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Bernick Family Foundation to award $150,000

ST. CLOUD - The Bernick Family Foundation announced recently plans to award $150,000 to community projects focused on youth and education and health and fitness through its fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF). Letters of inquiry will be accepted by CMCF through Sept. 1.

"Our community grants process has helped us fund really worthy projects across our service area the past several years," said Jason Bernick, Bernick's director of corporate affairs. "We are looking forward to funding another group of great projects."

The Bernick Family Foundation will accept applications for grants ranging from $3,000 to $50,000 in its focus area. Applicants must be 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, schools or government entities serving communities where Bernick's operates. This includes Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, St. Cloud, and Willmar, Minnesota and Dresser, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas.

Complete grant guidelines and electronic applications are available through CMCF's website at Letters of inquiry must be submitted online by midnight on Sept. 1, 2014. Nonprofits with specific questions should contact Jeanne Blonigen at

The Bernick Family Foundation was established as a component of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 1989 to help Bernick's company and the Bernick family support organizations that reflect the family's core values, while providing leadership in responding to emerging community needs.

Founded in 1916, Bernick's is a fourth-generation family-owned business, providing beverage, vending and food service solutions. The Waite Park-based company has a long tradition of investing in its local communities to improve quality of life. In addition to their support through the Foundation, Bernick's continues as a longtime philanthropic leader through direct financial and in-kind donations to over 100 causes each year.

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF), based in St. Cloud, is a public charity that administers over 600 charitable funds totaling more than $100 million for the benefit of local residents. CMCF has been engaging people and connecting resources to build a better community since 1985. CMCF deepens its community impact through its affiliates, Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, and the Willmar Area Community Foundation. Learn more at