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Grant Guidelines, Eligibility

New Technology Partnership Streamlines Grant Application Process Starting in January 2021

The Initiative Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Foundant Technologies to transition its grant making software starting on Jan. 1, 2021. We know you will appreciate the new system and its ease of use.

To make the transition, all current and future Initiative Foundation and Partner Fund grantees will need to create a new account. To learn more about the registration and account creation process, watch our video

View Open Grant Opportunities   APPLY/LOGIN

(The "View Open Grant Opportunities" button is a preview only.
Potential grantees must create an account and login to apply for a grant.)

Learn More

Reference these tutorials to guide you through the account setup and application process:

Reports on Past Grants

If you have a final report due on a past grant, please log into our legacy grantmaking system. We will use our legacy system for final reporting on existing grants during the first half of 2021. All future reporting will transition to our new system by mid-year.

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2021 Innovation Fund Guidelines

The Initiative Foundation makes grants through its Innovation Fund for projects and programs that advance our mission to empower people across Central Minnesota to build a thriving economy, vibrant communities and a lasting culture of generosity.

Innovation Fund grants primarily support start-up or capacity-building projects across the 14 counties of Central Minnesota. Applications to the Innovation Fund are accepted on an ongoing basis, with quarterly awards made through a competitive review process. 

2021 Review Schedule

Application Deadline: Notification of approval or denial: 
Feb. 3 Feb. 28
May 5 May 31
Aug. 11 Aug. 31
Nov. 10 Nov. 30 

Eligibility

We seek to make strategic investments during critical phases in an organization's history and to be a catalyst for innovative and bold ideas, approaches and initiatives. Therefore, past recipients of funding should not necessarily assume that they will receive funding every year.

Grant applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, school districts or local units of government that serve the people and communities in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties, and the portions of the sovereign tribal nations of the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe which lay within these counties. Funding requests for use outside of this geography will not be considered. Individuals are not eligible to apply for grant funds.

Innovation Fund grants seldom exceed $5,000. We typically receive many times more applications than we can fund, so our process is highly competitive. Priority consideration is given to projects that have local financial support. The Initiative Foundation also strives to allocate our grant resources around our entire region, so geographical diversity is a consideration in our review. Applicants are encouraged to contact one of our program officers—Don Hickman or Zach Tabatt—to discuss proposal design and fit prior to submitting an application.

Proposals that focus on at least one of the following areas will be given priority consideration:

  • General operating support for nonprofits addressing the urgent needs of vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cost share for projects intended to create behavioral change associated with combating racism, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Advancement of creative activities or strategies to address workforce shortages and/or re-training by those displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Support for strategic planning, fund development, board training or other capacity building initiatives for nonprofits that advance economic security for vulnerable households and financially disadvantaged people.
  • Projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in one of our region’s three communities which are home to large meat processing facilities (Cold Spring, Melrose and Long Prairie).
  • Support for local and regional community and economic development entities advancing early-stage feasibility or pilot projects.

The following expenses are ineligible and will NOT be considered for Innovation funding:

  • Grants or reimbursements to individuals and businesses.
  • Expenses incurred prior to the receipt of a grant award.
  • Capital expenses (e.g., buildings, equipment, vehicles, etc.).
  • Programs or projects that DO NOT directly benefit residents in the Initiative Foundation’s 14-county service area.
  • Replacement of or substitution for government funding.
  • Religious activities.
  • Lobbying or campaigning for a candidate, issue or referendum vote.
  • Development or purchase of school curriculum or support for school athletic programs. 
  • Out-of-state travel.

Once you’ve confirmed that your project fits within the guidelines, you can select the "Apply/Login" button to create an account, complete an eligibility quiz, submit an application, review your application history and submit grant reports.

View Open Grant Opportunities   APPLY/LOGIN

 Additional Grant-Supported Opportunities

 In addition to the Innovation Fund, the the Initiative Foundation has two other paths to award grants. 

  • Partner Funds: A significant share of Initiative Foundation grantmaking is funded by donor-advised or community-based Partner Funds. View priority areas for each fund and their granting schedule. Each of these funds has specific priority areas and varying grant schedules. 
  • Program Grants: The Foundation makes a limited number of discretionary grants related to specific localities within the region, or specific high-priority program activities. Current examples include grants to pilot communities in partnership with First Children's Finance to improve access to economically sustainable, quality, affordable childcare; grants on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Education to support young children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; and support to the city of Becker and Sherburne County as they prepare for decommissioning of the Sherburne County coal-generation facility and associated loss of the community’s primary tax base.

Additional Grant-Funded Programs

  • Nonprofit Development Programs: Programs provide organizations with training on business topics and fund development to strengthen long-term resiliency. Learn more here
  • Initiators Fellowship: A two-year program providing a suite of supports to Greater Minnesota early-stage social entrepreneurs leading change in their community. Learn more here
  • Enterprise Academy Program: A training program for minority and income-eligible entrepreneurs. Learn more here

Questions?

The Initiative Foundation strives to treat applicants with courtesy and respect. Staff members are sensitive to varying levels of experience in completing applications and encourages open communication with applicants needing additional assistance.  

For assistance, please contact us: 
Email:    grants(at)ifound.org
Mail:      405 First Street SE, Little Falls, MN 56465
Phone: (320) 632-9255 or toll free (877) 632-9255

Staff support typically is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Staff members are currently working remotely. Calls to the Initiative Foundation’s office will be forwarded to the appropriate person and will be answered in the order in which they are received. 

Regardless of circumstances, the Initiative Foundation cannot provide grants to individuals or businesses.

