Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

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The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) 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, 2020
Deadline: August 31 at 11:59pm - 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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Brainerd Lakes Area Grant

Online Application Open: December 1st, 2020
Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) supports specific community initiatives through a variety of grants. BLACF seeks to make smaller grants for general operations and programs to address changing community needs. BLACF also seeks to make significant grants that will be the "Difference Maker” in bringing about community-wide, lasting, and positive changes in the Brainerd Lakes area. BLACF 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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Brainerd Lakes Area Response and Recovery Grants

Online Application Open: October 9th, 2020
Deadline: Applications are open and ongoing until available funds are gone. Proposals will be reviewed monthly.

We understand and share the concerns of our communities, our donors, volunteers, staff and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected organizations and the people they serve. The purpose of the response and recovery fund is to support efforts addressing the impact of COVID-19 on our neighbors, but also financial resiliency and recovery of organizations as they transition back to fulfilling their core mission in serving our communities. The application under the response and recovery fund is more encompassing and focuses on the infrastructure, leadership and financials of the applicant.

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Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund Grants

Online Application Open: October 15th, 2020
Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

In 2009 Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund was established as a fund of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation. Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund supports innovative solutions to the challenges facing women and girls that improve our community and positively impact the future. We want organizations that serve women and girls. What is the promise we are making? We want to recognize women who have provided a significant, positive impact to the community. We fundraise as a grant conduit to other organizations. We provide education programs related to the challenges facing women and girls in our community. We pride ourselves as serving as a conversation convener to raise awareness of challenges facing women and girls.

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Rural Poverty Fund Grants

Online Application Open: April 1st, 2022
Deadline: June 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

In even years (2020, 2022, 2024…) the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation are jointly offering the Rural Poverty Fund grants for planning and implementation of projects or programs that address rural poverty. Grant funds may: Establish or supplement existing emergency and transitional activities which directly address specific and immediate needs that rural people have due to poverty or be used to assess community needs and assets, develop action plans, or provide for project implementation in rural areas. Grants must relate to a variety of identified programs or agency needs.

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