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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
to Improve Community Vitality and Health in Eligible Regions

Building Community Capacity Grant

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Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations (SPMCF)

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Deadline Date:

08/29/22 3:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota governmental units, nonprofit organizations, educational organizations, and faith-based institutions to enhance the community in eligible regions. Funding is intended for programs, projects, capital projects, and operational support. Applicants must serve Saint Paul’s East Metro region, which is defined as Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties.

The current grant opportunity includes funding for general operating support for the whole organization, support for a specific East Metro serving program or project, and capital support.

  • General Operating Grants: These grants provide flexible funding for the overall operations of nonprofits in which at least 50% of the organization’s service benefits residents in the East Metro.
  • Program / Project Grants: These grants are designed to provide support for a specific program or project serving residents of the East Metro. The Foundation will consider proposals for established and/or new programs/projects.
  • Capital Grants: 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. 
    The Foundation will consider capital grants in Round 2 of 2022 for projects located in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties for:
    • Renovations/repairs
    • Land acquisition
    • Construction costs
    • Technology hardware and software
    • Equipment
    • Furniture
    • Appliances

The Foundation supports work that addresses at least one of six areas of community vitality. 

  • Community Connectedness
  • Economic Opportunity and Security
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing and Transportation
  • Human Services and Family Support

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179118

Term of Contract:

- General operating Grants: one-year grants
- Capital Grants: These grants are generally paid over multiple years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants can be made to 501(c)3 organizations, education or governmental units and religious institutions. Grants can also be made to groups working through an eligible fiscal sponsor.

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation will not consider grant requests for support of:
- Sectarian religious programs or organizations
- Work by an individual
- Capital projects located outside Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties
- Programs not primarily serving residents of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Community Impact team will hold three virtual information sessions and one Q&A lunch hour to share the process and answer your questions.
- Grant Information Session: July 26, 1-2 p.m., Virtual
- Grant Information Session: July 29, 10-11 a.m., Virtual
- 2022 Round 2 Grant: Q&A Lunch Hour: August 3, 12-1 p.m., Virtual
- Grant Information Session: August 4, 2-3 p.m., Virtual

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Pre-Application Information:

The Building Community Capacity grant rounds will be open Aug. 8 through Aug. 29.

Open Grants Round, Round 2 Applications:
- Open Aug. 8, 2022 - Close Aug. 29, 2022 at 3 p.m.
- Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on Aug. 29
- December: Award Letters and Checks

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Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
101 Fifth Street East — Suite 2400
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1800

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USA: Minnesota: East Metro Region of Saint Paul (Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties)

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