Central Minnesota Community Foundation's Thomas A. Ritsche Youth Fund Offers Grant Round

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation through the Thomas A. Ritsche Youth Fund is opening a grant round on April 1, 2021. The Thomas Ritsche Youth Grant round will help fund youth-related programs and projects that support youth and reduce crime against youth and by youth. To learn more about the grant and applying, visit www.communitygiving.org/cmcfgrants
Examples include:

  • Programs that impact crime reduction against youth and by youth
  • Programs that make a sustainable positive impact on youth
  • Programs that build social capital

Tom Ritsche was one of the key community leaders who helped start the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. He felt a program like this would have helped him when he was growing up on the East Side of St. Cloud.  His deep passion and commitment to the youth of the St. Cloud community led him to create the Thomas A. Ritsche Fund for Youth when he sold his company, Woodcraft Industries.
The Thomas A. Ritsche Youth Fund was founded in 1996. Since its inception, in addition to supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, grants have been awarded to the following local organizations: United Way of Central Minnesota, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, ISD 742 and others. All grants focused on improving the lives of youth.
Eligible organizations include 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, schools or government entities. Grants must serve youth in Stearns, Benton and/or Sherburne Counties. Funding amount range will start at $5,000 and go up to $10,000.

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 $110.5 million in assets and awarded over $122.5 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 880 funds totaling more than $153 million. Learn more at CommunityGiving.org/CentralMN.