Willmar Area Community Foundation

Group of Children

Willmar Good Samaritan Fund

The Good Samaritan Fund was established in 2005 with the mission of providing one-time assistance to people for emergency needs. Modeled after a successful fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Good Samaritan Fund has an advisory committee that reviews potential cases and determines what, if any, assistance can be offered. There are many situations the Fund can assist with, including rent or mortgage payments, periodic billing assistance, emergency fuel assistance, basic needs, emergency medical supplies and even vehicle repair.

Criteria for Funding:

  • The applicant (household) resides in Kandiyohi County, and application is submitted through an organization that provides services in Kandiyohi County
  • The request is in the social service area
  • The applicant (household) has not received a grant from the Good Samaritan Fund within the last 24 months.
  • The need was created by an unforeseen crisis event that resulted in an emergency situation, or a grant assists in becoming self sufficient. These may include payment for such items as purchase of uniforms, work shoes and tools, heat or essential utilities, and temporary transportation or child care costs.
  • The grant will solve a problem that is not expected to occur again in the near future.
  • If the emergency has resulted from the applicant’s (household’s) deteriorated economic situation, the grant will be approved only if financial plans have been developed with the assistance of the referring organization, or if the referring organization can verify that other corrective action has been taken.
  • Grant amounts range from $100 to $500. The maximum grant may vary depending on the availability of funds.

The Good Samaritan Fund is the last resort. Eligibility for assistance from other funds and the applicant’s (household’s) own resources are considered.

Ineligible Requests

The Good Samaritan Fund does not fund attorney fees, travel costs and other expenses related to any legal issues. Funding is not available to assist with vehicle purchases, repairs, insurance or license issues or annual vehicle tabs.

Requests are not approved for payment of bail, traffic tickets and fines or other expenses related to illegal activities.

How to Use the Good Samaritan Fund – Application & Contacts

All applications must be completed and submitted online. Click here for Willmar Good Samaritan Fund Application

Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis. Completed applications must be submitted online by 5 pm each Tuesday for consideration that week. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered the following week.

Applications that do not clearly identify a crisis or emergency need will not be accepted. WACF will deny applications that are not fully completed or do not supply additional information within 5 work days.

Funding decisions will be made within one week of deadline.

Payments of approved grants from the Good Samaritan Fund are made by the referring agency by the vendors (landlord, utility company, child care provider, etc.). Cash grants are not made to clients.

Referring agencies may contact the Foundation at scarlson@communitygiving.org who can assist in re-directing any questions regarding the appropriateness of a request.


Clients should not be referred directly to the Good Samaritan Fund. The Good Samaritan Fund relies on agency staff to gather necessary background information and ensure that Fund criteria have been met. Direct referrals may complicate matters for clients because they will be referred back to a social worker in a human service agency.