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Brainerd Lakes Area Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for
Workforce Development in the Brainerd Lakes Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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CommunityGiving - Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/15/20 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 to Minnesota nonprofits, schools, and agencies in Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties to create and maintain a quality workforce. 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).

BLACF 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. The current focus area is Workforce Development, projects that help develop, attract, and retain a quality workforce for the Brainerd Lakes Area, now and in the future:

  • Develop: Projects that help build foundational, technical, and soft skills that prepare young people for future workforces. Projects that help students with challenges to become productive members of the community are preferred.
  • Attract: Projects that support efforts to draw people to the Brainerd Lakes Area to join the community and workforce.
  • Retain: Projects that welcome newcomers to the community. Projects that create social connections, create an open/welcoming community, and address aesthetics and improve the quality of life through art and active recreational opportunities.

Favorable Considerations:

  • Are likely to make a clear difference In the quality of life or 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
  • Focus on prevention
  • Encourage cooperation and eliminate duplication of services
  • Stimulate others to participate in problem-solving
  • Promote leverage for generating additional funds
  • Sustainability: Has a plan for future funding

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165264

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small grant: $5,000 - $15,000
"Difference Maker" grant: $15,000 - $30,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Geographic Area: Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties in Minnesota.

Not funded:
- 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
- Full cost of a project

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 15, 2020 at 11:59pm. Decisions are made within 100 days of the deadline.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Karl Samp to see about programmatic fit with current BLACF priorities. If interested in applying for a Difference Maker Grant, contact Karl Samp.

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:

Karl Samp

Community Giving
101 7th Avenue South #100
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

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

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USA: Minnesota: Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties

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