Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Offers Fall Grants

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is seeking nonprofits and government agencies with project ideas for grants available through its funds with fall application deadlines. 
“Our generous donors and funds are committed to improving life in the Northland by supporting important projects,” said Michelle Morris, Director of Community Philanthropy for the Community Foundation. “If you have an idea that fits one of our funds’ objectives, we strongly encourage you to apply.” 
The first step is submitting a letter of intent to apply, which should briefly outline the project idea to the Community Foundation. A letter of intent allows the Community Foundation to review the idea and to briefly communicate with the prospective grant applicant. 
Letters of intent are due no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and are submitted through the Community Foundation’s website, dsacommunityfoundation.com. Early letter submissions are strongly encouraged. Those whose letters are approved can then apply for grants by the 5 p.m. Oct. 1 deadline, also through the website. 
Funds with these deadlines are:

  • Business Leaders Fund, which supports projects to strengthen and enhance nonprofit organizations or programs improving young people’s understandings of careers. Grant range: $1,000-$10,000. 
  • Community Leaders Fund, which encourages projects that foster strong community leadership. Grant range: $1,000-$4,000.
  • Community Opportunity Fund, which enables the Community Foundation to respond to a wide variety of longstanding and immediate needs throughout the region focused on generosity, inclusiveness and engagement. Grant range: up to $20,000 for regular grants and up to $50,000 for transformational grants.
  • Community Parks and Recreation Program Fund, which enhances the physical and social aspects of City of Duluth parks. Grant range: $500-$5,000.
  • Douglas County Disaster & Welfare Fund, which enhances and supports the general welfare of Douglas County residents. Grant range: $300-$2,000.
  • Fair Chance Fund, which supports innovative projects that reduce long-term dependency on public assistance programs, that decrease the effects of poverty on children and that provide opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. Grant range: $3,000-$6,000 for planning projects and $3,000-$10,000 for implementation projects.  
  • C.E. Fuller, Jr. and M.K. Fuller Fund, which supports efforts to provide human services for people's basic needs and issues. Preference is given to agencies that help people who are disadvantaged because of underemployment, advanced age or physical or emotional disabilities. Grant range: $1,000-$2,000.
  • Fund for the Environment, which promotes livable communities through public education projects, land-use planning and community collaboration. Grant range: $500-$2,000.
  • Hermantown Community Fund, which supports initiatives that meet the needs of the Hermantown community in the arts, community development, economic development, education, the environment and human services. Grant range: $250-$1,000.
  • Morgan Fund, which supports projects fostering community pride and economic impact. Grant range: $1,000-$10,000.
  • Second Chance Fund, which makes grants to qualified applicants who sought but did not receive funding from other funds. Grant range: $500-$5,000.
  • Superior-Douglas County Arts Fund, which helps people develop an appreciation for the arts and makes available a variety of multicultural arts experiences. Grant range: $300-$1,000.
  • Dale Heimbach Wheeler Memorial Fund, which encourages and enables projects that address the concerns of women, children, and or families as well as chemical dependency and violence against women. Grant range: $1,000-$4,000.
  • Young Leaders Fund, which supports organizations that give young adults ages 21-35 in Duluth and Superior a chance to lead or improve the quality of life for other young adults. Grant range: $500-$3,000. 

Grants from all of these funds will be made available to recipients in January. 
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation encourages private giving for the public good. It is a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from hundreds of individuals and organizations. Guided by a volunteer Board of Trustees, it makes grants to nonprofit organizations and to individuals for scholarships while providing leadership on important community initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1983, the foundation has distributed more than $53 million and has established more than 400 funds, each with its own charitable purpose. For more information, please visit dsacommunityfoundation.com