We invest in systems and programs that put all children on track to compete in a global economy, participate in civic life, and pursue their dreams.

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Economic Vitality

We work to build an inclusive workforce that reflects our changing demographics, as well as a business climate that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and self-sufficiency.

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Civic Engagement

We foster a community where everyone is encouraged and motivated to participate in the democratic process and public decision-making.

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Competitive Grants to Advance Equity

The Minneapolis Foundation is privileged to steward and invest gifts that have been entrusted to us throughout the past century. Our competitive grants program is strategic and responsive to the ever-changing needs of our community. We strive to increase social, racial, and economic equity with a goal of creating OneMinneapolis. The Foundation supports high-performing nonprofit organizations that primarily serve Minneapolis residents, and we look for innovative projects with systems-changing potential.

For information about our next competitive grant round, please visit our How to Apply page.

Please visit our Current RFPs page to find out if we are offering any special funding opportunities at this time.

We seek to support organizations capable of achieving significant impact in our community, as measured by the OneMinneapolis indicators outlined in our Strategic Framework. Accordingly, we invest the majority of competitive grant resources in proven or promising organizations and initiatives that seek to deepen their impact or bring their work to scale and are significantly aligned with our vision in these three focus areas:

Grantee Resources

We focus our competitive grantmaking on promoting social, economic, and racial equity. We believe in realizing our community’s full potential, rather than simply resolving problems. Funding is targeted to programs and activities that achieve a very select set of outcomes that bring us closer to this vision.

Community Impact: Challenges and Strategies