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Building Community Capacity Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations (SPMCF)

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Deadline Date:

07/27/21 3:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, religious institutions, government units, and educational organizations to improve community vitality and health in eligible counties. Grants may be requested for operating expenses, program and project support, and capital projects. Focus areas include health, education, family support and human services, housing and transportation, economic opportunity and security, and community connectedness. Programs must primarily serve residents of Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties.

Types of Grants

  • General Operating Grants: These one-year 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 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. Data and experience suggest that the following elements play key roles in community health and vitality.

  • Community Connectedness: creating opportunities for equity in arts, civic dialogue, community problem solving as well as supporting natural and built spaces where people live, work and play.
  • Economic Opportunity and Security: strengthening support for low-income individuals and families through community development, workforce education and training and creating sustainable employment pathways.
  • Education: exploring high-quality educational opportunities for everyone, from cradle to career, and more equitable access for racial and cultural communities.
  • Health: increasing health equity through quality, affordable health services, particularly for low-income, uninsured and under-insured individuals.
  • Housing and Transportation: strengthening our region through affordable, quality housing, addressing homelessness and investing in equitable transportation options and benefits.
  • Human Services and Family Support: meeting basic needs for individuals and families, helping them be safe, stable and independent.

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:

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is proud to serve and fund Saint Paul’s East Metro region, which is defined as Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties. The Foundation will consider grants from organizations based outside the East Metro that serve a significant number of individuals in these three counties, and will direct resources only to the East Metro aspects of the work. Capital grants are limited to projects located in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties.

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:

2021 Round 2 Information Sessions

June 15, 9 - 10 a.m.
June 17, 3 - 4 p.m.

Registration information will be shared closer to the events.

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.

Grant applications for the 2021 Round 2 cycle open on June 29, 2021, and close at 3 p.m. on July 27, 2021.

Before applying, all interested applicants are encouraged to contact a member of the Grant Team to ensure that your grant fits the requested need.

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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:

Contact the program officer affiliated with your specific program area(s):

Stephanie Battle, Director of Community Impact

Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations
101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1800
651.224.5463 / 800.875.6167

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

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