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Consolidated Communications’ Community Fund Awards $160,000 in Grants

Grants awarded to 27 non-profit organizations in southern Minnesota                                                                                                              

MANKATO, Minn., – March 16, 2021 – The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is pleased to award $160,000 in grants to 27 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.

2021 Grants are being awarded to the following organizations:

o    Minnesota State University, Mankato – scholarships; $15,000

o    Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota – museum exhibit prototype; $10,000

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

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

o    Feeding Our Community Partners – BackPack and Power Pack Food Programs; $10,000

o    Mankato Area Public Schools – greenhouse construction for agricultural education; $10,000

o    Partners for Affordable Housing – permanent housing stability for the homeless $10,000

o    South Central College – scholarships; $10,000

o    Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato Area – Titan Business Challenge and entrepreneurial programs; $10,000

o    Educare Foundation – foundation grants; $7,500

o    Greater Mankato Diversity Council – Promoting Respect Workshops; $5,000

o    Life-Work Planning Center – Women in Transition Program; $5,000

o    Mankato Area Catholic Schools – technology-related programs to enhance student learning; $5,000

o    Mankato Youth Place – First Hour Program; $5,000

o    MRCI – transportation for community integration; $5,000

o    VINE – learning opportunities for aging adults; $5,000

o    YWCA – Smart, Strong and Bold Youth Program; $5,000

o    YMCA – Brother / Sister mentoring program; $4,000

o    Bethlehem Inn – programming expenses to help homeless women and children become self-sufficient; $3,000

o    Connections Ministry – assistance for transition to year-round homeless shelter; $3,000

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

o    Habitat for Humanity – Aging in Place pilot program; $3,000

o    Salvation Army – emergency assistance program; $2,500

o    The Christopher Center for Children with Autism and their Families – services for children with autism; $1,000

o    FarmAmerica – STEM-related field trips; $1,000

o    Minnesota Council of Churches – refugee coaching and mentoring; $1,000

o    Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts of America – Summer Camp and EXPO 2021; $1,000

“Consolidated Communications is pleased to support so many important non-profit organizations in our southern Minnesota service area during this challenging time,” said Jennifer Spaude, senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. “The Community Fund exemplifies a core value of our company and contributes to our legacy of connecting people and building strong communities for the past 125 years in the greater Mankato area.”

Consolidated’s 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, 2021.

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 $6 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

About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses, and wireless and wireline carriers across rural and metro communities and a 23-state service area. Leveraging an advanced fiber network spanning 46,600 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications is a top-10 fiber provider in the U.S. offering a wide range of communications solutions, including: high-speed Internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services and wholesale, carrier solutions. From our first connection 125 years ago, Consolidated is dedicated to turning technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how they work and live. Visit for more information.

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