Central Minnesota Response Fund Grants


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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Community Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Minnesota: Benton County, Sherburne County, Stearns County

Location of residency: Minnesota

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NOTE: No deadline; ongoing. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis starting April 7, 2020

Central Minnesota Response Fund Grants

We understand and share the concerns of our communities, our donors, volunteers, staff and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold. And though the challenges ahead are unknown, we remain optimistic that our communities will pull through and emerge stronger than before. The Central Minnesota Community Foundation has established the Central Minnesota Response Fund and invites organizations to apply for funding.The purpose of this fund is to support the local community in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. This application will also serve as a tool for us and our funding partners to connect resources and people. The Central Minnesota Response Fund seeks to support unmet immediate needs of entities providing services to those affected locally by COVID-19 OR to entities who have experienced, due to COVID-19, a decrease of revenue which has led to an operational shortage.

Funding Amount Range: $500-$5,000

Focus Areas

  • Support for organizations with deep roots in community and have strong experiences with those impacted by crisis and providing direct services and support unmet needs.
  • Grant considerations for community-wide impact as follows:
    • Heightened awareness of equity and supporting vulnerable populations
    • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations related to closures (Examples might include but not limited to food, shelter, technology, etc.)
    • Increased demand for medical information and support (safety education, etc.)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible Organizations:
    • 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations
    • Schools
    • Government entities
  • Geographic Area: Grant must serve residents of
    • Benton County;
    • Stearns County;
    • And/or Sherburne County


  • What We Don't Fund
    • Individuals
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Political organizations or political campaigns
    • Annual fundraising drives
    • Endowments
    • Debt retirement or deficit financing
    • Payment for expenses already incurred
    • Scholarships or medical research
    • Grants for travel or conferences