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Paynesville Area Response Fund Grants

Online Application Open: April 6th, 2020
Deadline: No deadline; Ongoing. Applications will be reviewed responsively as dollars are available.

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 Paynesville Area Community Foundation has established the Paynesville Area Response Fund and invites 501c3 organizations to apply. 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 Paynesville Area 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 the Paynesville Area School district area

Funding Amount Range: $500-$3,000

Focus Areas

  • Operating support for organizations with deep roots in community and have strong experiences with those impacted by crisis or who have an operational deficit due to COVID-19.
  • Grant considerations for community-wide impact as follows:
    • Heightened awareness of equity and supporting vulnerable populations
    • Economic impact of reduced and lost work
    • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations related to closures
    • Increased demand for medical information and support
    • Fear and confusion among the most vulnerable resident
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