Community Giving

Brainerd Lakes Area Grant

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2017
Deadline: Midnight January 15th- Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

Brief Description

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

What we fund:

  • Small grants: General operations and project/program support
  • “Difference Maker” Grant: Capital and other strategic investments that support community-wide, lasting, and positive changes

Eligible organizations: 501(c) 3 nonprofit Organizations, schools or government entities.

Geographic Area: Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties in Minnesota

Funding Amount Range:

Small grant: $5,000 to $15,000
"Difference Maker" grant: $15,000 to $30,000

Focus Areas:

  • Work Force Development - projects that help Develop, Attract, and Retain a quality workforce for the Brainerd Lakes Area, now and in the future.
    • Develop – projects that help build foundational, technical and soft skills that prepare young people for our future workforce. Projects that help students with challenges to become productive members of our community are preferred.
    • Attract – projects that support efforts to draw people to the Brainerd Lakes Area to join our community and workforce.
    • Retain – projects that welcome newcomers to our community. Projects that create social connections, create an open/welcoming community, and address aesthetics and improve the quality of life through art and active recreational opportunities.
  • Education - Grants will be made to support education; especially K-12 and after-school programs.
  • Human Services - Grants will be made to support and strengthen families, children and youth.
  • Arts and Culture - Grants will be made to support activities that generate an appreciation of diverse cultures and that enhance and improve cultural opportunities.
  • Civic - Grants will be made to support activities that build, promote and preserve communities.

Favorable Considerations:

  • Are likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life or a substantial number of people.
  • Propose practical approaches to resolve current community problems.
  • Address diversity and positive change in a constructive manner.
  • Help nonprofit organizations manage themselves and their finances more effectively.
  • Focus on prevention.
  • Encourage cooperation and eliminate duplication of services.
  • Stimulate others to participate In problem-solving.
  • Promote leverage for generating additional fund.
  • Sustainability

What We Don't Fund:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Political organizations or political campaigns.
  • Annual fundraising drives
  • Endowments
  • Debt retirement or deficit financing
  • Projects or portions of projects that have already been completed
  • Scholarships or medical research
  • Grants for travel or conferences

Process:

  1. Submit application online using the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.
  2. The Grant Advisory Committee will recommend applications for funding to the Board of Directors.
  3. The Board of Directors will make final funding decisions.

Organizations may only submit one grant application per year.

All notification about this grant will be through emails.

Payout of Grants: upon recipient of electronically signed Grant Agreement.


Grantee Required Documents: Grant Agreement, Progress Report, Final Report. Required follow up documents will be submitted through the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Karl Samp at 218-824-5633 or ksamp@communitygiving.org to see about programmatic fit with current BLACF priorities.

For question about the online Grant Management System please call Jeanne at (320) 257-9715.


Click here to begin the application Process