Bernick Family Foundation Seeks to Grant $150,000 to Programming for Youth & Education and Health & Fitness

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Bernick Family Foundation is now accepting applications for their annual grant round. The Bernick Family Foundation supports two key focus areas through their grant round; youth and education which includes activities to help prepare students for future success in education and the workplace, and health and fitness which includes activities that encourage active lifestyles and well-being. Grant application deadline is August 31, 2019.

Jason Bernick, Bernick’s Director of Corporate Affairs stated, "To be able to support these projects and organizations in the communities we serve is truly an honor. We are looking forward to seeing what new and innovative ways organizations are addressing the issues in our two focus areas this year."

The Bernick Family Foundation will accept applications for grants ranging from $3,000 to $50,000 in its focus areas and will award up to $150,000 in total grants this funding cycle. Applicants must be 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, schools or government entities serving communities where Bernick’s operates. This includes Barnum, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Waite Park, and Willmar, Minnesota and Dresser, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas.

Complete grant guidelines and electronic applications are available online by visiting

Last year, 9 projects were selected to receive grants and they included $10,000 to support the construction of an accessible playground at the Osceola Medical Center camps, $24,000 to the Brainerd Family YMCA to enhance youth programming in areas such as STEM, healthy habits and summer learning loss prevention and $10,000 to the City of Willmar to support the new bike share program. 

The Bernick Family Foundation established their first fund with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 1989. The Bernick's company and the Bernick family uses their funds to support organizations that reflect the family’s core values, while providing leadership in responding to emerging community needs.

Founded in 1916, Bernick’s is a fourth-generation family-owned business, providing beverage, vending and food service solutions. The Waite Park-based company has a long tradition of investing in its local communities to improve quality of life. In addition to their support through the Foundation, Bernick’s continues as a longtime philanthropic leader through direct financial and in-kind donations to over 100 causes each year.
The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. Since 1985, CMCF has grown to over $105.9 million in assets and awarded over $100.5 million in grants to non-profits.  The CMCF is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving, which is a collaborative of community foundations united under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors.  Collectively, CommunityGiving administers nearly 800 funds totaling more than $140 million. Learn more at