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September 10, 2021 (Bemidji, MN) – The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), is currently accepting grant applications for its Vaccine Incentive Program, through which NMF will fund activities to encourage and assist the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations to historically disadvantaged communities.

Indigenous communities in Northwest Minnesota are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Minnesota, Native Americans have the highest COVID-19 case fatality rate: 1.7% of positive COVID-19 cases result in death for Native American and Alaskan Natives, compared to 1.2% of case fatalities for the total population.

Grants may fund the cost of vaccination incentives, event space costs, event amenities, food, and a nominal administration fee (up to 6% of the total grant amount awarded). NMF’s goal is to provide funding for a minimum of five community events, 10 on-site agency events, and funding incentives to encourage 300 people to get vaccinated. Total funding available is $48,000, and grant amounts are anticipated to be between $5,000 and $10,000.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, for the duration that funding is available. Pre-proposal forms will be reviewed within one week of the submission date.

To view the full program description, visit

To complete the pre-application form, visit

Anyone with questions about this program or application process should contact Margaret Krueger, program officer, by emailing

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, facilitating collaboration and promoting philanthropy.


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