Vision 2040 projects play an important role in moving our vision and mission forward.

Members of the Willmar Lakes Area community have done some pretty incredible things over the years to leave this area better than it was yesterday. Thank you for your interest in investing your time and energy in the Vision 2040 initiative!


Approximately $170,000 worth of goods, service and volunteer time has been contributed to our communities through endorsed and funded Vision 2040 initiatives.

Some idea examples may include:

  • Outdoor co-working space with Wi-Fi and charging stations
  • A system for connecting people to opportunities so they can share their gifts
  • Youth opportunities and engagement
  • Downtown community events
  • Cultural cuisine
  • Newcomer connections


Have a great idea? Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 is about making our communities better than they were yesterday. One way we do that is by supporting you and your great ideas! Fill out this form to apply for funding from Vision 2040.


Looking for support for your project? Vision 2040 can help you spread the word, connect you to volunteers or assist in many other ways aside from funding. When you receive funding from Vision 2040, you automatically receive endorsement. However, if you aren't currently in need of financial support, you can still access our resources when you're approved for endorsement!


The Vision 2040 Projects Review Committee (PRC) meets on an every other month schedule. These are the folks that are a part of the Vision 2040 Steering Committee who review your application and make a recommendation to the Steering Committee on how to proceed. Applications for funding requests are due on the 15th day of the month in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Typically, Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 funds projects or parts of projects up to $5,000.

Submit Final Report

Congratulations on receiving the Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 grant. We are grateful for your efforts to make our communities a better place! We want to share your story with others to inspire future projects and share the great results in the community from these grants. 

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Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 is determined to build healthy communities where people are proud to live, work, do business and raise a family. Are you ready to join us to make a difference in your community?

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