Willmar Area Community Foundation

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The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) 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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WACF - New London Spicer Area Fund Grant

Deadline: Our grant approach for 2020-2021 will pivot to focus on the pandemic and community recovery. Check back for more details on any potential application opportunities in 2021.

The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) is a citizen-driven and professionally managed ongoing resource that enables individuals to support advancements in the community. The New London-Spicer Area Fund operates as a community fund of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF).

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WACF and United Way of West Central Minnesota Community Focus Grants

Deadline: 2019 – 2020 Deadlines are November 1st, 2019 and May 1st, 2020

As part of their grant funding portfolios, United Way of West Central Minnesota and the Willmar Area Community Foundation have set aside funding for use during the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in their service area.

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WACF General Grants

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2020
Deadline: January 15, 2021 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

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

Online Application Open: October 9th, 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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