HOW TO APPLY

 

The Minneapolis Foundation’s competitive grant round is now open.  Please click on the specific impact area below to download a Word version of the LOI.  The Word version can be used to formulate the content now, which can then be transferred to the online LOI (note that these Word documents have been revised slightly since they were made available in June).  Please also review the remaining information on this page to ensure you understand the process prior to applying.  Click here to start the LOI process.  If you are not yet registered as a grants administator or grantee organization, click here to register.

Civic Engagement
Economic Vitality
Education – Early Childhood Education
Education – Great Schools
Education – Policy & Advocacy
Education – Talent & Leadership

The application process for all competitive grants begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). 

You can access the online LOI here.


Before beginning an LOI, all organizations should carefully review the Foundation’s Strategic Framework and Grant Guidelines in order to understand our equity framework and focus areas.

After reviewing these documents, if you feel that your organization’s work aligns with the goals of the Foundation, follow the steps below to complete the online LOI. The LOI must be submitted using our online form. No other format will be accepted.  

Instructions for completing the online LOI follow.

Note: the Foundation strongly recommends organizations download the LOI as a Word document first and use it to preview questions and prepare answers that meet character limitations before accessing the online version for submission.

  1. Check the website to make sure the Foundation has opened a grant round.
  2. Provide all required information and answer every question completely. Note, responses to several questions have character limits. Spaces are considered characters. Organizations are not required to use every available character and the questions can be answered thoroughly without using all available characters.
  3. Please be aware that the LOI times out after 30 minutes of inactivity. However, depending on your browser settings, it could time out more often and you could lose any and all data entered if you do not save often.
  4. Submit the completed LOI and wait for the confirmation screen. If you have trouble submitting the LOI, contact Andrea Porter, Grants Administrator, at aporter@mplsfoundation.org or (612) 672-8663. The Foundation does not accept supplementary materials of any kind. 

Organizations will be notified whether or not they are invited to submit a full application within two weeks of the LOI deadline.

If you have questions that are not addressed in this document, the Foundation’s Strategic Framework or our Grant Guidelines, contact the Director of Impact Strategy associated with your focus area.

Civic Engagement - Catherine Gray at cgray@mplsfoundation.org or (612) 672-3876

Economic Vitality - Jo-Anne Stately at jstately@mplsfoundation.org or (612) 672-3831

Education - Max Korn at mkorn@mplsfoundation.org or (612) 672-3866