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The Schmeeckle Private Foundation is a family foundation serving Martin County, Minnesota. The Foundation is carrying on the legacy of long-time Martin County resident Juanita Ellen (Teubner) Schmeeckle to provide grants for the betterment of Martin County.

Schmeeckle  Foundation

Serving Martin County, Minnesota

Three principal areas of funding:

Early Childhood Care and Education

The Schmeeckle Foundation is focusing grant funds on affordable child care, affordable
pre-kindergarten education, and educational programs for students.

Disabled and Elderly

The Schmeeckle Foundation is also focusing grant funds to help the elderly with resources and programs to support their well-being.  In addition,  The Schmeeckle Foundation is focusing grant funds to help ensure the disabled in need have the resources available to assist them so they will have access to high quality programs that empower them to make their way productively and creatively in their communities.  


The Schmeeckle Foundation is focusing grant funds to enhance the Arts opportunities in Martin County ensuring future generations living in Martin County will have even greater places and resources to live and raise a family.

Schmeeckle Foundation

Small Grants Program

The Schmeeckle Foundation will award small grants of up to $1,500 each, with an annual limit of $18,000 in small grants given, beginning in 2018.  No matching funds will be required on these grants; however, we challenge the recipients to "pay it forward" and grow their grant by requesting funds from others to help with their project and hopefully start something that will continue to grow.

Requirements and Application Process:

1.  Funds must be used in Martin County, Minnesota

2.  Project must benefit one of our three focus areas: 

Early Childhood Care and Education  (includes youth and mentoring)

Disabled and Elderly (projects to ensure meaningful lives)

Arts Programs (including music) to enhance our community

3.  Application - Write a letter to the Schmeeckle Foundation, Attn:  Small Grants, 204 Lake Avenue, Suite 201, Fairmont, MN 56031.  

Describe your project

Tell us what the funds will be used for

Include the dollar amount you are requesting

If you have any questions, contact a Schmeeckle Foundation trustee or representative.  Their contact information is below. 

Juanita Ellen (Teubner) Schmeeckle

Juanita’s wish was that as her legacy she could do things that would help the people of Martin County especially the children and disabled and elderly.

Juanita Ellen (Teubner) Schmeeckle was born on December 25, 1922, at her parent's home in Center Creek Township, Martin County, MN. She was the daughter of Windom and Grace (Doolittle) Teubner. Juanita graduated from Huntley Consolidated School in 1941. She furthered her education at Mankato Commercial College.

After school, Juanita moved to Texas where she married Alex Pope, who fought and died in World War II. She then moved to Southern California where she met Roland Schmeeckle. The couple married in 1956, in Santa Clara, CA.
Juanita and Roland owned and operated an auto repair business while Juanita owned and operated a beauty salon. Years later, they started Roland's Equipment Company, Inc. in Anaheim, CA. The couple shared thirty-six years together before Roland passed away on May 3, 1992. After Roland passed away, Juanita continued to operate the business for several years. She eventually sold the company and returned to Minnesota.

In her earlier years, Juanita was an avid ballroom dancer as well as an accomplished painter. She also enjoyed collecting, traveling around the world and especially loved the company of her many pets throughout the years.

Long-time Martin County resident 

We are carrying on her legacy with the Schmeeckle Foundation.

Apply Today!

Simply fill out the application.
Use the Grant Budget Worksheet as well in planning.
Email your application and worksheet - click here.

To get the application in Word, click here.

For more information you may contact the Trustees:
James Teubner, Trustee
Phone:    507-236-6411
Email:    caroljim71@gmail.com

Profinium, Inc., Trustee
Wade Abed, II, J.D. 

Phone: 507-389-8369
Email:  wadea@profinium.com

Shirley Maschoff, Trustee
Phone:    507-399-0216 Ext. 2
Email:    smaschoff@krahmerfarms.com

Fred C. Krahmer, Trustee
Phone:    507-236-5601
Email:     fredck@krahmerfarms.com

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
525 Florence Avenue
Owatonna MN 55060
Providing administrative support to the Schmeeckle Foundation

Schmeeckle Foundation Advisory Committee:

Shelia Hohensee

Phone:  507-236-1152

Email:  hockeymom305@gmail.com

Adam Hinz

Phone:  612-554-5780

Email:  adamlhinz@gmail.com

Jan Bremer
Phone:  507-764-6961
Email:  jbremer@ccf.us

Dale Harbitz
Phone:  507-236-5144
Email:  dharbitz@gmail.com

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