Grants and Getting Help

Applying for help or a grant from the Community Foundation is easy! 

All grant applications and monitoring reports are done online through our Grant Portal or Scholarship Portal.

For a link to the correct portal and more information about specific programs, see the list below.

The Community Response Fund provides maximum flexibility and responsiveness to aid 501(c)3 nonprofits assisting community members who face financial uncertainty stemming from efforts to contain the virus. Examples include, but are not limited to, agencies that provide access to food and health-related services, serve vulnerable populations such as seniors, aid those experiencing homelessness, and support learning and child care needs.

One hundred percent of donations to the Community Response Fund will go directly to organizations serving those in need due to the pandemic. Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation will administer the Fund in close partnership with United Way. The collaboration includes several other local community funders who are volunteering their knowledge and time to review and award grants: Area Community Funds, Bigfork Valley Community Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Deer River Area Health Care Foundation, Grand Itasca Foundation, and Itasca Community College Foundation.

Check back often, and watch our Facebook page for grant applications to open.

  • Angel of Hope - The Angel of Hope Fund supports parents and families who are going through the loss of a child.  The Angel of Hope site is located on the south bank of the Mississippi River at SE 1st Street and 2nd Ave.  The park is open to the public.  For more information or to order a paver, call the Community Foundation at (218) 999-9100 or click the image to the right to download and complete a brochure.

  • Blandin Employees for Life - The Blandin Employees for Life Team has established a local cancer fund at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. Proceeds from Blandin Employees For Life Team remain local and available to area citizens needing short term help with cancer expenses.

  • Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund - -  This fund is designed to provide small crisis grants to families and individuals dealing with cancer in the Greater Itasca Area.  In addition, there may be help for your situation from a number of organizations.  The American Cancer Society has help for transportation and lodging during treatments. (  They prefer to work with you over the phone at: 800-227-2345.  There are other possibilities to be found online at:


  • Itasca County Sharing Fund - The Sharing Fund can only be accessed by a human services or other nonprofit type organization.  If you are in need of help, contact your case worker, pastor or 211 (First Call for Help).  Click the logo to the right to go to First Call's website.

  • Rural Leadership Access Fund - Provides grants for people with barriers to attend a rural, community-based leadership program.  It is preferred that you submit an online application.  If you cannot get access to the internet in order to apply online, a paper application is available by clicking the logo on the right, or by calling the Community Foundation at (218) 999-9100. Click here to apply on line. 


If you are a foundation or organization that offers rural, community-based leadership programs and would like more information about our Rural Leadership Access Fund, please contact Sarah at the Community Foundation by calling (218) 999-9100, or via email.

  • Veteran's Support Fund - Resources are available for people who served in the Armed Forces.  If you are a Veteran or served in the military in any way, please contact the Itasca County Veterans' Services Office at (218) 327-2858 or click the flag to the right to visit their website.

  • Nashwauk Area Community Fund - The Nashwauk Area Community Fund exclusively supports the communities of Nashwauk, Buck Lake, Pengilly, City of Keewatin and Goodland Township areas. Occasional grants may be considered outside of the Annual Grant Cycle.  Click the Nashwauk Area Community Fund link to apply online.  Click the logo to the right to go to the Nashwauk Area Community Fund website and donate or learn more.

  1. Between July 15 - September 15, requests for grants from the Nashwauk Area Community Fund must use the Annual Grant Cycle.

  2. Grant requests outside the Annual Grant Cycle must be for $1,000 or less.


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