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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.