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CommUnity Grants

2024 CommUnity Grant Awards

CommUnity Grants are discretionary microgrants that are awarded by the Foundation Board through an application process.

The grants are funded through the 365 Fund, which invites people to give 365 annually to help support these microgrants.


$1000.00          Soccer Club

$1000.00          International Festival

$1000.00          Ruth’s House

$500.00             Safety Camp

$500.00             Jefferson Playground

$500.00             Waano

$500.00             Jummah

$500.00             Paradise Center for the Arts

$500.00             Youth Empowerment

2023 CommUnity Grant Awards:

Beau Chant: Beau Chant is community choir celebrating 10 years of providing top quality musical performances in Faribault. The choir draws singers from Faribault and surrounding communities. The celebration of the 10th anniversary will include special concerts performed locally and in neighboring communities. Here is Dione Peterson director of Beau Chant.

WAANO: WAANO offers academic support free-of-charge to a large section of immigrant youth and adults with a cadre of volunteers. They have developed programs for youth leadership, academic enrichment, and offer a free English Program which runs three times weekly. Our support will help WAANO stay open for the summer to continue programming.

Johnston Hall Memorial: When Historic Johnston Hall was deconstructed a memorial committee formed to establish a beautiful Memorial garden and feature film about the building.

Congo Safe Zone: Congo Safe Zone is a newly established organization supporting LGBTQIA+ youth, their parents and allies. Our gift supports the early stages of development for this project.

2022 recipients were:


Community Action Center:  in support of the Farm to Family Initiative  

Ruth’s House:  in support of a Multi-Sensory space for children residing at Ruth’s House

Paradise Center for the Arts:  supporting scholarships for underserved youth in our community.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters: to assist their AVID program, a middle school-based mentoring program 

Aquatic Center:  to purchase culturally sensitive swimwear for Somali women

River Bend Nature Center:  to support the Bats Bones and Bonfires event held each fall.

Waano:  to support a special program chronicling the stories of Somali residents in Faribault

IRIS:  Cameron Helgeson was awarded a grant for his Eagle Scout project to improve the monument in Kinder Park.


In 2021 the Faribault Foundation Board provided support for these three worthy projects.

$10,000.  to the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute project in Faribault

$2,500 to the Food Access Community Action Council in Faribault and

$2,500 to the Paradise Center for the Arts mortgage payoff effort.

The Faribault Foundation awarded 2021 Community Grants to these organizations:   

  • Faribault Aquatic Center for life jackets

  • Blue Collar BBQ for Family Stage Activities

  • Concerts in the Park

  • Paradise Center for the Arts for a Modern Opera 

  • Faribault Rotary for their Warm Our Community project

  • Ruth's House for Transportation Vouchers

Previous Community Grants

Music in the Park
Paradise Center for the Arts
The Cathedral Cafe

Music in the Park
Ruth's House
Faribault Deaf Club
LGBTQ Support Group
Oak Ridge Cemetery

Music in the Park
Heritage Days Celebration
Pollinator Garden at Buckham Memorial Library
Cannon River Watershed

Senior Technology
1855 Faribault Productions
Virtues Project
Supply Our Children

EID Celebration
The Cathedral Cafe
Connecting with Kids and the Faribault Police Department
Women/Girls Swim Nights
Buddy Bench

Tilt-A-Whirl Car Restoration
2nd Street Garden
River Bend Nature Centerr
Poetry Coalition

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