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Grants to Minnesota and Wisconsin Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies in Eligible Areas for Community Benefit Projects

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Minnesota and Wisconsin nonprofits, schools, and government agencies in eligible communities for programs related to the focus areas of youth and education and health and fitness. Short applications must be submitted prior to applying. Eligible communities include the areas in and around Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Waite Park, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Dresser, Wisconsin.

Funding is available for:

  • Capital projects
  • New or expanded programs

The Bernick Family Foundation supports two key focus areas:

  • Youth and Education: Support of activities that help prepare students for future success in education and the workplace.
  • Health and Fitness: Support of activities that address active lifestyles and well-being.

Favorable Considerations:

  • Programs that are innovative or develop youth leadership skills, community involvement, teamwork, and entrepreneurship.
  • Programs/projects that promote fitness, engage in recreation and/or responsible lifestyle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166218

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 8-10 organizations will receive grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 - $40,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities.

The organization must be based in or serve one of the regions in which Bernick’s operates, including the areas in and around Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Waite Park, and Willmar in Minnesota, and Dresser, Wisconsin.

Not funded:
- Annual fund drives and one-time benefit events,
- Endowments,
- Health research or nutrition,
- Operating expenses for government agencies,
- Religious organizations for religious purposes, or
- Projects that have already been completed or regranting to organizations not specifically named in the Bernick's application.

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Open: July 1st, 2021
Deadline: August 31 at 11:59pm

This grant is a 2 phase process:
- Short application must be submitted; the committee will review all applications and then invite approximately 15-18 organizations to complete the full application.
- Full application by invitation only.

- Accepting short applications: July 1 - August 31
- Short application acceptance/denial to full application: After October 21
- Full application deadline (only those invited back): November 11
- Award announcements: Approximately January 15

Organizations may only submit one grant application per year.

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Sherri Koslofsky, Grants and Scholarships Specialist

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Areas in and around Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Waite Park, and Willmar;   Wisconsin: Dresser Area

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