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Communities Thrive Program

Grants to Halstad, Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, School
Districts, and IHEs to Enhance the Local Quality of Life

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Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) - Halstad Grant Program

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Grants averaging $15,000 to Halstad, Minnesota nonprofit organizations, agencies, school districts, and IHEs to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended for programs that benefit the community and focus on arts and culture, health, preservation of school buildings, community beautification, support for small businesses, outdoor recreation, housing, and childcare. The Halstad community is generally defined as Halstad and surrounding townships. A strong application will have cross-sector partnerships, a readiness to engage in planning and implementation, and a commitment to long-term processes.

Grants may fund new or existing programs, projects, studies, planning, collaborative work, capital projects, equipment, training, new or expanded staff, community engagement efforts, events, and other similar activities. Grants are meant to make a long-term impact in the community in the following priority areas:
- School Building Preservation and Reuse: Projects should provide services, learning opportunities, or otherwise promote the use of the historic school building
- Community Beautification: Projects should improve the look and feel or overall community experience
- Arts and Culture: Projects should showcase unique local talents, landmarks, and history
- Lifestyle and Healthy Living: Projects may focus on diet, exercise, access, education, events, facilities, etc.
- Strengthening Supports for Small Businesses: Projects may support business growth and retention, start-ups, technology, learning opportunities, etc.
- Outdoor Recreation: Projects should focus on waterways, trails, parks, wayfinding maps and signage, events, planning, and similar efforts
- Housing: Projects may focus on community planning, direct services for individuals, or similar efforts to increase the number and quality of housing
- Childcare: Projects should grow the number and quality of childcare availability.

Proposals that identify a public need and the public benefit of grant funding will be considered as prioritized by the community, versus grants to benefit only a single organization. Collaborative efforts, youth-led projects, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are also highly valued within the priorities listed above.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157390

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant award is $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from eligible 501c3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies (city, school district, county, township, higher education, et al.) serving the Halstad community through its Communities Thrive Program.

Grants cannot fund political activities, religious propagation, discriminatory practices, past operating debts, legal fees, or similar activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Funding is first come-first serve, and open until funds spent, or by June 2020 whichever comes first.

Submit proposals, as follows:
Step 1. Download and complete a brief organization and project summary.
Step 2. Download and complete a full grant application.
Step 3. Email the completed grant application to Nate Dorr.

Contact Information:

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

Online grant pre-proposal:

Nate Dorr, Senior Program Officer

Robert Maher, Program Officer - Economic Development

Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3rd St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Halstad and surrounding townships

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