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Fund for Safe Communities

The Fund for Safe Communities was established in 2018 to support tangible, specific, and meaningful actions to address and prevent violence. The inaugural grant round took place during the spring of 2020 under the leadership of an advisory committee made up of young people who have personal experience with community violence.

“I joined the committee to provide my perspective, which stems from my own lived experiences of community violence. The fund has given me an opportunity to give back to the community in a way I haven’t done before.” – Malik Rucker, Advisory Committee Member

Timberwolves and Lynx Join Forces with The Minneapolis Foundation

Timberwolves Head Coach Ryan Saunders and Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve are partnering with The Minneapolis Foundation on behalf of their franchises to pursue justice, equity, and healing in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in police custody through the Fund for Safe Communities.

Join the Timberwolves and the Lynx in taking a stand by supporting the Fund for Safe Communities. Together we will drive toward solutions that ensure senseless tragedies rooted in racism never happen again. Click below to donate online or make an interaccount transfer from your charitable fund OR text SAFEMPLS to 243725.

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We are mobilizing resources and investing in efforts to:

  • Prevent further violence
  • Address systemic inequities and reform the criminal justice system
  • Heal individuals and communities affected by this horrific tragedy

The Foundation will distribute a minimum of $500,000 in grants through this process. The average grant will be $15,000 for short-term work. We will fund direct service programs, communication, advocacy, and organizing efforts led by community-based organizations. In addition to nonprofits, other community groups (including those with and without a nonprofit fiscal agent) are eligible to apply. We will prioritize BIPOC led and influenced efforts that are grounded in the needs of diverse Minneapolis neighborhoods.

The Application Process

We will accept online applications or video files that answer the questions listed in the application. You can preview the application here. This funding opportunity will be closed on Friday, June 26 at 12 p.m.

If you have questions about your proposal, please contact Brandon Williams at If you experience technical difficulties, please contact the Grant Administration team via email or at 612-672-8665.

See Who We've Funded

The Minneapolis Foundation Awards First Round of Safe Communities Grants

The Minneapolis Foundation announced the first round of grants from its Fund for Safe Communities, awarding $623,725 to 31 community-based groups that are using a broad spectrum of approaches and strategies to reduce violence in Minneapolis neighborhoods.

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Advisory Committee

Inspired in part by the leadership shown by students who were affected by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Fund for Safe Communities emphasizes the importance of work led by young people. The Fund is advised by a committee of young adults who, in a variety of ways, have been personally affected by gun violence in Minneapolis.

Kaylin McLeod

Shakia McDavid

Meti Regassa

Keegan Rolenc

Nina Robertson

Malik Rucker

Neasha Simone

Brandon Williams

“I feel it’s important to invest in communities directly, and that is exactly what this committee does. All of the members have a vested interest in watching Minneapolis become a safer version of itself.” – Meti Regassa

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Listen to our podcast

Hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, Conversations with Chanda unpacks complex topics that matter — including criminal justice reform and police brutality. To dig into these topics, we recommend listening to episodes featuring Van Jones, Valerie Castile, Yusef Salaam, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, James Forman, Jr., or Wanda Johnson and Ron Davis.


Look at the Research

Research can help us determine tangible next steps. We recommend the 21st Century Policing Implementation Guide, Pretrial Justice: A Report on the Cash Bail System, and Minnesota’s Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters Recommendations.

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Read Articles

Our President & CEO, R.T. Rybak, recently wrote about his 12 years of being mayor of Minneapolis and the deep-rooted issues that live in the police department. He proposes ways to reform the city’s police and encourages us all to reflect on the ways we can use our power for good.