Current Grantees: Financial Reports

The Financial Report Form is for organizations currently receiving a grant. Once completed, refer to the provided instructions for next steps.

2020 Grant Highlights

3rd Quarter 2020 Grant Highlights

  • Salem Lutheran ChurchSustainability for the Salem WEST Outreach Program: $5,000 to support economic sustainability of the Salem WEST mission to help families and individuals by providing new and gently used items to help fulfill their basic needs.
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits2020 Membership Renewal: $1,200 to support the annual operations of this statewide group that works to build the capacity and voice of the Minnesota’s nonprofit sector.
  • Central Minnesota Islamic CenterCOVID-19 Relief Project, Caawi Walaalkaa (Help Your Brother): $10,000 to provide emergency relief to members of the East African community of Greater St. Cloud who have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development CorporationCoronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Opportunity Coordination and Yearly Membership: $10,000 to support administration of Crow Wing County's CARES grants for relief of small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • GPS 45:93East Central Minnesota Virtual Business Park Tour: $4,100 to support a virtual tour of shovel-ready business parks and industrial sites in East Central Minnesota.
  • Greater Minnesota PartnershipMembership: $1,000 to support advocacy, education and collaboration on behalf of Central Minnesota's economic development organizations.
  • Sprout, LLCExpanding Regional Food Networks Through Increased Online Capacity: $5,000 to review and enhance the capacity of Sprout, a regional food hub for Central Minnesota. The project goal was to optimize the internet to connect local producers and consumers of the region's agricultural produce, thus improving access to fresh and healthy foods, shortening supply chains and helping farmers harmed by tariffs or markets disrupted by the pandemic.
  • Southwest Regional Development CommissionMinnesota Rural Broadband Coalition Speed Test: $10,000 to support a more accurate assessment of internet speeds in rural areas. This data will enhance advocacy efforts to encourage investment in broadband capacity needed to support equal economic opportunity in Central Minnesota. This effort is coordinated by the Blandin Foundation.

A series of grants was awarded to the following nonprofits to provide technical assistance with COVID-19-related challenges. Each nonprofit received about 10 hours of technical assistance on topics ranging from fund development to marketing.

  • Angel Reins Stable   
  • Friends of Career Solutions       
  • Kinship of Morrison County
  • Hands of Hope   
  • Family Safety Network   
  • UniteCloud   
  • Tusen Tack   
  • Anishinabe Legal Services   
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area

Partnership Awards More Than $1 Million in Pine County CARES Act Funds

The Initiative Foundation this fall partnered with Pine County to help deliver $1,055,972 in relief grants to 163 businesses and organizations. The U.S. government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law in March 2020. Some of the money from the $2.2 trillion package went to counties to support local grants. The Initiative Foundation partnered with Pine County to deliver CARES Act grants throughout September, October and November 2020. Learn more ...


2nd Quarter 2020 Grant Highlights

  • Tusen TackGeneral Operating Support: $1,000 to provide general operating support for the Braham Event Center, a community facility for weddings, celebrations, expos, and other events. This grant is awarded to commemorate the service of Steve Shurts (East Central Energy) on the Initiative Foundation's Board of Trustees
  • Kanabec County Family ServicesWorkforce Mobility: $2,500 to support innovation in helping staff explore technology options and work remotely while respecting client needs and privacy.
  • MilestonesChild Care Solutions: $3,000 to contract for 50 hours with a trained infant mental health consultant to provide group support for early childhood professionals and parents. The Consultant will also work individually with programs as needed to assist them through this stressful time of COVID-19.
  • Staples Economic Development AuthorityChild Care Solutions: $3,000 to support professional development and training for existing child care providers and/or those considering entering the sector.  Both Long Prairie and Staples-Motley are participating in the Foundation’s Child Care Solutions program to expand and/or retain quality, affordable child care.
  • Kanabec CountyImplementation of Strategic Child Care Supply Plan Goal #3: $3,000 to support the recruitment and development of new professionals in the child care sector. This grant is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • City of Little FallsChildcare Facility Planning—DOD Grant Application: $3,000 to support design and planning for a child care facility to align with the Department of Defense—Community Infrastructure Program serving Camp Ripley.
  • New Pathways, Inc.Financial Resiliency: $1,000 to support continued success in development and fundraising activities. New Pathways was a runner-up in the Initiative Foundation’s #GiveAtHomeMN challenge.
  • Friends of Linden Hill, Inc.Financial Resiliency: $1,000 to support continued success in development and fundraising activities. Friends of Linden Hill was a runner-up in the Initiative Foundation’s #GiveAtHomeMN challenge.
  • Tusen TackFinancial Resiliency: $3,000 to support continued success in development and fundraising activities. Tusen Tack was the top prize earner in the Initiative Foundation’s #GiveAtHomeMN challenge.
  • Sherburne CountySt. Cloud Airport Planning Study: $5,000 to work with the counties of Benton and Stearns and the city of St. Cloud to form a Regional Airport Authority.
  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of CommerceLake Country Cares Public Safety Campaign: $10,000 to support a COVID-19 safety campaign designed to build trust among residents, visitors, and local businesses. This model program that other chambers can emulate shares shares easy and effective practices that businesses can adopt to prevent transmission and build customer confidence.
  • Chisago County EDAEconomic Development Strategy During COVID-19 and Beyond: $5,000 to address the retention and attraction of business, to encourage countywide business development to stimulate the economy and to provide opportunities for residents to find quality jobs, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2nd Quarter Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund Grant Highlights

