Helping Central Minnesota people build and sustain thriving communities

How Can We Help You?

The Initiative Foundation works daily to strengthen the economy and communities of Central Minnesota. Choose an option: Let’s work together to bring greater opportunity and prosperity to all.

NEW Position: We're Hiring!

Grants & Compliance Officer

If you have a proven track record as a successful grant writer and want to take your skills and abilities to the next level, including award management and compliance, the Initiative Foundation is the place for you! We’re seeking a Grants and Compliance Officer to help drive the Foundation’s mission in Central Minnesota. Learn and grow in your role as you work across our programs to research opportunities, secure awards, and manage incoming grants. Enjoy an excellent compensation and benefits package and help us empower people throughout Central Minnesota to build a thriving economy, vibrant communities, and a lasting culture of generosity.

Read New IQ Magazine

Loneliness and social isolation are taking a toll on society. What can we do to reverse course? Read Disconnected and more stories in the fall 2023 IQ Magazine.

Apply for a Grant

The Initiative Foundation provides grants to nonprofits and local government units for general, program or capacity-building support. The next round of grant applications are due Nov. 3.

Lending: A Mission to Serve

By providing access to capital and support to borrowers, CDFIs like the Initiative Foundation help to create opportunities for economic growth and empowerment in disadvantaged areas.

Making a Difference in Central Minnesota—With Your Support

Supported by your generosity, the Initiative Foundation since its founding in 1986 has invested multiple millions into Central Minnesota through grants, loans and programming.

$66 Million

Through nearly 11,000 grants delivered to schools, nonprofits and local units of government

$499 Million

Leveraged in outside investments through 1,168 loans totaling $66.1 million


People supported through training for nonprofits, community programs, etc.

Latest News

Voerding Named Next Initiative Foundation President

The Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Brian Voerding has been named president of the Little Falls-based organization and will lead… Read More

Nine Selected for 2024-2025 Initiators Fellowship Cohort

LITTLE FALLS, MN—From a farmer bringing native African greens to the marketplace to an entrepreneur creating custom headwear to conceal monitoring wires while building epilepsy… Read More

Revitalization Grants OK’d in Four Communities

LITTLE FALLS, MN—Nineteen hometown projects that will bring more than $5 million in main street improvements to Brainerd, Long Prairie, Pine River and St. Cloud… Read More

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