Consolidated Communications’ Community Fund Awards $155,000 in Grants

Published On: March 16th, 20231.8 min readCategories: Covid-19, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News

The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is pleased to award $155,000 in grants to 24 local non-profit organizations across the Greater Mankato area. Consolidated’s Community Fund focuses its support on local programs that meet critical community needs, such as hunger and homelessness, along with initiatives that provide opportunities for innovative education and learning.

Consolidated’s 2023 Grants are being awarded to the following organizations:


  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – scholarships; $15,000


  • Committee Against Domestic Abuse – direct assistance program; $10,000


  • ECHO Food Shelf – dairy products for children; $10,000


  • Feeding Our Communities Partners – BackPack and Power Pack Food Programs; $10,000


  • Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato Area – Entrepreneurial JA Company Program; $10,000


  • Partners for Housing – emergency shelter program; $10,000


  • South Central College – scholarships; $10,000


  • Educare Foundation – Ed Waltman Mini-Grants; $7,500


  • Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota – STEM programming; $5,000


  • Connections Ministry – shelter operations; $5,000


  • Footnotes Trauma Foundation – care for veterans and abuse victims; $5,000


  • Greater Mankato Diversity Council – Promoting Respect Workshops; $5,000


  • HACER – anti-bullying support and workshops; $5,000


  • Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund – Caring Box Program; $5,000


  • Lake Crystal Recreation Center – youth to senior program; $5,000


  • Life-Work Planning Center – Women in Transition Program; $5,000


  • Mankato Youth Place, “MY Place” – First Hour Program; $5,000


  • MRCI – transportation for community integration; $5,000


  • Salvation Army – emergency services; $5,000


  • VINE – technology upgrade project; $5,000


  • YWCA – Smart, Strong and Bold Youth Program; $5,000


  • Lasting Imprint – congenital heart defect kits; $3,000


  • Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery – child care for children in crisis; $3,000


  • Living Earth Center – youth gardening initiative; $1,500


We are proud to support 24 non-profit organizations in our region who are positively impacting our communities and meeting critical needs,” said Jennifer Spaude, senior vice president of corporate communications. “Our Community Fund exemplifies a core value of Consolidated Communications and contributes to our legacy of building strong communities and connecting people in the greater Mankato area.”

Consolidated’s Community Fund grants are awarded on an annual basis through a grant application process, administered by the Mankato Area Foundation. Grant requests for the next fiscal year will open in early fall and are due Dec. 1, 2023. More information can be found at

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