Community Giving

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 positive change in racial equity for Central Minnesota. CMCF seeks to build/strengthen partnerships with the grantees that support the success of the funded 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, Stearns and/or Sherburne Counties.

Funding Amount Range:

  • $5,000-$30,000


  • Programs that address racial disparity in the areas of education or job readiness
    • Support K-12, after-school or summer programs
    • Adult education programming that increase job readiness and job advancement skills or entrepreneurialism
  • Programs that build and promote Social Capital among our diverse population
    • Opportunities for people to become engaged in community, create social connections and a welcoming community
    • Preference for collaborative efforts toward systemic change
    • Support activities that generate opportunities to become connected to the broader community


  • Build social capital across generations, cultures, and other diverse segments of the community (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Policy)
  • 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
  • Has the potential to inspire additional investments in the community
  • Provides access and equity through programming in the community


  • 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.