Grants & Awards

One of the principal purposes of the Benson Area Community Foundation is to provide grant monies to eligible community organizations for purposes of project and program implementation and sustainability. Grant making commenced in 2005 and has continued to the present day. The first several years of existence, the Foundation made grants on a one-time-per-year basis. With the increased size of our Endowment Fund and the excellent return on investments, the Foundation Board opted to increase the frequency of grant-making to two-times-per-year. Typically, awards are made in the months of April and October.

Since the inception of grant making from January 1, 2005 and up until October 12, 2022, the Benson Area Community Foundation in concert with its donor-advised funds, the Galen Hanson Endowment Fund and Robert Sonsteng Fund, has collectively awarded over $487,859.00.

Among these awards, a representative sample includes:

  • Benson Arts Council – Performing Arts Council Series  $20,000
  • Danvers – New Fire Hall                                 $7,000
  • Benson Public Schools Northside Rec Improvements        $12,468
  • City of Benson – Aquatic Center                         $7,000
  • Benson Women of Today – Mini Golf Course                $10,000
  • Scandi Haven Village – Fireplace Lounge Furniture       $7,000
  • Benson Lions Club – Disc Golf Course at Ambush Park $11,000

For a full list of Grants & Awards, grant award history 1-1-05 to 10-12-22 click here.