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With Integrity and Trustworthiness, We Focus on the Future


What is GFACF? 

We are a trusted community resource for investing in opportunities that improve all people’s lives, create vibrant communities, and leave a lasting legacy. 

OUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON YOU! The foundation invites you to make a charitable contribution for the benefit of your community. You can make a difference in the place you call home. 


About the Foundation

The Granite Falls Area Community Foundation was founded in 2009 with the encouragement and support of local citizens and the Southwest Initiative Foundation. Organized under the umbrella of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the Granite Falls Area Community Foundation is a vehicle for making charitable contributions for the benefit of our community.

The assets are invested through the Southwest Initiative Foundation with a local board of directors providing direction as to how the funds will be used for the exclusive benefit of the Granite Falls area.

The Foundation sets grant-making priorities through regular review of community needs. Grants are made to qualified non-profit organizations that have an interest in building and strengthening our community and the surrounding area.

Your gift will be used to invest in people and projects that will benefit the Granite Falls area. We provide a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving back to the community through the Granite Falls Area Community Foundation.

Donations to the GFACF

An individual, family or organization can contribute to the Granite Falls Area Community Foundation. Our mission is “To provide opportunities for our community to connect the legacy of the past to tomorrow’s dreams through charitable giving and grant making.”

Grants, whose aims are to strengthen community core values and structure, are awarded to non-profit organizations. Grants amount vary depending upon grant amounts available. Applications must have matching funds. Grants are most commonly awarded in the following areas:

  • Arts, culture, humanities
  • Community improvement (celebrations, beautification, parks)
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • Community health
  • Leadership development
  • Public protection and public safety
  • Recreation, leisure, sports, athletics
  • Youth development
  • Senior programs and projects
  • Community benefit

The Granite Falls Area Community Foundation is organized as an affiliate of the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

Our partner, the Southwest Initiative Foundation, provides administrative support through gift processing and receipting, grant processing, investment management, and the 501(c)(3) public charity infrastructure necessary for your gifts to receive the highest possible charitable tax deduction. We also have access to technical and professional support from Southwest Initiative Foundation in areas such as strategic planning, board development, fundraising, marketing and public relations, and grantmaking.

In return, we have established an advisory board to lead the Granite Falls Area Community Foundation, raise funds to support our vision, coordinate a grant process and educate the community. We are in the driver’s seat, with Southwest Initiative Foundation supporting us every step of the way.

For more information about the Southwest Initiative Foundation, click here.