The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation has contributed nearly $30,000 in the past six months to non-profit agencies in southern Cass and Crow Wing counties.
In all, 16 grants were awarded for $28,930.
The foundation is an affiliate of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, a $32 million regional foundation based in St. Cloud. This partnership saves the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation in administrative costs.
The purpose of the foundation is to attract and administer charitable funds for the benefit of residents in the Brainerd lakes area.
Grants awarded by the foundation include:
-- $3,200 to First Call for Help to produce a service directory for use by the area service providers, churches, schools and community organizations.
-- $3,000 to Brainerd Lakes Timber Bay program to support the summer camp program.
-- $2,900 to Northland Arboretum to support the Brainerd Area Youth Secret Gardens.
-- $2,500 to Kinship Partners of Brainerd for the Rainbows Program, a 12-week series that helps children deal with the loss of a parent through separation, divorce, abandonment or death.
-- $2,500 to Camp Confidence to help build interactive exhibits in the Mariucci Lodge Nature Center.
-- $2,500 to Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd to help with remodeling the kitchen of the Kingwood Street building.
-- $2,000 to Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to help purchase construction materials.
-- $2,000 Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen to help renovate the kitchen at Temple Baptist Fellowship Hall.
-- $2,000 challenge grant to Precious Years Learning Center in Nisswa to help operate the daycare facility at Christ Community Church.
-- $1,330 to Crow Wing County Historical Society in partnership with the Brainerd Arts Club to help sponsor the seventh annual Spring Art Expose.
-- $1,000 challenge grant to Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center to help purchase 10 microscopes for classes about water quality.
-- $1,000 to the Cuyuna Range Food Shelf in Crosby.
-- $1,000 to Lakes Area Chaplaincy Program to fund start-up costs.
-- $1,000 challenge grant to the Crow Wing County MADD chapter to help sponsor a poster and essay contest for elementary and middle school students.
-- $500 to Youth Advisory Council to help sponsor the Battle of the Bands during the Fourth of July weekend in Brainerd.
-- $500 to Hallett Community Center in Crosby to sponsor 10 weeks of pool therapy for special needs children.
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