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Grants to Minneapolis, Minnesota Nonprofits to Promote
Education, Economic Vitality, and Civic Engagement

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Minneapolis Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/25/17 12:00 PM


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Grants to Minneapolis, Minnesota nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that focus on promoting education, economic vitality, and civic engagement. An Informational Webinar will be available online June 15 and Community Information Sessions will take place on July 26 and August 1.

Focus Areas:

1. Education:

Overall Goal: All students on track for college and career

Specific Goals:
- Increase access to high-quality early childhood education
- Increase the number of great schools* serving low-income students of color.
- Strengthen the school talent and leadership pipeline.
- Empower parents, communities, and organizations to advocate for educational equity and excellence.

*Defined as schools serving greater than fifty percent of students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (the standard definition of students living in poverty) and greater than fifty percent of students of color, with students achieving more than one year of academic growth each year

2. Economic Vitality:

Overall Goal: A competitive and inclusive workforce

Specific Goals:
- Increase workforce preparedness
- Build community wealth
- Strengthen delivery of financial and technical assistance to minority-owned businesses.
- Advocate for improved policies and public sector programs that impact wealth creation.

3. Civic Engagement:

Overall Goal: All communities participate in democracy and in public decision-making

Specific Goals:
- Increase the number of people of color who vote
- Remove systemic barriers to voting.
- Strengthen leadership, advocacy and organizing capacity in diverse communities.

Within the above focus areas, the Foundation will consider two types of support:

1. General Operating Support: The Foundation makes grants to support the core operations of nonprofit organizations with missions and activities that are highly aligned with our key drivers and key results.

2. Project Support: The Foundation also makes grants to support specific projects or programs that are highly aligned with their key drivers and key results. These include programs that meet community needs, as well as activities that will enhance the nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission, increase the scale of its operations, and deliver services more effectively.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145646

Estimated Size of Grant:

For reference only, in recent years, the Foundation has approved approximately 80-90 grants per year. The average grant in 2017 was approximately $57,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- To be eligible for support, an organization must be tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit.

- The nonprofit must be primarily serving the people of Minneapolis, with the exception of regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the Minneapolis community.

- An eligible organization must be operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nation of origin or disability.

In general, organizations are not eligible to receive more than one type of funding from the Foundation concurrently. Nonprofits that are part of a collaborative effort funded by the Foundation may also seek funding for their individual operations or projects.

Note: An organization that has been denied funding within the last year should contact a Director of Impact Strategy to confirm eligibility. Organizations that have previously received funding from the Minneapolis Foundation will not be eligible to apply again until all reporting requirements have been met.

The Minneapolis Foundation does not fund:

- Individuals
- Conference registration fees
- Endowments
- Memberships
- Direct religious activities
- Political organizations or candidates’ fundraising efforts
- Conferences, events, or sponsorships
- Financial deficits
- Replacement of public sector funds
- Emergency/safety net services
- Re-granting/loans
- Production of housing units
- Purchase or repair of vehicles
- Capital construction costs
- Organizations/activities outside of Minnesota

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Information Meetings:

Community information sessions are held to give applicants greater insight on the Foundation’s focus areas.

A community information webinar will be recorded and posted here on or before June 15, 2017:

Details on the application process will be available for first-time applicants and those who desire a refresher course on how to use the online system. This session is not required for those familiar with navigating the application system.

Community information meetings will be held on July 26 and August 1 in the Great Room at the Cora McCorvey Health & Wellness Center (formerly known as the Heritage Park Senior Service Center), 1015 North 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Lot and street parking are available.

As space is limited, attendance at each information session will be limited to the first 100 respondents.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation encourages you to talk to their Directors of Strategic Impact to discuss your ideas before applying (see Contact Information section below). Please call the Foundation if you’d like to have a brief conversation.

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to access the Guidelines and the Foundation's Strategic Direction (PDF).


Conference Dates - An "Informational Webinar" will be available June 15 and "Community Info Sessions" will take place on July 26 and August 1.
Application Submissions: August 1 - August 25 at 12:00 p.m.
Award Notifications: December 22

Application Process:

All Community Grants, whether for general operating support or project support, follow the same application process.

1. Grant Application

The 2018 grant application is a single-step process with no Letter of Inquiry (LOI) required. Applications will continue to be completed online through the Grantee View portal, for which you will need a log-in and password.

2. Review and Evaluation

As part of a comprehensive due diligence process, the assigned Director of Impact Strategy may conduct a site visit to become better acquainted with the organization.

3. Grant Decisions

The Community Impact Committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors makes grant decisions based on staff review and recommendations concerning the proposal’s alignment with the Foundation’s impact priorities and Key Results in the three focus areas. The grant process will take approximately 16 weeks from submission of an application to notification of the Community Impact Committee’s decision. The assigned Director of Impact Strategy will notify the applicant of the committee’s decision. A formal notification will be sent to the grantee outlining the Terms of Grants and requiring a signature from the chief executive officer of the organization.

4. Annual Review

Funded organizations report annually on progress toward their goals and outcomes before the organization is eligible for subsequent funding opportunities.

Contact Information:

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

RSVP for one of the Community Info Sessions by emailing Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

First time applicants must click here to register:

Contact Information for the Directors of Strategic Impact:

Catherine Gray
Director of Impact Strategy, Civic Engagement
(612) 672-3876

Patrice Relerford
Director of Impact Strategy, Education
(612) 672-3853

Jesse Ross
Policy Associate, Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow
(612) 672-3862

Jo-Anne Stately
Director of Impact Strategy, Economic Vitality
(612) 672-3831

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Minneapolis