Andersen Foundation Legacy Grants

Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $3,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Minnesota: Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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The Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation improves the quality of life through effective family grantmaking, honoring the legacy of its founders and investing in social change.

Andersen Foundation Legacy Grants

Since 1957, the Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation has funded a broad range of organizations across many categories – arts and humanities, communications, education, the environment, human services and libraries.

The categories of giving have reflected the wide-ranging interests of the founders. In recent years, while the grantmaking program has been expanded to include other types of giving where the broad focus has narrowed to support for a few promising organizations, the Foundation continues to honor the legacy of the founders through support of organizations working within the traditional areas of interest.

The legacy grant focus area is the only type of grant area where we accept unsolicited grant proposals. You can learn more about the legacy grant program and whether your organization might be a good fit for this opportunity.

Focus Areas

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Services
  • Libraries

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The organization is a public charity, organized under IRS Sec. 501 (c)(3)
  • The geographic focus for legacy grants is Minnesota, primarily the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
    • In general, the Foundation provides support for general operations or projects rather than capital campaigns or endowments.
    • Generally, support is given on an annual basis.
    • Organizations may apply once annually.
    • Only nonprofit, IRS-determined 501(c)(3) organizations may apply.
    • Although grants outside of the range have been awarded, a reasonable request is for an amount between $1,000 and $3,000.


  • The Foundation does not provide support for:
    • Individuals
    • Health-related organizations
    • Religious organizations for religious work
    • Organizations with three consecutive declined requests
    • Fundraisers, one-time events, dinners, or telephone solicitations