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Links to Grantmaking, Nonprofit, and Philanthropy Resources

Minnesota Common Grant Application
www.mcf.org/mcf/grant/applicat.htm
The Minnesota Common Grant Application is designed to help make the grantseeking process simpler and more efficient for nonprofits. The form can reduce the amount of time grantseekers must spend rearranging basic information from one proposal to the next to fit the grantmakers' varying application requirements.

Minnesota Council on Foundations
www.mcf.org
MCF is a regional membership association of grantmakers. The Council's mission is to strengthen and increase participation in organized philanthropy. This site offers a wealth of information for grantmakers and grantseekers.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
www.mncn.org
This site offers information on Minnesota's nonprofit sector, including a searchable database on nonprofit organizations and a Nonprofit Library with documents on many nonprofit management issues.

University of Wisconsin Superior - Center for Continuing Education
www.uwsuper.edu/cee/certificates/index.cfm
The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers workshops and certificate programs in Nonprofit Administration, Fund Development, and Human Resources. Workshops are typically held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

The Foundation Center
www.fdncenter.org
Serving the information needs of grantseekers and grantmakers.

The Grantsmanship Center
www.tgci.com
This site lists new grant announcements daily from the federal government's online Federal Register.


Links to Children, Youth, and Intergenerational Resources

America’s Promise
www.americaspromise.org
America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, is dedicated to mobilizing individuals, groups, and organizations from every part of American life, to build and strengthen the character and competence of our youth.

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
www.cdf-mn.org
The Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota provides a strong and effective voice for children who cannot speak or vote for themselves. CDF-Minnesota provides services, such as research, publications, education, advocacy, and outreach to engage, mobilize, and motivate Minnesotans to consider the well-being of children in all private and public decision-making so that no child is left behind.

Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families
www.gcyf.org
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families serves as a point of contact for grantmakers seeking collegial and collaborative relationships with other funders concerned with children, youth, and families.

Ignite Afterschool
http://igniteafterschool.org
Ignite Afterschool is a statewide network of funders, program providers, researchers and others dedicated to advancing high-quality afterschool and summer programs for all Minnesota youth. Included is the Believe It. Build It. section, which provides an array of links to support those seeking to build better programs for Minnesota's young people.

Minnesota Department of Education - Early Learning
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/EarlyLearn/index.html
Connect with a variety of resources for Minnesota's young children and their families, early education professionals, child care providers, and more within the Early Learning section of the Minnesota Department of Education website.

Parent Aware
www.parentaware.org
Parent Aware: Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System was established to increase the number of Minnesota children who are well prepared for kindergarten and beyond. Parent Aware assists families with young children to locate and secure high-quality child care and early education, as well as implements the one-to-four star quality rating system for licensed providers.

ParentFurther
www.parentfurther.com
ParentFurther is a Search Institute resource for families providing positive parenting tips including managing the effects of media on children and youth. It has partnered with the former National Institute on Media and the Family.

University of Minnesota Extension Youth Development
www.extension.umn.edu/youth
A Minnesota-based resource for Research and Evaluation, 4-H Youth Development, the Youth Work Institute, trainings, and more.

Zero to Three
www.zerotothree.org
ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.

Generations United
www.gu.org
Generations United a national membership organization focused solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and policies.


Links to Economic Development Resources

Anderson Center
www.acmbd.org
The Anderson Center is a nonprofit organization that provides management and business development services to facilitate economic progress in Greater Minnesota. The Center serves entrepreneurs, managers, executives, owners, and advisors from businesses and nonprofit organizations across Greater Minnesota. Among the Center's services are a number of highly focused Forums primarily hosted in St. Cloud, Owatonna, and Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

The Northland Foundation offers tuition assistance for business owners, executives, and management as well as nonprofit leaders from northeastern Minnesota to offset the cost of Forum trainings. Please contact the Northland Foundation for application information.

APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion)
www.APEXgetsbusiness.com
The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) is a private sector nonprofit organization tasked with expanding economic growth and business development in the Duluth area and the surrounding region.

Granite Equity Partners, Inc.
www.graniteequity.com
Granite Equity Partners invests financial and human resources in growing and profitable companies with revenues of $10-$100 million that are located within drive time of Granite’s St. Cloud, Minnesota offices. The firm focuses on management buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth equity achieved through the sale or purchase of a business, generational transfers, or business expansions.

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
www.irrrb.org
The IRRRB Economic Development site describes the many financial and business development services that this unique state agency can provide to businesses located or locating in Minnesota's Taconite Tax Relief Area (TTRA).

Minnesota Power Economic Development
www.mnpower.com/Company/EconomicDevelopment
The Minnesota Power Economic Development Program provides site selection assistance, business development services, access to the Minnesota Community Capital Fund, and other special services for its customers.

Natural Resources Research Institute
www.nrri.umn.edu
NRRI's mission is to foster economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment. It supports the study of the economic impact and sustainability of Minnesota’s minerals, forest products, peat, biomass, and water-related industries.

Northland Connection
www.northlandconnection.com
NorthlandConnection.com is a web-based dynamic economic development research tool designed to provide the most current information needed to facilitate business expansion and retention in Northeastern Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. It also offers direct links to Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Comparisons, a reference library, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tool for locating real estate and businesses.

Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.
www.entrepreneurfund.org
The Entrepreneur Fund, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides financing and strategic support to help people starting or expanding a business in northeastern Minnesota.

Opportunity Finance Network
www.opportunityfinance.net
The Opportunity Finance Network is the leading network of private financial intermediaries, or community development financial institutions (CDFIs), identifying and investing in opportunities to benefit low-income and low-wealth people.

The Northspan Group, Inc.
www.northspan.org
The Northspan Group, Inc., is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and diversification of the economy in the upper Midwest. Northspan offers a full array of professional business and community development services.

UMD Center for Economic Development
www.umdced.com
The Center for Economic Development of the University of Minnesota-Duluth encourages economic development and innovation by providing area businesses and organizations with competent and timely technical assistance supported by training, education, and research.


Links to Aging Network Resources

Community Experience Partnership
www.ceplearning.org
This site is created by and for community foundations interested in civic engagement, with a specific focus on people over 60. It contains information, resources, and examples drawn from the experience of nearly 40 community foundations involved in this work and the opportunity for dialogue among those exploring or implementing activities in this arena.

Adult Day Care
www.adultdaycare.org
AdultDayCare.org offers listings for adult day care services by state and community.

Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging
www.arrowheadaging.org
The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging serves to make Northland communities desirable places to live and grow old. It links people with information; assists community groups and service providers with planning, coordination, and development; and improves the quality of life for older persons and their families through local and regional initiatives.

Leading Age Minnesota
www.leadingagemn.org
Aging Services of Minnesota is the state’s largest association of organizations serving Minnesota seniors, with more than 1,000 member organizations statewide. Aging Services is the state partner of LeadingAge and the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).

Grantmakers in Aging
www.giaging.org
Grantmakers In Aging is a national membership organization including all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improve the experience of aging.