LITTLE FALLS-Sprout is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations as well as small businesses to host a "Party with a Purpose" at the Sprout Marketplace in August and September of 2017.

A Party with a Purpose is defined as a gathering of persons with a common purpose of supporting an organization and its mission through food and philanthropy. Each party will serve as a way to raise funds for the selected organization by inviting the public to attend, donate, and share a meal and learn about the organization's mission. Each party will feature foods from Amish, Tribal, Somali, youth, grower, or Latino cultures.

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Eligible applicants' missions should support food, arts, and/or culture. Priority will be given to organizations based in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and/or Wadena counties, but applicants from outside the Region 5 area but within 100 miles of Little Falls are also encouraged to apply. Dollars raised at the party will be used to further support the selected organization's mission.

The application is available at under the "Placemaking" tab. Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis until all scheduled parties are assigned to accepted applications. Completed applications should be sent to Dawn Espe at

The Parties with a Purpose activities are funded through a grant awarded to Region Five Development Commission by ArtPlace America's National Creative Placemaking Fund. The ArtPlace funds will offer the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace and partners the support needed to host an expansion of economic opportunities, social and cultural experiences, and learning for local growers, artists, makers, producers, chefs, and the public. Sprout and partners will also build out the Marketplace's physical space over the next three years using commissioned functional art from local artists, with priority granted to Latino, Somali, Amish, Grower, Youth and Tribal communities.

As a way of leveraging art, culture, and creativity as a transformational power, placemaking is gaining popularity as a tool for mobilizing community growth and change. Sprout believes local food systems, cultural food traditions, and art are pillars of placemaking for our region. Sprout's unique partnership with Region Five Development Commission will bolster economic development through the placemaking initiatives. For more information or to participate in these Sprout activities, please visit and follow the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace on Facebook.