Central Minnesota Community Foundation Women’s Fund Grants $84K to Programs Supporting Women and Girls

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has awarded more than $84,000 during its most recent grant rounds. 

In August, the Women’s Fund launched their 2021-2022 Central Minnesota Women’s Fund and Julianne Williams Fund grant rounds. Today, both funds have awarded a combined $84,400 to 14 area organizations, all of which focus on improving the lives of women and girls in Central Minnesota.

“Through their programming, each of these organizations support the well-being, resiliency, abilities and self-determination of women and girls in our community. We are thankful for their dedication to making the St. Cloud region a place in which all can thrive.” says Sonja Gidlow, Chair of the Women's Fund Grants Committee.

The Women’s Fund allocated $70,000 to the following:

  • $8,000 to Crisis Nursery, for their Emergency Childcare for Vulnerable Mothers program.
  • $8,000 to Anna Marie’s Alliance to support continued mental health programs.
  • $4,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota’s for their Dr. Potter, Bigs on Campus Mentoring program.
  • $5,000 to Terebinth Refuge for their Aftercare Program.
  • $8,000 to Victims of Torture in St. Cloud for their programming.
  • $8,000 to Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity for their Women’s Build-Genesis Home.
  • $7,000 to GREAT Theatre for their Youth Mental Health Devised Theatre Project.
  • $4,300 to BIO Girls of Sartell and ROCORI area Minnesota.
  • $2,000 to the Paramount Center for the Arts for their Gift of Stories: Memoirs program.
  • $7,200 to the Whitney Senior Center for their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion among Elder Women programs.
  • $8,000 to Veteran Resource and Enrichment Center for their enriching the lives of lady veterans/well-being services.

Additionally, the Julianne Williams Fund awarded $14,400 in grants to three organizations.  The Julianne Williams Fund was established to honor the life of Julianne Marie Williams, reflect the essence of Julie and promote the building of self-esteem, safety, confidence and overall empowerment of girls and young women through outdoor activities.

The grant recipients for the Julianne Williams Fund are as follows:

  • $4,000 to Terebinth Refuge for their Health and Wellness-Kayaking program.
  • $5,200 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota for their DateSMART program.
  • $5,200 to Les Voyagers for their Women’s Strength in Leadership programs.

Since 2002, the Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has been dedicated to strengthening the community by improving the lives of women and girls. The Women's Fund has granted over $1.6 million to support local programs in three core focus areas: girls age 10-18, women in transition and elder women.

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 $147.6 million in assets and awarded over $134.5 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 over 900 funds totaling nearly $201 million. Learn more at CommunityGiving.org/CentralMN.