Grants 2020-05-17T14:29:12-05:00


All gifts, large or small, are greatly appreciated and enable the Greater Nicollet Area Community Foundation to become a vital part of the community. 

Through the generosity of our donors, we’ve been able to award the following grants.


In 2020, we have awarded $8,000 in grants to date.

  • A grant of $5,000 was awarded to the Nicollet Fire Department to go towards a UTV.
  • To support the need for meals in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, $3,000 was given to the Food Program.


In 2019, we awarded $17,058 in grants.

  • A grant of $5,000 was awarded to enhance the ice skating rink by installing a drain system and pavement.   Striping and nets will be added for Pickle Ball,  Tennis and Basketball Courts.
  • $4,100 was given to finalize the Welcome to Nicollet sign.
  • Nicollet Public School received a grant for $1,760 for a safety saw stop for the wood shop table saw
  • $1,500 to Junior Achievement  at NPS for hands on training in business and economics
  • $1,000 to support the Nicollet Back Pack Food Program
  • A $1,000 grant will go towards the Nicollet Public School Freshman Class Deep Portage Trip
  • The Nicollet Public School Music Department was awarded $948 for the purchase of two bass drums.
  • $600 to the Nicollet Public School Little Raiders Field Trip
  • $500 to St. Peter Friends of Learning school supplies program
  • $500 to the American Legion Kiddie Tractor Pull
  • $500 to St. Peter Friends of Learning for the School Supplies Program
  • $150 to Nicollet Public School for an American Government Field Trip


In 2018, we awarded over $12,500 in grants.

  • $1,000 to support the Nicollet Back Pack Food Program.
  • $1,447 to the City of Nicollet for a park bench
  • $600 to the Little Raiders Pre-school for busing
  • $2,160 went to the park for new wood chips and sand in the volleyball courts
  • A $3,700 grant will go towards a scoreboard and dugout roofs for the Little League baseball fields
  • Junior Achievement was awarded $1,500 for its program at Nicollet Public School
  • A new kiln was purchased for the school with our $1,300 grant.
  • $250 was awarded to the Nicollet American Legion for a Compeer pass through


In 2017, we awarded $11,460 in grants to the following:

  • The Foundation continued to partner with the Lions Club by matching their donation of $760 for improvements to the infield of the ball field in Green Space Park.
  • $500 was given to the Nicollet Public School music program to fund a performance at the Mall of America.
  • A $1,500 grant was donated to fund a portion of the Junior Achievement program at Nicollet Public School.  Click the link to read the thank you letter from the Junior Achievement.
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  • $2,000 was awarded to Trinity Lutheran School to fund shelter and playground improvements for their community playground.
  • $600 was awarded to the Nicollet Public School music program to support the popular percussion section with the purchase of a snare drum.
  • $500 for the Nicollet Legion for Pedal Pull and bikes (Friendship Days 2018)
  • $4,500 was given to the Nicollet Fire Department for an inflatable boat.  This boat will be used for rescue of individuals that are in the water or on thin ice.

  • $500 was donated to sponsor the Mini-Rod event at Friendship Days.

  • $600 was awarded to the NPS Little Raiders to help cover the busing costs for field trips.



In 2016, we had the opportunity to award over $13,000 to the community!

  • $10,000 was donated to the City of Nicollet for a “Welcome to Nicollet” sign along the new Highway 14.  Watch for updates in the future.
  • A grant of $250.00 was awarded to the Children’s Museum.
  • $2,000 was donated to the Nicollet Ice Rink, including improvements to the warming house.
  • From the Education Endowment Fund, $250 funded the MSU Theater Group visitation with K-4 students from Nicollet Public School, Trinity and Immanuel.
  • $500 was awarded to the Nicollet Chamber of Commerce for a pass through donation.


In 2015, the GNACF again received a $2,500 cash donation and a matching $2,500 from the J.A. Wedum Foundation.  These contributions, along with an additional $2,500 allowed the  Foundation to continue to give back to the Greater Nicollet Area by awarding grants to the following recipients:

  • $2,500 was awarded to the Nicollet Public School Booster Club to help facilitate the NPS 100th anniversary celebration.
  • Partnering with Hewitt Lifts and Roll-A-Dock, the Foundation donated $1,300 to purchase an all-purpose welder for the ag/industrial arts shop at Nicollet Public High School.
  • The Nicollet Fire Department received $1,500 to purchase Air Pacs, hoses and nozzles.
  • To support the performing arts, $1,340 was donated to Nicollet Public School to purchase a tuba and leather music folders.
  • The Foundation continued to partner with the Nicollet Lions Club and together added wood chips to the Nicollet Green Space Park children’s play area.  The Foundation donated $961.


In 2014, the Foundation named 3 grant recipients as the result of a $2,500 cash donation and a matching amount from the J.A. Wedum Foundation.  The recipients were:

  • $2,000 to the Nicollet Public School (NPS) Agriculture/Industrial Arts Department project dedicated to to upgrading equipment and making it OSHA compliant and to address related program improvements in the agricultural department.
  • $2,000 to the NPS press box project for its sound system
  • $1,000 to the City of Nicollet for the proposed green space park project to improve the volleyball court sand base.

Grants Awarded to Date

Number of Grants Awarded
Dollars awarded in 2020
Dollars awarded in 2019
Dollars awarded in 2018
Dollars awarded in 2017
Dollars awarded in 2016
Dollars awarded in 2015
Dollars awarded in 2014
Total Dollars Awarded