The Minnesota Wild Foundation announced that nine local charities were selected as the inaugural recipients of the “Wild Idea Grant Program.” The non-profit programs will receive $180,000 in total, awarded as one-time grants that help to advance the foundation’s mission to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey.
“The Minnesota Wild Foundation is thrilled to be able to grant these funds today to nine very deserving local charities through the Wild Idea Grant program,” said Pamela Wheelock, board chair of the Minnesota Wild Foundation. “Each of these organizations is working to help children and families in our community and grow the game of hockey, which aligns with the mission and purpose of the Wild Foundation. It’s a privilege to be able to share their stories and their good work.”
A new recipient will be announced every hour beginning at 9 a.m. CT today on the Minnesota Wild’s Twitter (@mnwild) and Facebook pages. The grants were made possible thanks to funds raised at various events and sales held throughout the season that were generously supported by fans, community and corporate partners, and Wild players.
Submissions for the Wild Foundation’s first-ever public grant were accepted via online application from Oct. 10 – Nov. 22, 2015. More than 30 applications were received. Special consideration was given to organizations that provide gear and equipment for hockey programs and those that provide services to families that have a child battling a serious illness or disease.