United Way, Mankato Area Foundation award Community Response Fund grants

United Way, Mankato Area Foundation award Community Response Fund grants
The Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation established the Community Response Fund to assist in their joint efforts to address emerging needs in southern Minnesota. (Source: Greater Mankato Area United Way/Mankato Area Foundation)

(KEYC) — The Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation announced its fifth round of grants Friday.

The organizations awarded $18,500 in grants to seven community organizations during this round.

The grant recipients include:

  • Mankato Area Public Schools for supplies to print PPE on 3D printers;
  • BENCHS for a Pet Food Shelf for people who have lost jobs due to COVID-19 and can’t afford to buy pet food;
  • Lutheran Social Services to increase meals for seniors to two meals per day;
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans to assist veterans with incidentals due to job losses;
  • Hispanic Advocacy and Empowerment through Research for online mental health services;
  • City of Mankato for sanitizing community nonprofits; and
  • Get Mankato PPE for supplies and make PPE to distribute.

With the announcement of the fifth round of grants, the Mankato Area COVID-19 Community Response Fund has distributed a total of $132,750, as of Friday, April 24.

Any nonprofit organizations that have questions about how to apply are encouraged to contact Sarah Beiswanger by emailing sarah@mankatoareafoundation.com.

Visit the Greater Mankato Area United Way’s website, Mankato Area Foundation’s website, or the COVID-19 Community Response Fund webpage for additional information.


Greater Mankato Area United Way, Mankato Area Foundation announces fourth round of grants

The Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation announce that they have awarded the fourth round of Community Response Fund grants to four community organizations.

The fourth round of funding awarded $18,500 to the following organizations:

  • New Funding
    • Community Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) for hotel funds for victims seeking safety from relationship violence; and
  • Additional Funding
    • Blue Earth County Library
    • Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC), Mankato Refugee Services
    • North Mankato Taylor Library

The Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation report that $94,250 has been awarded to community organizations as of Friday, April 17.

Any nonprofit organizations that have questions about how to apply are encouraged to contact Sarah Beiswanger by emailing sarah@mankatoareafoundation.com.

Visit the Greater Mankato Area United Way’s website, Mankato Area Foundation’s website, or the COVID-19 Community Response Fund webpage for additional information.


Greater Mankato Area United Way, Mankato Area Foundation third wave of Community Response Fund grants

The Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation announced the organizations that will receive an emergency grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

The third round of grants totaled to $7,000 and was awarded to the following community organizations:

  • Open Door Health Center for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
  • Lifework Planning Center for technology to work with clients remotely; and
  • North Mankato Taylor Library for the Books by Mail program.

With the awarding of these three grants, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has distributed a total of $69,750 to regional tax-exempt organizations since the launch of the fun on March 20.

The CRF will continue to grant funds on a rolling basis.

Any nonprofit organizations that have questions about how to apply are encouraged to contact Sarah Beiswanger by emailing sarah@mankatoareafoundation.com.


Community Response Fund announces second round of grants

Seven nonprofit organizations in the greater Mankato area are being awarded a total of $35,000 providing short-term relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established by the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation in response to the pandemic.

The grants are awarded on a rolling basis with $62,750 in funding announced as of Thursday.

Services receiving grant support (per Greater Mankato Area United Way):

  • Blue Earth County Library to provide learning materials to community families and outreach to individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • City of Mankato for sanitizing community nonprofits and providing them with cleaning supplies, as well as providing hygiene supplies for nonprofit distribution.
  • ECHO Food Shelf for staff overtime, freezer storage, and pallet jack for large quantities of food donations.
  • Feeding Every Baby Inc for infant formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
  • Mankato Youth Place to open club all day M–F and provide distance learning.
  • MN Council of Churches for support education to refugee families about COVID-19 and distance learning.
  • SS Boutique for continued operations and increased response for COVID-19.

Community Response Fund announces first round of emergency grants

The Community Response Fund announces its first round of emergency grants.

The fund was created last week to help organizations through the COVID-19 outbreak.

This round of grants totals more than $27,000 divided up between six different organizations. The organizations include:

  • Beyond Brink for emergency temporary housing with supportive services;
  • Connections Ministry for the Connections Shelter – COVID plan;
  • Feeding Our Communities Partners for hunger relief for food-insecure youth during COVID-19;
  • Waseca Area Neighborhood Service Center for food shelf funds; and
  • Maple River Loaves & Fishes Food Shelf for help with supplies to provide clients with food.

The Community Response Fund plans to continue to grant funds on a rolling basis.

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