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Consolidated Communications Community Fund Awards $171,500 in Grants in Southern Minnesota

Community Fund celebrates 50 years of support to non-profit organizations in southern Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn., March 30, 2018 — The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is pleased to award $171,500 in grants to 20 non-profit organizations across the company’s southern Minnesota service area. Consolidated’s Community Fund focuses its support on local programs that meet critical needs in the community and initiatives that provide opportunities for innovative education and learning.                                                                                                   

Grants are being awarded to the following organizations:

Boys & Girls Club of Mankato – local organization launch; $50,000

Minnesota State University, Mankato – scholarships and theatre performance; $15,000

Educare Foundation – educator initiative grants; $10,000

Feeding Our Community Partners – Backpack Food program & Power Pack program; $10,000

Partners for Affordable Housing – project funding to support shelter guests; $10,000

South Central College – scholarships; $10,000

Junior Achievement – Titan Business challenge & JA Company Program; $7,500

Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) – direct assistance program; $6,000

Centenary UMC – Holy Grounds community breakfast and outreach; $5,000

ECHO Food Shelf – egg and milk program for children; $5,000

Greater Mankato Diversity Council – Prejudice Reduction Workshops; $5,000

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

Lifeworks  – client employment support; $5,000

MRCI WorkSource – fuel our fleet program; $5,000

Salvation Army – emergency assistance program; $5,000

VINE – community education opportunities; $5,000

YWCA – Girls on the Run programming; $5,000

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

Lake Crystal Recreation Center – senior programming; $2,500

Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System – STEAM programming; $2,500


“As we celebrate 50 years of giving, we are pleased to have invested in and supported so many great organizations, programs and initiatives that have helped shape the communities we serve over the past five decades,” said Jennifer Spaude, vice president of corporate communications at Consolidated Communications.  “We look forward to continuing to help build a stronger community through our mission of supporting organizations that enhance the health and vibrancy of the local community.”

Consolidated Communications Community Fund grants are awarded on an annual basis through a grant application process. Grant requests for the next fiscal year are due Dec. 1, 2018. More information on the Consolidated Communications Community Fund is available at

About the Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation
Built on a tradition of community leadership and company giving, the Consolidated Communications Community Fund has given more than $5.5 million dollars to non-profit organizations since it was founded in 1963. The Consolidated Communications Community Fund focuses its outreach to communities in southern Minnesota and is administered through the Mankato Area Foundation.  Learn more at

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