Get ready for the Community Foundation’s Annual Grant Cycle

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce we are starting our 2019 Annual Grant Cycle. Each year, the Annual Grant Cycle is open from July 15 – September 15.

The Community Foundation has money for your project or program. Each year, the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation provides grants to groups and organizations that serve the people of the Greater Itasca Area. Applications are accepted online at the Annual Grant Cycle page through the Grants and Getting Help tab of this website. Applications are submitted by program, not by organization. In other words, each program for which you are requesting money should have a separate application. Most organizations will only submit one application. However, if you are an organization that provides food in Deer River and in Remer, you should submit two applications – one for your Remer program, and one for the program in Deer River.

Nonprofit organizations and charitable groups should apply

Any nonprofit organization in the Greater Itasca Area is welcome to apply. We consider the Greater Itasca Area to be Itasca County plus all of Hill City, Nashwauk, Keewatin, Remer, Blackduck, and Northome. If you are a nonprofit organization, or a group with a charitable program that offers activities or services to people in the Greater Itasca Area, we encourage you to apply for one or more grants.

What is your need?

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation offers support for many different types of programs. Our tagline is “…joining charitable intentions with community need”. You tell us what you need, and we try to join, or match that need with the funds and donors at the Community Foundation.

Low Dollar, High Impact

The best grant applications are what we call “low dollar, high impact”. “My favorite example of a low dollar, high impact grant is one that was awarded to KAXE / KBXE (Northern Community Radio). Northern Community Radio and the Grand Rapids Area Library decided to work together to show movies in the summer. The Fund for the Arts provided a $640 grant to provide a projector and screen to use in the Rotary Tent,” notes Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs at the Community Foundation. “The Library and Northern Community Radio did the rest, showing free outdoor movies to families. Last summer, close to 100 local people enjoyed getting together under the Rotary Tent.”

Now KAXE / KBXE (Northern Community Radio) has the ability to provide all sorts of programs and activities for the community, using the projector and screen. Copeland spoke with Sarah Bignall, Director of Operations for KAXE / KBXE. “We have been able to use the projector and screen for many different programs. As a matter of fact, our 15th Annual Mississippi River Festival is coming up on Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th. You can see the projector and screen in action under the Rotary Tent.”

Tickets and more information for the upcoming Mississippi River Festival can be found at, or stop in to the studios anytime. Copeland notes the construction happening down by KAXE / KBXE, “If you haven’t checked out the new walking path and pedestrian bridge, you should go down to KAXE / KBXE and get a spectacular view of the Mighty Mississippi River.”

Music, Arts, Environment, helping people, and more

The Community Foundation has different funds and resources from where we can provide support for your project or program.

  • Fund for the Arts and the Betty Kauppi Music Fund provide small grants for all types of art and music activities for people to enjoy.

  • Fund for the Environment provides small grants for projects that teach or protect our environment.

  • Fund for Women provides small grants designed specifically for programs and activities that enhance and support the lives of local women.

  • Nashwauk Area Community Fund provides grants to projects and programs that better the lives for families in the Nashwauk Area.

We have several funds that provide small and medium grants for programs helping people in need. However, you don’t need to figure out how your program fits. We’ll try to join your needs with the funds and donors at the Community Foundation. Just apply using our General Grant application, starting tomorrow, July 15. For more information, click on Annual Grant Cycle on the Grants and Getting Help tab of this website.

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