The application period for 2020 grants from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation begins Friday, Nov. 1 and ends Monday, Dec. 23.

Awards will be presented next spring. The foundation has awarded about $2 million in grants since its formation, with 550 grants going to about 100 different nonprofits and agencies serving Eden Prairie.

Every corner of Eden Prairie has been touched in some way, as the foundation funds grants in a wide range of areas: arts and culture; education; recreation and environment; and social services.

This is in addition to the foundation’s emphasis on helping young people, which it tackles through its Youth Initiative.

Grants are typically $500 to $5,000, but the foundation raised more than $30,000 at its EP Gives event last April for the new Eden Prairie TreeHouse program to help teenagers who are hurting.

The primary purpose of a community foundation grant is to encourage the development and implementation of nonprofit or tax-exempt programs (including city and school district programs) that make Eden Prairie a better place to live and work. Foundation grants are used to fill unmet community needs, which are identified because of the foundation’s knowledgeable and experienced board, staff and committees.

Letters of inquiry should include basic information, including a description of the project, the granting priority area being targeted, and how the grant would fill an unmet need in Eden Prairie.

Eligible organizations interested in applying are asked to submit a letter of inquiry to Executive Director Mark Weber at mweber@epcommunityfoundation.org.

Application materials may be found at epcommunityfoundation.org. To see if your organization qualifies, take the Eligibility Quiz at https://bit.ly/2QMh37F.

For more information about foundation grants and the grant application and review process: Call Grant Committee Chairperson Katie Castro at 763-245-2420 or Mark Weber at 952-949-8499.

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