West Central Initiative has secured more than $1 million to respond to the immediate COVID-19 needs of our region and the long-term recovery of west central Minnesota. The organization serves Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties and the portion of White Earth Nation that lies within Becker County.

In April West Central Initiative distributed $300,000 to child-care providers caring for children of emergency and essential workers. Through its 2020 Resiliency Fund, the balance — more than $700,000 — now is open to community organizations seeking to respond to other parts of our society impacted by the virus.

WCI Development Director Rebecca Lynn Petersen told KMRS they hope the fund will be around longer than the current pandemic.

“Our plan is that the Resiliency Fund is something that we keep building and re-building and re-granting for well into the future,” said Petersen. “There’s never a gift that’s too small or too large, but there’s also never a gift that’s too early or too late.”

Visit wcif.org/ResiliencyFund to apply for a grant or donate to the fund. West Central Initiative suggests a grant request minimum of $1,500 and maximum of $10,000, although it may decide to award grants of more than $10,000 based on scope and need. Before applying, read the Resiliency Fund Grant Guidelines found on the application page. The organization will accept and evaluate applications on a rolling basis through May 31, 2020. Donations to the 2020 Resiliency Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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