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2018 Minnesota State Opportunity Grant

Online Application Open: December 1st, 2017
Deadline: 11:59 PM on January 31st, 2018 - Decision: See "Process" Section

The Minnesota State Opportunity Grant, administered through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, aims to enhance long-term economic self-sufficiency by improving education, housing and economic outcomes for central Minnesota communities of color.

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Alexandria "Difference Maker" Grants

Online Application Open: May 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight June 30th - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) seeks to make significant grants that will be the 'Difference Maker” in bringing about a lasting, 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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Bernick's Beverages and Vending Fund Grants

Online Application Open: July 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight September 1st - 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, 2017
Deadline: Midnight January 15th- 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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Central Minnesota "Difference Maker" Grants

Online Application Open: May 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight June 30th - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

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: May 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight June 30th - 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 Women's Fund

Online Application Open: August 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight September 30 - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

During 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 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, 2018
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: March 1st, 2019
Deadline: April 15, 2019

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, 2018
Deadline: Midnight September 30 - 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, 2018
Deadline: Midnight April 1 - 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, 2018
Deadline: Midnight May 1 - 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, 2018
Deadline: Midnight June 30th - 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: May 1st, 2018
Deadline: Midnight June 30 - 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, 2018
Deadline: Midnight November 1st - 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: September 1st, 2017

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 Arts Grants

Online Application Open: June 15th, 2018
Deadline: Midnight August 15 - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

The purpose of the Fund for the Arts program is to support small and medium-sized arts organizations in the Willmar area. The fund also supports arts activities conducted by community organizations. The Fund for the Arts is an important resource for both new and existing arts organizations. It allows depth and diversity of the arts in Willmar and makes the arts more accessible to area residents. A Grants Committee assists in administering the Fund for the Arts program and advises the Foundation on the disbursement of fund from the Fund for the Arts.

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WACF General Grants

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2017
Deadline: Midnight January 15 - 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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