Resiliency Fund

In May 2020, we launched the Resiliency Fund to first address the immediate COVID-19 needs of our region, then to help ensure the just and sustainable long-term recovery of west central Minnesota.

To date, we've distributed more than $600,000 in Resiliency Fund grants.

More than One Crisis

Discussions with Resiliency Fund grantees and community stakeholders have made it clear that the people and places of west central Minnesota hardest hit by COVID-19 are responding not only to the pandemic, but to other inextricably intertwined issues of structural racism and barriers to growth.

In keeping with our vision, our most recent Resiliency Fund grants support pandemic responses in the following two areas, both of which tie directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the heart of our strategic plan:

  • Efforts that promote an equitable region, particularly racial equity. We awarded grants to organizations that serve and/or are led by Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC).
  • Efforts of organizations leading positive change in the area of sustainable development, with an emphasis on agriculture, food systems, and climate action.

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