Grants

NACF generally awards grants in the spring and fall to nonprofit organizations in northern Polk and Burnett counties. In addition to its regular grant cycle, NACF has grants available year-round through its Environment Fund with the belief that appreciation of nature leads to concern and care for nature and feelings of strength and well-being.

Competitive Grants, considered by NACF, are generally awarded to 501c3 non-profit groups or other tax-exempt organizations. Requests for funds to support religious or political activities are not eligible. Some grant guidelines include:

  • No more than one grant will be awarded per organization per year
  • Funds are granted for future expenses
  • Grants will be screened, evaluated and presented to the NACF Board for approval.  As an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF), all final grantees must also be approved by the SCVF Board.
  • Applicants must submit a completed NACF grant application during the open grant cycle along with a copy of the organization’s letter of tax-exemption.
  • Applications will be evaluated on clearly stated organizational mission, project goals and management of funds, and evidence that the project addresses a clear need in our community.
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The experience and knowledge gained from completing the project can be helpful for others embarking on similar endeavors. Therefore, NACF asks that grantees provide a brief assessment of your project’s strengths and challenges through a final report. You may direct any other questions and/or send your completed report to nacf.npgrants@gmail.com 

Current Grant Cycle - Fall 2021

Northwest Alliance Communty Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for our Fall granting cycle. In keeping with our mission of  “ … nurturing the strength and well-being of our community by offering guidance and providing resources that support positive solutions," we will be focusing on education as the priority of our Fall grant cycle. Grant applications are due no later than Friday Oct.15, 2021 and will be awarded on or before December 30 2021.

NACF will be granting approximately $8000 to be split between 3-4 local non-profits or schools. NACF is well positioned to support our local non-profits, schools, & libraries with funding for educational programs. Funding for this grant has been made available through generous donors who want to give back to the communities they live in and support.

Many in-person educational opportunities were cancelled or postponed this past year due to the pandemic.   It is our intention to provide funding to support  important educational experiences and learning opportunities, including new or existing programs, specific requests, special projects, or unique ideas with a clear statement of how the grant will be used.

To begin the application process, click here or contact grants@northwestalliancecf.org for more information. 

Grant applications are due no later than Friday Oct.15

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Grant History

Spring 2021


Category: Mental health needs of the community

Caring Hearts Operating support for overhead, including rent. This organization helps clients  with utilities, rent, car repair, etc.
Kinship of Polk County To integrate an educational platform called SafeSchools to suplement mentor training
Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County Operating support to continue services to clients including rides, services and friendship
Webster School District To expand and strengthen school-based mental health supports

 

Fall 2020

These were not competitive grants, rather, awarded directly to schools.
Category: COVID-19

Grantsburg School District To create and support safe learning environments
Siren School District To create and support safe learning environments
Webster School District To create and support safe learning environments
Frederic School District To create and support safe learning environments
Luck School District To create and support safe learning environments
Unity School District To create and support safe learning environments
St Croix Falls School District To create and support safe learning environments

 

From the NACF Environmental Fund

Clam Falls Flowage Lake Association To work on protecting the flowage lake

Spring 2020

Categories: Literacy; Transportation; Youth & Families

Grantsburg Community Education STAR mentorship program Fall 2020-21
Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett Co Help local families with utility expenses
Mental Health Task Force Polk Co Community training/Building Resiliency in Youth
Salvation Army Assist foster youth aging out of system to find
stable housing

 

From the NACF Environmental Fund

Northwest Passage Limited Bike storage shelter for Riverside campus.

Fall 2019

Categories: Youth & Families

Burnett Co Workforce Resource Mentors to work with foster youth

Spring 2019

Categories: Environment; Youth & Families

Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett Co Help families with utilities costs
Burnett Co Family Literacy Budgeting materials for tutoring
Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity Support Home Repairs Program

 

From the NACF Environmental Fund

Friends of Gandy Dancer Bikes for loan by Luck Public Library
Burnett Co Family Resource Center 4th annual Fun & Fit Families program
Northwest Passage Limited Ten bikes for use with adolescent programs

Fall 2018

Categories: Environment; Arts; Education & Literacy

Frederic Arts Establish art program for residents of Traditions
Burnett Co Workforce Resource Instructors for culinary academies
Burnett Co 4-H Start archery/shooting sports program ages 8-19
Mental Health Task Force Polk Co Suicide prevention training
Tracey Nooner grants 2018-001

Tracey Nooner presents a grant to Frederic Arts: $750.  Establish an arts program for residents of Traditions of Frederic.

Carole Wondra grants 2018-001

Carole Wondra presents a grant to Tom Brock from the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, $816. Suicide prevention training.

1-Patti Hurd grants 2018

Patti Hurd presents a grant to the Burnett County 4-H, $750.  Start an archery shooting sports program for ages 8-19.

Spring 2018

Categories: Health & Wellness; Education & Literacy; Youth & Families

Grantsburg Public Library New seating for refurbished children’s space
Yellow Lake Food Distribution Food to distribute to 1,650 people each month
Friends of the Frederic Library Bikes, helmets to ride the Gandy Dancer Trail
Connections Store & More Food Shelf Vouchers for holiday hams and turkeys

 

From the NACF Environmental Fund

Northwest Passage Limited 4 scholarships to Master Naturalist Training

Fall 2017

Categories: Health & Wellness; Education & Literacy; Youth & Families

Siren School District Keyboard, ukuleles, after school music
Endeavors Adult Development Center Tabletops for growing tomatoes
Burnett Co Drug & Alcohol Court GED support
Grantsburg Area Food Shelf Vouchers for fresh fruit & vegetables

 

From the NACF Environmental Fund

Domestic Animal Wellness Center Educational marketing about wildlife services
Burnett Co Forest and Parks Signage fat bike/skijorking trail in Timberland Hills

Spring 2017

Categories: Education & Literacy; Youth & Families; Environment

Friends of Larsen Family Public Library Books to day care centers Siren, Webster, Danbury
Burnett Co Family Literacy Expand early childhood literacy program
St Croix Festival Theatre Arts centered summer day camps Burnett/Polk Co
Farm, Feral, & Stray Spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations for 25 cats

 

From the NACF Environmental Fund

Burnett Co Family Resource Center Pedometers for Summer Fun & Fit Families program
Ice Age National Trail Local chapter
Lake Country Pedalers Biking trails/bike-in camping on Burnett Co parcel
Frederic Arts Classes with elements of the natural environment

Spring 2017

Category: Proceeds from the NACF Fundraising Campaign in support of local food shelves

Family Pathways, Frederic Food
Grantsburg Area Food Shelf Food
Home and Away Ministries, Siren Food
Indianhead Community Action Agency Food
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Fall 2016

Categories: Health & Wellness; Education & Literacy; Youth & Families

Community Referral Agency General operating costs/services
ICAA Head Start Purchase new books for their library
Salvation Army Food for backpacks for families reduced/free lunch
Aging and Disability Resource Center Marketing materials for dementia-friendly summit