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James R. Thorpe Foundation Grant

Grants to Minneapolis Area, Minnesota Nonprofits for Operating
Support and Programs to Benefit Local Youth and Senior Citizens

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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James R. Thorpe Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 11:59 PM - Youth Funding Proposals only


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for general operating support, programs, and services that increase opportunities for youth and improve the quality of life of seniors. Funding is intended to support organizations located in the City of Minneapolis and western suburban communities that serve local residents.

The Foundation supports programs that address one of its two giving priorities:

Opportunities for Youth:
- The Thorpe Foundation seeks to create opportunities for middle school and high school age youth to achieve productive and independent lives. The Foundation has a focus on the needs of economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
- The Foundation supports in-school and out-of-school time programs that encourage character development, support academic success, and foster social and emotional well-being. The Foundation supports youth participation in arts programs which incorporate youth development goals.

Support for Seniors:
- The Thorpe Foundation seeks to foster the vital aging of seniors through support of services which help them to live engaged and independent lives. The Foundation has a focus on the needs of economically disadvantaged seniors and the frail elderly.
- The Foundation supports in-home and community-based services which help seniors to remain in their own homes. The Foundation supports social and recreational opportunities for seniors which reduce isolation and improve quality of life. The Foundation supports transportation services which reduce barriers to independence and social engagement.

The Thorpe Foundation is most likely to make general operating or program support grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173296

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Thorpe Foundation supports 501c3 nonprofit organizations located in and serving the City of Minneapolis and the western suburban communities of Minneapolis.

The Thorpe Foundation limits its support to organizations with operating budgets of $3 million or less. In addition, an organization must have at least one paid employee to receive consideration.

Pre-Application Information:

The applications deadlines are:
- Youth funding proposals: February 15
- Senior funding proposals: August 15

The online application portal will be available to applicants through 11:59 PM on the day of the application deadline.

The Thorpe Foundation Board of Directors will meet in May to consider Youth proposals and November to consider Senior proposals. Applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decision within four weeks of the Board meeting.

The Thorpe Foundation will only accept one proposal annually from any organization.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application:;

Kerrie Blevins, Foundation Manager

James R. Thorpe Foundation
1330 Lagoon Avenue, 4th Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Phone: (763) 250-9304

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: City of Minneapolis and the western suburban communities of Minneapolis