The Park Rapids Area Community Fund (PRACF) seeks grant applications in support of charitable, educational and public purpose projects that will help the greater Park Rapids community address the challenges and opportunities that are central to the area.

PRACF will consider grant applications up to $5,000. Grants will be considered from any nonprofit organization or public agency whose project addresses one of the following topics: education and youth, community character, recreation and cultural opportunities, health care, expanding leadership, drug and alcohol awareness.

Butch De La Hunt, president/CEO of Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, said there were eight applicants, so far.

“We have $15,000 to award,” he told ACTION Park Rapids participants on Thursday. “No one entity can get greater than $5,000.”

Applications are available at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, 1204 Park Ave. S. or by calling 732-411 or emailing chamber@parkrapids.com. An electronic copy of the application can be downloaded from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation website (www.nwmf.org/resources/grants/open-grant-rounds) or the Park Rapids Area Chamber website.

Grant applications are due Nov. 15. Grants will be awarded by Dec. 15.

Grants are made possible through the generous donations of Park Rapids residents, businesses and friends who desire to give back to the community. To learn more about the funds and how you can contribute, visit www.nwmf.org.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable, nonprofit community foundation serving 12 northwestern Minnesota counties with a mission to invest resources, facilitate collaboration, and promote philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.