Annual Grant Cycle Deadline is September 15

The deadline to submit an application for the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation’s 2019 Annual Grant Cycle is September 15.

Bob Barker and Oprah

“Every weekday, Bob Barker would say, ‘Come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Price is Right!’ people would hoot and holler and run down the aisles,” states Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs at the Community Foundation. “That was every day. Then there was the once-in-a-lifetime episode where Oprah announced, ‘You get a car, and you get a car!’ as she pointed to everyone in the studio audience. We aren’t giving away cars, and you don’t need to guess the price of a lifetime supply of Rice-A-Roni,” continues Copeland. “We have money to support projects and programs in the Greater Itasca Area. You just have to tell us what you need.”

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. Click Here

One application for each program

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 needs”. 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”.

“We understand it takes money to provide programs to the community,” notes Copeland. “We are here to tell you that no program is too small. What is your group or organization doing to bring the community together? How are you supporting youth or involving seniors in art projects?”

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.

Apply now

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, before midnight September 15. Click here to jump to the Annual Grant Cycle page.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the great work we do and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?”

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