Central Minnesota Community Foundation

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The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) 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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Central Minnesota Arts Grant

Online Application Open: February 1st, 2021
Deadline: April 1, 2021 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The purpose of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Arts Fund is to support small to medium sizes arts organizations in Central Minnesota and arts activities conducted by other organizations. The goal is to make the arts more accessible to area residents.

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Central Minnesota Difference Maker Grants

Online Application Open: March 1st, 2021
Deadline: May 1, 2021 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) seeks to make significant grants that will be the “Difference Maker” in bringing about a positive change in racial equity for Central Minnesota. CMCF seeks to build/strengthen partnerships with the grantees that support the success of the funded project or initiatives.

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Central Minnesota Response and Recovery Grants

Online Application Open: November 1st, 2020
Deadline: December 1, 2020 at 11:59pm

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 of financial resiliency and recovery as organizations transition to serving 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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Central Minnesota Special Needs Grant

Online Application Open: September 1st, 2020
Deadline: October 28, 2020 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) seeks to make grants that will serve those with complex intellectual and physical disabilities. CMCF is looking to build partnerships with those who are able to provide individuals with services or equipment that directly impacts clients.

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Central Minnesota Women's Fund Grant

Online Application Open: August 1st, 2020
Deadline: September 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

In 2002 the Women’s Fund was established as a component fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to benefit women and/or girls within a 30 mile radius of St. Cloud. The Women's Fund seeks to leverage the efforts and dollars from local nonprofits to provide resources that will make a difference to single individuals or systems.

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Eckblad Williams Community Fund Grant - Fall

Online Application Open: September 1st, 2020
Deadline: October 15

The Eckblad Williams Community Fund (EWCF) accepts funding applications for projects that enrich options for students in ISD 742 orchestra programs, without supplanting existing funds. Projects that provide learning opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them are strongly encouraged. The following projects may be considered for grant proposals but we encourage teachers and groups to consider other ideas.

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Eckblad Williams Community Fund Grant - Spring

Online Application Open: February 14th, 2021
Deadline: April 15, 2021

The Eckblad Williams Community Fund (EWCF) accepts funding applications for projects that enrich options for students in ISD 742 orchestra programs, without supplanting existing funds. Projects that provide learning opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them are strongly encouraged. The following projects may be considered for grant proposals but we encourage teachers and groups to consider other ideas.

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Foley Area Response Fund Grants

Online Application Open: April 8th, 2020
Deadline: No deadline; Ongoing. Applications will be reviewed responsively as dollars are available.

We understand and share the concerns of our communities, our donors, volunteers, staff and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. And though the challenges ahead are unknown, we remain optimistic that our communities will pull through and emerge stronger than before. The Foley Area Community Foundation has established the Foley Area Response Fund and invites 501c3 organizations to apply. The purpose of this fund is to support the local community in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. This application will also serve as a tool for us and our funding partners to connect resources and people. The Foley Area Response Fund seeks to support unmet immediate needs of entities providing services to those affected locally by COVID-19 OR to entities who have experienced, due to COVID-19, a decrease of revenue which has led to an operational shortage.

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Julianne Williams Fund Grants

Online Application Open: August 1st, 2020
Deadline: September 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Julianne Williams Fund is a component fund of the Women’s Fund to benefit girls and young women in the St. Cloud metro within a 30 mile radius of St. Cloud. The purpose of the Julianne Williams Fund is to promote building of self-esteem, safety, confidence and overall empowerment of girls and young women through the use of physical activities, especially outdoor activities and is committed to supporting youth activities that enhance mutual respect between girls and boys.

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Paynesville Area Community Foundation Grant

Online Application Open: February 1st, 2021
Deadline: March 31, 2021 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Paynesville Area Community Foundation seeks to make grants that will help build our community in bringing about a lasting, positive change in the Paynesville area. PACF is looking to provide leadership and financial support that builds a community partnership in order to advance the project or initiatives.

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ROCORI Area Community Builder Grant

Online Application Open: March 1st, 2021
Deadline: April 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The ROCORI Area Community Foundation (RACF) seeks to make grants that will build our community by bringing about lasting, positive change in the ROCORI area. The RACF is looking to provide leadership and financial support that builds a community partnership in order to advance the project or initiatives.

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ROCORI Area Response Fund Grants

Online Application Open: April 6th, 2020
Deadline: As of 8/4, there are no funds available at this time. Check back for updates.

We understand and share the concerns of our communities, our donors, volunteers, staff and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. And though the challenges ahead are unknown, we remain optimistic that our communities will pull through and emerge stronger than before. The ROCORI Area Community Foundation has established the ROCORI Area Response Fund and invites organizations to apply for funding.The purpose of this fund is to support the local community in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. This application will also serve as a tool for us and our funding partners to connect resources and people. The ROCORI Area Response Fund seeks to support unmet immediate needs of entities providing services to those affected locally by COVID-19 OR to entities who have experienced, due to COVID-19, a decrease of revenue which has led to an operational shortage.

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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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Sauk Centre Area Response and Recovery Grants

Online Application Open: October 15th, 2020
Deadline: Application deadline is the 30th of each month. Applications will then be reviewed by 15th of the following month (i.e., apps in by September 30 will then be decided on by October 15).

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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Thomas Ritsche Youth Grants

Online Application Open: April 1st, 2021
Deadline: May 31 at 11:59pm - Decision Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation, through the Thomas A. Ritsche for Youth Fund, seeks to support youth-related programs and projects that support youth and reduce crime against youth and by youth.

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