$19,600 Available to Grant
The West Bank Community Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation offers grants to organizations working to serve the needs of residents living in the West Bank area of Minneapolis Zip Code 55454 or the triangle of land bounded by Interstate 94, the Mississippi River, and 35W.
The West Bank Community Fund has approved 71 grants totaling $233,418 since the fund began in 2001.
Decisions are reviewed and recommended by West Bank Fund Advisors that represent organizations located within the West Bank geographic area.
Organizations eligible to apply must be located in the 55454 zip code or be able to demonstrate that they provide services to residents of the West Bank.
Organization may apply for grants to support collaborative or individual projects. Collaborative grant requests may request up to $5,000 and individual projects may request up $3,500. Up to six grants may be approved.
The primary objective of collaborative projects should be to develop partnerships that:
1. Celebrate cultural diversity and develop social connections.
2. Encourage residents to participate in projects benefiting the community.
3. Improve communication among residents of diverse cultures and across generations.
- Partnerships that bridge cultural and language differences among West Bank residents; particularly in accessing government funded programs and closing gaps in understanding across the diversity of cultures and needs in the West Bank.
- New projects that address the changing demographics of the West Bank, especially those designed to empower African youth and immigrant elders.
- New approaches to foster cultural diversity, social connections and communication among diverse resident groups.
- Programs designed to make a difference for children, youth and elders residing on the West Bank by enriching intergenerational relationships.
- Projects that will build on community assets and strengths and foster better communication among residents and institutions of the West Bank outside the usual channels.
- Capital requests
- Organizational deficits
- One-time events
All applications must be submitted online to The Minneapolis Foundation West Bank Community Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). Please complete the online application (look for "How to respond to an RFP") and then upload your organizational and project budgets as attachments. If you are unable to complete an online application, contact The Minneapolis Foundation for further directions.
In the description of how project success will be evaluated and measured, please include specific quantifiable measures of success. Grantees will be asked to provide this data in their grant report.
- Must be a 501(c)(3) organization.
- Must meet the geographic eligibility for West Bank area and serving residents of the West Bank.
- If you are a previous grant recipient, you must submit all required reports before the deadline to be eligible for funding.
- Previous approval or denial is not a decision-making factor for consideration of support.
- All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013.
- Late applications will not be accepted. There are no exceptions.
- Duration: April 1, 2013 through March 30, 2014
- Up to 6 grants will be approved depending on the amounts requests and approved.
For More Information About the West Bank Fund Request for Proposal (RFP) Please Contact:
Jo-Anne E. Stately
Director of Impact Strategy – Economic Vitality
Grants Systems Administrator
Established in 1915, The Minneapolis Foundation is one of the oldest community foundations in the nation. It was created to help individuals accomplish their charitable goals and to work with others to strengthen the community. The Minneapolis Foundation manages more than $600 million in assets and administers more than 1,000 charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses in Minnesota. In accordance with donors’ wishes, the Foundation distributes more than $30 million in grants each year, and through an endowment distributes an additional $6 million in grants annually to serve community needs. In addition, The Minneapolis Foundation works with other community leaders to improve the quality of life in our region and serve as a catalyst for discussion and action on critical issues.