The Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation has awarded $41,150 in grants to 23 projects serving people living in the communities that make up the White Bear Lake area. These awards are being given from the Community Partners Fund and from foundation field-of-interest funds: girls in science, social justice and conserving the environment.


“Thanks to the generosity of the 62 individuals who contributed to the Community Partners Fund this year, the foundation was able to respond to needs described in the grant proposals,” said Carol McFarlane, chair of the grants committee. “These contributions illustrate how our community can collectively make a difference.”


Many of the grants awarded this year focus on children and youth — including projects to teach students about philanthropy and helping others and projects to provide opportunities in the arts, science, technology, health and wellness, the environment, mentoring and community service.

Seniors, low-income individuals and families, and people with developmental disabilities will also benefit from projects funded this year. Other grants will support and enhance community life for all. A full list of projects is available on the foundation’s website:


The 2018 grants represent an increase of 28 percent over the amount awarded in 2017. The grants committee, which in addition to McFarlane consists of Susan Alnes, Bryan Belisle, Beverley Driscoll, Marilyn Muellner, John Redpath and Mark Sather, reviewed grant requests totaling $82,400, more than the amount available for grants.


“We recognize the good work being done by local organizations and groups to address needs,” said McFarlane, “and we encourage people in the community to partner with the foundation in supporting them by contributing to our Community Partners Fund. Together, we can make a difference.”


Recipients of the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation 2018 grant awards


• BearPower (Lakeview Hospital/Health Partners) – $2,000 (to support community outreach efforts)


• Century College Foundation: Coming Together for Social Justice – $2,500 (to support community meetings for individuals in the greater White Bear Lake area as part of this project)


• Cheerful Givers: Best Birthday Bags Ever – $500 (to provide opportunities for low-income parents to make a customized birthday bag for their child’s birthday)


• City of Mahtomedi: Beautify Downtown Mahtomedi & Willernie – $1,500 (toward project to install decorative streetlights in the downtown area)


• Frassati Catholic Academy: Stay Warm in White Bear Lake – $1,000 (to purchase materials and supplies that students from fifth through eighth grades will use to assemble bed packs and blankets to donate to local organizations)  


• H20 for Life – $2,500 (contribution to develop a Women in STEAM Toolkit)


• Hearts & Hammers: Home Revitalization – $3,000 (for exterior home improvement assistance project in White Bear Lake)


• Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest – $750 (to expand programming in kindergarten/first grade at Matoska International IB World School)


• Lakeshore Players Inc. – $2,500 (to support a theater education program in the pilot year of a partnership with Lakeaires Elementary)


• Leadership Tomorrow Team Project: Achieving Positive Public Dialogue – $500 (support of project designed by two participants in Leadership Tomorrow)


• Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf – $2,500 (support of the food shelf’s backpack and summer lunch programs)


• Mahtomedi High School MAPS Team: Modeling A Protein Story – $1,500 (to support student research and modeling protein structures in three dimensions, and presenting their findings at a professional conference)


• Mahtomedi Public School District 832: The Wonder of Woods and Wetlands – $900 (to provide binoculars to enhance outdoor education for students at Wildwood Elementary)


• Northeast Youth & Family Services – $2,000 (support of program that pairs seniors living in their home in the greater White Bear Lake area with community youth and adult volunteers to provide help with seasonal and routine chores)

• Phoenix Alternatives Inc. (PAI) – $4,000 (to increase community engagement for PAI participants by acquiring and outfitting a Care Van, leasing a lift-equipped transportation vehicle)


• Solid Ground: Mentoring Program – $4,000 (to develop a mentoring program for middle school and high school youth)


• St. Catherine University: Head Lice Incidence, Education & Stigma in Elementary Schools – $2,000 (to expand this research project in White Bear Lake elementary schools)


• St. Jude of the Lake Catholic IB School: Bedtime Bags – $300 (to allow students to experience acts of kindness by putting together nighttime supplies for children and families experiencing hard times)


• White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf: Mobile Market Program – $1,500 (to increase the number of mobile markets serving seniors in the White Bear area)


• White Bear Center for the Arts: WriteNow! – $1,100 (to support costs of annual high school writing contest)


• White Bear Lake Area Historical Society: Rehousing Lakeshore Players Archives – $1,000 (to assist in providing appropriate materials to archive and catalog historical records dating from 1953)


• White Bear Lake Area Schools District 624: Career Pathways – $1,600 (to purchase 30 Raspberry Pi Computers for students in Career Pathways program)


• YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Area: Enriching Lives – $2,000 (to provide financial aid when needed to make YMCA programs accessible to youth and families in the Greater White Bear Lake area)