The Winona Community Foundation (WCF) 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 & 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 their 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 Counties 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.
  • The Mid-West Music Fest was awarded $7,500 for their 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 their 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 their 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 persons.
  • Buffalo County Land and Trails Trust was awarded $8,200 for their 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 our community through philanthropy. The second cycle of grants are due August 1 and another $43,000 will be available. Visit our grants page for more information.