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MMDC Awards 5 More Community Enhancement Grants


Contact: Eric Day, Mid-Minnesota Development Commission

Phone: (320) 235-8504

Email: [email protected]

MMDC Awards 5 More Community Enhancement Grants

April 2023: Five organizations were awarded Mid-Minnesota Community Enhancement Grants during the April 12 meeting of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC). This grant is available to strengthen local communities and support developments and activities that increase quality of life throughout the MMDC Region. Grants may be used to:

  • Fund health, safety, or other wellness-focused training for community members and/or specific professional or volunteer groups;
  • Purchase of items needed for improved emergency response;
  • Procure items to enhance the ability of law enforcement to develop positive relationships with youth, people of color, and other groups;
  • Add public amenities that promote physical and/or mental well-being or increase opportunities for positive community interaction (e.g., recreation equipment); or
  • Support workforce training opportunities for youth and other populations.

501(c)3 nonprofits, school districts, and local government units located in Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties are eligible to apply for Community Enhancement Grants of up to $3,000. While the opportunity has now closed, MMDC’s Board made $30,000 available for this effort for the current fiscal year. April 12 grant recipients included:

  • The City of Litchfield – Funds will be used toward the purchase and installation of a water fountain/filling station in a park that includes popular pickle ball courts.
  • The Olivia Fire Department –Funds will be used toward the purchase of a thermal imaging camera and related technology.
  • The Danube Fire Department – Funds will be used toward the purchase of a rescue manikin for search and rescue and victim extraction training.
  • The Watkins Ambulance Service – Funds will be used toward the purchase of two vacuum mattresses, to replace traditional backboards, improving victim stability and comfort.
  • The Olivia Hospital & Clinic Foundation – Funds will be used to support a health and wellness program for students of the BOLD school district.

Mid-Minnesota Community Enhancement Funds have been available as a result of MMDC’s contract work and it is hoped the opportunity will remain available in the coming fiscal year.  To learn more about the grant opportunity or Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, visit or contact MMDC Executive Director Eric Day at [email protected].

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