The Alexandria Area Community Foundation recently awarded an additional $30,000 in grants from the Alexandria Response Fund to support local COVID-19 relief efforts.

In total, the fund has now granted $70,000 to help organizations and individuals during the pandemic.

The newest grant recipients are as follows:

  • $5,000 to support child care tuition assistance at the Alexandria Area YMCA.

  • $5,000 to support technology to help isolated seniors connect with loved ones through the Knute Nelson Foundation.

  • $5,000 to support bringing back furloughed staff preparing for re-opening at the Alexandria Senior Center.

  • $5,000 to provide housing support to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 through Life Connections.

  • $5,000 to support two summer food drops in the Alexandria area through United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties.

  • $5,000 to assist those in threat of homelessness to maintain their current housing through West Central Minnesota Communities Action.

The Alexandria Response Fund was established in late February after a downtown fire destroyed four buildings. The purpose of the fund is to help in times of crisis, such as the fires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AACF board of directors also made the decision at the end of April to suspend the yearly "Difference Maker" Grant round and instead put those dollars into the Alexandria Response Fund to support the needs of the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our community and these organizations are helping those most in need during these uncertain times,” said Holly Witt, AACF executive director. “The work of the Alexandria Response Fund is only possible through the amazing generosity of our community so we thank each and every donor for their support. There is still work to be done but we will get through it together."

If you are interested in making a gift to the fund, visit http://www.communitygiving.org/donate/alexandria-response-fund to make a gift via credit card or checks can be mailed to Alexandria Area Community Foundation, 12010 Broadway Street South, Suite 240, PMB 264, Alexandria, MN 56308.

The AACF continues to work with local agencies to identify the greatest needs of the community and disseminate the funds to local 501c(3) nonprofits, governmental and faith-based organizations. Organizations who are interested in applying for funding can visit www.communitygiving.org/covid-19.

The AACF attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local Alexandria area. Since 1992, AACF has grown to over $4.8 million in assets and awarded over $3.9 million in grants to nonprofits. The AACF is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving, which is a collaborative of many community foundations united under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors.

Collectively, CommunityGiving administers nearly 850 funds totaling more than $150 million. Learn more at CommunityGiving.org/Alexandria.