  • United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena CountiesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,709
  • Family PathwaysFood Access in East Central Minnesota: $8,997
  • Staples Area Food ShelfStaples Area Food Shelf: $3,000
  • Rivers of HopeInnovative Advocacy to Reach Victims of Relationship Abuse: $2,500
  • Crow Wing County Victim Services, Inc.Emergency Services and support to Crime Victims: $2,500
  • Healing Opportunity—Safe Housing for Domestic Violence Clients During COVID-19.: $2,500
  • Someplace SafeEmergency Basic Needs Resources for Survivors of Crime and Abuse: $2,500
  • ASAMBLEA DE DERECHOS CIVILESLinea de Recursos COVID-19: $5,000
  • Holy Trinity Catholic SchoolEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jessica Nutz Daycare and PreschoolEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Discovery Corner DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Terry PflipsenEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Denise EricksonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Shannon WrightEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Pine Childrens Early Learning Center, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kara Super-Peterson (Tiny Sprouts Day Care)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,000
  • Amber HennesseyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Grow With Us Childcare CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Kiddie Country ClubEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Ashley Posterick (Little Beginnings)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kimberly OpayEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Rene Wagner (Kingdom Kids)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Annie’s Childcare & Learning CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Angela Kunesh/Kunesh Family DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Bright Lights DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Ronda Palmer (Tiny Tots Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Rachel Christensen (Precious In His Sight)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Amy SullivanEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Early Years Academy, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jillian Daigle (Mrs Petits Amis)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Super Tigers and Tiger Tots Child CareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sunshine Station Childcare and PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jennifer Buzzell (Loving Hearts Child Care)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Brenda RegouskiEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Patty's Child Care/PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sharon BonsanteEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center of Monticello, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Alison M PrillEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Mustang Munchkins Childcare CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Tiny Tots ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Big Adventures Child Care, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Nicole Yourczek (Nikki's Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Melissa SkogEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Lucky Little’s Child CareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jennifer HattonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Deidre LaBatte-Allen (DeidresDaycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Tiffanie BergEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kidzzone Daycare CenterEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • DFred's DaycareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jennifer GephartEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Charlotte BrownEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jennifer Peplinski-Bella's Playhouse DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Totally Kids DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Roxanne PetersonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Virginia MadisonEssential Workders & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jenny Chilton (Jenny’s Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Little People Learning CenterEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Krayola Kids Childcare CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Lil' Dreamers In Home Child CareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kristi Fornshell (The Learning Ladder, Inc.)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Allstar Childcare CenterEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • Melissa Pioske ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Susan MoravecEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Tessa PetronEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Tammy SkaroEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Megan's DaycareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Katie’s DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Annette SmiejaEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Jennifer Niessen (The Cub Club Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Ubah Hassan (Hope Academy Child Care Center, LLC)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • NikisNoodlesboppersEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kelly’s Kiddos DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Nicole Miller (Nicole's Daycare)Essential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Lindsay's Mora Family ChildcareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Heavenly Sunshine PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • St. Mary's Early Learning AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Pillager Area Family CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Brainerd Family YMCAEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $3,000
  • Wadena County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.Keep the WCDAC running & Freezer repair:$2,000
  • Mille Lacs Band of OjibweElder Food Sustainability: $15,000
  • The Leech Lake Band of OjibweCOVID-19 Food Security Program: $15,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MInnesotaCOVID-19 Relief Programs: $5,000
  • Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc.Provide Basic Unmet Needs During COVID-19: $5,000
  • Onamia School DistrictAddressing the Basic Needs of Onamia Youth: $3,000
  • Islamic Center of St. CloudCOVID-19 Essential Workers Care Project: $5,000
  • Anna Marie’s AllianceShelter for Victims of Domestic Violence: $2,500
  • Horizon Health, Inc.Food, Technology for Older Adults Struggling Alone During COVID-19: $5,000
  • Pine River-Backus Family CenterCommunity Meals: $5,000
  • Wadena County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.Freezer Repair: $1,000
  • Lakes Area Interfaith CaregiversEmergency Food and Delivery Service: $5,000
  • Wright County Area United WayEmergency Relief Grant: $16,914
  • Princeton Parent Teacher OrganizationCommunity Outreach: $3,000
  • Hands of Hope Resource CenterEmergency Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis: $2,500
  • North Branch School DistrictSchool-Age Care COVID-19 Relief: $3,000
  • Crow Wing County United Way, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $11,711
  • United Way of Central MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant: $24,785
  • Love and Learn Childcare Academy, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Nursing Value, LLC, dba Red BalloonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Bright Child Development Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,500
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Lovely Child Care Center, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • First Step Preschool & ChildcareEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Kid's Haven, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • New Creations Child Care & Learning CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • A to Z Children's AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Tinkertown Station Child Care CenterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Carla Tapio (Carla Tapio's Child Care)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $2,000
  • Karen Rademacher (Karen’s Daycare)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Kayla Arens (Miss.Kayla's)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc.Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Debra SchwartzEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Holly RichterEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Merry Moose Childcare and PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Merry Moose Childcare and PreschoolEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Little Learner’s Child Care Annandale, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Prairie Hill Montessori, LLCEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Jaguar Kid ConnectionEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Verndale Family Life ChurchEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Nicole KittockEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • 40 Acres ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Beth Marie BundyEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Brittany’s DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Stacy Harthan (Magic Forest Childcare Center and Preschool LLC)—Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Amy HooserEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sheri’s DaycareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Sarah RocheleauEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Allie Bauman ChildcareEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Michele Lyn AndersonEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Dawn of Discovery, LLCEssential Workers & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • Little Saints AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,500
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • New Horizon Child Care, Inc., dba New Horizon AcademyEssential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000
  • Playhouse Child Care Center, Inc. (St. Cloud)Essential Worker & Child Care Relief: $1,000

