Apply for a Grant

About the Community Grants Process

The Minneapolis Foundation awards community grants through a competitive process. Before applying for a grant, please review our Strategic Framework and Grant Guidelines to ensure that your organization’s work aligns with the goals of the Foundation. We also encourage you to talk to our Directors of Strategic Impact to discuss your ideas before applying. Please call us if you’d like to have a brief conversation.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Community Grant Round.

The majority of our competitive grants are awarded on an annual cycle. On occasion, we offer special funding opportunities such as issue-specific Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Two types of support are considered through the Foundation’s main competitive community grant round:

General Operating Support: The Foundation makes grants to support the core operations of nonprofit organizations with missions and activities that are highly aligned with our key drivers and key results.

Project Support: We also make grants to support specific projects or programs that are highly aligned with our key drivers and key results. These include programs that meet community needs, as well as activities that will enhance the nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission, increase the scale of its operations, and deliver services more effectively.

All of these grants, whether for general operating support or project support, follow the application process outlined in the 2017 Grants Timeline below.

Proposals must be submitted by noon on August 25. The system will lock at 12:00 p.m. No exceptions for late applications will be made.

Here’s how the application process works:

First-time applicants must register here.

Grant Eligibility

To be eligible for support, an organization must be tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit. In addition, the nonprofit must be primarily serving the people of Minneapolis, with the exception of regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the Minneapolis community. Finally, an eligible organization must be operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Informational Presentation

Watch the video below for an overview of the 2018 grant round process. The same presentation is also available as a PowerPoint with audio; download it here. (To hear the audio, click the speaker icon in the lower right of each slide or enter slideshow mode to view the full presentation.)

Learn More

To learn more about our competitive grant application process or The Minneapolis Foundation’s funding priorities, please contact a member of our Community Impact team.