Foundations award more than $20K in Rural Poverty Grants

Someplace Safe Douglas Advocacy Office in Alexandria received $3,400 for its Emergency Financial Resources for Rural Victim and Survivors of Crime program.

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ALEXANDRIA — The Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation jointly announced today that they’ve awarded seven grants, totaling $20,700 through the 2022 Rural Poverty Grant Round. Grant recipients are as follows:

  • Someplace Safe Douglas Advocacy Office in Alexandria received $3,400 for its Emergency Financial Resources for Rural Victim and Survivors of Crime program.
  • New Pathways, Inc. in Cambridge received $4,000 to help provide shelter and resources for families experiencing homelessness.
  • Bridges of Hope in Brainerd received $3,000 for the Lakes Area Resource Collaborative (formerly known as Lakes Area Housing Security Project) project.
  • Minnesota Amish Health Program in Mora received $3,300 for its Amish Health Home First Aid Kits project.
  • Hands of Hope Resource Center in Little Falls received $2,000 for general operating support.
  • Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Inc. in Crosby received $3,000 to help continue its Empowering Youth program.
  • Monticello Christian Social Services in Monticello received $2,000 for its Kids Kitchen program. 

The Rural Poverty Fund serves rural populations in 14 Central Minnesota area counties including Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright. This grant round is offered every other year, on even years, it will be available to applicants again in 2024.
The Central Minnesota Community Foundation attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. Since 1985, CMCF has grown to more than $147.6 million in assets and awarded more than $134.5 million in grants to non-profits.

The CMCF is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving, which is a collaborative of community foundations united under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors. Collectively, CommunityGiving administers more than 900 funds totaling nearly $201 million.

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