1st Quarter 2020 Grant Highlights

  • Minnesota Council on Foundations—Annual Membership: $5,850 to provide annual support to the Minnesota Council on Foundations, a statewide affinity group which works to advance prosperity and equity.
  • Milestones—Helping Count Children and Young Families in the United States Census: $1,000 to purchase copies of We Count! A 2020 Census Counting Book to distribute to child care programs. This document is developed for children and young families, a demographic frequently undercounted in the census.
  • Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women—Anna Marie's Alliance: $500 to provide general operating support for Anna Marie's Alliance Shelter. This grant was recommended by this year's winners of the 5 Under 40 event hosted by St. Cloud's Times Media.
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest—Implementation of New Three-Year Junior Achievement Strategic Plan: $7,000 to support the  Career Speakers Series in which a volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about career, work and education experience. Junior Achievement intends to make a special effort to recruit diverse entrepreneurs, so that students of all interests see successful adults that look like them.
  • St. Cloud Area School District—Exploring Potential Interests and Careers (EPIC) Event: $5,000 to support St. Cloud’s second annual Exploring Potential Interests & Careers (EPIC) event that provides hands-on career exploration opportunities for up to 5,000 students from more than 25 schools in  Central Minnesota.
  • Crow River Trail Guards, Inc.—Executive Director Succession and Curriculum Writing: $5,000 to support capacity building and succession planning for Crow River Trail Guards, Inc.
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation—Minnesota Compass: $4,000 to provide annual support for Minnesota Compass, a social indicators project that measures progress in our state and its communities. Minnesota Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy, workforce, health, housing and more.
  • The Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities—Annual Membership: $2,000 to provide annual support for this affinity group that helps grantmakers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous and sustainable regions and communities that offer everyone the chance for a good life. The Funders Network is the host for the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) group, which has helped build the capacity of rural low-income communities in Central Minnesota to be prepared for natural disasters.
  • Avivo—Career Education Enhancement and Capacity Building: $5,000 to support career education and job skills improvement in the St. Cloud community.
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation—VEX Robotics Program Expansion in Central Minnesota: $5,000 to support the VEX Robotics program. VEX Robotics is a proven program to help close the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills gap to support local employment needs. VEX provides tools for today's educators, mentors and parents to inspire tomorrow’s problem-solvers.
  • Sourcewell—29th Annual Students of Character Celebration: $1,000 to support the Students of Character celebration hosted by Sourcewell. The event recognizes 48 students from 24 schools in the Region 5 area (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties) that have overcome adversity in their communities.
  • Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota—Come to your Census: $1,000 to empower income-eligible people to interact, communicate and recruit other community members to participate in the 2020 Census.
  • CommunityGiving—Social Capital Survey Support: $6,500 to support a new iteration of the periodic social capital survey of Greater St. Cloud to identify where relationships and community connections are strongest, where they can be improved and what activities or strategies help build strong networks and support.
  • Native Governance Center—Native Nation Rebuilders Leadership Retreat: $6,000 to support leadership development.
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Student Scholarships: $3,216 to support the Julie Ann Hanson Scholarship Fund for graduates of Sauk Rapids-Rice School District.
  • First Children's Finance—Regional Child Care Technical Assistance: $30,000 to provide technical assistance to child care providers and communities/employers that recognize that access to quality,  affordable child care is a key strategy for attracting and retaining workforce. 
  • Kanabec County—Kanabec County Child Care Capacity Building: $10,000 to support implementation of strategic planning to improve access to quality, affordable child care by increasing the number of school-age summer slots, identifying locations for new or expanded child care facilities, launching new family child care providers and developing an early childhood career pathway through Mora High School. This grant is supported in part by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Horizon Health, Inc.—In Recognition of Service Provided by Barb Downs: $1,000 to Horizon Health, Inc., in gratitude to Barb Downs, who volunteered her time to instruct nonprofit leaders in the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency program.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation—Annual Investment: $25,000 to provide annual support for business and workforce development initiatives in the Greater St. Cloud region.
  • Leech Lake Financial Services—Individual Financial Coaching and Improving Credit to Buy a Home: $10,000 to support individual financial coaching for income-eligible residents at Leech Lake Reservation to assist with basic budgeting, financial goals and improved credit. The long-term goal is to help participants gain financial literacy and establish good credit to become home owners.
  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.—Be Strategic: Grow Your Business offered by the Women's Business Alliance Entrepreneur Fund: $4,000 to support development of businesses and social enterprise ventures through improved access to technical assistance, mentorship, succession planning and education efforts, especially to support minority business ownership and job creation in areas of poverty.

Early COVID-19 Response: Grants Redirected to Respond to Virus Outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Initiative Foundation in March offered flexibility to grantees with open Innovation Fund Grants. The following first-quarter 2020 grants were redirected from their original purpose to be used for general operating expenses and other COVID-19 response.

  • College of Saint Benedict—Interfaith Engagement Event: $2,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $2,000)
  • Wright County Community Action, Inc.—Engaging the Community with the 2020 Census to Strengthen Partnerships: $5,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota—Dr. Potter’s Bigs On-Campus Mentoring Initiative: $5,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $5,000)

The following 2019 grants were redirected from their original purpose to be used for general operating expenses and other COVID-19 response.

