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Community Impact Grants

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools in Nicollet
and Blue Earth Counties to Improve Lives and Strengthen the Region

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Mankato Area Foundation (MAF)

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools serving Nicollet and Blue Earth counties for programs and projects that improve lives, strengthen the region, and promote change or growth. Funding may also be considered for operating grants to build capacity or for organizational transitions.

As a community foundation, the Mankato Area Foundation is always looking for effective program and project ideas that can improve the livability within the Greater Mankato region. Grants support a wide range of projects and organizations. 

Donor Advised Grants:

In addition to the Community Impact Grants program, many of the grants to area nonprofit organizations are made through Donor Advised Funds that are established by individuals, families, or organizations who wish to give back to the causes they care about. Though the Foundation may make donors aware of worthy grant applications that could not be funded by the overall fund, Donor Advised Funds do not accept applications directly.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180279

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school, or government agency located in or serving Blue Earth and Nicollet counties.

Grants do not support:

- Any project, activity, or event that will be completed before the grant is awarded (two calendar months after the deadline).
- Fraternal, veterans or labor groups for activities that serve only their membership.
- More than one grant per year to any given organization.
- Organizations serving populations primarily outside the Blue Earth or Nicollet counties.
- Organizations that practice any form of discrimination.
- Political activities or organizations.
- Religious organizations for sectarian purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Inquiry are due every four months: January 6, May 6, September 6

Step 1: Review the Funding Guidelines - Once you have reviewed the funding guidelines, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Director of Community Grants and Scholarships.

Step 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry - The Foundation asks that you submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through the online software outlining your project or program.

Step 3: If requested, submit a full application - Once the granting committee reviews all LOI's, you may be invited to submit a full grant application electronically.

For Donor Advised funds, there are no unsolicited applications.

Every applicant is encouraged to contact our Director of Community Grants and Scholarships to discuss your project or program and answer any questions that you have.

Contact Information:

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

Submit a letter of inquiry:

Sarah Beiswanger
Phone: 507-344-7267

Mankato Area Foundation
127 S. 2nd Street, Suite 100
Mankato, MN 56001

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