Current Funding Opportunities

RFP for Summer Youth Engagement

The Minneapolis Foundation announces the annual call for proposals to the 612-Youth Engagement Project. The goal of 612-YEP is to support a continuum of meaningful summer experiences for underserved youth ages 5-17 from the Minneapolis area. In partnership with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB), The Minneapolis Foundation facilitates this grant program and engages YCB members in evaluating the proposal submissions and making grant selections.

The online application will open January 5, 2018 and all requests must be submitted online by the deadline of 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018.


Program activities target one of three areas:

Neighborhood-based experiences

  • Grant range: $2,500-$5,000
  • Examples might be…
    • Creating a mural or a performing arts production
    • Building and maintaining a youth garden

Day trip or day camp experiences, including travel/field trips

  • Grant range: $2,500-$7,500
  • Examples might be…
    • Multi-day, non-residential, nature-based camp experiences: hiking, canoeing, preparing food outdoors, orienteering, etc. at a nature center
    • STEM-focused experiences, including hands-on and inquiry-based activities at a museum

Overnight camp experiences, specifically those that involve a short residential stay

  • Grant range: $5,000-$10,000
  • Examples might be…
    • Excursions to residential outdoor centers or camps that give young people a sense of the natural world and their place in it
    • Camp experiences that build leadership skills, youth voice, and confidence through team-building activities and self-identified learning projects


  • Activity must occur between June and August of 2018.
  • Activity must engage the target audience: underserved youth from Minneapolis.
  • Activity must occur within the state of Minnesota.
  • You are encouraged to demonstrate youth involvement in the design and implementation of the activity and in the development of the grant proposal.
  • Previous grant approval or denial is not a decision-making factor.
  • 612-YEP funding is supported by the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and The Minneapolis Foundation and its Donor Advised Funds.

Funding for Summer 2018 programs is expected to be very competitive.

We do not fund:

Solo projects or those engaging few youth; individuals; conference registration fees; memberships; direct religious activities; political organizations or candidates’ fundraising efforts; conferences, events, or sponsorships; financial deficits; replacement of public sector funds; emergency/safety net services; capital projects; or re-granting/loans. Other restrictions may apply; contact a Foundation representative.


Start your online application here. If you would like to work on the form before applying, a application worksheet is available here. If you are unable to complete an online application, contact Alyssa Hawkins at or 612-672-3865 for further direction.


Alyssa Hawkins, Director of Giving Programs, The Minneapolis Foundation, 612-672-3865,