MANKATO —  Mankato Clinic Foundation recently approved $67,000 in grants to 12 area organizations.

Recipients of the foundation's first-quarter grants are:

• Greater Mankato Area United Way's First Steps program, $30,000;

• South Central Community College's student scholarship program, $10,000.

• LEEP — a nonprofit promoting recreation and healthy living opportunities for people with special needs — $5,000;

• Greater Mankato Diversity Council, $3,000;

• The Salvation Army of Mankato, $3,000;

• Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center, $3,000;

• Centenary United Methodist Church's Holy Grounds Breakfast, $3,000;

• Minnesota State University's Camp Maverick, $3,000;

• ECHO Food Shelf, $3,000;

• Wellcome Manor Family Services, $1,500;

• St. Peter Recreation Leisure Services Department's Memory Minder Kits and Memory Café, $1,500;

• Greater Mankato Area United Way's Project Community Connect, $1,000.

Mankato Clinic physicians provide the majority of the foundation funding as a way to give back to the community by providing support to organizations which strive to improve health and wellness in the communities they serve.

Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are considered through an application process. More information and applications can be found at mankatoclinic.com/Mankato-clinic-foundation.

The next grant application deadline is March 1.

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