The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation recently announced it has awarded $96,500 in grants to 14 area nonprofit organizations.
The foundation has provided about $1.2 million in grants since it started in 1998. It is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the residents of Crow Wing and southern Cass counties. Nonprofit organizations, particularly those with programs focusing on youths, community progress, human services, assistance to nonprofits, and building social capital, are encouraged to apply for BLACF's general grants.
The latest round of grants support a variety of community needs ranging from financial resources programs, families in need and a venture philanthropy project to help open a thrift store.
The local grant recipients are: Junior Achievement of Brainerd, $2,500 to support school-based programs for area students; Salem Lutheran Church/Salem WEST, $5,000 to support families in need and children's activities; Kinship Partners, $3,500 for the summer "Blueprint" Program; Central Lakes College Foundation, $5,000 to support the "Random Acts of Kindness" Program; Brainerd Lakes Timber Bay, $4,000 for the 2009 Summer Program for at-risk youths; Nisswa Community Children's Library, $3,500 to support the Brainerd area library programs; New Pathways Inc., $10,000 to support the activities at the Family Day Center; Crow Wing County Coalition to End Poverty, $8,000 to hire a part-time staff person and complete a community assessment; Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project, $2,000 for partial funding for fifth year of Restorative Justice Project; Bridges of Hope, $48,000 to support the Financial Resources Program ($8,000) and Venture Philanthropy Thrift Store Project ($40,000); Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, $2,500 to upgrade computer technology; Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library, $1,000 to fund the Wanted Readers Program; Pequot Lakes Community Library, $1,000 to purchase books for young adults and juveniles; Pillager Senior Citizens Center, $500 to help maintain activities for seniors.
For more information, contact Susan Lorenz, program officer, at (877) 253-4380. The next deadline for grant applications is Aug. 1.
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