Responsive Grants

Changemakers Grant: A competitive program that aims to help communities become more socially-connected, equitable, hopeful and empowered. The ideal project will engage residents and implement strategies that strengthen the communities of west central Minnesota.

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Online application

Community Planning Grant: These awards encourage community collaboration by engaging residents in opportunities that foster positive community and regional development.

Download our PDF to learn more

Download the application

Census Grant program: $500 for nonprofits or government entities to reach out the historically undercounted communities.

Visit the webpage to learn more

Download the Census 101 information sheet

Download the application

Key Partners Grants (by invitation only)

Community Leadership: These grants support community-focused leadership development programs in our region. The awards are made to key partners responsible for the delivery of leadership programs in Alexandria, Barnesville, Detroit Lakes and Stevens County. Support is also provided to the New Leadership Development Institute.


To discuss our community development grants, contact Wendy Merrick, director of programs, at 800-735-2239, or