''Pay it Forward Fund'' Announces 14 Grant Recipients
“Pay it Forward Fund” Announces 14 Fergus Falls Business Grant Recipients
On behalf of Northern Contours and Business Development for Fergus Falls, the Pay it Forward
Business Support Committee is excited to announce that thirteen businesses were approved for
grants up to $2,500 to help heal from the economic effects of COVID-19 related closures.
Committee members based their decisions on how each business planned to use its funding
and how the business intended to “Pay it Forward” to others. “Fergus Falls is an incredibly
giving community,” says Klara Beck of Business Development of Fergus Falls (BDFF).
“Northern Contours proved that when they contacted BDFF with the idea to donate $15,000 to
other local businesses, no strings attached.” Recognizing the good this could do for businesses
in need, the board of BDFF agreed to add an additional $15,000 to the fund. Shoremaster
stepped in with another $500, and the Pay It Forward Business Support Fund was unveiled to
Plans to provide space for the arts community to entertain customers while social distancing, to
host “donation months” during which a percentage of business proceeds would go to local
nonprofits, and plans to continue donating yards of material to local mask-making and quilting
groups impressed the Pay It Forward committee. “These were much harder decisions to make
than we anticipated,” said Mary Walth of Northern Contours. “But the fact that they were difficult
shows the effort these businesses put into their plans to bounce back and support the
businesses around them. Like the businesses who applied, we at Northern Contours are
compelled to support the community that has supported us for so many years and are proud to
give back in even a small way to those that are hurting right now. We want you to know that you
are not alone. You are vital to our community, and we stand with you."
We are proud to announce that the following businesses received funding through the Pay It
Forward Business Support Fund: