Helping Central Minnesota people build and sustain thriving communities

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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.

Central Minnesota Nonprofit Grant Opportunity

Community Responsive Fund

As a trusted partner, the Initiative Foundation will award $750,000 in grants to Central Minnesota organizations from the Otto Bremer Trust Community Responsive Fund. The Community Responsive Fund will support organizations or programs that address relevant community initiatives and align with the following funding priorities: basic needs; community-asset building; health and wellbeing; and restorative and responsive services. The application is open and closes at 4 p.m. on May 1.

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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 May 10.

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.

$65.1 Million

Through nearly 10,300 grants delivered to schools, nonprofits and local units of government

$490 Million

Leveraged in outside investments through 1,211 loans totaling $66.4 million


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

Latest News

Grants Awarded to Alleviate Loneliness, Social Isolation

The Initiative Foundation is pleased to announce the award of 25 grants across Central Minnesota for projects, programs, and community-building ideas that bridge differences and… Read More

Newbanks Named Vice President for Philanthropy

The Initiative Foundation is pleased to announce that Carl Newbanks has been named vice president for philanthropy. Newbanks previously served as the Foundation’s director of… Read More

Swanson Joins Foundation’s Business Lending Team

The Initiative Foundation has announced that Tim Swanson will serve as business finance manager with the organization’s business lending… Read More

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