Building community: Foundation, city offer funds for neighborhood gatherings

Mankato Free Press (November 7, 2022) — Anyone who’d like up to $500 to lease a bounce house for the kids to jump around in, or order some tasty catered sandwiches and salads, or rent one of those inflatable outdoor movie screens, the city of Mankato will soon have a deal for you.

There is one catch. In return for the free money, you have to invite everybody else in the neighborhood.

“We’re looking for any opportunity for people to convene and gather and get to know one another,” said Nancy Zallek, president and CEO of the Mankato Area Foundation.

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