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Alexandria "Difference Maker" Grants

Online Application Open: April 30th, 2020
Deadline: June 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) "Difference Maker" grant round seeks to support community initiatives through a variety of grants. Programs funded will bring about positive change in the Alexandria area community. AACF Is looking to provide leadership, financial support and build a partnership that goes beyond the grant in order to advance the project or initiatives.

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Alexandria Area Response Fund Grants

Online Application Open: March 31st, 2020
Deadline: No deadline; ongoing. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis starting the week of April 13, 2020

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 Alexandria Area Community Foundation has established Response Funds and invites you 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.

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Bernick's Beverages and Vending Fund Grants

Online Application Open: July 1st, 2019
Deadline: August 31 at 11:59pm - Decision: See "Application Process" Section

The Bernick family started the Bernick Family Foundation to honor the legacy of its company founders by continuing the tradition of supporting organizations consistent with the family's core values, while providing leadership in responding to emerging community needs.

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Brainerd Lakes Area Grant

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2019
Deadline: January 15, 2020 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) supports specific community initiatives through a variety of grants. BLACF seeks to make smaller grants for general operations and programs to address changing community needs. BLACF also seeks to make significant grants that will be the "Difference Maker” in bringing about community-wide, lasting, and positive changes in the Brainerd Lakes area. BLACF is looking to provide leadership and financial support that goes beyond the grant in order to advance the project or initiative that needs a large dollar amount to get started or completed.

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Brainerd Lakes Area Response Fund Grants

Online Application Open: March 30th, 2020
Deadline: No deadline; ongoing. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis starting April 2, 2020

We understand and share the concerns of our communities, our donors, volunteers, staff and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. Though the challenges ahead are unknown, we remain optimistic that our communities will pull through and emerge stronger than before. All of the CommunityGiving foundations have established Response Funds and we invite you to apply to ours. 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. You should hear back from us within three weeks of submitting your proposal. If you have questions, contact Karl Samp at ksamp@communitygiving.org.

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Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund Grants

Online Application Open: October 28th, 2019
Deadline: December 16, 2019 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

In 2009 Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund was established as a fund of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation. Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund supports innovative solutions to the challenges facing women and girls that improve our community and positively impact the future. We want organizations that serve women and girls. What is the promise we are making? We want to recognize women who have provided a significant, positive impact to the community. We fundraise as a grant conduit to other organizations. We provide education programs related to the challenges facing women and girls in our community. We pride ourselves as serving as a conversation convener to raise awareness of challenges facing women and girls.

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Central Minnesota "Difference Maker" Grants

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

**At this time, we are suspending the 2020 Central Minnesota “Difference Maker” Grant Round as we focus our attention on the immediate needs of our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to apply for funding through the Central Minnesota Response Fund, return to the grant list for application information and details.** The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) seeks to make significant grants that will be the “Difference Maker” in bringing about a lasting, positive change Central Minnesota. CMCF is looking to build partnerships during the grant period and hopes that this partnership will advance the project or initiatives.

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Central Minnesota Arts Grant

Online Application Open: March 1st, 2020
Deadline: May 1 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The purpose of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Arts Fund is to support small to medium sizes arts organizations in Central Minnesota and arts activities conducted by other organizations. The goal is to make the arts more accessible to area residents.

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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

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.

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Central Minnesota Special Needs Grant

Online Application Open: September 3rd, 2019
Deadline: October 28, 2019 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) seeks to make grants that will serve those with complex intellectual and physical disabilities. CMCF is looking to build partnerships with those who are able to provide individuals with services or equipment that directly impacts clients.

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Central Minnesota Women's Fund

Online Application Open: August 1st, 2019
Deadline: September 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

In 2002 the Women’s Fund was established as a component fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to benefit women and/or girls within a 30 mile radius of St. Cloud. The Women's Fund seeks to leverage the efforts and dollars from local nonprofits to provide resources that will make a difference to single individuals or systems.

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Eckblad Williams Community Fund Grant - Fall

Online Application Open: September 1st, 2020
Deadline: October 15

The Eckblad Williams Community Fund (EWCF) accepts funding applications for projects that enrich options for students in ISD 742 orchestra programs, without supplanting existing funds. Projects that provide learning opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them are strongly encouraged. The following projects may be considered for grant proposals but we encourage teachers and groups to consider other ideas.

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Eckblad Williams Community Fund Grant - Spring

Online Application Open: February 14th, 2020
Deadline: April 15, 2020

The Eckblad Williams Community Fund (EWCF) accepts funding applications for projects that enrich options for students in ISD 742 orchestra programs, without supplanting existing funds. Projects that provide learning opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them are strongly encouraged. The following projects may be considered for grant proposals but we encourage teachers and groups to consider other ideas.

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Julianne Williams Fund Grants

Online Application Open: August 1st, 2019
Deadline: September 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Julianne Williams Fund is a component fund of the Women’s Fund to benefit girls and young women in the St. Cloud metro within a 30 mile radius of St. Cloud. The purpose of the Julianne Williams Fund is to promote building of self-esteem, safety, confidence and overall empowerment of girls and young women through the use of physical activities, especially outdoor activities and is committed to supporting youth activities that enhance mutual respect between girls and boys.

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Paynesville Area Community Foundation Grant

Online Application Open: February 1st, 2020
Deadline: March 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Paynesville Area Community Foundation seeks to make grants that will help build our community in bringing about a lasting, positive change in the Paynesville area. PACF is looking to provide leadership and financial support that builds a community partnership in order to advance the project or initiatives.

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ROCORI Area Community Builder Grant

Online Application Open: March 1st, 2020
Deadline: April 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The ROCORI Area Community Foundation (RACF) seeks to make grants that will build our community by bringing about lasting, positive change in the ROCORI area. The RACF is looking to provide leadership and financial support that builds a community partnership in order to advance the project or initiatives.

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Rural Poverty Fund Grants

Online Application Open: April 1st, 2020
Deadline: June 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

In even years (2018, 2020, 2022…) the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation are jointly offering the Rural Poverty Fund grants for planning and implementation of projects or programs that address rural poverty. Grant funds may: Establish or supplement existing emergency and transitional activities which directly address specific and immediate needs that rural people have due to poverty or be used to assess community needs and assets, develop action plans, or provide for project implementation in rural areas. Grants must relate to a variety of identified programs or agency needs.

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Ruth McDonald Fund Grants

Online Application Open: April 30th, 2020
Deadline: June 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

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.

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WACF - New London Spicer Area Fund Grant

Online Application Open: September 1st, 2019
Deadline: November 1, 2019 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) is a citizen-driven and professionally managed ongoing resource that enables individuals to support advancements in the community. The New London-Spicer Area Fund operates as a community fund of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF).

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WACF and United Way of West Central Minnesota Community Focus Grants

Online Application Open: November 30th, -0001
Deadline: 2019 – 2020 Deadlines are November 1st, 2019 and May 1st, 2020

As part of their grant funding portfolios, United Way of West Central Minnesota and the Willmar Area Community Foundation have set aside funding for use during the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in their service area.

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WACF General Grants

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2019
Deadline: January 15, 2020 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) supports specific community initiatives through a variety of grants. WACF seeks to make smaller grants for general operations and programs to address changing community needs. WACF also seeks to make significant grants that will be the "Difference Maker” in bringing about community-wide, lasting, and positive changes in the Willmar area. WACF is looking to provide leadership and financial support that goes beyond the grant in order to advance the project or initiative that needs a large dollar amount to get started or completed.

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