Community Giving

Brainerd Lakes Area Grants

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2022
Deadline: December 22, 2022 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

Brief Description

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 bring 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.

Please note that the process for 2023 has been adapted and the following highlights the 2023 grant round revisions. Please call or email BLACF with questions.

  • Letter of Inquiries Accepted: 11/15/22 through 12/22/2022 - Send summary of project and grant request amount in a letter of inquiry(LOI) to blacf@communitygiving.org
  • BLACF Grants Committee selects LOIs to complete full online application by 1/1/2023
  • Selected LOIs complete online application: 1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023
  • BLACF Grant Committee hears applicant proposal presentations: 2/13/2023
  • Applications will be notified of funding decision by 2/28/2023

What We Fund:

  • General operations and project/program support

Eligible organizations: 501(c) 3 nonprofit Organizations, schools or government entities.

Geographic Area: Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties in Minnesota

Funding Amount Range: $2,500 to $15,000 - Difference Maker Grants may be awarded up to $30,000 level and option for multi-year funding, by invitation only. Please contact email blacf@communitygiving.org prior to applying.

Focus Areas:

  • Bridging the Opportunity Gap
    • Grants for projects that support disadvantaged youth and help them participate in events, activities or related programs that build skills and career knowledge that help lead to future success
  • Community Enhancement and Economic Development
    • Community Economic Vitality and Sustainability
    • Welcoming Communities
    • Access to music, arts and especially those made available to the disadvantaged or open to all
    • Projects that aid in the solution of current community problems or challenges.

    Favorable Considerations:

    • Are likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life or a substantial number of people.
    • Propose practical approaches to resolve current community problems.
    • Address diversity and positive change in a constructive manner. (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy)
    • Matching funds - 50% or more if possible.
    • Help nonprofit organizations manage themselves and their finances more effectively.
    • Focus on prevention.
    • Encourage cooperation and eliminate duplication of services.
    • Stimulate others to participate In problem-solving.
    • Promote leverage for generating additional funds.
    • Sustainability - has a plan for future funding.

    What We Don't Fund:

    • 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 or portions of projects that have already been completed
    • Scholarships or medical research
    • Grants for travel or conferences
    • Full cost of a project

    Process:

    1. Letter of Inquiries Accepted: 11/15/22 through 12/22/2022 - Send summary of project and grant request amount in a letter of inquiry(LOI) to blacf@communitygiving.org
    2. BLACF Grants Committee selects LOIs to complete full online application by 1/1/2023
    3. Selected LOIs complete online application: 1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023
    4. BLACF Grant Committee hears applicant proposal presentations: 2/13/2023
    5. Applications will be notified of funding decision by 2/28/2023

    Organizations may only submit one grant application per year per grant round.

    All notification about this grant will be through emails.

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


    Grantee Required Documents: Grant Agreement, possibly a Progress Report and Final Report. Required follow up documents will be submitted through the CommunityGiving Grant Management System.

    Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact BLACF's Executive Director at (218) 824-5633 or blacf@communitygiving.org to see about programmatic fit with current BLACF priorities.

    For question about the online Grant Management System please call Sherri Koslofsky at (320) 257-9715 or send an email to skoslofsky@communitygiving.org.