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.

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.

Community Information Meetings

Community information sessions are held to give applicants greater insight on the Foundation’s focus areas.

A community information webinar will be recorded and posted here on or before June 16, 2017. Details on the application process will be available for first-time applicants and those who desire a refresher course on how to use our online system. This session is not required for those familiar with navigating our application system.

Community information meetings will be held in the Great Room at the Cora McCorvey Health & Wellness Center (formerly known as the Heritage Park Senior Service Center), 1015 North 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Lot and street parking are available.

As space is limited, attendance at each information session will be limited to the first 100 respondents. RSVP by emailing dcortney@mplsfoundation.org. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

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.