Enriching lives through innovation and creative collaboration
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.
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.
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.
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
Profinium, Inc., Trustee
Wade Abed, II, J.D.
Shirley Maschoff, Trustee
Phone: 507-399-0216 Ext. 2
Fred C. Krahmer, Trustee
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
525 Florence Avenue
Owatonna MN 55060
Providing administrative support to the Schmeeckle Foundation
Schmeeckle Foundation Advisory Committee: