Our Grants

Congratulations to the 2017 Grantees!


2017 Grant Recipient List

ABOUT the Community Partners Grants Fund

Thanks to generous contributions from individuals in the greater White Bear Lake community in 2017, the Foundation was able to make grants to 20 local area groups totaling $32,000. Grants were made for programs and projects that respond to community needs and that align with our mission.

The foundation hopes to continue with a second grant round in 2018 and encourages community residents who would like to support local organizations to contribute to our Community Partners Fund. Donations may be made here.

Information about the 2018 grant program will be available this summer. We anticipate the application requirements and process will be the same as in 2017.

For more information on the Fund, contact the foundation’s executive director, Jackie Reis at jackier@greaterwblfoundation.org or 651-408-5412.


Applications Should Clearly Describe:

  • the purpose of your project;
  • how it is consistent with the Foundation’s mission to inspire philanthropy and enrich the lives of
  • people who live in the communities that share the shores of White Bear Lake, now and in the future
  • the community need, problem or opportunity the project plans to address
  • how the community will benefit from the project;
  • a detailed plan of project activities; and how you will evaluate the success of your project.

Who Can Apply

  • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status or groups that have an appropriate fiscal sponsor, and government entities (i.e., schools and municipalities).
  • Churches and religious organizations may apply for support for activities that benefit the larger community, but not for activities that have a specific religious purpose.
  • Organizations located in or primarily serving residents of the greater White Bear Lake area.
  • Programs or projects that are consistent  with the Foundation’s mission to inspire philanthropy and to enrich the lives of people in the communities that share the shores of White Bear Lake: Birchwood Village, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, and White Bear Township, now and in the future.


  • Political campaigns or lobbying.
  • Requests from individuals for support.
  • Projects that have been completed prior to funding decisions.

Application Process & Timeline

Phase 1
Applications accepted by Foundation

Phase 2
Informational meetings will be hosted for interested applicants

Phase 3
Grants Committee application review

Phase 4
Foundation Board meets to approve chosen grants

Phase 5
Applicants notified of funding decisions



Carol McFarlane, Chair
John Redpath, Vice Chair
Bryan Belisle
Beverley Driscoll
Marilyn Muellner
Mark Sather

Jackie Reis, Executive Director