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Community Foundation announces local grants

Several local groups received grants recently through the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, enabling them to provide protective equipment to law enforcement, build locker rooms and develop a park.

The foundation gave $5,000 to the Central Minnesota Elder Network to support companion visiting programs, and $5,000 to The Written Gift for advanced care planning, both through the Ruth McDonald Fund.

The Ruth McDonald Fund focuses on supporting health and wellness in the Alexandria area, especially for the health needs of people in poverty.

Through its "Difference Maker" grants, the foundation awarded $10,000 to the Alexandria Arts Association for a new marquee on its building front, $10,000 for the Veterans Memorial Park, $9,000 for We Got Your Back which supports law enforcement, $7,500 for the North Star Sports Complex to build locker rooms, and $2,000 for Kindred Family Focus to support foster families.

Each year, "Difference Maker" grants go toward groups that would bring about a lasting, positive change in the Alexandria area community.

The foundation also administers charitable funds for the Alexandria area. Since 1992, the foundation has grown to more than $3.3 million in assets and awarded over $2.9 million in grants to nonprofits.