WCF community grants program awarded $45,200 to area nonprofits


The Winona Community Foundation (WCF) has awarded eight grants totaling $45,200 to area nonprofit organizations in its first cycle of 2020 after reviewing 25 qualified applications exceeding $200,000 in requests on March 13. Funds to support the community grant program are made possible in part through gifts made through wills from Ramona L. Jezewski English and Wilmer and Beverly Larson. Community grants are also supported by a percentage of the general trust fund of the Winona Community Foundation.

Grants were made to the following organizations:

• Great River Shakespeare Festival was awarded $5,500 to make its 2020 festival more inviting and accessible to people with physical and emotional disabilities, including patrons with hearing or vision loss, patrons with wheelchairs, and a special performance for patrons with autism spectrum disorder.

• Habitat for Humanity – Winona and Fillmore Counites was awarded $7,500 to repair and replace critically deteriorated roofs through the A Brush With Kindness program which supports people with low income or health or mobility issues.

• The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota was awarded $2,500 to provide legal services to more immigrants and refugees in the Winona area, a growing population that struggle with access to legal services with recent changes in immigration policies.

• Mid West Music Fest was awarded $7,500 for its 2020 event which provides a multi-genre, community building, music event that creates cultural and economic growth in Winona.

• The Minnesota Marine Art Museum was awarded $4,000 to support art access days for its Second Saturdays program which offers reduced admission at $1, themed art activities and gallery tours as a way to be inviting and accessible to the Winona community.

• Ready Set School was awarded $5,000 to support its voucher program to provide school supplies and clothing for low-income K-12 Winona County students for fall 2020.

• Semcac was awarded $5,000 to expand low-cost and nutritious meals for seniors in Winona County through dining and delivery service to promote good health and dignity for older people.

• Buffalo County Land and Trails Trust was awarded $8,200 for its Flyway Trail project to fund trail amenities including signage, benches and bike racks. The Flyway Trail is a multi-purpose recreational trail along the Mississippi River Valley between Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition, the Board of Directors directed $1,800 from the Connect People to Nature Fund to the Flyway Trail project for total financial support of $10,000.

Inspired by the area’s rich tradition of generosity, the Winona Community Foundation strengthens the community through philanthropy. To learn more, visit www.winonacf.org.


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