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Frey Foundation of Minnesota Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Housing, Education, Health, and
Human Services in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area

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Frey Foundation of Minnesota

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Deadline Date:

02/15/19 - Education Focus Area only


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programs and projects in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area that focus on the areas of affordable housing, education, and health and human services. LOIs are due June 15, 2018. The Foundation gives priority to organizations that bring innovation and proven success to the three key areas of interest:

Supportive Affordable Housing: Programs that focus primarily on supportive housing for families.

Education: Innovative programs in K-12 classrooms that narrow the achievement gap. The Foundation funds programs that:
- Support core-city K-12 schools (public, private, or charter) that give children in the city the same opportunities as their peers in the suburbs.
- Utilize specialized teaching methods to create an environment that is conducive to effective learning.
- Support the reform movement in the Twin Cities concerned with closing the achievement gap.

Health and Human Services: Projects that provide life’s basic necessities to those in need. The Frey Foundation invests in health and human services organizations that provide health care, housing, food, and community inclusion for people with the greatest need. The Foundation funds programs that give stability and healthy environments to individuals and families, including programs that:
- Support self-sufficiency for people who are economically disadvantaged or elderly.
- Provide people who have physical and cognitive disabilities with education, outreach, advocacy, and independence.
- Provide free and low-cost medical care.
- Respond to an immediate need for emergency food and housing.

The Foundation will give priority to those programs that utilize volunteers and other contributed dollars for support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181665

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are many factors that influence the Foundation’s decision on grant size. An organization should request an amount that they feel is appropriate for their project. Please note that Frey Foundation rarely supports 100 percent of a project budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation funds creative nonprofits in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area that can generate better ideas for the best communities.

All organizations must be either private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations with 501(c) 3 status or public entities qualifying under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grants are made primarily in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota, and in other regions when connected to individual interest areas of family members.

The Foundation does not award grants to endowments, scholarships or other types of support for individuals.

Supportive Affordable Housing:
To qualify for a grant from Frey Foundation for a Supportive Affordable Housing program, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
1. 501(c)3 agencies located within the seven county Twin Cities metropolitan region.
2. Established agencies that have demonstrated effective management, financial stability, quality programming and effective board leadership on a sustained basis.
3. Agencies that currently demonstrate positive outcomes for families including improved health, stability, employment and self-sufficiency.
4. Agencies that submit a clear plan that describes the proposed service expansion or enhancement, including: detailed description of supportive services; professional expertise of staff; who and how many families will benefit; how the lives of clients and families will be enhanced as a result of these activities.
5. Agencies with a strong evaluation component.

Agencies will not be considered if:
1. Affordable housing is provided but focus is not primarily on supportive housing services.
2. Shelter for homeless is provided but focus is not on supportive services that lead to greater long-term self-sufficiency.
3. Capital funding is requested without a significant portion of plan focused on enhancing or expanding supportive services.

Pre-Application Information:

- Affordable Housing meeting is in June of each year. LOIs are due by e-mail by December 15th. Applications are due February 15th.
- Health and Human Services meeting is in September of each year. LOIs are due by e-mail by March 15th and applications are due by May 15th.
- Education meeting is in December of each year. LOIs are due by e-mail by June 15th and applications are due August 15th.

* If the 15th lands on a weekend, the document is due by the following Monday by 5pm.

Application Process:
- Letters of Inquiry: A letter of inquiry should be no more than two pages and must include the requested information found on the Foundation's website. Email letters of inquiry in Word format, not in .pdf format. Sending letters of inquiry by US Postal mail will delay processing of the file.
- Full Application: Organizations that are currently being funded by Frey Foundation can submit another application without a letter of inquiry. This can be done before the existing grant is over, but only if the existing grant expires before the next grant would begin. Organizations that are declined funding after submitting an application must submit an LOI again. Only current grantee applications and organizations invited from LOIs by Frey Foundation representatives are accepted.

Please note:
- Letters of inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis. However, there are deadlines that will determine in which funding cycle you may be considered. Please see the Deadlines listed below for specific dates.
- In fairness to other organizations, the Foundation will only accept one letter of inquiry from an organization within a 12-month period.

Only emailed LOIs will be accepted without prior permission. Applications must be filled out online as described above.

Application Information:

Supportive Affordable Housing:

Education and Self-Sufficiency:

Health and Human Services:


Contact Information:

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

LOIs should be emailed to:

Frey Foundation
5000 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: (612)359-6215

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area