Community Response Fund Announces Next Round of Emergency Grants

    May 12th, 2020

    MANKATO, MN — The Community Response Fund (CRF) announces its next round of grants totaling $18,500 to two different community organizations. These grants were awarded in response to the short-term emergency needs of nonprofits throughout our region due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    With the new grants included, the CRF has distributed a total of $155,450 to regional tax-exempt organizations since the fund launched March 20. View the full list to date at or

    The CRF will continue to grant funds on a rolling basis. If you are a nonprofit organization and have questions about how to apply, please contact Sarah Beiswanger at

    This round of CRF grants supported the following community organizations:

    • Get Mankato PPE for Personal Protective Equipment.
    • Mankato Youth Place (MY Place) for operating support for extended hours.

    About the Community Response Fund

    Established through the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation, this fund is designed to respond swiftly in support of nonprofit organizations that are serving the escalating needs of our communities affected by the novel corona virus. Our joint expertise in community partnerships, resources, and connections ensures we are addressing the most pressing needs to keep our region strong and balanced.

    As we work in collaboration with other philanthropic partners such as regional foundations, family foundations, and individual donors, our goal is to shape philanthropy’s response as quickly and as effectively as possible during this unprecedented time.

    To learn more about the Community Response Fund, please visit or