Grant finalists chosen; now it’s up to Brewfest attendees

You’ll help make decisions on grants to Eden Prairie causes when you attend the 2019 Prairie Brewfest from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Purgatory Creek Park.

For the first time, you’ll not only enjoy all that Brewfest has to offer – beer and wine samples, live music, games, and access to food trucks – but also decide how to allocate donor dollars to meet needs in the community.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s Grants Committee and board of directors have selected four grant finalists, and Brewfest attendees will vote to decide which cause or project should receive $2,000, $1,000, $600, or $400.

You’ll be doing it by using the Prairie Brewfest paper coaster handed to you at the entrance to Brewfest on Sept. 7. Review the list of grant finalists, then use your coaster to “vote” on your pick by dropping it into one of the baskets at the Voting & Water Table.

Here are the finalists you’ll be voting on that day, chosen from 17 applications for Brewfest Choice Grants:

  • Meal Delivery Bags – New, heavy-duty bags used by volunteers to deliver food to homebound residents, including older adults, who are Meals on Wheels clients.
  • READY! for Kindergarten – Parent training sessions to ensure education readiness for children, part of an initiative to close the educational and literacy gap by Eden Prairie Schools’ Community Education Early Childhood Programs.
  • Rain Garden – Construction of a rain garden at the renovated Eden Prairie Library, an effort by the Friends of the EP Library to increase water conservation and teach you about water cycles, sustainability, and the environment.
  • PeopleFest!, A Community Celebration of Culture – Funds for art activities and cultural performances that are part of the 2020 PeopleFest! event, a city-wide, multi-organization effort that celebrates all the cultures that make Eden Prairie great.

Each finalist represents one of the Foundation’s traditional funding priorities: social services, education, recreation and environment, and arts and culture. You can learn more about the finalist organizations at the event because each will have a table and representatives there.

Over the years, the Foundation has awarded $2 million in grants to about 100 different nonprofits and other organizations serving Eden Prairie. If you include grants from other charitable funds at the Foundation – including donor-advised funds held by philanthropic Eden Prairie families – the amount is even higher. Last year alone, the Foundation had a hand in 52 grants totaling $330,000.

So, attend Prairie Brewfest on Sept. 7 and experience the role of grant maker. Advance tickets are $30 – which is $5 less than at the gate the day of the event – and are available on this website or at any Eden Prairie Liquor store.

For more information about Brewfest, the Foundation, or its grant-making role, contact Executive Director Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499 or [email protected].

Categories: Feature, Grant Awards

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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