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Two Harbors Area Fund Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for
Projects to Enhance Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation - Two Harbors Area Fund (THAF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

02/01/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for programs that address the needs of the local community. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Eligible focus areas include education, environment, civic projects, arts, and human services. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Two Harbors and the surrounding areas.

Grant awards from Unrestricted Funds are recommended by the Two Harbors Area Fund Advisory Board for initiatives that meet the changing needs of the local community in the following five areas:

  • Arts
  • Civic Projects
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Services

The Advisory Board may, from time to time, emphasize one area over another when emerging needs or opportunities require special attention.

Within the seven areas, priority will be given to projects that fall within one or more of the following:

  • Are newly developed collaborative or organizational efforts that address budget or service deficiencies resulting from funding shortages;
  • Address underlying causes of community problems or are preventive in nature;
  • Are new and require start-up funds;
  • Undertake studies on matters which impact civic issues or public policy;
  • Help organizations resolve crisis situations within our community;
  • Build the organization’s program and/or management capacity or quality;
  • Respond to well-documented community needs and/or require a moderate amount of grant money but produce significant results in the service area.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159684

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants from Unrestricted Funds generally begin at $500.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards from Unrestricted Funds cannot provide long-term or permanent support for any purpose. Therefore, organizations must have the financial potential to sustain a program after the funding by the Two Harbors Area Fund has ended. More than one year of funding may be recommended to ensure the stability of a new organization or program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for funding from Unrestricted Funds, an organization must:
- Be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or classified as an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
- Be located in or provide services to residents of the Two Harbors Area Fund primary service area. This area is defined as the Two Harbors High School District. If more information or clarification is needed on the service area applicants are encouraged to contact the Two Harbors Area Fund.

The following areas are of low priority and usually will not receive a recommendation for funding:
- Capital and equipment requests, and
- Ongoing program support

The Two Harbors Area Fund Advisory Board does not recommend grants for the following: Endowments; Religious organizations for direct religious activities; Medical research; Debt retirement; Requests from regranting organizations for funding to be used for their own grantmaking activities; Individuals (except scholarships initiated or managed by the Two Harbors Area Fund); Political organizations or campaigns; Tickets for benefits; Telephone solicitations; Fund-raising drives or activities; and organizations that have as a substantial part of their purpose the influencing of legislation.

Grant awards may not be used retroactively.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants should first submit a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent must be submitted using the online grant application portal at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline (by January 21, 2021).

Based on the outcome of the LOI, an organization may be encouraged to submit a full proposal through the online portal.

The deadline for receipt of proposals for the Two Harbors Area Fund is February 1. Complete proposals are to be submitted via the grants portal website before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, complete proposals are due before 5:00 p.m. on the next business day following the deadline date. The Board of Trustees will determine grants at its April meeting.

Once you have contacted us with information about your project/program via the online grant application, staff will contact you regarding fund-specific guidelines and the application process.

Grant Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

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Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
Phone: 218.726.0232

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USA: Minnesota: Two Harbors Area, defined as the Two Harbors High School District

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