  • Anishinabe Legal Services, Inc.—Fund Development Assistance for Capital Campaign: $5,000 original grant amount (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration—Service Enterprise and Change Management for Effective Leveraging of Volunteer Resources: $5,000 (amount redirected: $3,500)
  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.—Untapped Workforce Series, Benefits to Hiring Specific Populations: $7,000 (amount redirected: $3,112)
  • Bridges of Hope—Program Integration of Resource and Service Delivery at Crow Wing County: $10,000 (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota—Technical Assistance for Bicycle-Friendly Communities: $7,000 (amount redirected: $4,000)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Leech Lake Area—Board and Staff Retreat to Review the Financial Resiliency Training Concepts: $5,000 (amount redirected: $5,000)
  • Hands Across the World—Workforce Trainings for Immigrants and Refugees: $7,500 (amount redirected: $7,500)

To date, more than $45,112 in active grants have been reallocated to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.


View past Innovation Fund grant awards.

2020 Partner Fund Grant Highlights

3rd Quarter 2020 Partner Fund Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Young LifeEmergency Relief Grant: $2,363
  • Tootsie's Lakeside PubSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000
  • Lupulin Brewing, LLCSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $4,000
  • Ridgewood Bay ResortSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000

Delano Community Foundation

  • Delano School DistrictDelano United Task Force: $750

Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Pine Center for the Arts, Inc.Technology Improvement: $645
  • Paws & Claws Animal ShelterEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Flair for HairSmall Business Emergecy Relief Grant: $500
  • Spectrum EntertainmentSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250
  • Birchwood Char House & BarSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Pine Mountaineer Senior CenterEmergency Relief Grant: $1,500

Innovative Schools Project Fund

  • Wadena-Deer Creek School DistrictInnovative Schools Program: $5,000
  • Verndale School DistrictInnovative Schools Project: $5,000

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education FoundationOperating Support: $5,000

Lake Region Christian School Education Foundation

  • Lake Region Christian SchoolScholarships: $10,000
  • Lake Region Christian SchoolClassroom Enhancements: $9,913

Women’s Leadership Fund

  • BOLD, Inc.BOLD Girls Camp: $100
  • Brainerd Lakes PrideIn Honor of Dawn Espe: $100

Patrick & Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • Rocori School DistrictAction Pack: $1,000
  • Anna Marie’s AllianceOperating Support: $1,000
  • United Way of Central MinnesotaOperating Support: $1,000
  • Africa JamOperating Support: $1,000
  • Andra Heart FoundationOperating Support: $1,000
  • The Yes NetworkOperating Support: $2,500
  • St. Cloud State University FoundationBaseball Program: $2,500
  • Rocori Food Shelf, Inc.Operating Support: $1,000
  • River Park Community FoundationOperating Support: $3,000
  • Abbott House FoundationOperating Support: $1,000
  • Mitchell School District, Gertie Bell Rogers Elementary SchoolMoody Project: $5,000
  • Mitchell School District Action Pack: $1,000

 John & Bonnie Schlagel Endowment

  • New Pathways, Inc.Housing for Homeless Families: $3,000
  • Isanti County Humane SocietyAnimal Care: $2,000
  • Cambridge Community College Center Foundation2021 Cambridge Scholardazzle Fundraiser: $1,500
  • Tres Islas Orphanage Fund, Inc.Animal Care: $2,000
  • Tres Islas Orphanage Fund, Inc.General Operations: $2,500
  • Family PathwaysFood Shelf Program: $2,000
  • Family PathwaysRefuge Network Shelter Domestic Abuse Program: $3,000
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College FoundationScholarship in Memory of Even Stein: $2,000
  • Cambridge-Isanti Dollars for Scholars FoundationScholarships: $2,000
  • Minnesota Safe RideSober Cab Program in Kanabec and Pine Counties: $2,000
  • A Place for YouHousing for Homeless Individuals: $2,000
  • Animal Humane SocietyAnimal Care at Coon Rapids Location: $2,000
  • Mayo ClinicAlzheimer's Program: $2,000
  • Mayo ClinicCancer Program: $2,000
  • Cambridge Isanti School DistrictEarly Childhood Partnership for Isanti County: $2,000
  • Pine Technical & Community College FoundationScholarships: $2,000
  • University of Minnesota FoundationVeterinary Medicine Scholarship: $2,000

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Inc.Kids-Pack-To-Go-Backpack Program: $1,500

 Paws & Claws Animal Shelter

  • Paws & Claws Animal ShelterOperating & Marketing Support: $1,600

 Operational Reserve Fund of the Northern Waters Land Trust

  • Northern Waters Land TrustGeneral Operating Support: $30,000

Sourcewell Region 5 COVID-19 Relief Fund

  • St. Gabriel's Hospital FoundationRelief Grant: $3,000
  • Lakewood Hospital FoundationRelief Grant: $3,000
  • CentraCare Health Foundation (Long Prairie)Relief Grant: $3,000
  • Essentia Health FoundationRelief Grant: $3,000
  • Tri-County Healthcare FoundationRelief Grant: $3,000
  • CTCRelief Grant: $10,000
  • West Central Telephone AssociationRelief Grant: $10,000
  • Cass Lake Indian Health ServicesRelief Grant: $3,000

Central Minnesota Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund

To see a full list of grants to underserved youths, birth to 8, click here.  

  • Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment, Inc.Stemming the Tide during COVID-19: $5,000
  • Wadena County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.Sustainability During COVID-19: $5,000
  • Community Connection AlliesSenior Dining and Meals on Wheels: $1,000
  • North Star Family Advocacy CenterProfessional Family Advocate Sustainability Project: $5,000
  • Pine River Area Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.Utilizing Technology to Improve Socialization and Job Retention during the COVID-19 Pandemic.: $5,000
  • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center FoundationRelief Grant: $3,000
  • New Pathways, Inc.Path to Home COVID Response: $5,000
  • Employment Enterprises, Inc.Getting Disabled Adults Back to Work: $4,000
  • RiverWorksMobile Food Distribution: $5,000
  • Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Inc.COVID-19 Crisis Response: $4,000
  • Homeless Helping HomelessCOVID-19 Motel Sheltering Effort: $4,000
  • Community Connection AlliesSenior Dining and Meals on Wheels: $4,000
  • Higher Works CollaborativeReaching Hands: $4,000
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of North BranchViking Vittles Food Programs for School-aged Children: $2,004

2nd Quarter 2020 Partner Fund Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • The Wave Youth CenterEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Granny's ClosetEmergency Relief Grant: $2,500
  • Big Lake Community Food Shelf, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Elk River Country Club, Inc.Sherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000
  • Frey, Inc.Sherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000
  • SIG, LLCSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $1,000
  • Sunshine DepotSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $300
  • Sunshine DepotSherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $405
  • 54, Inc.Sherburne County Outdoor Dining Capacity: $674
  • Elk River YMCAEmergency Relief Grant: $3,000
  • Great River Family PromiseEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Christians Reaching Out In Social ServiceEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Open Doors For YouthEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000

Rum River Community Foundation/Milaca Area Emergency Relief Fund 

  • City of MilacaEmergency Relief Grant: $900
  • Milaca Area PantryEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Daddio's Drive InSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Daddio's Drive InSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,800
  • Milaca TanningSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Radiance Salon & SpaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250
  • Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet CenterSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Cory's Barber ShopSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $550
  • Cory's Barber ShopSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $550
  • Confidence and CompanySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $900
  • Cuts on CentralSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • The Grounded Path MassageSmall Business Emergecy Relief Grant: $800
  • In Good Hands MassageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $800
  • Jiggers Grill & BarSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Jiggers Grill & BarSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,500
  • Tranquility Masage & BodyworkSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $800
  • Milaca Golf ClubSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • NatMat EntertainmentSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Milaca Pizza CentralSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Milaca Pizza CentralSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Back Alley BowlSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • KISS, LLC, dba Brookview WinerySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Shear BeautySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Shear BeautySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Kayla Snow SalonSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • The Pease CafeSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Abby Lingle PotterySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. CloudEmergency Relief Grant, Milaca Senior Dining: $1,000
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of MilacaMilaca Wolves Snack Pack Program Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Marcia Grant Travel, LLCSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250
  • Mach MotorsSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Marilyn's on 2nd SalonSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $835
  • Milaca Family DentalSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Tracy Larsen FitnessSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250

Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Bridges of HopeEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Lakes Area Food Shelf, Inc.Relief Grant for Lakes Area Food Shelf: $1,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant, Pequot Lakes Area: $1,000
  • Community Action of Pequot LakesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Firemens Relief Association of Minnesota Pequot LakesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000

Greater Pine Area Endowment and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • City of Pine CityTechnology Park Highlight Video: $400
  • A Place for YouEmergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Grindstone Lake Bible CampEmergency Relief Grant: $2,500
  • Pine Technical & Community College FoundationHigh Fidelity Simulation Mannequin Equipment:$5,000
  • Family Pathways Pine Community Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,500
  • Bombard TechSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $250

Morrison County Area Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Horizon Health, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant: $3,600
  • Apple Tree DentalEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Oasis Central Minnesota, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $4,000
  • Morrison County Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of MinnesotaEmergency Relief Grant: $400

 Staples-Motley Area Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Staples Area Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • STEPEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Amanda's Massage TherapySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,120
  • B & B's Sports Bar and GrillSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Next Step Adolescent ResidentialSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $362
  • Iron Paradise Health ClubSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,000
  • Ribbons and Bows Salon and Spa, LLCSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Moto City Raceway & Recreation, Inc.Small Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Lefty's, Inc.Small Business Emergency Relief Grant: $612
  • Lefty's, Inc.Small Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center, StaplesEmergency Relief Grant: $1,620
  • Local Legends LiquorSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Christina's MassageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Wadena CountyFree Rides for Summer Recreation/Activities: $750
  • Staples Economic Development AuthorityStaples-Motley Child Care Initiative: $1,200
  • Sacred Heart Area SchoolEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Motley Area Food ShelfEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Staples Motley School DistrictStaples Motley School Garden: $1,500
  • LEAP, Inc.Community Pride Sign: Story of Our Local Athletic Legacy: $1,500
  • Old Wadena Society30th Annual Old Wadena Rendezvous and Chautauqua: $1,000
  • B & B's Sports Bar and GrillSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Staples Motley Basketball Boosters, Inc.2020 Summer Basketball Opportunities: $1,000
  • Simplicity Salon & SpaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Iron Paradise Health ClubSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $1,500
  • HWY 10 Paw SpaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $650
  • Kempe & Kite, LLCSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Faith Lutheran ChurchCARE Ministries Back-To-School Fair: $2,000
  • City of MotleySpeed Zone Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety: $2,000

Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Faith in Action for Cass CountyEmergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Hackensack Senior Citizens Center, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Hackensack Senior Citizens Center, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • City of HackensackComprehensive Plan: $750
  • Flair for HairSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • ADOR PhotographySmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Total ImageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Spectrum Entertainment MinnesotaSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Birch Lake AssociationButterfly Garden: $1,000
  • Birchwood Char House & BarSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Serenity Now Therapeutic MassageSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Sun 'n FunSmall Business Emergency Relief Grant: $500
  • Deep Portage FoundationEmergency Relief Grant: $1,000

Cambridge Area Community Foundation and its Emergency Relief Fund

  • Family PathwaysEmergency Relief Grant: $2,000
  • Mission 61Emergency Relief Grant: $2,000

