Non-profit organizations leverage our investments to support short-term needs and long-term change. Our investments are as diverse as the community we serve and we strive to offer a grant process that’s accessible and equitable. Each grant helps realize our vision for strong, vibrant communities.
Open Funding Opportunities
Smith McCarthy Funds
Receive funding for work that serves Minnesotans who are blind or visually impaired. This grant round is open from November 1-30.
How To Apply
1. Create an account
If you’re a new applicant, begin by setting up an account in GranteeView.
2. Submit your application
If there is an open funding opportunity, read the guidelines for it and submit your application in GranteeView.
3. Give us a tour
Depending on the grant, we may ask to schedule a site visit as part of the review process.
4. Wait for notification
We will contact you with updates on the status of your application.
5. Give us your feedback
We are always looking to improve our process to make sure that it’s working for our grantee partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each grant round is different and we often fund work within and beyond the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. Please read the guidelines for each of our funding opportunities to see if you are eligible to apply.
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Yes. If you fit the grant round guidelines, we encourage you to apply.
Yes. Typically, we allow organizations to apply for additional funding oppoortunities even if they have an active grant with us. Please read the grant guidelines for more details.
No. Please submit outstanding items before applying to another grant round.
As a community foundation, we make grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofits and other organizations such as churches or public schools, which in turn provide direct services to individuals. On rare occasions, our grants are also open to individuals or community groups with a nonprofit fiscal agent. Please read the guidelines for each of our funding opportunities to see if you are eligible to apply.
Meet Our Grantmaking Team
Our diverse team brings a wealth of lived and professional experiences to the grantmaking process.
Brandon supports the Foundation’s commitment to ensuring safer communities through criminal justice reform and other targeted efforts. Before earning his B.A. in political science from Augsburg University in 2019, Brandon completed several internships, including positions with the Minnesota Department of Commerce and with a private criminal defense attorney, where he gained valuable insight into local government and the criminal justice system. You can bet money on him enjoying his free time either at a basketball court, debating with his siblings, catching up on one of his favorite TV shows, or listening to throwback hits.
Catherine’s work prioritizes cultivating and fueling diverse civic leadership and community activism that will advance equitable public policies. Her leadership at the Foundation, which she joined in 2013, is informed by her broad life experience as an entrepreneur, as a filmmaker, and in her nonpartisan work to help women run for public office. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Catherine’s joys include her garden, home life with her wife and dachshund, cheering for the Minnesota Lynx, and playing basketball in the Silver Fox League.
Chanda has more than 20 years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities. At the Foundation, which she joined in 2017, Chanda oversees grantmaking programs, provides strategic direction to community initiatives and partnerships, and is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast Conversations with Chanda. Previously, Chanda spent 17 years at Pillsbury United Communities, a complex community-based nonprofit where she served in a variety of leadership positions before assuming the role of president and CEO in 2011. In addition to leading Pillsbury in pursuing bold strategies to address systemic inequities, Chanda has served on numerous nonprofit and philanthropic boards throughout her career, and her civic leadership has been recognized with several awards and commendations. She unwinds by spending time with family and loves to travel, shop, and watch football.
Jo-Anne’s areas of focus include workforce development, job creation, support for BIPOC businesses, housing, and family financial security. A member of the Foundation’s team since 2009, Jo-Anne has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy. She serves as co-chair of the Northside Funders Group and as a member of the Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative. Nationally, she is the past chair and has now served six years as treasurer of the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy. She holds a B.A. in sociology and enjoys the outdoors.
Patrice joined the Foundation as a policy associate and 2015 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow and was promoted to her current role in June 2015. She guides the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking and strategy in education, which focuses on closing opportunity gaps across pre-K to 12th grade to advance social, economic, and racial equity in Minneapolis. Patrice began her career as an education journalist at the Star Tribune. Recognizing her desire to help close opportunity gaps, Patrice left journalism against the advice of her father—an avid newspaper reader—to earn a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management at the University of Illinois‐Chicago. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the institutional support coordinator on the development team at People Serving People, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. Patrice is a first-generation college graduate who credits her parents, brother, mentors, and public high school for her accomplishments.
Susan supports the integration of the recently transitioned WCA Foundation to a Signature Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, she was the executive director of the WCA Foundation for six years and held a variety of other roles in corporate and community philanthropy. Born and raised in Minneapolis, she holds a B.A. in psychology and a master’s degree in nonprofit management. Susan loves dogs and is at her best with her family by her side.
Suzanne leads the Catalyst Initiative, which honors and fosters culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and well-being. Previously, she served for 10 years as executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, where she led the first research and community response in the country to address sex trafficking of American Indian women and girls. Suzanne holds an M.A. in the art of leadership from Augsburg University and has extensive international experience as a trainer and public speaker. She is happiest when on a remote river or hiking trail.