The Minneapolis Foundation Safe Communities Grant

The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to announce a special grant opportunity focused on engaging grassroots leaders and organizations in reducing violence. We recognize the importance of honoring community voices and expertise and supporting a broad spectrum of strategies and approaches to make Minneapolis neighborhoods safer on the heels of an unprecedented crisis that has exacerbated existing disparities and inequity.

Grant requests will range from $5,000 to $50,000. We expect to approve 30 and 40 grants. The average grant will be approximately $15,000.


We will fund direct services programs, communication, advocacy, and organizing efforts led by community-based organizations that have a track record of successfully contributing to the reduction of violence in Minneapolis neighborhoods. In addition to nonprofits, other community groups (including those with and without a nonprofit fiscal agent) are eligible to apply.

We will prioritize BIPOC (Black Indigenous and People of Color) led and influenced efforts that are grounded in the needs of diverse Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Key Considerations

The review committee will consider the following while reviewing:

  • What knowledge and experience does the organization or group bring to violence prevention efforts?
  • What target populations and Minneapolis neighborhoods does the work impact?
  • How does the organization or group demonstrate and maintain deep connections to and/or leadership by members of BIPOC communities in Minneapolis?


We will accept online applications or video files (5 to 7 minutes) that answer the questions listed in the application starting at noon on Friday, May 8, 2020. Preview the application here.

The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020. Our system will not accept submissions after the deadline, even if an application is in process. We will also not accept videos submitted after the deadline. Applicants will be notified of our decisions by June 17, 2020.