The 2020 Census

Supporting Complete Count Committees

The Minneapolis Foundation, in partnership with Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and the State of Minnesota, is administering state-funded grants to support Minnesota’s Complete Count Committees, working to achieve a complete and accurate count of Minnesota residents during the 2020 Census.

A Complete Count Committee (CCC) may be established by tribal, state, and local governments, and/or community leaders, to increase awareness about the census, and motivate residents in the community to fill out the census form. The committees work best when they include a cross-section of community representatives from government agencies, education, business, religious organizations, and the media. The CCC is charged with developing and implementing a plan designed to target the unique characteristics of their community.


To be eligible for this Complete Count Committee grant in the amount of $750, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be able to supply written documentation of your communication with the U.S. Census Bureau to establish a Complete Count Committee for Census 2020 (You will be asked to upload a copy of the correspondence as part of the application process)
  • Be a non-profit entity (501c3, Tribal or Local Gov entity, school district, college or university) or operate under a fiscal agent
  • Agree to participate in one census outreach training provided by the MN State Demographic Center
  • Agree to participate in a digital organizing campaign that will be managed by the MN State Demographic Center
  • Agree to use the grant for at least one of the following purposes: 1) Digital organizing; 2) Outreach to residents in high-density housing; or 3) Efforts to target historically undercounted communities.

If you are unclear about the requirements for participation in the digital organizing campaigns, trainings or registering as a Complete Count Committee, prior to starting our application process, please contact

  • Minnesota

    The Census in Minnesota

    As the 2020 Census approaches, what’s on the line for Minnesotans? In a study to analyze the financial impact of Census data on states, the George Washington Institute of Public Policy determined that in 2016 alone, Minnesota received more than $15 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. Medicaid and federal student loans were the largest categories.

    It’s also important to note that, while high participation by Minnesotans in the 2010 Census resulted in our state retaining all of its congressional representation, population shifts coupled with a low response rate in a 2020 Census threaten to cost Minnesota a congressional district. An accurate count is essential to maintain our political representation as well as increase fair government funding of assistance to families.

    The Minneapolis Foundation is a proud partner of the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership, which was formed in 2016 to prepare for the 2020 Census. The state is poised for success because of key leadership from the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey, and the Minnesota State Demographer’s Office. The Partnership’s success is also due to the ongoing input and participation of many diverse, cross-sector voices. We are proud to join in the statewide effort to make sure every person is counted!

  • Undercounted Communities

    About Historically Undercounted Communities

    Historically, the census has missed certain groups—including young children, people of color, indigenous people, urban and rural low-income households—at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives communities of equal political representation and private and public resources.

    Minnesota’s historically undercounted populations include:

    • Children ages 0-4 (350,000)
    • Renter households (1,300,000)
    • Highly mobile persons
    • Young adults (especially those in college – Ages 18-24: 505,783; College: 301,000))
    • Racial and ethnic minorities (1,060,000)
    • Native/Indigenous people (AIAOIC: 105,477)
    • Non-English speakers (Less than “very well” 233,073)
    • Low income persons (185% FPL: 1,156,985. 100% FPL: 517,476)
    • Persons experiencing homelessness (10,000)
    • Undocumented immigrants (80,000)
    • Persons who distrust the government
    • Persons with mental or physical disabilities (584,974)
    • Persons who do not live in traditional housing
    • Snowbirds (44,000)
Application Process

Applications will be accepted starting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. We will continue accepting applications until the allocated state funds are spent. If the eligibility criteria are met, a grant in the amount of $750 will be sent within three weeks of submitting the request.

To apply, you must log in to our online application portal and then establish your eligibility by answering a few questions. If you have not previously registered yourself and your organization, you will be asked to register to get a username and password.


Application Questions

For technical questions about the application process, contact Nancy Cerkvenik at or 612-672-8665. For questions about your project proposal, contact Catherine Gray at or 612-672-3876.