Attend Prairie Brewfest and vote on grant recipients

Prairie Brewfest: It’s not just about the beer.

That’s a bold statement because, in fact, if you ask a cross-section of people who have attended our five annual Prairie Brewfest events, many will tell you that it’s ALL about the beer: tasting new varieties on a beautiful fall day in a great park setting.

So let’s reframe that a bit. Prairie Brewfest: The Foundation wants you to think about more than beer.

And we’re trying to do that with the sixth annual Prairie Brewfest that will be held 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie to raise money for the Foundation’s work.

This year, for the first, time, attendees will help in directing grant money to a small number of unmet community needs by actually casting votes. It’ll be a lesson in the Foundation’s grant-making role, and here’s how it will work:

This summer, the Foundation will invite applications for Brewfest Choice Grants of $2,000 or less. Our Grants Committee will narrow the field of applications to four – hopefully one request in each of the four funding priorities that have guided Foundation grant-making in recent years: arts and culture; education; recreation and environment; and social services.

The four finalists will be presented to Prairie Brewfest attendees, and on that day each person will cast a vote for their favorite. We’ll make sure folks have lots of information on each community need, and in fact can meet the nonprofits who are finalists. The project with the most votes will be awarded $2,000. The others will be awarded, based on their vote totals, smaller amounts of $1,000, $600, and $400.

This exercise will demonstrate the power of having a community foundation that is identifying unmet community needs and rallying the resources to meet them. That’s what the Eden Prairie Community Foundation does. The process may also make Prairie Brewfest attendees feel good about being on-the-spot philanthropists.

If you are a nonprofit that serves Eden Prairie and is interested in being considered for a Brewfest Choice Grant, you can request a Word copy of the application from Executive Director Mark Weber at [email protected] or download a copy of the application here:

Application for Brewfest Choice Grants (PDF)

Note: to be eligible, nonprofits need to be classified as charitable organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, classified as an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, or part of a governmental body such as schools or parks. They must also provide services to residents within the boundaries of Eden Prairie.

Nonprofits have until Thursday, Aug. 1 to submit their application for consideration.

See, Brewfest isn’t just about the beer. It’s about filling community needs, too.

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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