Central MN Council on Aging recently received $100,000 from the Minnesota Council on Foundations to sub-award organizations serving older adults and caregivers during the pandemic.

From the funds received, the Council on Aging established a MN Recovery Response Fund. One hundred percent of the funds were to be sub-awarded to community providers to support coronavirus-related services, according to the news release. The purpose of the funding is to support older adults and family caregivers with services such as access to nutrition, volunteers, diversity, virtual service, delivery and personal protective equipment.

The funding is to be utilized by Dec. 31 in the service area that includes Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties. Eligible applicants were 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, senior centers, tribal organizations and faith communities.

In June, a request for proposal was sent broadly across the Council on Aging region. The council received 48 applications totaling more than $370,000 in requests. The applications represented the work their local partners are doing to keep older adults and their caregivers safe, connected and supported throughout this unprecedented time.

A review team, made up of representation from the Council on Aging Board of Directors and Advisory Committee, determined how the funds would be awarded:

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  • Assumption Community Faith in Action, $2,810.

  • Hands Across the World, $5,000.

  • CARE-Community Action Respecting Elders, $9,900.

  • Horizon Health, $6,400.

  • Cass Lake Area Food Shelf, $10,000.

  • Isanti County Commission on Aging, $1,219.

  • CentraCare (home-delivered meals and medical alert services), $ 2,042.

  • Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, $6,809.

  • Cuyuna Range Medical Center-Heartwood, $1,500.

  • RiverWorks Community Development, $4,850.

  • Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd, $10,000.

  • Paynesville Area Senior Center, $6,510.

  • Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, $1,400.

  • Senior Community Services, $5,800.

  • Faith in Action for Cass County, $8,260.

  • The Center, $1,645.

  • Family Pathways, $10,000.

  • Walker Area Food Shelf, $1,008.

  • Guardian Angels Senior Services, $2,480.

  • Wellness In the Woods, $2,367.