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Mardag Foundation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Educational and Religious Institutions,
and Agencies in Eligible Counties to Address Community Needs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

01/12/21 3:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, educational and religious institutions, and public agencies in eligible counties to address community needs. Applicants are required to contact a program officer prior to submitting an application. Applicants must serve the residents of the East Metro area, including Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties, and Greater Minnesota.

Priority focus areas:

  • Improving the lives of low-income children, youth, and families that lack access to critical opportunities and resources that they need.
  • Supporting older adults across Minnesota who lack access or have barriers to critical opportunities to thrive and create community connections.
  • Building capacity to improve community vitality through arts and culture.

The Foundation WILL consider grant applications for:

  • General operating – These one-year grants provide flexible funding for nonprofits in which at least 50% of the organization’s services benefit residents in the East Metro and/or Greater Minnesota.
  • Capital projects – These grants are designed to support your organization’s investment in buildings, facilities and equipment. Foundation investments are typically limited to buildings owned by nonprofits or held by long-term lease agreement. These grants are generally paid over multiple years.
  • Program grants – These grants are designed to provide support to a program or project serving residents of the East Metro or Greater Minnesota. The Foundation will consider proposals for established and/or new programs/projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177078

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding will be considered in some situations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants can be made to 501(c)3 organizations, education or governmental units and religious institutions.

Applications are not considered for:
- Programs exclusively serving Minneapolis and the surrounding West Metro area.
- Scholarships and grants to individuals
- Sectarian religious programs or organizations
- Federated campaigns
- Events and conferences
- Capital campaigns of private secondary schools
- Capital and endowment campaigns of private colleges and universities

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grantmaking Information Session:
Join program officers from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and partner foundations – F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation – to learn more about the first cycle of grantmaking for 2021. The virtual session will provide an overview of the grantmaking programs and an opportunity for a Q&A on December. 14, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. and December. 17, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Webinar Recordings:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications for this cycle open on Dec. 15, 2020, and close at 3 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified if they are being considered for full review by late February. The board meets to make to funding decisions in mid-to-late May.

Before submitting an application, please contact a member of the Program Officer team.

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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.

Apply online:

Stephanie Battle, Director of Community Impact

Program Officers:

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

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