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Mardag Foundation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits and Agencies for Seniors,
At-Risk Families, Community Development, and the Arts

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Foundation / Corporation

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Minnesota Philanthropy Partners - Mardag Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/09/19 3:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofits and public agencies for community benefit programs and capital projects in Greater Minnesota and the East Metro area of Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties. Eligible programs are those that focus on community development in St. Paul, arts and humanities, seniors, and children, young adults, and families.

Primary areas of interest include:

- Improving the lives of at-risk families, children, youth and young adults, with an emphasis on early childhood development.
- Supporting seniors to live independently.
- Building the capacity of arts and humanities organizations to benefit their communities.
- Supporting community development throughout Saint Paul

The Foundation will consider grant applications for:

- Capital projects, program expansion and special projects of a time-limited nature.
- Start-up costs for promising new programs that demonstrate sound management and clear goals relevant to community needs.
- Support for established agencies that have temporary or transitional needs.
- Funds to match contributions received from other sources or to provide a challenge to raise new contributions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177078

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Mardag Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and public entities located within and serving residents of Minnesota.

The geographic focus of grantmaking is the East Metro area of Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties, as well as Greater Minnesota.

Applications are not considered for:

- Programs exclusively serving Minneapolis and the surrounding West Metro area.
- Scholarships and grants to individuals
- Ongoing annual operating expenses
- Sectarian religious programs
- Federated campaigns
- Conservation or environmental programs
- Events and conferences
- Programs serving the physically, developmentally or mentally disabled
- Health care programs
- Legal programs
- Capital campaigns of private secondary schools*
- Capital and endowment campaigns of private colleges and universities*

* The Foundation will review, on their own merits, grant applications received from private secondary schools and private colleges and universities for purposes not excluded above.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a member of the Program Officer team before submitting an application. See Contact Information below for a list of program officers.

Key application dates:

- Round 1 Application Opens: 11/13/2018
- Round 1 Application Closes: 1/8/2019
- Round 2 Application Opens: 5/14/2019
- Round 2 Application Closes: 7/9/2019

Grant applications close at 3:00 p.m. on the date indicated for each round.

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Information on Areas of Interest:

- Children, Young Adults, and Families:
- Seniors:
- Arts and Humanities:
- Community Development in Saint Paul:

If you are representing an arts or cultural organization, Mardag Foundation recommends, but does not require, that you complete a Cultural Data Project data profile for your organization. For more information, visit

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Program officers:

Carrie Jo Short, Director of Community Impact

Stephanie Battle, Director of Community Impact

For online application assistance, email

Mardag Foundation
101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1800

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: East Metro area of Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties and Greater Minnesota