January 15, 2019

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) has selected two Northwest Minnesota cities to receive grant funding and other supportive services through their new Communities Thrive program. The Communities Thrive Program builds on the strength and diversity of our region.  This grant and loan program is focused on community building, place making, and showcasing the variety of amenities that make northwest Minnesota a great place to live, work and play.

Warroad and Halstad were selected through an intensive application and site visit process. These communities will be eligible to receive grant funding up to $100,000 over two years. Low-interest loans are also available to support projects that enhance the community’s quality of life or create opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

The communities will be evaluating their current community assets; things like recreation, leisure, retail, services, housing, public arts, restaurants, coffee shops, and community identity and connectedness. Once they identify current strengths and areas of improvement, they may use a combination of grants and loans to achieve their goals.

“We are excited to work with these communities and make a greater impact for their residents,” said Nate Dorr, NMF senior program officer. “After two years of dedicated focus for these cities, we plan on opening the program up again and replicate these efforts for more communities.”

NMF still offers a number of resources that are available for communities and organizations to access to support projects and initiatives that make the region a better place. For more information, visit