Innovative Schools Project Fund

  • Bertha-Hewitt School DistrictInnovative Schools Project: $3,400
  • Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Public School DistrictInnovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Browerville Public SchoolsISP Grant, Browerville School District: $5,000
  • Pioneer Elementary Parent Teacher OrganizationInnovative Schools Project: $5,000
  • Freshwater Education FoundationFreshwater Education Foundation: $5,000
  • Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Parent Teacher OrganizationInnovative Schools Project Grant: $5,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictProvide Gift Cards to Seniors: $1,700
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictLight Table for Early Learners: $589
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictCross Country Skis: $1,000
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictStorm Skills, Yoga Mats: $350
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictStorytelling Kits.: $667
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictDramatic Play Kits for Kindergarten: $400

Manufacturing Fund of Central Minnesota

  • Sartell-St. Stephen School DistrictAdvancement of Sabre Manufacturing: $6,000

Little Falls Education Foundation

  • Little Falls School DistrictLittle Falls Community Middle School Wellness Project: $1,250
  • Little Falls School DistrictLock Box Challenges: $748
  • Little Falls School DistrictPersonalized Learning and Flexible Seating: $550
  • Little Falls School DistrictFlexible Seating the 3rd Grade: $740
  • Little Falls School DistrictProviding Flexible Seating for a Positive Classroom Environment: $345
  • Little Falls School DistrictFlexible Seating for a Personalized Classroom: $750
  • Little Falls School DistrictSocial/Emotional Health of Children Birth-5: $1,000
  • Little Falls School DistrictUkulele Project: $500
  • Little Falls School DistrictCampus Connections, The College Campus Visit Experience: $1,087
  • Little Falls School DistrictOsmo Coding Activities for Elementary Students: $1,270
  • Little Falls School DistrictSummer Book Access & Family Connections for Multilingual Learners: $1,200
  • Little Falls School DistrictPersonalizing Physical Education, Getting Students in the ZONE: $1,250
  • Little Falls School DistrictGrowing With Speech: $410
  • Little Falls School DistrictGuided Reading Texts: $1,400
  • Little Falls School DistrictFlexible Writing in 1st Grade: $250
  • Little Falls School DistrictUkulele Project: $500
  • Little Falls School DistrictPersonalized Learning/Flexible Seating Space: $750

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund

  • New Pathways, Inc.Emergency Relief Grant: $10,000
  • Cambridge Surplus Food DistributionEmergency Relief Grant: $3,000
  • Isanti County Commission on AgingEmergency Relief Grant, SACS Enrichment Center: $2,500
  • Tusen TackEmergency Relief Grant: $5,000
  • Isanti CountyEmergency Relief Grant: $4,971

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Scholarship Foundation

  • University of Minnesota FoundationScholarship in Memory of Dr. Daniel Huff: $43,336

Royalton Education Foundation

  • Royalton School DistrictKitchen supplies/ equipment: $150
  • Royalton School DistrictStanding Group Desk: $550
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Special Education Programming (COVID-19 response): $250
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Classroom Library Magazine Subscriptions: $100
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating for ROAR Students: $464
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Title I Workspace Facelift: $690
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Resource Support: $700
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating for Classroom: $207
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating to Increase Student Focus: $275
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Character Education Materials for Middle, High School Students:$1,000
  • Royalton School District ISD 485Flexible Seating and Storage for Students' Supplies: $555

Lakes Area Medical Development Fund

  • CommunityGivingFor the Family Services Collaborative, Advancing Lakes Area Community Wellness:$5,000

CWEPA

  • Crow Wing Lakes and Rivers Alliance (LARA)Operational Support: $3,500

Patrick and Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • Great River Educational Arts TheatreMatching Grant: $2,000

Bob & Marsha Bunger Family Endowment Fund

  • Milaca Area PantryEmergency Relief Grant: $250

Anderson Brothers Family Fund

  • Bridges of HopeOperation Sandwich: $2,000
  • Brainerd Family YMCAYouth Meal Plan: $3,500

Betty and Larry Nelson Family Fund

  • Kiva MicrofundsOperating Support: $250
  • Minnesota Public RadioOperating Support: $150
  • Friends of MWANGAZAOperating Support: $250
  • Northwoods Humane SocietyOperating Support: $250
  • School Sisters of Notre DameOperating Support: $150

Operational Reserve Fund of the Northern Waters Land Trust

  • Northern Waters Land TrustGeneral Operating Support: $39,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice School District – Youthprise Special Project Fund

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School DistrictCompass Program, February-April 2020: $15,848

1st Quarter 2020 Grant Highlights

Three Rivers Community Foundation

  • Elk River School District—Three Rivers Foundation Scholarship Fund: $19,000
  • Spectrum High School—Three Rivers Foundation Scholarship Fund: $1,000
  • Community Aid of Elk River—Emergency Relief: $10,000

Rum River Community Foundation

  • City of Milaca—Veterans Memorial Park Project: $19,325

Central Minnesota Builder’s Association Fund & Initiative

  • Elk River School District—Tools for Schools Project at Zimmerman High School: $2,000

Innovative Schools Project Fund

  • Brainerd Public Schools Foundation—Innovative Schools Project Grant: $5,000

Dorn Family Fund

  • Delano School District—Dorn Scholarship Fund for Delano High School: $750

Bert and Helen LeBlanc Legacy Scholarship Fund

  • Central Lakes College Foundation—LeBlanc Scholarship Fund: $500
  • St. Cloud State University Foundation—LeBlanc Scholarship Fund: $1,000

