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Bernick Family foundation to award $150,000

Letters of inquiry from nonprofits due September 1

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

"Our community grants process has helped us fund really worthy projects across our service area the past several years," said Jason Bernick, Bernick's director of corporate affairs.

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, Willmar 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 September 1.

Nonprofits with specific questions should contact Susan Lorenz at

The Bernick Family Foundation was established as a component of the CMCF 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.

The CMCF, based in St. Cloud, is a public charity that administers more than 550 charitable funds totaling more than $85 million for the benefit of local residents. Learn more at