Come to Brewfest on Sept. 11 and help decide the Brewfest Choice Grants

You’ll be helping the Foundation evaluate community needs and decide where grant dollars should go, if you attend 2021 Prairie Brewfest and vote on the Brewfest Choice Grants.

This Brewfest feature, launched at the 2019 event, is meant to put the Foundation’s grant-making role on display. The Foundation since 1981 has granted about $2 million to about 100 different nonprofits and other organizations that are meeting important Eden Prairie needs.

At Brewfest on Sept. 11 from 3-6 p.m., attendees will be given a vote token and be asked to vote on their favorite grant finalist. Four organizations are grant finalists, and voting by attendees will determine who gets $2,000, $1,000, $600, or $400.

Here are the finalist organizations and their projects:

  • CHOICE, Inc. – This Eden Prairie nonprofit that serves adults with intellectual disabilities is proposing a “Friends of the Environment” project to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction among CHOICE employees and participants through composting, recycling, use of reusable water bottles, etc. The project falls within the Foundation’s “recreation/environment” funding priority.
  • Eden Prairie Local News – This nonprofit news start-up, which is trying to preserve and advance local reporting, would use the grant to produce an October 2021 “Homecoming” print edition commemorating an historic football honor and spotlighting a wide range of Eden Prairie sports. The project falls within the Foundation’s “education” funding priority.
  • Onward Eden Prairie – This Eden Prairie nonprofit would use the grant for case-management services and operational costs (one-plus weeks) for the Onward House that serves four young adults from homeless or unstable living circumstances. The project falls under the Foundation’s “social services” funding priority.
  • Summit Music – This Bloomington organization, sponsored by Springboard for the Arts, would bring a series of five live-performance concerts by professional musicians to Eden Prairie senior living complexes to entertain older adults. The project falls within the Foundation’s “arts/culture” funding priority.

Of course, the main attraction of Prairie Brewfest is your ability to sample beer, wine, and spirits from local breweries and other establishments. There will also be live music from “Wondercure,” bag-toss games, and more.

The event, which is for those ages 21 and older, will be held at Purgatory Creek Park, 13001 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie. (In the event of rain, it will be held in the covered first deck of the SouthWest Station parking deck, just across the street.)

Tickets are $35 in advance and are available online at https://aesbid.com/ELP/EPBREW21/ or at any Eden Prairie Liquor store. Tickets will cost $40 each at the event. Ticket sales support the event, but so do business sponsorships. You can see our many business sponsors below.

Proceeds support the Foundation’s work to help residents who are facing hardship and to strengthen community services.

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

 

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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