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, 2021
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

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

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 Community Impact Grant Round

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2021
Deadline: January 15, 2022 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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WACF Opportunity Gap Grant

Online Application Open: June 1st, 2022
Deadline: July 15, 2022 at 11:59PM - Decision made within 90 days of deadline

The Opportunity Gap refers to vast and growing differences in opportunities available to poor and well-off children and families nationwide. These include quality early childhood education, to Advanced Placement courses in high school, to sport and enrichment activities that provide mentoring, teambuilding and other life-long skills they need to be good citizens and good employees. The WACF seeks to make a variety of smaller grants to support the five building blocks to help our children succeed. The focus areas include projects that address career on-ramps for success, engagement in the K-12 years, high quality early childhood education, safe and caring communities, and/or stable families and parenting.

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