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Funding Available for Women and Girls Programming

August 22, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced two grant rounds are now accepting grant applications to benefit women and young girls in the community. The first grant opportunity is from the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund provides funding to projects and programs that focus on the following three areas: girls ages 10-18, women in transition and elder women.

Women’s Fund of Central Minnesota Community Foundation Raises $340,000 to Benefit Women and Girls through "Dancing with Our Stars 2019"

August 06, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation raised a total of $340,000 at their annual event, Dancing with Our Stars, which was held on Monday, June 17 on the campus of the College of St. Benedict.

Debra Leigh to Serve as CMCF Board of Directors Chair

July 31, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn.— The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced the election of Debra Leigh to serve as the new chairperson of the board of directors. Leigh is a professor at St. Cloud State University. She is also co-founder and lead organizer of the Community Anti-Racism Education (CARE) Initiative of St. Cloud State University. Other community members elected to serve as officers are Janet Grones, Vice Chair; Jim Schlenner, Treasurer and Dan Steil, Secretary.

Bernick Family Foundation Seeks to Grant $150,000 to Programming for Youth & Education and Health & Fitness

July 10, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Bernick Family Foundation is now accepting applications for their annual grant round. The Bernick Family Foundation supports two key focus areas through their grant round; youth and education which includes activities to help prepare students for future success in education and the workplace, and health and fitness which includes activities that encourage active lifestyles and well-being. Grant application deadline is August 31, 2019.

$140,000 Awarded to Local Programs from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation

July 08, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today that $140,000 has been awarded to local programs through their two most recent grant rounds. The Central Minnesota Arts awarded $30,000 to five organizations. The Central Minnesota "Difference Maker" grant round, with the support of the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation Fund, awarded $110,000 to six organizations.

Nearly $200,000 Raised for Local Organizations Benefiting Women and Girls

June 18, 2019

ST. CLOUD, MN – The fourth annual Women’s Fund Presents: Dancing With Our Stars LIVE event was held yesterday, Monday, June 17, 2019 at the College of St. Benedict. The event raised $196,230 for local organizations that benefit women and girls in our community. Over 600 people were in attendance to cheer on their favorite dancers and charities. This year’s event once again featured a dance competition between six local celebrities who had been paired with a professional partner for a chance to win up to a $15,000 grant for the non-profit program of their choice.

Bernie Perryman selected as 2019 ATHENA Award Recipient

June 07, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. –The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has selected Bernie Perryman as the 2019 ATHENA Award recipient. Bernie was chosen for the award because of her leadership and dedication to strengthening our community. The mission of the ATHENA Award is to recognize and honor Central Minnesota women who have achieved excellence in their careers and who inspire others. Criteria for selection include: demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession; provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the lives of others in Central Minnesota; and actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Local Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

June 04, 2019

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) is now accepting grant applications for two grant rounds. The "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. The Ruth McDonald Fund grant round supports health and wellness in the Alexandria area - especially for the health needs of people in poverty. Both grant application deadlines are June 30th.

Dutch and Irma Cragun to Receive BLACF 2019 Award in Philanthropy

May 24, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation’s (BLACF) Board of Directors announced this year's Award in Philanthropy recipients are Dutch and Irma Cragun. The Craguns have displayed a passion for helping others and bettering our community. They have been involved in numerous community fundraisers and assisted with the growth and development of the Brainerd Lakes Area and our tourism industry.

State of The Lakes Area Event Scheduled For Seasonal Residents

May 24, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) is sponsoring The State of The Lakes Area on June 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Grand View Lodge’s new North Boutique Hotel in Nisswa, MN. This event is for seasonal residents to hear from several key organizations first-hand about what’s happening in the Brainerd Lakes Area.