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and Schools for Community Impact Programs

Alexandria “Difference Maker” Grants

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CommunityGiving - Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF)

Deadline Date:

06/30/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, agencies, and schools for programs to benefit the local community in eligible locations. Funding may be requested for capital projects, strategic investments, and new or expanded programs and projects. Grants must serve the residents within Douglas County.

Programs funded will bring about 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.

Focus Areas:

  • Education- Grants will be made to support education; especially K-12 and after-school programs.
  • Social Services- Grants will be made to assist basic needs and support & strengthen families, children and youth.
  • Health- Grants will be made that support health education, physical and mental health and activities that reduce abuse or violence.
  • Arts and Culture- Grants will be made to support activities that generate an appreciation of diverse cultures and that enhance and Improve cultural opportunities.
  • Civic- Grants will be made to support activities that build, promote and preserve communities.

Favorable Considerations:

  • Create innovative solutions to community challenges and Capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • Build or support collaborative efforts and Involve other community partners such as other nonprofits, government entitles, businesses, and/or citizen groups
  • Make a sustainable positive Impact In the community
  • Build social capital (I.e. connectedness) across generations, cultures, and other diverse segments d the community
  • Are highly impactful and highly visible and that have the potential to inspire additional Investments In the community.
  • Projects/Programs that support diversity, inclusion and equity. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181247

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Amount Range: $5,000 - $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Not Funded:
- 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 that have already been completed
- Scholarships or medical research
- Grants for travel or Conferences
- Government funding that has been reduced or eliminated

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Open: May 1st, 2022
Deadline: June 30 at 11:59pm - Decisions Made Within 90 Days of Deadline

Application Process:
1. Submit application online using the CommunityGiving Grant Management System (CG-GMS).
2. The Grant Advisory Committee will recommend applications for funding to the Board of Directors.
3. The Board of Directors will make final funding decisions.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions about this grant or the online Grant Management System please call (320) 257-9715.

Alexandria Area Community Foundation
Mailing Address: 1210 Broadway Street South, Suite 240
PMB 364
Alexandria, MN 56308
Local - (320) 253-4380
Toll Free - (877) 253-4380

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Douglas County

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