Current Funding Opportunities

In addition to our annual open application process, The Minneapolis Foundation issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for special initiatives. All current and upcoming opportunities for funding are listed below.


2018 Protolabs Foundation STEM Grants

The Protolabs Foundation is accepting applications for grants to support organizations focused on transforming students’ interest in STEM fields into a demonstrated ability to succeed in a STEM career.

The Foundation will award grants of as much as $25,000 for program-specific or general operating support to organizations that serve one of the following geographic regions: 1) Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area; 2)the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, and; 3) the Nashua area of New Hampshire.

Please review the grant eligibility, outcomes and guidelines below. You can also download a copy of the application to help prepare your proposal.

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 13 at noon Central. 

To start your application, click here.


To be eligible to apply, organizations must be a:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Public agency serving students in one of three geographic regions described above.

Please note, if you are a current or past grant recipient of The Minneapolis Foundation, all required reports must be submitted by their deadline to be eligible for future funding.


The Protolabs Foundation supports improved student outcomes in targeted populations on measures of STEM proficiency, including 8th grade math achievement and the likelihood of success in college level STEM coursework as measured by the ACT. Outcomes demonstrating increased student involvement in STEM related programming will also be considered.


Proposals for funding will be evaluated based on the following criteria (non-exhaustive):

  • Number of low-income and students of color in grades 6-12 reached and number of contact hours with students.
  • Alignment with academic standards in disciplines supporting STEM education.
  • Evidence of previous success or a high likelihood of success supporting measurable student outcomes in STEM education (see Outcomes section above).
  • Program design that is innovative, engaging for students, and focused on extending students’ interest in STEM fields into demonstrated ability.
  • Level of support provided for families to contribute to their child’s STEM education.
  • Sustainability of programs considering current and future anticipated funding sources.

The Minneapolis Foundation will not fund requests for religious purpose, Capital requests, or proposals for re-granting loans.