STEP 2) Review the Guidelines Note: If you have not completed STEP 1 Are You Eligible?, please do so before proceeding. Below you will find the following information:
Eligible activities must include efforts to improve social, economic, and racial equity in the Twin Cities Metropolitan region by transforming education, promoting economic vitality, or building social capital. TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
Applications must address at least one of The Minneapolis Foundation's focus areas, key results, and one of the fundable activities. See What We Fund.
Our funding preferences:
In addition to the required fundable activities, we highly value organizations/efforts that:
- Clearly state intended measurable outcomes that are aligned with the fundable activities and equity framework.
- Demonstrate that the organization can successfully execute the proposed activities.
- Address the structural causes behind key issues of equity.
- Work collaboratively.
- Involve the affected constituencies in organizational leadership, decision-making, program development and implementation.
- Are based on best practices and evidence-based research.
- Lead to long-term, sustainable results.
- Demonstrate a commitment to social, economic, and racial equity in all aspects of the organization's operations.
- Build on community assets and utilize a strength-based approach.
Eligible organizations include:
*501(c)3 Nondiscrimination Policy The Minneapolis Foundation's resources are available to organizations that serve the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or national origin. It is expected that organizational and program facilities will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
*Some (c)4 nonprofits
*Governmental or tribal organizations
*Groups organized for nonprofit purposes (informal, emerging or collaborative groups).
Organizations (or the programs for which funding is requested) are eligible to apply for funding only if they can clearly document their ability to produce outcomes that directly benefit Minneapolis residents. TYPES OF FUNDING
The Minneapolis Foundation will place a priority on leveraging its unrestricted assets in initiatives and grants both regional and statewide that improve social, economic and racial equity in Minneapolis by transforming education, promoting economic vitality and/or building social capital.
- Organizational grants are for support of the core, mission-related activities of an organization.
- Program/project grants are for specific activities with a targeted outcome in a defined time frame.
- We are not making Capital grants.
- In rare circumstances, multi-year grants may be considered.
Process and Timeline
Minneapolis Foundation will not be accepting grant proposals in February, 2013. We
will spend the next few months assessing and refining our grantmaking
strategy and will share next steps on our website in the spring. All community grant applications must be submitted online using an application based on the Equity Framework. We do not use the Common Grant Application Form.
You do not have to obtain a username and password if you already have one for a previous application.
Proposals are accepted year-round and reviewed on a continual basis. All proposals must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline. Decisions about funding will be made twice a year, in June and December. We will keep you updated on the status of your proposal.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for review. To view information about the deadlines please see How to Apply.
Each year the Minneapolis Foundation has approximately $4 million available for Community Grantmaking. One-year grants will be made of various sizes. Grants approved in the last grant round ranged
from $20,000 to $50,000. Sources of Funds
The Minneapolis Foundation awards Community Grants from an endowment created by generous Minnesotans through bequests and other unrestricted gifts. The grants from The Minneapolis Foundation are awarded from three sources: Community Action Funds, Emma B. Howe Foundation and the B. C. Gamble P.W. Skogmo Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. All grant applications are reviewed through the Community Grantmaking application process described in these guidelines. Separate applications are not required to access funds from any of these sources.
The Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi (RKMC) Foundation for Children is a supporting organization of The Minneapolis Foundation. All funding opportunities for the RKMC Foundation for Children are identified by staff of The Minneapolis Foundation during the review of proposals submitted through the Community Grantmaking process described in these guidelines. The interests of The RKMC Foundation most closely align with the Transforming Education area of the guidelines. The RKMC Foundation for Children does not have a separate application process.