Winona foundation awards $45,200 in grants to eight nonprofits

Shakespeare, Habitat, Maritime Museum among recipients
Flyway Trail Map
The Winona Community Foundation granted $8,200 to the Buffalo County Land and Trails Trust for its Flyway Trail project to fund trail amenities including signs, benches and bike racks. The foundation board also directed $1,800 from the Connect People to Nature Fund to the Flyway Trail project for total financial support of $10,000. (Buffalo County Land and Trails Trust Facebook page)

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – The Winona Community Foundation awarded eight grants ranging from $2,500 to $8,200 and totaling $45,200 to area nonprofit organizations in the foundation’s first cycle of the year.
The grants were pared from 25 qualified applications that exceeded $200,000 in requests on March 13.

  • Great River Shakespeare Festival — $5,500 to make its 2020 festival more inviting and accessible to people with physical and emotional disabilities, including patrons with hearing or vision loss, patrons with wheelchairs and a special performance for patrons with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Habitat for Humanity — $7,500 to Winona and Fillmore counties to repair and replace critically deteriorated roofs. The grant is administered through the A Brush With Kindness program, which supports people with low-income or health or mobility issues.
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota — $2,500 to provide legal services to more immigrants and refugees in the Winona area.
    Mid-West Music Fest — $7,500 for its 2020 multi-genre, community building and music event.
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum — $4,000 to support art access days for its Second Saturdays program, which offers reduced admission at $1, themed art activities and gallery tours.
  • Ready Set School — $5,000 to support its voucher program to provide school supplies and clothing for low-income K-12 Winona County students for fall 2020.
  • Semcac — $5,000 to expand low-cost and nutritious meals for seniors in Winona County through dining and delivery service.
  • Buffalo County Land and Trails Trust — $8,200 for its Flyway Trail project to fund trail amenities including signs, benches and bike racks. The trail is a multi-purpose recreational path along the Mississippi River Valley between Wisconsin and Minnesota. The board of directors also directed $1,800 from the Connect People to Nature Fund to the Flyway Trail project for total financial support of $10,000.

Money for the grant program is generated in part from through gifts made through wills of Ramona L. Jezewski English and Wilmer and Beverly Larson, as well as a percentage of the foundation’s trust fund.
More information is available at the foundation’s website www.winonacf.org.