Attend 2021 Prairie Brewfest and vote to fill a community need

A big part of Prairie Brewfest is sampling beer and wine. Trying something new. Learning.

So, perhaps it’s fitting that the Foundation also wants to give you a sample of its granting, a role that has us addressing community needs through grants to other nonprofits addressing those needs.

You’ll get a taste of what granting is all about at the 2021 Prairie Brewfest on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Purgatory Creek Park, where you’ll once again be able to vote in the Brewfest Choice Grants competition.

That is, you’ll help direct 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.  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 like you 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 2021 Brewfest Choice Grant, you can 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 Monday, Aug. 2 to submit their application for consideration.

So, c’mon out to Prairie Brewfest on Sept. 11. Tickets are now on sale. You’ll be supporting a good cause – the Foundation – but another cause of your choice by casting a ballot.

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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