Our Grants

The Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 round of grantmaking. We have received many applications from the community for programs and projects that respond to community needs and that align with our mission. The Foundation is interested in hearing your ideas. At least $35,000 will be available. In general, grant awards will range from $1,000 - $5,000. A small portion of the funds are available from our Social Justice Fund and our Girls in Science Fund, both part of our Expanding Opportunities for All Field of Interest Fund, and from our Conserving Our Natural Environment Field of Interest Fund. Grants will not be made to any 2017 grantees who have not submitted their final report.
2018 Grant Applications Closed2017 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 award $32,000 in grants to 20 local organizations. The Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 round of grantmaking. From Aug. 6–Oct. 5 2018, we will accept applications from the community for programs and projects that respond to community needs and that align with our mission. The Foundation is interested in hearing your ideas. At least $35,000 will be available. In general, grant awards will range from $1,000 – $5,000. A small portion of the funds are available from our Social Justice Fund and our Girls in Science Fund, both part of our Expanding Opportunities for All Field of Interest Fund, and from our Conserving Our Natural Environment Field of Interest Fund.

The Foundation encourages community residents who would like to support local organizations to contribute to our Community Partners Fund for future Grant programs. Donations may be made here.

For more information, contact the foundation’s executive director, Jackie Reis at jackier@greaterwblfoundation.org or 651-408-5412.
Grants will not be made to any 2017 grantees who have not submitted their final report.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications Should Clearly Describe:

  • The purpose of your project and 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 or problem the project plans to address
  • How the community will benefit from the project
  • A detailed plan of project activities
  • 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

Limitations

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


Looking for more insight? We welcome calls from prospective applicants and also recommend applicants attend one of our informational meetings (Aug. 28 or Sept. 4).

Application Process & Timeline


Phase 1: Aug. 6 – Oct. 5
Applications accepted by Foundation

Phase 2: Aug. 28 & Sept. 4
Informational Meetings will be hosted for interested applicants

  • Aug. 28 at 7:30 am, White Bear Country Inn
  • Sept. 4 at 4:30 pm, Wildwood Library, Mahtomedi

*To register for an Informational Meeting, please contact JackieR@greaterwblfoundation.org*


Phase 3: Oct. 6-22
Grants Committee application review


Phase 4: Oct. 25
Foundation Board meets to approve grants


Phase 5: Oct. 26-31
Applicants notified of funding decisions


 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS FUND GRANTS COMMITTEE

Carol McFarlane, Chair
John Redpath, Vice Chair
Susan Alnes
Bryan Belisle
Beverley Driscoll
Marilyn Muellner
Mark Sather
Jackie Reis, Executive Director