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Bernick Family Foundation to award $150,000 to non-profits in area

St. Cloud, Minn. - The Bernick Family Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announce that $150,000 will be available in the fourth annual round of Bernick Family Foundation community grants. Letters of inquiry will be accepted through September 1.

"We received 120 applications just last year alone, so we know there are plenty of worthy causes that could use support," said Jason Bernick, Bernick's Director of Corporate Affairs. "We are very pleased that we'll be able to fund another group of great projects again this year."

The Bernick Family Foundation will accept applications for grants ranging from $3,000 to $50,000 in two focus areas: youth and education or health and fitness. Applicants must be 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, schools or government entities serving communities in which Bernick's operates, including the areas in and around Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, St. Cloud, and Willmar, Minnesota and Dresser, Wisconsin.

Complete grant guidelines and electronic applications are available through CMCF's website at Letters of inquiry must be submitted online by midnight on Sept. 1, 2011. Nonprofits with specific questions should contact Susan Lorenz at

The Bernick Family Foundation was established as a component of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 1989 to help Bernick's and the Bernick Family support organizations that reflect the family's core values, while providing leadership in responding to emerging community needs.

Founded in 1916, Bernick's is a fourth-generation family-owned business, providing beverage, vending and food service solutions. The Waite Park-based company has a long tradition of investing in its local communities to improve quality of life. In addition to their support through the Foundation, Bernick's continues as a longtime philanthropic leader through direct financial and in-kind donations to more than 100 causes each year.

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation, based in St. Cloud, is a public charity that administers over 500 charitable funds totaling more than $65 million for the benefit of local residents. CMCF has been engaging people and connecting resources to build a better community since 1985. CMCF deepens its community impact through its affiliates, Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, and Willmar Area Community Foundation, as well as its supporting organization the Minnesota Real Estate Foundation. Learn more at