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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

Brief Description

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) seeks to make significant grants that will be the “Difference Maker” in bringing about a lasting, positive change Central Minnesota. CMCF is looking to build partnerships during the grant period and hopes that this partnership will advance the project or initiatives.


Support Strategies:

  • Program support and development
  • Program implementation

Eligible Organizations:

  • 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations
  • Schools
  • Government entities

Geographic Area: Grant must serve the residents of

  • Benton County
  • Stearns County
  • Sherburne County

Funding Amount Range:

  • $5,000-$30,000


  • Education
    • Support K-12 and after-school programs that promote self-esteem and career readiness.
  • Economy
    • Adult education programming that increase job readiness and job advancement skills or entrepreneurialism
    • Offer programming to increase job skills
  • Community Engagement
    • Support programs that build and promote Social Capital in our community
    • Opportunities for people to become engaged in community
    • Support activities that generate opportunities to become connected to the broader community


  • Build or support collaborative efforts and involve other community partners such as other nonprofits, government entities, and/or citizen groups
  • Creates innovative solutions to community challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities
  • Make a sustainable visible and positive impact In the community
  • Build social capital across generations, cultures, and other diverse segments of the community
  • Has the potential to inspire additional investments in the community
  • Projects/Programs that support diversity, inclusion and equity. (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Policy)


  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes (Funding for Faith-Based Organizations Policy)
  • Multi-year requests
  • Political organizations or political campaigns
  • Annual fundraising drives
  • Endowments
  • Debt retirement or deficit financing
  • Projects that have already been completed
  • Scholarships or medical research
  • Grants for travel or conferences
  • Government funding that has been reduced or eliminated


  • Organizations may only submit one grant application per year.
  • Submit application online using the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.
  • The Grant Advisory Committee will recommend applications for funding to the Board of Directors.
  • The Board of Directors will make final funding decisions.
  • All notifications about this grant will be through emails.

Payout of Grants: Upon receipt of electronically signed Grant Agreement.

Grantee Required Documents:

  • Grant Agreement
  • Progress Report (6-month)
  • Final Report (12-month)
  • Full financial accounting of grant dollars

Required follow up documents will be submitted through the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.