Central Minnesota Response Fund Grants $64,500 to Local Organizations for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today the most recent grant recipients from the Central Minnesota Response Fund to support local COVID-19 relief efforts. The Central Minnesota Response Fund made fifteen grants totaling $64,500.

The grant recipients are as follows:

  • $5,000 to support emergency services through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud;
  • $5,000 to support purchasing medical safety supplies for staff to continue work at the Waite Park Somali Community Association;
  • $5,000 to support staffing for emergency childcare and food distribution through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota;
  • $5,000 for crisis shelter, food, clothing and other necessities for students and families through the LEAF Homeless Student Services Initiative;
  • $5,000 to support unexpected financial crisis' of college students attending St. Cloud Technical and Community College through their Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)  program; 
  • $5,000 to support the continued work of mental health services through the Central Minnesota Mental Health Center;
  • $5,000 to support basic needs of the program participants and staff of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in St.Cloud;
  • $2,000 for the continued and increased distribution of therapeutic kits for veterans through Help Heal Veterans;
  • $5,000 to help support grocery and basic essential deliveries to the elderly through the Islamic Center of St. Cloud; 
  • $5,000 for front line health care provider resources and bereavement resources for families at Quiet Oaks Hospice House; 
  • $1,000 for the transition to telehealth platform, expanded case management services and basic necessities for program participants through the Center for Victims of Torture;
  • $5,000 to support the community with personal hygiene/feminine product kits, household cleaner/disinfectant kits and gas cards/transportation through Promise Neighborhood;
  • $5,000 to support preventative housing for unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness with Homeless Helping Homeless;
  • $5,000 to fund safety awareness campaigns and messaging through the Islamic Center of St.Cloud;
  • $4,500 to Country Manor Campus for docking and disinfection stations throughout facility. 

The purpose of the Central Minnesota Response Fund is to help in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fund is comprised of CMCF unrestricted dollars, generous gifts from local donors and grants from the Minnesota Council of Foundation's Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund.

Caryl Turnow, CMCF Executive Director, stated, "We know that the needs of our friends, family and neighbors are great and we know that they will continue to grow as this pandemic affects our community. The grants from the Central Minnesota Response Fund are to support the front line organizations that are helping those most impacted and we thank them for their continued work. We are fortunate to be able to gather these resources and distribute them to agencies supporting our residences."  

If you are interested in making a gift to the fund, visit www.communitygiving.org/donate and select "Central Minnesota Response Fund" to make a gift via credit card or checks can be mailed to Central Minnesota Community Foundation, 101 7th Avenue South, Suite 100, St. Cloud MN 56301. 

The CMCF continues to work with local agencies to identify the greatest needs of the community and disseminate the funds to local 501c(3) nonprofits, governmental and faith-based organizations. Organizations who are interested in applying for funding can visit www.communitygiving.org/covid-19

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 $110.1 million in assets and awarded over $111.9 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 850 funds totaling more than $150 million. Learn more at CommunityGiving.org/CentralMN