2022 Racial and
Economic Justice Grants
The Minneapolis Foundation announces a call for proposals for efforts that advance racial and economic justice by:
- Advancing structural and systems change through policy advocacy, organizing, and movement building.
- Investing in economic systems and practices that build wealth and stabilize communities.
- Advancing narrative strategies focused on racial and economic justice.
Funding will be awarded to 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, government entities, and religious institutions, or others with a fiscal agent.
Priority will be given to applications from groups that are led by Black and Indigenous people and people of color, and those engaged in efforts that are grounded in the needs of diverse communities in Minneapolis and the inner-ring suburbs of Hennepin County.
We will also prioritize applications focused on investing in economic systems and practices that build wealth and stabilize communities located in Minneapolis Cultural Districts.
BACKGROUND AND WHAT WE WILL FUND
This funding opportunity was influenced by the voices of many stakeholders who helped shape our Strategic Framework, which pushes us to get closer to those most affected by issues and to invest in community-driven solutions.
We are interested in funding organizations, efforts, and initiatives that have a proven track record and that can make the case for how their work advances racial and economic justice in the following areas:
- Promoting civic participation and leadership.
- Fostering belonging and inclusion.
- Increasing access to opportunities that advance upward mobility.
- Seeing and dismantling barriers that hold inequities in place.
FUNDS AVAILABLE TO GRANT
We have approximately $4 million available to grant. The average grant will range from $25,000 to $50,000. Last year, we received 276 applications and granted $3.32 million to 84 organizations. Funding is available for general operating or project support.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE
All applications must be submitted through our online portal, which will open on February 1, 2022. However, you can start preparing your application now by downloading this preview document.
Once the application portal opens, we encourage you to log in to ensure that you have access to it and that your organization’s contact information is current. If you have technical questions about accessing the online portal, please contact Grants Administration. The deadline to submit your application is 1 P.M. ON FEB. 18, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered.
FUNDING DECISIONS AND TERMS OF GRANT
Funding decisions will be made in late March 2022. The grant period for this opportunity will be from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023. Grantees will be required to submit a final report 60 days after the conclusion of the grant period.
Clarifications on the guidelines can be directed to Jo-Anne Stately, Director of Impact Strategy for Economic Vitality. If you have technical questions about the online application process, please contact Grants Administration.