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2015 Small Capital Grant Program

Grants to Twin Cities, Minnesota Nonprofits
for Capital Projects and Equipment

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Pohlad Family Foundation

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota nonprofits to acquire a physical asset that helps the organization deliver services to its clients. Priority will be given to projects that address a documented need and will increase the capacity, effectiveness, efficiency, quality, and overall success of the organization.

Preference will be given to organizations that have an annual operating budget between $350,000 and $3.9 million, and have limited access to other sources of funds for capital projects.

Requests will not be considered for:
- More than 25% of the total project cost or any amount over $50,000, whichever is less
- Endowments, operating reserves, or debt reduction
- Real estate purchases
- General operating needs (e.g., ongoing staff costs, replacement costs, program-related costs.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153497

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants are expected to range from $10,000 to $30,000, although grant requests of up to $50,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be underway by December 31, 2015 and completed no later than June 1, 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that meet all of the following criteria may apply:
- Be located in and provide direct services to a large number of people in the nine-county Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington).
- Be established and operating for at least five consecutive years.
- Have secured at least 75% of the funds needed for the proposed project.
- Have not received any type of capital support from the Foundation in the past five years (2010-2014).
- Comply with the Foundation’s general grant guidelines at

Generally, grants will not be considered for:
- Direct funding to individuals
- Health or housing-related emergency assistance to individuals
- Benefits, fund-raisers, walk-a-thons, telethons, galas, or other revenue-generating events
- Advertising
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, culture, age, physical ability or disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a military veteran or genetic information
- Veterans’ and fraternal organizations
- Organizations providing services outside the United States
- Political or lobbying organizations
- Replacement of government funding
- Youth sports or athletic activities
- Start-up support for new organizations
- Organizations that re-grant funds
- Schools (traditional public, charter, or private) and school-related fundraising entities that support larger educational institutions
- Neighborhood organizing groups and resident-led associations.

Pre-Application Information:

If your organization meets the eligibility criteria as outlined in the guidelines and you’ve previously accessed the Foundation's online portal, you may log in at and begin the application process. A new password can be requested on the login screen, if necessary.

Those not previously registered with the Foundation may request access at You will receive an email with login information within 1 business day.

Please direct technical questions about the application process to Misha Dashevsky at (612) 661-3859 or

Contact Information:

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

Terry Egge
(612) 661-3922

Carl & Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation
60 South 6th Street
Suite 3900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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