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New London-Spicer Area Fund Awards First Grants

January 22, 2015

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today it has awarded its first grants totaling $10,000 to benefit four organizations serving northern Kandiyohi County. The Willmar Area Community Foundation established the New London-Spicer Area Fund in 2014 with an anonymous charitable trust gift of $200,000 to be paid out over a seven-year period. The fund has since grown with gifts from local citizens who support this important community resource.

WACF Awards $81,200 to Local Programs

November 21, 2014

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation announced today the awarding of $77,155 in grants to support eight key programs focused on improving the health and vitality of the region. The Community Foundation awarded an additional $4,029 to local arts projects. One of the largest grants of $20,000 in the latest round supports the community’s visioning initiative known as Vision 2040.

The seed funds from WACF for this project will help better position the Greater Willmar Lakes Area as a better place to live, work and play. Another $20,000 grant supports the Bethesda redevelopment to help introduce a new kind of enhanced continuing care retirement community centered on active lifestyles.

WACF Supports Rice Care Center Expansion

November 11, 2014

The Willmar Area Community Foundation congratulates Rice Care Center on its grand opening. The center completed a $6 million expansion this fall. The Willmar Area Community Foundation provided $200,000 to support the project, earning the naming rights for the kitchen facilities that serve meals each day for all of the residents.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Accepts First Grant Requests

October 10, 2014

New London-Spicer Minn. – Twelve northern Kandiyohi County townships in the New London-Spicer area will soon start to benefit from a new grant-making fund. The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF), established in 2014, will begin accepting online grant applications for grants of $1,000 to $5,000 from October 15 to November 15, 2014.

“This first round of grants from NLSAF is a very exciting new opportunity,” said Nancy Johnson, Spicer resident and coordinator of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), which is helping to administer the new fund. “We have up to $10,000 to award this year. These grants are being made possible by people who have contributed their time and money to establish NLSAF as an important new resource for our community."

AACF Awards Difference Maker Grants

August 29, 2014

The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today the awarding of Difference Maker grants to further the essential work of three key organizations dedicated to enriching the local community. The largest grant of $27,500 will allow Douglas County Car Care to fix 50 cars that will be donated to eligible individuals and families in need to help them achieve economic security and self-sufficiency. Theatre L ‘Homme Dieu received $23,000 for building updates and equipment to further its ability to produce and present live theatre, fine arts and educational programming in the community. A $8,000 grant will allow the Alexandria Senior Center to renovate and update the kitchen.