The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation awards $141,000 in grants to 20 local non-profit organizations across the company’s southern Minnesota service area. Consolidated’s Community Fund focuses its support on local programs that meet critical community needs, such as hunger and homelessness, along with initiatives that provide opportunities for innovative education and learning.


Grants this year are being awarded to the following organizations:


            Minnesota State University – Scholarships; $15,000


            Committee Against Domestic Abuse – Direct assistance program; $10,000


            ECHO Food Shelf – Dairy products for children; $10,000


            Educare Foundation – Foundation grants; $10,000


            Feeding Our Community Partners – Backpack food program and power pack program; $10,000


            Mankato Youth Place – First hour program; $10,000


            Partners for Affordable Housing – Emergency shelter program support; $10,000


            South Central College – Scholarships; $10,000


            Junior Achievement – Titan business challenge and entrepreneurial programs; $10,000


            Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota – STEM powered play and learning; $5,000


            Greater Mankato Diversity Council – Promoting respect workshops; $5,000


            Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP) – Athletics programs; $5,000


            Life-Work Planning Center – Women in transition program; $5,000


            MRCI WorkSource– Miles of opportunities transportation program; $5,000


            VINE – Learning opportunities for aging adults; $5,000


            YWCA – Girls on the run program; $5,000


            Bethlehem Inn – Transitional housing for women and children; $3,000

            Lake Crystal Recreation Center – Youth to senior program; $3,000


            Ruth’s House of Hope – Emergency and transitional shelter program; $3,000


            FarmAmerica – Technology and agriculture education programs; $1,000


            Twin Valley Council – Summer camp and new member recruiting; $1,000


“Consolidated Communications has been connecting people and building strong communities for more than 125 years,” said Jennifer Spaude, senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. “The Community Fund exemplifies a core value of the company and we are pleased to continue this legacy as we support and invest in local non-profits that meet critical needs and make the communities we serve in southern Minnesota vibrant and stronger.”


Consolidated Communications Community Fund grants are awarded on an annual basis through a grant application process. Grant requests for the next fiscal year will open in early fall and are due Dec. 1, 2020.