Grants, © Photo by Kelley BrennerGrant Programs

General Grant Qualifications

• Applicants must be or apply through a qualified nonprofit organization
• The cause must benefit citizens within our service area
• Application must fully describe the project or program’s benefit to the community

Racial Justice and Social Justice

February 2023

The Foundation is reviewing this grant program to potentially repurpose the funds we use to support racial justice and social justice in the Valley. More information will be announced when finalized.


The 2022 RSJ Grant was awarded to two organizations:


$5000 to Rise, Inc. for a Self-Advocacy Workshop for disabled community members.

$3000 to The Connect Center for Gas Only Gift Cards for emergency assistance for low-income and homeless community members.


Great Idea Competition

Win up to $10,000 for your civic-minded project! Details and previous winners are on our Great Idea Grant Page here!

The 2022 Great Idea grant program recipient was Cimarron Community Farm’s “Growing Youth, Growing Food” program. The farm grows more than 10,000 pounds of food a year on a ½-acre plot of land in Lake Elmo. In 2023, the grant will help farm officials expand that access through its free summer youth program.

Fall Grant

As our endowment continues to grow, so will our capacity for grant making. Each Fall, Stillwater Area Community Foundation issues grants to area nonprofit organizations. The focus of our grants varies from year to year. Sometimes we have an unrestricted call for applications. Other years, based on the input we receive from community leaders and area nonprofits, the foundation opts to narrow the application process to focus on some pressing challenges.

Public Health & Safety

What would you do if you were given $10,000 to make your community safer? The Stillwater Area Community Foundation announces its Fall Grant for 2022 of up to $10,000 will focus on public health and safety within our communities. Focus areas for the Fall Grant may include, but are not limited to: Conflict Resolution, Violence Prevention, Community Crime Prevention, Surface Water and Ground Water Protection, and Environmental Health Issues. Open to individuals, businesses, groups and nonprofits.

The 2022 Fall grant was awarded to Bayport Police Department to re-establish the Police Department Canine Program. This will enhance narcotic detection and tracking and promote a safe community at city events and surrounding communities.








2021 – A Healthy Post-Pandemic Community

The focus of our Fall Grant for 2021 was to address the impacts of the pandemic on the overall health of our friends, neighbors, and the greater community. The grant focused on addressing community health and wellness, which has been so greatly impacted by the pandemic.

The recipient of our 2021 grant was River Valley Trails for Limitless Cycling. In early summer 2022, Limitless Cycling will implement a unique model of sharing adaptive bicycles within our communities. Their free service will be available to area senior living facility residents and nonprofit organizations serving veteran and disabled communities. You’ll see more elders and others on area bike trails in 2022! Click here for a press release on this innovative program!


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