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Grants to Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Nonprofits, Public
Schools, and Agencies to Benefit Youth and the Elderly

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Kandiyohi County, Minnesota nonprofits, schools, and government entities for programs that benefit youth and the elderly and encourage community diversity. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff before applying. Funding is available for both general operations and project/program support.

Difference Maker grants range from $25,000 to $50,000 and are offered by invitation only. These will involve capital and other strategic investments that support community-wide, lasting, and positive changes. These grants have a wider focus on a larger segment of the community, and will create new partnerships or be a catalytic action for change.

Focus areas include:

Addressing the Achievement Gap for Youth
- Projects that address access to quality early childhood programming and address barriers to access.
- Projects that improve access to enrichment activities for low income and underserved children.
- Projects that provide ‘on ramps’ for skills, training, and experiences beyond a four-year college prep focus including apprenticeships, skills training, innovative programming, etc.
- Projects are preferred that help build foundational, technical and soft skills that prepare young people for our future workforce and help students with challenges to become productive members of our community.

Increasing Community Connections and Welcoming Diverse Populations
- Projects that welcome newcomers to our community, that create social connections, create an open/welcoming community, address aesthetics and improve the quality of life through art and active recreational opportunities.
- Leadership development projects for emerging leaders of varied ages and backgrounds.
- Newcomer Programs that are community led and culturally relevant or that connect New Americans to education and civic systems.

Supporting Productive Aging
- Projects that provide basic needs for low- income seniors or enrich the quality of life for seniors across the spectrum.
- Activities that deploy multigenerational approaches to connect seniors and youth or projects that meaningfully engage seniors as a volunteer force to address an unmet community need.

Favorable considerations:
- Are likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life for 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.
- Encourage cooperation and eliminate duplication of services.
- Stimulate others to participate in problem-solving.
- Promote leverage for generating additional funds.
- Sustainability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169452

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: $5,000 to $20,000
Difference Maker Grants: $25,000 to $50,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Not eligible:
- Individuals
- Religious organizations for religious purposes (see Guidance for Faith Based Organizations in Supporting Documents below)
- 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

Organizations may only submit one grant application per year.

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Open: November 15th, 2017
Deadline: Midnight January 15

Decisions will be made within 100 days of the deadline.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Sara Carlson to see about programmatic fit with current WACF priorities.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:;

Sara Carlson
(877) 253-4380

For questions about the online Grant Management System:
Jeanne Blonigen
(320) 257-9715

Community Giving
101 7th Avenue S. #100
St Cloud MN, 56301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Kandiyohi County