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.

We are no longer offering the $750 grants for basic support of Complete Count Committees. That program is closed.


These grants are intended to provide additional support to Complete Count Committees that have demonstrated success engaging historically undercounted communities to increase participation in the Census.

You are invited to apply for this grant ONLY if your Complete Count Committee has previously received a state-funded grant through one of the following programs:

  1. The Minneapolis Foundation’s Complete Count Committee Program
  2. The Minnesota Council on Foundations’/Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership’s Our Minnesota Census Campaign
  3. The Minnesota Council on Foundations’ Tribal Hub Complete Count Committee Program

If your Complete Count Committees has received a grant through one of these programs, your Complete Count Committee is eligible to apply for an additional grant up to $5,000.

  • 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

We are no longer offering the $750 grants for basic support of Complete Count Committees. That program is closed.

To apply for a grant up to $5,000, you must first log in to our online application portal and then establish your eligibility by answering a few questions.

If you have not previously registered yourself with our online system, you will be asked to register to get a username and password. If your organization or Complete Count Committee is not listed in our online system, you will be required to provide additional information.

DEADLINE: We do not have a formal deadline. The application will remain open until we award all the funds allocated by the State of MN.


Application Questions

For technical questions about registering yourself and your organization, contact or 612-672-8665. For questions about your project proposal, contact Catherine Gray at or 612-672-3876.