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Central Minnesota “Difference Maker” Grants

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies to
Benefit Benton, Stearns, and Sherburne Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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CommunityGiving - Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF)

Deadline Date:

04/30/19 at 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to Central Minnesota nonprofit, schools, and government entities to promote positive and lasting change in Benton, Stearns, and Sherburne Counties. Focus areas for funding include education, economy, and community engagement. The Foundation is looking to build partnerships during the grant period and hopes that this partnership will advance the project or initiatives.

What the CMCF funds:
- Program support and development
- Program implementation

Focus areas for funding:

Education - Support K-12 and after-school programs that promote self-esteem and career readiness.

- Adult education programming that increases job readiness and job advancement skills or entrepreneurialism
- Offer programming to increase job skills

Community Engagement
- Support programs that build and promote Social Capital in our community
- Opportunities for people to become engaged in community
- Support activities that generate opportunities to become connected to the broader community

Favorable considerations:
- Build or support collaborative efforts and involve other community partners such as other nonprofits, government entities, and/or citizen groups
- Creates innovative solutions to community challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities
- Make a sustainable visible and positive impact In the community
- Build social capital across generations, cultures, and other diverse segments of the community
- Has the potential to inspire additional investments in the community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185147

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000-$30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
501(c) 3 Nonprofit Organizations, Schools, Government entities

What is not funded:
- Individuals
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Multi-year requests
- Political organizations or political campaigns
- Annual fundraising drives
- Endowments
- Debt retirement or deficit financing
- Projects that have already been completed
- Scholarships or medical research
- Grants for travel or conferences
- Government funding that has been reduced or eliminated

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Open: March 1st, 2019
Deadline: April 30, 2019, at 11:59 pm
Decisions are made within 90 days of the deadline

All notifications about this grant will be through emails.

Instruction for the CommunityGiving Grant Management System and application process:

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Caryl Turnow, CMCF Executive Director

101 7th Avenue S. #100
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Counties of Benton, Stearns, and Sherburne