Special Projects
Supports the planning, design, construction, management and implementation of programs for a homeless shelter in Bemidji, MN.
Support for firearms training, marksmanship programs and public shooting range development in the Greater Bemidji Area.
Help support this project to develop a playground that will provide healthy recreational opportunities for children with and without disabilities.
Make your mark! Strengthen culture and community with a gift to Watermark Art Center’s new building campaign!
Asset Building Grants

Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) awards grants only to organizations located and/or conducting activities in our 12-county service area (i.e. Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Counties; and Red Lake Reservation and White Earth Reservation). Applicants must be public agencies, local government units, or private nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status. 

Community Connections Program grants help organizations develop new networks, build coalitions, and promote collaborations between human service providers, other organizations, and/or public agencies. NMF will consider projects that address one or more of the following:

  • Joint ventures leading to increased effectiveness and efficiency among organizations and/or public agencies;
  • Cooperative planning and implementation, including shared resources, staffing, programs or possible mergers between organizations and/or public agencies;
  • Innovative school-community partnerships to improve high school graduation rates, increase college participation, and/or foster career exploration.

Community Planning Program grants help support the design and implementation of plans that address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Comprehensive community development planning, including plans for recreational parks and trails, housing, transportation, and other community issues;
  • Research and demonstration projects that promote sustainable development strategies, new processing methods to further value-added agriculture, energy conservation, renewable fuels, and/or alternative energy technologies;
  • Economic development planning and initiatives.

Caring Communities Program grants are used for new, innovative efforts that address the needs of children, families, and the elderly. The grant must serve one or more of the following priorities:

  • Reducing the incidence of physical and emotional violence among children;
  • Alleviating childhood dysfunction in the areas of learning, social development, and health;
  • Preventing at-risk behaviors (e.g. eating disorders, promiscuity, depression, suicidal tendencies, and alcohol, tobacco, and drug use) among children and adolescents;
  • Enabling the elderly to remain healthy, integrated members of their communities. 

Natural Resources Program grants help support efforts around preservation, promotion, and value-added agriculture. They must promote the following priority:

  • Promoting the sustainable use and preservation of the region's natural resource base.
Latest News
  The Northwest Minnesota Foundation aims to support community and economic development planning initiatives through its community planning grant program.  Over the last year, the foundation has issued $186,385 in discretionary grants for community planning efforts.   ...
06/26/2015 to n/a
The children of Larry Diffley established an endowed scholarship fund at Northwest Minnesota Foundation in 2014 to help aspiring pilots in the local area. Applications are now being accepted.   The scholarship was established to honor Larry Diffley’s passion for quality aviation...
05/13/2015 to n/a
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