The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) Charitable Fund is seeking grant proposals for up to $2,000 from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and community groups. The geographic eligibility area is Hubbard County and watersheds that impact Hubbard County.

Funds may be used for charitable and educational programs, projects and activities that facilitate cooperation among member lake associations and to assist in encouraging environmentally sustainable use of lakes and watersheds that protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of area lakes and their environs including funding for the following:

  • research, studies or projects on water quality, shoreland development and disseminating information thereof to member associations and the general public;

  • projects on restoration of critical shoreland habitat, buffer strips, rain gardens, shoreline erosion, stormwater run-off, AIS prevention, vegetation mapping;

  • projects for specialized sampling research and limited support for scientific studies;

  • support of acquisition of property for sustainable public use, e.g. conservation easements.

Application guidelines can be found on the Northwest Minnesota Foundation website at www.nwmf.org, under "Open Grant Rounds.” For every $1 contributed by the COLA Charitable Fund, the applicant must match $1 toward the project through volunteer labor, in-kind services, donated materials and/or cash.

The deadline for submission of proposals is March 1, 2021. Funds will be awarded by June 1, 2021.

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The COLA Charitable Fund is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.