Community Giving

Ruth McDonald Fund Grants

Online Application Open: May 1st, 2023
Deadline: June 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

Brief Description

The Alexandria Area Community Foundation seeks to make grants that will support health and wellness in the Alexandria area - especially for the health needs of people in poverty.

What We Fund:

Support Strategies:

  • Operations
  • New or expanded programs/projects

Eligible organizations:

  • 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations
  • Schools
  • Government entities

Geographic Area: Grants must serve the residents within Douglas County

Funding Range: $2,500-$5,000

Focus Areas:


  • Provide health education to the public to prevent disease
  • Support food nutrition or nutrition education
  • Help people living in isolation to build social connections

Favorable Considerations:

  • Create innovative solutions to community challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities
  • Build or support collaborative efforts and involve other community partners such as other nonprofits, government entitles, businesses, and/or citizen groups
  • Make a sustainable positive impact in the community
  • Build social capital (I.e. connectedness) across generations, cultures, and other diverse segments of the community
  • Are highly visible and have the potential to inspire additional investment in the community
  • Projects/Programs that support diversity, equity and inclusion. (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy)

What is NOT Funded:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes (Funding for Faith-Based Organizations Policy)
  • 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


  • Submit application online using the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.
  • The Grant Advisory Committee will recommend applications for funding to the Board of Directors responsible for this fund.
  • The Board of Directors will make final funding decisions.

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

Grantee Required Documents: Submitted through the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.

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

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

Click Here to Begin the Application Process