Consolidated Communications Community Fund

The mission of the Consolidated Communications Community Fund is to support initiatives benefiting people and communities in the Company's southern Minnesota service area, with a focus on K-12 education and critical community needs. The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation has awarded 23 grants totaling $150,000 to non-profit organizations. Click here to see the full list of recipients.

The Mankato Area Foundation is pleased to manage the Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation. For more information regarding their December 1 granting deadline, see the information below or go to please click on the link below Consolidated Communications Community Fund Granting

Grant applications are available online at: Application


Consolidated Communications is committed to investing in our youth and supporting K-12 academic initiatives, with a focus on programs and projects that enhance student learning through creative and innovative concepts.

The Consolidated Communications Community Fund is focused on supporting programs that address critical and vital basic needs in our community, from hunger to homelessness, and supporting initiatives that help people who are struggling or facing crisis situations.

About Us

The Community Fund was formed in 1963 to provide financial support to organizations and programs making a difference in southern Minnesota. Over the years, we have awarded more than $5 million to non-profit organizations benefitting communities in the company's service area. The Community Fund is proud to support charitable organizations and initiatives that make the communities we serve vibrant places to work and live.

Grants will be awarded to organizations within or benefitting Consolidated Communications' southern Minnesota service area, including the communities of: Mankato, North Mankato, Amboy, Cambria, Eagle Lake, Ellendale, Faribault, Garden City, Good Thunder, Janesville, Lake Crystal, Madison Lake, Mapleton, New Richland, Nicollet, Pemberton, St. Clair, St. Peter, Vernon Center and Waseca.


  • Organizations without a 501(c)(3) IRS exempt status, except for some government organizations, such as schools.
  • Organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, gender, sexual preference or national origin.
  • Individuals.
  • Political activities or organizations.
  • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes.
  • Fraternal, veteran or labor groups when serving only their membership.
  • Special occasion or goodwill advertising.
  • Loans or loan guarantees.
  • Cause related marketing.

Grant Cycle:

    The Fund's grant cycle runs from March 1 through February 28. Grants are designated on an annual basis. All requests for funding must be received by December 1, 2016 for budget considerations for the March 2017 - February 2018 grant cycle.

Ready to apply for a grant online?

The online application is available at

When applying for a grant, the following information is requested:

  • Contact information, title of project, name of organization and an executive summary
  • Project focus area (education, community or other) and communities served by project
  • Project start and end dates, amount requested, percent of project budget this request represents
  • A detailed description of the project, including specific goals, project timelines and anticipated impact
  • Applicable project partners and a list of the local organizations providing similar services and how your program differentiates
  • A list of current funding sources and their funding levels (both financial and in-kind)
  • If applicable, a list of Consolidated Communiciations employees who volunteer with your organization
  • A description of how the Consolidated Communications Community Fund would be recognized
  • Recent financial statements and list of board of directors, including their business, government or community affiliation

  • For more information contact:
    Sarah Beiswanger
    Projects or organizations receiving funding will be required to submit the CCCF Final Report Form.

    Download a CCCF Final Report Form

    For more information contact:
    Sarah Beiswanger



    Continuing its Commitments

    The Mankato Area Foundation has helped the Consolidated Communications Community Fund continue providing grants to local organizations.

    Amid all the changes that John Finke was thinking about when Enventis was purchased by Consolidated Communications in 2014 was the question of what to do with the company’s foundation. READ MORE