The Community Response Fund (CRF) announces this week’s round of grants totaling $38,000 to seven 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 $132,250 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 [email protected].

This round of CRF grants supported the following community organizations:

  • Mankato Area Public Schools for supplies to print PPE on 3D printers.
  • BENCHS for a Pet Food Shelf for people who have lost jobs due to COVID-19 and can’t afford to buy pet food.
  • Lutheran Social Services to increase meals for seniors to two meals a day.
  • MN Assistance Council for Veterans to assist veterans with incidentals due to job losses.
  • Hispanic Advocacy and Empowerment through Research for online mental health services.
  • City of Mankato for sanitizing community nonprofits.
  • Get Mankato PPE for supplies for making PPE to distribute.