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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Public Schools, and Agencies
in Eligible Areas to Benefit Youth, the Elderly, and the Community

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CommunityGiving - Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofits, schools, and government entities in eligible areas for programs that benefit youth and the elderly and encourage community diversity. Applicants requesting larger grants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support smaller grants for general operations and programs, and "difference maker" grants for capital and strategic investments (by invitation only). Applicants must be located in Kandiyohi County.

The Willmar Area Community Foundation (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. Focus areas are:

Addressing the Achievement Gap for Youth:

  • Projects that address access to quality early childhood programming and address barriers to access.
  • Projects that improve access to enrichment activities for low income and underserved children.
  • Projects that provide ‘on ramps’ for skills, training and experiences beyond a four year college prep focus including apprenticeships, skills training, innovative programming, etc.
  • Projects are preferred that help build foundational, technical and soft skills that prepare young people for our future workforce and that help students with challenges to become productive members of our community.

Increasing Community Connections and Welcoming Diverse Populations:

  • Projects that welcome newcomers to our community, that create social connections, create an open/welcoming community, address aesthetics and improve the quality of life through art and active recreational opportunities.
  • Leadership development projects for emerging leaders of varied ages and backgrounds.
  • Newcomer Programs that are community led and culturally relevant or that connect New Americans to education and civic systems.

Supporting Productive Aging:

  • Projects that provide basic needs for low-income seniors or enrich the quality of life for seniors across the spectrum.
  • Activities that deploy multigenerational approaches to connect seniors and youth or projects that meaningfully engage seniors as a volunteer force to address an unmet community need.

Favorable Considerations: 

  • Are likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life for a substantial number of people.
  • Propose practical approaches to resolve current community problems.
  • Address diversity and positive change in a constructive manner.
  • Help nonprofit organizations manage themselves and their finances more effectively.
  • Encourage cooperation and eliminate duplication of services.
  • Stimulate others to participate in problem-solving.
  • Promote leverage for generating additional funds.
  • Sustainability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169452

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: $5,000 to $20,000
"Difference Maker" Grants: $25,000 to $50,000 (By invitation only)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Geographic Area: Kandiyohi County in Minnesota

Not eligible:
- Individuals
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2020
Deadline: January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM - Decisions Made Within 100 Days of Deadline

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Sara Carlson to see about programmatic fit with current WACF priorities. If interested in applying for a Difference Maker Grant, contact Sara Carlson (see below).

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

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Sara Carlson

Community Giving
101 7th Avenue S. #100
St Cloud MN, 56301

For questions about the online Grant Management System, please call Sherri at (320) 257-9715.

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