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New London-Spicer Area Fund Awards to Five Northern Kandiyohi Programs

January 13, 2020

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) announces investments totaling $15,100 in their recent grant round. NLSAF awarded grants to five local programs in the Northern Kandiyohi County area that support their focus areas of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment, large-scale and sustainable initiatives, and special collaborations. “Our committee continues to be honored to support projects and programs that not only strengthen our community, but create opportunity for everyone” says NLSAF board chair, Clark Vollan.

WACF Opens Grant Round

November 15, 2019

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. The WACF General Grant Round will be open for applications from November 15th, 2019 to January 15th, 2020. For additional information and the online application, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select "WACF General Grants".

In the Glow of Gratitude: Willmar Area Community Foundation's Award in Philanthropy Celebration

October 01, 2019

Willmar, Minn. - The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) invites you to join in on basking in the glow of gratitude at their Awards in Philanthropy Celebration on Thursday, October 10th, at 5:30pm at the Willmar Conference Center. This year WACF shines light on Roger and Ruth Gauquie with the 2019 Award in Philanthropy for their inspiring generosity and volunteerism which continues to help strengthen our community and create opportunity for the Willmar area. The 2019 Community Builder will be presented to West Central Sanitation for engaging employees with community building and stewarding principles that helps support each Kandiyohi County community and beyond. Lastly, the spotlight hits Dorothy Brown with the Marv Otto Award for her legacy estate gift that has now become the largest Willmar Civic Scholarship Association and WACF scholarship available for Willmar High School seniors pursuing an elementary education major.

Willmar Area Women’s Fund Exceeds Fundraising Goal

September 27, 2019

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund (WAWF), an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), announces it has exceeded its fundraising goal to help the efforts to deter sexual exploitation and trafficking in Kandiyohi County. Through generous community donations and the efforts of 37 campaigners, the Fund exceeded its goal of $50,000 and raised a total of $70,741. This annual campaign began on June 10, 2019, and the final total was revealed at the Caring for Women Campaign Luncheon on September 26, 2019.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Grant Round Open

September 03, 2019

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) has announced the annual opening of their grant round. The NLSAF seeks to fund programs that fit within the categories of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment and large-scale and sustainable initiatives. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, school or government entity who serves the 12 northern townships of Kandiyohi County. The deadline for grant applications is November 1st. For more information about the grant round and to apply, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select “WACF - New London-Spicer Area Fund Grant”.

Willmar Area Community Foundation Grants to 13 Programs, Including First Ever Difference Maker Grant of $50,000

May 02, 2019

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is pleased to announce awards of $189,000 to 13 local programs. 11 of these programs were awarded from the 2018-2019 WACF General Grant Round. The three focus areas of the grant round were for projects that addressed the achievement gap for youth, increased community connections or welcoming diverse populations and to support productive aging.

New London-Spicer Area Community Fund Announces Investments Totaling $14,000

January 10, 2019

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) announces investments totaling $14,000 in their recent grant round. NLSAF awarded grants to eight local programs in the Northern Kandiyohi County area that support their focus areas of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment, large-scale and sustainable initiatives, and special collaborations. “Our organization is pleased to support projects and programs that continue to strengthen Northern Kandiyohi and benefit our neighbors” says NLSAF board chair, Clark Vollan.

Four Local Arts Organizations to Receive Funding

November 27, 2018

Willmar, Minn. – Four local arts organizations will receive funding to enhance and maintain programming via the Willmar Area Community Foundation Arts Fund grant round. A total of $5,600 was awarded to programs ranging from supporting local artists to experiential musical experiences for youth. Sara Carlson, executive director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation stated, “Having creative and artistic opportunities for everyone in our community fosters a stronger and more vibrant home for all. It reminds us that we’re all creative beings – and that whether we’re making art or music, telling stories or sharing in the experience, we’re all connected.”

WACF Opens Grant Round

November 15, 2018

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. The WACF General Grant Round will be open for applications from November 15th, 2018 to January 15th, 2019. For additional information and the online application, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select "WACF General Grants".

Willmar Area Women’s Fund Exceeds Fundraising Goal

October 04, 2018

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund (WAWF), an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), announces it has exceeded its fundraising goal to help support prevention and intervention activities aimed at youth homelessness and human trafficking efforts in Kandiyohi County.