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Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF) Grant

Grants to the Greater Itasca Area, Minnesota Nonprofits for
Projects that Benefit the Local Community

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Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF)

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Grants to the Greater Itasca area, Minnesota nonprofits, government agencies, public schools, and fire and rescue departments for projects that benefit the local community. Eligible organizations are those that serve the counties of Northome, Blackduck, Remer, Keewatin, Nashwauk, and Itasca and all of Hill City.

The Foundation has over 250 funds in the following focus areas:

-Arts and Humanities
This fund area is designed for those who make their connections through the arts. Through grants, scholarships, and endowments, these funds foster diverse forms of supporting arts and humanities through educational opportunities, performances and programs that enhance individuals, families, and the community.

This fund area is for people and organizations dedicated to ensuring the quality of lakes, rivers, and forests.

-Peace and Safety
Organizations and donors in this fund area provide support and resources to programs that enable citizens to connect to each other and their world in a safe and peaceful manner.

Individuals, organizations, and families connect to their community and each other through projects and other service-related initiatives of volunteers, agencies, and businesses.

-Sports, Recreation, and Animals
From grooming snowmobile trails to encouraging students to enter the field of veterinary care, these funds enable families to enjoy being and playing together.

Donors and agencies in this fund area center their attention on directly connecting to families and the community. From workforce development and youth to parent education, these funds provide tangible ways community members can actively impact each other.

-Reducing Barriers
These funds are intended to help reduce barriers for individuals and families in crisis situations who live in the Greater Itasca Area

-Health and Well-being
This fund area is intended to reach organizations and people who connect through quality health care. The funds, grants, and scholarships offered here provide concrete programs, education, and resources which address the unique needs of wellness and well-being in the rural setting of the Greater Itasca Area.

-Excellence in Education
Through scholarships, grants, programs, and endowments, these types of funds provide a significant resource to make a meaningful and lasting educational impact on the lives of individuals and the entire community.

-Creating Opportunity
This fund area is designed to support individuals and families in the community with bright goals and dreams. These funds provide grants and scholarships to deserving students and organizations who may have limited opportunities for other support to help them achieve their potential.

-Workforce Support and Development
This fund area focuses on the importance of the local economy and workforce. Providing grants and scholarships that strengthen the current and future workforce is important to maintain a vibrant community that supports jobs and careers for individuals and families right here at home.

-Commitment to a Philanthropic Lifestyle
This fund area is designed for individuals and families who connect to their world through a significant lifestyle of giving back to the community. By establishing a Donor Advised Fund, individuals and families advise the Community Foundation about the unique ways they choose to directly connect to their community.

​-Corporate Giving
A Corporate Giving Fund with the Community Foundation makes giving back to the community easy and can prevent distractions to the important work of running a business. Donors define the giving parameters they want to achieve, nonprofit organizations apply through the online application process, and the Community Foundation works with the donor on their schedule to connect the best fit for a business’ charitable giving.

The Foundation supports projects that:
-Significantly benefit the community for the resources invested
-Are creative, innovative, and address community needs
-Eliminate duplication of services and encourage cooperation
-Increase volunteer involvement and commitment to community needs
-Leverage other resources

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146658

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Organizations must be qualified as tax exempt public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code or be classified as a unit of local government (including public schools). Fire and rescue departments are also included.
-Faith-based organizations and other charitable or community-based groups may apply to support social outreach and charitable service programs to benefit the community at large.
-Organizations that serve the Greater Itasca Area (Itasca County and all of Hill City, Nashwauk, Keewatin, Remer, Blackduck and Northome) are eligible to apply.
-Organizations and groups must offer programs and services without discrimination based on age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

-Political organizations or groups for purposes or lobbying, lobbying activity or any attempts to influence legislation (non-partisan canvassing, public issue, forums and other education projects may be considered.)
-Activities that are restricted to members of a particular faith community or promote a specific religious doctrine
-Loans, mortgages, or reimbursements (The Annual Grant Cycle does not support reimbursement of prior costs incurred. Your request may only include costs that will occur in the future, after the submission deadline of the application.)
-Individuals, travel, or grants that provide private economic benefit to employees or board members of the organization or group
-Fundraising events or activities

Pre-Application Information:

Applications accepted July 15 - September 15

The 2018 annual grant cycle 2018 will be completely online,through the Foundation's website, and will function similar to crowdfunding.

Grants process:

- From July 15 - September 15, charitable groups and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Itasca area can submit their grant applications.
- At the end of September, after review and approval by Foundation staff, the requests will all go live online and prospective donors will have the opportunity to view all programs and choose what they want to support.
- Donations will be made online by anyone who wants to support a listed project or program.

Current Funds:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:;

Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs

350 NW 1st Ave, Suite E
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Itasca County and all of Hill City, Nashwauk, Keewatin, Remer, Blackduck, and Northome