Foundation / Corporation
Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and IHEs for projects, general operating, and capital support. Funding is intended for education and higher education, health and human services, community needs, arts, and culture, and economic independence. Priority funding is intended for the following areas:
Economic independence: The Foundation places a high priority on programs that encourage, develop and sustain economic independence. Examples include job skill training, job placement services, work readiness and career development programs for unemployed or underemployed and disadvantaged individuals.
Education: Math, economics, and business receive the highest priority, as well as youth development programs that encourage the pursuit of higher education.
Human services and special community needs: A wide array of human services, community support, and health organizations.
Arts and Culture: Priority is given to major arts and cultural organizations that provide services to a broad audience and stimulate the cultural vitality of the community.
The Foundation favors programs that:
- Most closely match the Foundation's priorities and show demonstrated results
- Do not duplicate or overlap programs of other agencies
- Meet important needs not otherwise met
- Provide services to a broad public sector
- Address underlying causes or issues, rather than treating symptoms
- Have generated substantial support from other sources
Types of funding:
- General operating support
- Capital campaigns for building purchase or renovation and technology upgrades are considered on their individual merits including: thoughtful planning by the organization, demonstration that its future constituency justifies expansion, demonstration that increased operating costs due to the expansion can be met from revenues generated by the organization, without additional appeals to the Foundation, demonstration of significant support
- Project or pilot program support where the organization has generated substantial support from other sources
GrantWatch ID#: 180325
Grants are generally directed to organizations that contribute directly to the health and vitality of the corporate headquarters community and the state of Minnesota. Contributions to out-of-state or national organizations will be considered only if they strongly enhance the Securian Foundation's mission and priorities.
The Foundation supports private colleges and universities, typically through joint federated campaigns. Contributions to tax-supported colleges and universities are considered only if the program is unavailable through private colleges or if it meets a specific community need.
The Foundation does not make grants in the following areas:
- Political, lobbying or fraternal activities
- Start-up funding for new organizations
- Religious organizations for denominational or religious purposes
- Organizations that do not have tax exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Fundraising events, benefits, sponsorships or advertising support
- Individuals or individual scholarships
- Endowment campaigns
- Athletic, recreation or sports-related organizations
- Services traditionally supported by government agencies
- International organizations
- Trips or tours
- Funding for hospitals or other health care services generally supported by third party mechanisms (hospitals, however, are eligible for matching gifts)
- Conferences, seminars, workshops or symposiums
- Public and private K-12 schools (however, schools are eligible for matching gifts)
The Securian Foundation’s contributions committee meets three times a year to review grant proposals. Grant proposals must be received by the following deadlines:
- February 1 with written notification by April.
- June 1 with written notification by August.
- October 1 with written notification by December.
Common application site:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Send completed proposals to:
Lori Koutsky, Manager, Community Relations and the Foundation
400 Robert St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55101-2098