Resiliency Fund Grant Guidelines


To be eligible for a 2020 Resiliency Fund award your organization must:  

  • Be a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tribal entity, school or unit of government. For-profit businesses, including child-care providers, are not eligible. (We continue to seek additional funding to support child-care providers through our Emergency Child Care Grants.)
  • Be in the WCI service area, which includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties and the portion of White Earth Nation that lies within Becker County. 
  • Demonstrate how the request directly is related to circumstances arising from COVID-19. 
  • Demonstrate alignment with one of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Reduced Inequalities, or Partnerships for these goals.   

Grant Priorities 

We’ll prioritize organizations that address and show evidence of: 

  • Meeting the immediate needs of individuals in high-stress situations. 
  • Maximizing resources, such as partnerships with other organizations and businesses to provide services to individuals and entities without access to necessary resources. 
  • Supporting remote work initiatives for students, families and businesses. 
  • Transitioning service-delivery model to support and maintain long-term organizational viability.
  • Supporting long-term recovery efforts and activities, such as development of community/regional long-term recovery plans. 

Evaluation Criteria   

COVID-19 Impact: Requests should address needs specifically created by COVID-19 and its economic impact.   

Equity: We’ll give special consideration to requests that focus on populations that were experiencing structural inequities prior to the pandemic. 

Community Recovery Focus: Requests can focus on short-term and/or longer-term recovery efforts. 

Geography: We’ll make every effort to spread awards across the geography we serve to maximize the impact to west central Minnesota. 

Funding Limits and Timeline 

With limited resources and significant need, we suggest a grant request minimum of $1,500 and maximum of $10,000. We may decide to award grants of more than $10,000 based on scope and need.

While we may not fund your request immediately, your application showing the need will allow us to continue to populate the fund with gifts from individuals and foundations. For information about additional resources that may be available, visit our COVID-19 Resources web page or contact Jill Amundson at or 218-998-1614.

We’ll accept and evaluate applications on a rolling basis through May 31, 2020, when we’ll evaluate the availability of funds and the evolving need. 

Application Process 

Submit your applications through our online eGrant system.  

Read detailed information about this fund and West Central Initiative on our website,   


For general questions, contact Samantha Van Wechel-Meyer at or 218-998-1619. 

For application process questions, contact Wendy Merrick at or 218-998-1622. 

Our team typically is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday.