Remer Depot
Remer whole train
Remer train track
Remer part train
Remer back train
fall lake

Our community is a special place with hard-working families who support each other.  We value the special beauty of our lakes, rivers, and forests, and many in our area make their living from them.  This is "home" for us.


We now have an opportunity to make our community even better!  With the support of the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, gifts to the Greater Itasca Area Community Fund (up to $200,000) are matched 1:1 to support our future needs. Your donation will be doubled! We have three years to reach our total of $400,000.00.


In the past, the Community Fund has distributed grants that:

  • Significantly benefit the community for the resources invested

  • Are creative, innovative and address community need

  • Eliminate duplication of services and encourage cooperation

  • Increase volunteer involvement and commitment to community needs

  • Leverage other resources


The interest earned from the investment of the Greater Itasca Area Community Fund will be available for future needs in Bigfork, Blackduck, Cohasset, Grand Rapids, Northome, Remer, Warba and all other townships and cities within the school districts serving these areas. Every donation is important because every dollar is matched no matter what a person can give. All community supporters will be recognized for their contributions over the three-year match.

The recognition levels are:

   Supporters: up to $999    Friends: $1,000 - $4,999   Founders: $5,000 +


Our Greater Itasca Area Community Fund Advisory Committee members are intent on reaching the goal. We hope you will consider a gift to support YOUR Greater Itasca Area Community Fund. Our children and their grandchildren will benefit from your generosity for years to come.


We are happy to answer your questions about the benefits of a community endowment.

Thank you for your gift to our Community!

All gifts to the

Greater Itasca Area Community Fund

are currently matched (1:1)

with a generous grant from the

Blandin Foundation.

Greater Itasca Area Community Fund

Fund Advisory Committee Members:


Gwynne Bobich

Kelly Hain

B.J. Hansen

Bob Holycross

Mary Ives

Mary Kosak

Kristian Myers

Bud Schneider


For many years, the Greater Itasca Area Community Fund has been providing “small dollar, high impact” grants to programs that enrich our local communities.

During the 2017 Annual Grant Cycle, we provided:

  • Remer Ambulance Services                                  $825

  • Itasca County Family YMCA Youth Programs       $1,000

  • Great Minds Learning Center Educational Materials $315

Other programs that have received grants from the Greater Itasca Area Community Fund include: Pedals Re-Purposed, a bicycle collaboration between the Police Department and the Cap Baker Lions Club, Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market, Hired Hands, Community Café, Bridges Kinship Mentoring, Earth Circle and others.


350 NW 1st Ave, Suite E  | Grand Rapids, MN 55744  |  218-999-9100

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