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2014 Challenge Grant Program

Grants to Twin City area, Minnesota Non-Profits to
Increase Donors & Enhance Organizational Viability

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pohlad Family Foundation

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Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Twin Cities area, Minnesota non-profits, that are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the area, to help increase the number of donors they have. Eligible organizations must have been in operation for at least 5 consecutive years and have annual budgets of between $350,000 and $2,000,000. All funds must be used to help strengthen the organization and enhance its sustainability.

Funds will be awarded as a match to donor funds and must be used for operating support only. Eligible individual contributions must be paid in 2014, not pledged.

Applications will be reviewed against the following criteria:
* Relationship of this challenge to the organization’s strategic goals;
* Access to sources of potential new donors;
* Creative approaches to reaching the challenge goal;
* Quality of organization leadership and extent of board engagement;
* Donors in proposed activities may not receive any benefit in exchange for their gift..

Not Eligible:
Traditional holiday/year end appeals and Give to the Max Day gifts

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140724

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

April 1 - October 17, 2014


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must:
-Be established and operating for at least five consecutive years;
-Be located and provide services in the nine-county Twin Cities area;
-Have no other current challenge grants to increase individual contributions;
-Have diversifying their individual donor base as a current goal/strategy;
-Have annual budgets between $350,000 and $2million are preferred.

Schools (traditional public, charter, private) are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

An organization may receive only one challenge grant from PFF in a three-year period.

Matches are calculated at a 1:1 ratio and capped at $500 per individual contribution.

Funds are available to match up to $500 in new contributions from new donors. A “new donor” is one who has not supported the organization in the prior three years (since 12/31/2010).

Applications will not be considered complete until your Organization Profile (accessible through the Foundation’s online portal) is updated and saved.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical questions about the application process:
Misha Dashevsky
Phone: (612) 661-3910

For questions about the Challenge Grant program itself:
Terry Egge, Senior Program Office
(612) 661-3922

Grant Coverage Areas:

Nine county Twin Cities area

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota