 and September 1 at midnight.  Click here to create account/login to your account and begin application.  Applicants will be notified of their status after October 15, and accepted organizations will be asked to submit a full application online by November 15.  Grants are awarded after January 31.

Application Deadlines

Letters of Inquiry Applications must be completed online by midnight on September 1st of each year.  No hard copies will be accepted.

Grantmaking Process

  • September 1st at midnight of each year: Letter of Inquiry Deadline
  • After October 15th of each year: Notification of Applicants. Request for full proposals sent. 
  • November 15th of each year: Full Proposal Applications Due (for those invited to apply). 
  • After January 31st of each year - Grants Awarded. 

Applying for a Grant

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Susan Lorenz, Director of Community Programs, at (320) 253-4380, ext. 732