Please review our Core Funding Areas and What We Fund on our MAF Community Grants page. Guidelines of what the Foundation will and will not support can also be viewed below. If you still have questions please contact:

Sarah Beiswanger
  • The Mankato Area Foundation focuses its Community Fund Grants typically within the Independent School District #77 geographic boundaries (Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake and Madison Lake). Nonprofits located outside of the geographic boundaries are eligible to apply if there is a direct benefit to the Greater Mankato Area.
  • Projects must fit the MAF mission and funding priorities: Education & Community Development, Arts & Culture, Recreation and Aesthetics.
  • Projects must be visible, available to a large portion of the public and have a lasting positive impact.
  • Funds can only be awarded to non-profit organizations or project committees that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
  • Operating/recurring expenses or advertising of special events.
  • Any project activity or event that will be completed before MAF funds are awarded (two calendar months after the deadline). Organizations that practice discrimination by race, creed, gender, disability condition, sexual preference or national origin. Political activities or organizations. Religious organizations for sectarian purposes. Fraternal, veteran or labor groups for activities serving only their membership. Organizations serving populations primarily outside the Greater Mankato area. Projects benefitting individuals, privately owned property or businesses.
We encourage you to review previously funded projects.
  1. Please read the eligibility requirements for the grant carefully.
  2. Go to the MAF Community Grants page, locate the Apply for a Grant tab and click on Start Here. A login and password will be required and can be established at the beginning of the process. Please remember the login and password for future use.
  3. Complete the requested application information in the on-line forms.
Our grant software is turned off periodically for maintenance and/or during the grant review process. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online application system, please contact:

Sarah Beiswanger
The Mankato Area Foundation has moved to an online application process to reduce processing time and assure that our records are up to date and accessible. We can serve you better with the online process and do require an online application for grant requests. If you need specific accommodations, please contact:

Sarah Beiswanger
We only give grants to non-profit organizations or project committees that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
Yes, grant applicants may use a Fiscal Sponsor. Yes, the Mankato Area Foundation is able to be a Fiscal Sponsor. Projects are reviewed on a case by case basis and a thorough review by MAF staff is required. For more information please contact:

Sarah Beiswanger
Applications will be screened for eligibility and completeness by Mankato Area Foundation staff. The MAF Granting Committee, which is made up of both Board and community members, will evaluate eligible applications and will forward grant recommendations to the Mankato Area Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.
All applicants will be notified in writing if their grant was approved or denied approximately two months after the application was submitted.
Only one grant will be given per year to any given organization. Please note that the Mankato Area Foundation does not provide ongoing funds for specific projects.

The Page Jones Richards Family Fund maintains its focus on family priorities, even as part of the Mankato Area Foundation. Sarah Richards has one word for why her family decided to convert their foundation to a donor-advised fund run by the Mankato Area Foundation: trust.

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