The Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation is pleased to announce its 2018 round of grant-making. From Aug. 6-Oct.5, 2018, the foundation will accept online applications from the community for programs and projects that respond to community needs and that align 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).

The foundation is interested in hearing from community groups what they see as needs or opportunities and how they propose addressing them. At least $35,000 will be available and, in general, grant awards will range from $1,000 to $5,000. New this year are opportunities for funding from several field of interest funds: Conserving our Environment, Girls in Science, and Social Justice.

Informational meetings for those interested in learning more about this grants program will be held at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at White Bear Country Inn and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mahtomedi’s Wildwood Library. Information is also available on the foundation’s website: greaterwblfoundation.org.

In 2017, the foundation was able to award $32,000 in grants to 20 local organizations that represented a wide variety of fields of interest, including serving the senior population, preserving the environment, carrying out cultural and historical activities, caring for those in need, and providing educational opportunities. These grants, however, only made a small dent in the need; the 32 requests received by the foundation totaled more than $140,000.

“The foundation’s Community Partners Fund is made possible by contributions from individuals in the greater White Bear Lake area,” said Carol McFarlane, foundation vice chair and chair of the Community Partners Grant Committee. “By contributing to the fund, everyone can join with their neighbors to provide financial support to projects that directly and collectively benefit people and organizations closest to home. We encourage community residents to join the foundation in this effort to support our local groups by donating to the fund. No contribution is too small.”

To make a donation or for further information on the Community Partners Fund, visit the foundation’s website: greaterwblfoundation.org, or call 651-408-5412.