Archie and Isabelle Powell Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Elk River School District—Archie and Isabel Powell Family Foundation Scholarship: $1,000

Zimmerman Elementary School (ZES) Scholarship Fund

  • Elk River School District—ZES Scholarship Fund for Zimmerman High School: $400

Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Fund

  • Sacred Heart Area School—Sacred Hearts Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund: $200

Staples Knights of Columbus Council #1803 - Lloyd & Marion Giddings Scholarship Fund

  • Staples & Motley Dollars for Scholars—Staples Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund: $2,800

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Business Summit Event: $1,000

Manufacturing Fund of Central Minnesota

  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.—Women's Business Alliance: $5,650

Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation—Operating Support: $10,000

Albany Area Education Foundation

The following grants will support the Albany School District: 

  • YES Network Activities for Kindergarten to 8th Grade with 9th to 12th Grade Leaders: $1,000
  • Science Lab Experiences With Middle and High School Teachers & Students: $766
  • Battle of the Books: $750
  • Creating Personalized Learning Opportunities: $750
  • Robotics and Science Department 3-D Printer: $1,697
  • Welding Technology: $1,000
  • Outdoor Recreation Bike Replacement: $1,000
  • Safely Supporting the Social/Emotional Needs of Kindergarteners and Preschoolers: $600

Braham Area Education Foundation

The following grants will support Braham Area Schools: 

  • Wildlife Biology Zoo Field Trip: $300
  • Youth Summer Musical Theater Camp for Students in Grades 4-8: $1,015
  • Elementary Classroom Instruments: $1,410

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Fund

  • Pine Technical & Community College Foundation—Scholarship Program: $5,000

Patriot Foundation

The following grants will support the Pequot Lakes School District: 

  • Flexible Seating for Special Education Students: $1,000
  • Middle and High School Library Digital Collection Expansion: $1,500
  • Guest Children's Book Author Douglas Wood: $1,500
  • Festival of Nations Field Trip: $1,464
  • Patriot Workplace Health & Wellness: $1,500

Women’s Leadership Fund

  • American Association of University Women of Minnesota, Inc.—National Conference Scholarship: $1,000
  • BOLD, Inc.—Scholarships to Attend Camp Vanasek: $1,000

Lakes Area Medical Development Fund

  • Wellness in the Woods, Inc.—Empowerment & Recovery Coalition: $5,500

Brainerd Public Schools Foundation Early Childhood Fund

  • Brainerd Public Schools Foundation—Brainerd Public Schools Foundation Support: $300

Bridges Manufacturing Workforce Development Fund

  • Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association—Scholarships: $1,000

Bob and Pauline Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Isle School District—Bob and Pauline Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund: $3,200

Pillager Education Foundation

  • Pillager School District—Classroom Grant for Concession Stand Management: $500

Playing it Forward: The Kenneth and Evelyn Pinckney Young Musicians’ Fund

The following grants will support the Little Falls School District: 

  • 2020 Kenneth Pinckney Music Award/Playing It Forward: $4,021
  • Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic: $805

Paula and Chad Becker Fund

  • Staples Economic Development Authority—Todd County Early Childhood/Day Care Initiative: $2,500
  • CentraCare Health Foundation—CentraCare Vitality Wellness Center in Long Prairie: $2,500
  • Browerville Public Schools—Support of Athletic Programs: $2,500
  • Christ the King Church—Church and School Operations: $10,000
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church—Capital Campaign for Steeple: $2,500

Alternative Sources of Energy Fund

  • Milaca School District—Alternative Sources of Energy Scholarship: $1,375
  • Milaca Scholarship Foundation—Alternative Sources of Energy Scholarship: $4,125

Patrick and Jane Mitchell Family Fund

  • ROCORI Area Dollars for Scholars—Dollars for Scholars: $500
  • CommunityGiving—Pickleball Courts Project: $2,500

Beverly M. Pantzke Scholarship Fund

  • Little Falls School District—Beverly Pantzke Johnston Scholarship Fund for Little Falls High School: $22,000

Mark Wood Foundation

  • Little Falls School District—Annual Grant For Lincoln Elementary: $5,500

Little Falls Scholarship Fund

  • Little Falls School District: $3,200

William and Ethel Nelson Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Royalton School District: $1,600

Betty Ford Menzel Scholarship Fund

  • Crosby-Ironton School District: $2,200

Lake Region Conservation Club

  • Sullivan Lake First Response Team—Operating Support: $375
  • Hillman Area First Response Team—Operating Support: $375

H. Eugene Menzel Scholarship Fund

  • Aitkin Dollars for Scholars: $1,100

Artesian Homes Charitable Fund

  • The Church on The Wise Road—Jamaican Missions: $1,500
  • The Refuge Fellowship Church—General Operations: $10,000
  • Pillager School District—Pillager Huskies Fishing Team: $1,000

Sauk Rapids-Rice ISD47 / Youthprise Special Project Fund

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District—Compass Program: $11,386

Stanback-Bittner Acquisition Fund of the Northern Waters Land Trust

  • Northern Waters Land Trust—Fund Closeout: $6,936

National Loon Center Project Fund

  • The National Loon Center Foundation—National Loon Center Project: $6,000

View past Partner Fund grant awards.

Partner Fund Grant Rounds

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The Initiative Foundation is proud to host a variety of Partner Funds for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteer-led groups. Our Partner Fund program allows local leaders to champion local causes while we provide the 501(c)(3) public charity infrastructure necessary for donor gifts to receive the highest possible charitable tax deduction. From community foundations to educational funds to special project and field-of-interest funds, the Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are working together to ensure strong and vibrant communities throughout Central Minnesota.

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