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In its 16th year, Austin Area Foundation made continued progress in giving grants to community nonprofits for added needs.

These funds come from other community members who have a heart for Austin projects and needs.

At its November meeting, AAF approved several new grants to support area organizations. 

The community foundation distribution committee selected and the board approved the following:

Austin Area Foundation Grants

Organization Purpose Grant
Austin Aspires Implementation of Junior Achievement Program $900
Austin Community Band Summer music/concert series in the park $500
Austin Symphony Partial Sponsorship of Program / "Out of this World" $1,000
Cedar River Watershed District Outreach materials & ads to raise awareness of Trout Fishing $500
First Congregational Church Partial offset of speaking fee's $500
Freedom Fest 2020 Funding for July 4th parade bands $1,500
Friends of the Hormel Nature Center Planting small orchard for cidering classes / pollination $1,600
Hormel Historic Home Transportation costs to and from HHH. Snacks & activities $1,000
Hot Meals on Wheels To pay for the delivery of hot meals $1,000
KAUS, Hy-Vee, Feed a Family Food for the holidays $1,558
LIFE Mower County Funding support 2nd year of 4-H Adventure Club for clients $1,000
Matchbox Children's Theater Help with production costs shows $1,000
Mower County Historical Society Assist with updating one room schoolhouse and buildings $1,000
Neveln School Matchbox Childrens Theatre Tickets $1,000
Northwestern Singers Help with December show setbuilding $1,000
Pacelli Assist with Eagle Bluff Trip for grades 6 - 8 --- (55) Students $500
Parenting Resource Center Purchase Diapers and Baby Wipes $1,000
Peer Power Partners Year-end Team Building activity at Eagle Bluff $1,600
Rachel's Hope Supplies and Diapers for Earn While You Learn program $1,000
Science Fair Mentoring Project Support the Science Fair Mentoring Project at Southgate $1,000
Second Edition Offset costs for performing at area Nursing Homes $750
St. Olaf BackPack Programs Provide Supplemental Weekend Food for Austin Children $1,500
Summerset Theatre Assist with production costs of 53rd Season Shows $1,000
Welcome Center Taste of Nations Celebration $1,500
Workforce Development Community resource area seating upgrade & activity area $1,592
Zonta Club Purchase & Fill Cinch Bags for "More Than Pink" participants $500

“Austin Area Foundation is a home-grown grant-maker,” said Jeff Baldus, the community foundation’s executive director.

“This is people giving to people and AAF invests in our local students and nonprofits, supporting our community’s promising opportunities, and meeting some of our community’s pressing needs.

This grant funding doesn’t come from one or two deep pockets but from many folks from the Austin area, who contribute small and large donations to build our community’s future.”


All donations are welcome and people can contribute to any of the Foundation’s charitable funds, including the Austin Legacy Endowment Fund, its largest and broadest grant-making endowment.

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