Northwest Minnesota Foundation 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.

We recently realigned our grant programs to serve communities most in need.  The change reflects our values of strategic collaboration, integrity and responsibility, and to boldly make a difference.  Our hope is to build better lives here in rural Minnesota.


Communities Thrive Program – Coming soon!        

The Communities Thrive Program will build on the strength and diversity of our region.  This grant and loan program will be focused on community building, place making, and showcasing the variety of amenities that make northwest Minnesota a great place to live work and play.  The program will accept applications from communities in a competitive process.


Children and Families Program – Coming soon!

The Children and Families Program will focus on collaborative approaches that serve our most vulnerable families.  We believe the safety, health, and growth opportunity of each child is improved with each caring adult involved in their lives.  We also recognize parents and caregivers need support raising respectful and engaged youth.  This program will accept applications from collaborative initiatives in a competitive process.