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Willmar Area Community Foundation News

New London Ambulance Receives $3,500 Grant

May 06, 2016

New London, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation announces that its New London-Spicer Area Fund issued a grant to the New London Ambulance in the amount of $3,500. This grant will be used to purchase an Image Trend Reporting System to increase efficiency and improve quality of emergency care in northern Kandiyohi County.

WACF Announces Grant Opportunities

January 07, 2016

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) was pleased to announce today the opening of their second round of grants for the 2015-2016 year. Local programs are encouraged to apply for funding dollars that provide support for capital projects, operations, new and/or expanded programs and other strategic investments that will have a lasting impact on the community. This grant round will be open until February 15th.

WACF Awards $84,700 in Grants to Local Organizations

November 10, 2015

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation announced today the recipients of $79,500 in grants to support seven key programs and organizations in Kandiyohi County. WACF also awarded an additional $5,200 to support local arts initiatives. The largest grant awarded was to the Willmar Area Food Shelf for $50,000 to support their remodeling and expansion project.

WACF Honors Bob and Patti Dols, ACMC and the late Elaine M. Adams for Philanthropic Efforts

September 01, 2015

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) has announced today that it will honor Bob and Patti Dols, Affiliated Community Medical Center and Elaine M. Adams with its 2015 local philanthropic impact awards. The honorees will be recognized at the Foundation’s 10th Annual Award in Philanthropy Celebration on October 8, 2015 at the Willmar Conference Center.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Awards First Grants

January 22, 2015

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today it has awarded its first grants totaling $10,000 to benefit four organizations serving northern Kandiyohi County. The Willmar Area Community Foundation established the New London-Spicer Area Fund in 2014 with an anonymous charitable trust gift of $200,000 to be paid out over a seven-year period. The fund has since grown with gifts from local citizens who support this important community resource.

WACF Awards $81,200 to Local Programs

November 21, 2014

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation announced today the awarding of $77,155 in grants to support eight key programs focused on improving the health and vitality of the region. The Community Foundation awarded an additional $4,029 to local arts projects. One of the largest grants of $20,000 in the latest round supports the community’s visioning initiative known as Vision 2040.

The seed funds from WACF for this project will help better position the Greater Willmar Lakes Area as a better place to live, work and play. Another $20,000 grant supports the Bethesda redevelopment to help introduce a new kind of enhanced continuing care retirement community centered on active lifestyles.

WACF Supports Rice Care Center Expansion

November 11, 2014

The Willmar Area Community Foundation congratulates Rice Care Center on its grand opening. The center completed a $6 million expansion this fall. The Willmar Area Community Foundation provided $200,000 to support the project, earning the naming rights for the kitchen facilities that serve meals each day for all of the residents.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Accepts First Grant Requests

October 10, 2014

New London-Spicer Minn. – Twelve northern Kandiyohi County townships in the New London-Spicer area will soon start to benefit from a new grant-making fund. The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF), established in 2014, will begin accepting online grant applications for grants of $1,000 to $5,000 from October 15 to November 15, 2014.

“This first round of grants from NLSAF is a very exciting new opportunity,” said Nancy Johnson, Spicer resident and coordinator of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), which is helping to administer the new fund. “We have up to $10,000 to award this year. These grants are being made possible by people who have contributed their time and money to establish NLSAF as an important new resource for our community."