Northwest Minnesota Foundation Grants

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group College / University Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Minnesota: Beltrami County, Clearwater County, Hubbard County, Kittson County, Lake of the Woods County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Our mission is to “make the region a better place to live and work”. NMF strives to make the following impacts:

  • Better conservation and promotion of natural resources
  • More vital communities
  • Greater education opportunity
  • Better healthcare and healthier lifestyles
  • Improved community infrastructure
  • More effective individuals, communities, and organizations
  • Better services to children, families, and the aging
  • Stronger network of individuals and organizations
  • More resilient and diversified communities

NMF Grant Programs

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation funds the following Four Grant Programs:

Community Connections Program

These grants help organizations develop new networks, build coalitions, and promote collaborations between human service providers, other organizations, and/or public agencies. NMF will consider projects that address one or more of the following:

  • Joint ventures leading to increased effectiveness and efficiency among organizations and/or public agencies
  • Cooperative planning and implementation, including shared resources, staffing, programs or possible mergers between organizations and/or public agencies
  • Innovative school-community partnerships to improve high school graduation rates, increase college participation, and/or foster career exploration

Community Planning Program

These grants help support the design and implementation of plans that address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Comprehensive community development planning, including plans for recreational parks and trails, housing, transportation, and other community issues
  • Research and demonstration projects that promote sustainable development strategies, new processing methods to further value-added agriculture, energy conservation, renewable fuels, and/or alternative energy technologies
  • Economic development planning and initiatives.

Caring Communities Program

These grants are used for new, innovative efforts that address the needs of children, families, and the elderly. The grant must serve one or more of the following priorities:

  • Reducing the incidence of physical and emotional violence among children
  • Alleviating childhood dysfunction in the areas of learning, social development, and health
  • Preventing at-risk behaviors (e.g. eating disorders, promiscuity, depression, suicidal tendencies, and alcohol, tobacco, and drug use) among children and adolescents
  • Enabling the elderly to remain healthy, integrated members of their communities

Natural Resources Program

These grants help support efforts around preservation, promotion, and value-added agriculture. They must promote the following priority:

  • Promoting the sustainable use and preservation of the region’s natural resource base.

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  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation awards grants only to organizations located and/or conducting activities in our 12-county service area (i.e. Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Counties; and Red Lake Reservation and White Earth Reservation).
  • Applicants must be public agencies, local government units, or private nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status.
  • NMF awards grants for typical project-based expenses such as salary and fringe, consultant contracts, local travel, technology, supplies, and equipment essential to complete a project.
  • NMF grant applications must fit into one of our four grant programs, as well as our priority areas.
  • Each application requires an equal (100%) match


  • Grants from NMF cannot be used for capital campaigns, annual fund drives, endowments, building construction, religious activities, past operating deficits, general operating expenses, indirect costs, lobbying, publicity and direct marketing.
  • Grants solely for equipment or capital improvements will not be considered.
  • Grants for professional services (i.e. attorneys, website developers, accountants, grant writers, engineers, architects, etc.) are largely considered part of an operating expense and would not qualify.

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