Schoolchildren in need of food on the weekends, households in need of bedroom furniture and families facing a housing crisis are among the residents helped by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation and its fundholders advised by donors in its latest round of local grants.

In total, the Foundation and its generous Philanthropic Fund Holders are allocating more than $64,000 to 17 organizations that have applied for 2022 Foundation grants.

The grant checks given out in February are part of the Foundation’s annual grant cycle. Twenty-two nonprofits serving residents of Eden Prairie have made dollar requests totaling more than $97,000 for 2022 projects addressing a variety of Eden Prairie needs. The $97,000 represents a record level of requests to the Foundation for a single year.

Projects that could not be fully or partially funded by the Foundation in its annual budget were presented to its donor-advised funders, who agreed to fund eight additional projects.


Overall, grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 for local projects in the areas of social services, arts and culture.

Applications are reviewed by a Grants Committee comprised of nine Foundation volunteer members and scored using criteria such as the number of Eden Prairie residents assisted by a specific project. Additional points were awarded to nominations aligned with the Foundation’s strategic initiatives, including diversity, affordable housing and unemployment.

“It’s always difficult to determine which apps meet Eden Prairie’s greatest needs,” said General Manager Mark Weber, “but we’re confident these grants will help hundreds of residents and improve Eden Prairie in so many ways.” .

Projects funded by the Foundation and its donor-advised fundholders are:

  • Eden Prairie Community Group – Purchase of a portable digital piano and amplifier for use by four performing arts groups in Eden Prairie.
  • Eden Prairie Local News – General operational support to grow from a non-profit press start-up to a sustainable local press organization.
  • Every meal – Support for a weekend food program that serves Eden Prairie school children.
  • girls on the run minnesota – Expansion of Eden Prairie programming that uses running to provide support and tools for girls.
  • Meals on Wheels – Financing of free fresh products in the meals delivered to Eden Prairie customers.
  • Mission Animal Hospital – Launched a program in which social workers help clients with needs other than animal care.
  • mother tutoring academy – Mentoring and academic support of local youth, mainly Eden Prairie students from East Africa.
  • Mount Olivet Rolling Acres – Renovations of two Eden Prairie group homes for people with intellectual or other disabilities.
  • MoveFwd – Funding for a washer and dryer for the Day Center used by homeless youth.
  • Forward Eden Prairie – Funds for grant writing as a way to build capacity.
  • TO SUPPORT – Support for the association’s Housing Emergency Fund.
  • Relationship counseling center – Funding of free on-site mental health services for PROP clients.
  • Community services for seniors – Support for the operation of services for seniors and their caregivers.
  • Stay project – Support for the operation of its shelter for victims of domestic violence and the community legal consultation program.
  • The accessories store – Funding for bedroom dressers for families in need.
  • True friends – Support for programming and operations, notably at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie.
  • YMCAs – Support for its neighborhood center program at Briarhill Apartments in Eden Prairie.

The Foundation was established in 1981 to help meet needs in Eden Prairie that local government or non-profit organizations alone could not meet. He has donated over $2 million to over 100 different non-profit organizations serving Eden Prairie.

All of its funds are raised from individuals, families, or businesses through fundraising appeals and events, including the EP Gives event on May 14.

Mark Weber, quoted in this article, is a board member of Eden Prairie Local News.

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