Community. For Good.

At the Mankato Area Foundation, we work as a knowledgeable and innovative resource that promotes philanthropy and drives transformative action to strengthen our region and improve lives.

For our region, we serve as a grantmaker and collaborative partner. As a resource for nonprofit groups within the Greater Mankato region, our Community Impact Grants are designed to be strategic and responsive to the ever-changing needs of our community and surrounding areas.

COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS

Quarterly, the Mankato Area Foundation makes grants in response to applications received from non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies. As part of the framework for our granting, Mankato Area Foundation funds projects and programs aimed at strengthening our region, improving lives, and fueling growth or change.

DONOR ADVISED GRANTS

In addition to our Community Impact Grants program, many of our grants to area nonprofit organizations are made through Donor Advised Funds that are established by individuals, families, or organizations who wish to give back to the causes they care about.

Though the Foundation may make donors aware of worthy grant applications that could not be funded by our overall fund, Donor Advised Funds do not accept applications directly.

FUNDING PRIORITY

Does the project or program strengthen our region, improve lives and/or fuel growth or change?

DEADLINES

Letters of Inquiry are accepted on a quarterly basis.

January 1

April 1

July 1

October 1

HOW IT WORKS

Step 1: Review our Funding Guidelines

Once you have reviewed our funding guidelines, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Community Grants and Scholarships.

Step 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry

We ask that you submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) outlining your project or program.

Step 3: If requested, submit a full application

Once our granting committee reviews all LOI's, you may be invited to submit a full grant application electronically.

Get Started

As a community foundation, the Mankato Area Foundation is always looking for effective program and project ideas that can improve the livability within the Greater Mankato region.

Our grants support a wide range of projects and organizations. As our potential partner, please review our funding guidelines before submitting a letter of inquiry to determine if your program or project is a fit.

Every applicant is encouraged to contact our Director of Community Grants and Scholarships to discuss your project or program and answer any questions that you have. We value your time and do not want you to spend unnecessary hours and resources preparing a proposal unless there is a clear possibility of working together.

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school, or government agency located in or serving Blue Earth and Nicollet counties.

  • Projects or programs must strengthen our region, improve lives or fuel growth or change.

  • Operating grants may be considered for organizational transitions or to build capacity.


What our grants do not support:

  • Any project, activity, or event that will be completed before the grant is awarded (two calendar months after the deadline).

  • Fraternal, veterans or labor groups for activities that serve only their membership.

  • More than one grant per year to any given organization.

  • Organizations serving populations primarily outside the Blue Earth or Nicollet counties.

  • Organizations that practice any form of discrimination.

  • Political activities or organizations.

  • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes.

Community Impact Grants

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MAF DEADLINES

Letters of Inquiry are due on a quarterly basis.
January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1

Donor Advised Funds

No unsolicited applications.

For more information contact:
Sarah Beiswanger
507.344.7267
sarah@mankatoareafoundation.com
Projects or organizations receiving funding will be required to submit the MAF Final Report Form within 30 days of completion of the project or at the completion date listed on the application (whichever comes first). Organizations receiving grants must also provide samples of marketing materials that acknowledge the MAF contribution.

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For more information contact:
Sarah Beiswanger
507.389.4583
sarah@mankatoareafoundation.com

Recent Grants

2018 Community Fund Grants

SPRING

Mahkato Mdewakanton Association
MMA Arbor Project, $15,000

City Center Partnership
Foundational Racial Equity Training, $10,000

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
Prairie Garden Enhancements, $6,000

Mankato Area Community Band
Concert of Spanish Band Music, $900

2017 Community Fund Grants

FALL

Boys and Girls Club of Rochester
Establish a Boys and Girls Club of Mankato, $25,000

Twilight Garden Club
Historic Hubbard House Landscaping, $5,000

Key City Bike
Strategic Planning, $5,000

Mankato Area Public Schools
Mankato Vex Robotics, $5,000

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Southern MN Regional Science and Engineering Fair, $5,000

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Scholarships, $5,000

South Central College
Scholarships, $5,000

City of Mankato
Addition of Windows to Sibley Park Giving Barn, $2,261

City Center Partnership
CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, $2,000

SPRING

VINE Faith in Action
Completion of the 5th Floor, $30,000

Feeding Our Communities Partners
Strategic Plan, $6,650

Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra
Education Outreach with the Minnesota Opera, $1,200

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Scholarships, $5,000

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Formula SAE Project, $5,000

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Girls Explore STEM Summer Program, $5,000

Twin River Council for the Arts
Emy Frentz Arts Guild Acoustic Panels, $4,433

2016 Community Fund Grants

SPRING

The Miracle League of North Mankato
Fallenstein Playground, $60,000

Kiwanis Holiday Lights
Sibley Park Red Barn Completion, $40,000

Gustavus Adolphus College
Nobel Conference High School Outreach, $10,000

Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Rockin’ Fourth of July Free Community Concert, $5,000

South Central College
Scholarships, $5,000

City Center Partnership
CityArt Flood Wall Mural, $6,000

FALL

Anthony Ford Fund
Spring Lake Park Outdoor Skating and Recreation Facility, $50,000

YWCA Mankato
Ready to Learn, $6,500

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Southern MN Regional Science and Engineering Fair, $5,000

South Central College
Beam+Robots, $3,990

Kato Public Charter School
Artist in Residence, $2,400

City Center Partnership
CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, $2,000

2015 Community Fund Grants

SPRING

Blue Earth County Parks Department
Williams Nature Park Revitalization Project, $13,194

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
Robotics Lab, $5,000

City Center Partnership
Arts and Historic District Enhancement Plan, $10,000

Feeding Our Communities Partners
BackPack Food Program Assembly Area Project, $3,000

Mankato Area Community Band/Lincoln Dramatic Play Group
Blue Earth County Courthouse Lawn Party and Concert, $1,100

Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Rockin’ Fourth at Riverfront Park, $7,500

Merely Players
Community Theater Infrastructure Improvements, $5,930

Royal Family KIDS
Camp Scholarships, $5,000

YWCA Mankato
Girls Programming, $5,500

FALL

Connecting Kids
Connecting Kids Outreach, $18,000

Twin Rivers Council for the Arts
Technology Upgrades to Online Community Calendar, $7,500

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Southern MN Regional Science and Engineering Fair, $5,000

Minnesota State University, Mankato
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, $5,000

MRCI WorkSource
Arts Programming, $5,000

VINE Faith in Action
Hearing Technology for Education, $3,500

South Central Service Cooperative
Young Writers & Artist Conference, $1,500

2014 Community Fund Grants

SPRING

VINE Faith in Action
Community Patio at the VINE Adult Community Center, $15,000

Connecting Kids
Connecting Kids Outreach, $10,000

Boy in Blue
Memorial Walkway Project, $5,000

The Miracle League of North Mankato
Transportation, $4,000

City Center Partnership
CityArt on the Go, $3,000

Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Rockin' Fourth of July Free Community Concert, $3,000

Mankato West High School
Mankato VEX Robotics, $2,300

Mankato Area Community Band/Lincoln Dramatic Play Group
Special Patriotic Concerts with Dramatic Scenes, $1,140

FALL 

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Scholarships, $6,000

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Southern MN Regional Science and Engineering Fair, $6,000

Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP)
Technology Upgrade, $5,000

SMILES
Assistive Technology for Lending Library, $5,000

Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato
Program Support, $3,500

Maritime Heritage Minnesota
Blue Earth County Dugout Canoe, $1,521.67

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Formula SAE Project, $1,500

South Central Service Cooperative
Young Writers & Artists Conference, $1,500