Community Giving

Thomas Ritsche Youth Grants

Online Application Open: April 1st, 2021
Deadline: May 31 at 11:59pm - Decision Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

Brief Description

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation, through the Thomas A. Ritsche for Youth Fund, seeks to support youth-related programs and projects that support youth and reduce crime against youth and by youth.

WHAT WE FUND

  • Program or project support
  • Operational support

Eligible Organizations:

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

Geographic Area: Grant must serve the residents of Stearns, Benton and/or Sherburne Counties.

Funding Amount Range: $5,000-$10,000

FOCUS AREAS

  • Youth-related programs and projects
  • Programs that reduce crimes against youth and by youth

FAVORABLE CONSIDERATIONS

  • Priority will be placed on programs that impact crime reduction against youth and by youth
  • Make a sustainable positive impact on youth
  • Build social capital (i.e. connectedness) across generations, cultures, and other diverse segments of the community (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Policy)

    WHAT WE DON'T FUND

    • 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

    PROCESS

    • 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.

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