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

We invite you to attend one of two upcoming Community Information Sessions to learn more and meet our Community Impact staff. These meetings are intended to give applicants greater insight on the Foundation’s focus areas and will be an opportunity to interact with our Directors of Impact Strategy and Grants Administration team, and to network with community members.

Each session will be capped at a maximum of 100 attendees. As space is limited, the number of guests at each information session will be limited to the first 100 respondents. Please RSVP by emailing Dea Cortney. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

The Community Information meetings will be held on July 26 from 9 – 11 a.m. and August 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. 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. Parking lot and street parking are available.


Informational Presentation

An informational PowerPoint presentation with audio outlining the 2018 grant round process is available for download here. To hear the audio, click the speaker icon in the lower right of each slide or enter slideshow mode to view the full presentation.

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.