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Central Minnesota Response Fund Grants

Online Application Open: March 30th, 2020
Deadline: No deadline; ongoing. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis starting April 7, 2020

Brief Description

We understand and share the concerns of our communities, our donors, volunteers, staff and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. And though the challenges ahead are unknown, we remain optimistic that our communities will pull through and emerge stronger than before. The Central Minnesota Community Foundation has established the Central Minnesota Response Fund and invites organizations to apply for funding.The purpose of this fund is to support the local community in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. This application will also serve as a tool for us and our funding partners to connect resources and people. The Central Minnesota Response Fund seeks to support unmet immediate needs of entities providing services to those affected locally by COVID-19 OR to entities who have experienced, due to COVID-19, a decrease of revenue which has led to an operational shortage.

What We Fund

Eligible Organizations:

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

Geographic Area: Grant must serve residents of

  • Benton County;
  • Stearns County;
  • And/or Sherburne County

Funding Amount Range: $500-$5,000

Focus Areas

  • Support for organizations with deep roots in community and have strong experiences with those impacted by crisis and providing direct services and support unmet needs.
  • Grant considerations for community-wide impact as follows:
    • Heightened awareness of equity and supporting vulnerable populations
    • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations related to closures (Examples might include but not limited to food, shelter, technology, etc.)
    • Increased demand for medical information and support (safety education, etc.)
Please contact the Executive Director for additional inquiry as needed.

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
  • Payment for expenses already incurred
  • Scholarships or medical research
  • Grants for travel or conferences


  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.

All notification about this grant will be through emails.

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

Grantee Required Documents: Grant Agreement. Required documents will be submitted through the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.

For question about this grant or the online Grant Management System please call (320) 257-9715.

Click Here to Begin the Application Process