Current Funding Opportunities

Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund

The Minneapolis Climate Action & Racial Equity Fund offers grants for place-based, community-driven initiatives and projects that result in a demonstrable reduction in local greenhouse gas emissions, align with the goals of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan, and further the goals of the Minneapolis Strategic Racial Equity Plan. Learn more >>
 
 

OneMPLS Grants to Support Stable Housing

The Minneapolis Foundation announces a call for proposals for grants from the OneMPLS Fund to support stable housing for families and youth. The OneMPLS Fund was created in 2018 with an initial investment of $1 million from The Minneapolis Foundation. This fund leverages resources from the foundation and our donors to advance social, economic and racial equity.

Housing stability will be the focus of the OneMPLS Fund’s first request for proposals (RFPs) in 2019.

Why Housing?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines housing as affordable when occupants are paying no more than 30 percent of their income on rent. In Minneapolis, rents are increasing at a faster rate than the incomes of low- to moderate-income households.

Families and individuals with past or current challenges related to mental health, a criminal record, or gaps in their work history face even greater challenges in tight housing markets such as Minneapolis.

The OneMPLS Fund recognizes that community issues are not siloed, but often intersect in ways that traditional systems don’t recognize. Therefore, the OneMPLS Fund supports work that bridges issues such as mental health and housing, criminal justice and housing, youth and housing, or employment and housing.

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Application Process

Grants will be awarded through a competitive process led by Chanda Smith Baker, The Minneapolis Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact. We will fund up to 10 proposals. Grants will range from $50,000 to $100,000 for 12 months.

 

What We’ll Fund
  • Efforts that strengthen multigenerational approaches to improve family and community stability.
  • Systems-change efforts that target the policies, practices, and approaches that address inequities, thereby removing barriers and/or increasing access to housing opportunity.
  • Innovative solutions that (a) address a pressing issue, (b) identify an upstream approach, and/or (c) present a catalytic solution that advances equitable outcomes.
Who is Eligible?
  • High-performing nonprofits and innovative initiatives that advance social, racial, and economic equity.
  • Collaborative and/or cross-sector initiatives with a clear action agenda.
  • Those with capacity to measure/evaluate their impact and a willingness to communicate and disseminate results (share best practices)
  • Efforts focused in the Twin Cities metro area, preferably in the City of Minneapolis.

 
Applications will be accepted online starting on Friday, April 12. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. To preview the application questions, download this Word document.

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If you have questions or would like to arrange a call to discuss your ideas, please contact Patrice Relerford at prelerford@mplsfoundation.org or 612-672-3853. If you need technical support with the online application system, please email grantsupport@mplsfoundation.org or call 612-672-8665.

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