EP Gives 10000 Logo from Grace ChurchThe theory that Eden Prairie residents generously give back to the community is about to be tested with the Jan. 26 launch of “EP Gives 10,000.”

The three-month campaign will have the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, Grace Church, and the Eden Prairie News urging people who live, work, or worship in Eden Prairie to pledge and contribute 10,000 hours of volunteer service to Eden Prairie projects, causes, or organizations between Jan. 26 and April 25.

April 25 also happens to be the date of the Community Foundation’s annual EP Gives event, which celebrates the organization’s newest grants as well as the community’s philanthropy and service overall.

Does your Eden Prairie organization have a service project that can count toward the 10,000-hour goal? Does your organization need Eden Prairie volunteers? Then campaign organizers want to hear from you, so they can track the volunteer hours being contributed and also connect prospective volunteers with jobs to be done.

Much of the campaign information will be shared on the “EP Gives 10,000” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EPgives. From there, people looking for a volunteer service project will be directed to a list of possibilities. You can also follow @EPGives on Twitter.

“This is a way to call attention to the great community service work that already exists, and also to get more people giving back to Eden Prairie,” said Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. “Plus, it falls right in line with the Community Foundation’s mission to promote collaboration, leadership, and philanthropy.

“We really appreciate the involvement of Grace Church and the Eden Prairie News, because they’re great believers in community service and they can help us spread the word. Remember, it’s really all about cause and effect: We have the cause, and you have the effect!”

Civic organizations and non-profits that have community service projects planned for that time period, or need volunteers, are asked to contact Weber at mweber@epcommunityfoundation.org so those projects can be noted and additional volunteers can be located.


Apply now for a 2015 EPCF grant

Applications for 2015 grants from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation are now being accepted, and must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2015.

The Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants since its formation in 1981, with grants going to more than 60 non-profits and agencies serving Eden Prairie.

The primary purpose of a Foundation grant is to encourage the development and implementation of non-profit or tax-exempt programs (including city and school district programs) that make Eden Prairie a better place in which to live and work.

The organization’s grant priority areas are: arts and culture; education; recreation and environment; and social services.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation asks grant applicants to first submit a letter of inquiry to Executive Director Mark Weber at mweber@epcommunityfoundation.org. Letters of inquiry typically include some basic information, including a description of the project and which priority area the request aligns with.

All of the application steps are outlined on this website’s Apply for a Grant page.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 20. Grants will be awarded at the 2015 EP Gives celebration, which will be April 25, 2015 at the Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie.

For more information about grants and the grant application process, call Grant Distribution Chair Katie Castro at (763) 245-2420 or Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499.



The Eden Prairie Foundation Celebrates 34 Years of Giving in 2015.