Community Grantmaking - Minneapolis, MN

Carolyn Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2020 9:59pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 1, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Hennepin County, Minnesota

Location of residency: Preferred: Hennepin County, Minnesota Other eligible locations: United States

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Overview:

NOTE: Carolyn Foundation is in a process of reviewing our grant guidelines and processes. We will not be accepting Community Vitality applications in 2019 or 2020. We are continuing to accept applications for our Middle School Children & Youth category.

The Middle School Children & Youth category is described on this page. 

Carolyn Foundation 

Our Vision

To improve the lives of children/families, communities and the environment through the involvement of successive generations of the family of Carolyn McKnight Christian.

Our Mission

To support programs and initiatives that effect positive change now and in the future.

Our Values

  • Compassion and Reason: We will seek to bring both compassion and reason to bear in working with those we serve.
  • Concern for Community: We value the importance and character of communities and frequently work as a partner for effective solutions to community problems.
  • Making a Difference: We work to make a significant difference with our emphasis in addressing root causes and effecting long-term systemic change.
  • Inclusion: We affirm and value the diversity in our communities and our family including but not limited to: race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation/identity, faith and family structures.
  • Civility: We are committed to civil discourse and will act with respect, even in the face of opposing views

Minneapolis, MN - Community Grantmaking Priority:  Middle School Children & Youth

Carolyn Foundation wants to fund programs that encourage low-income middle school students in Minneapolis to attend high performing/potential schools and provide support programs during and after school that help ensure that those schools are relevant to this student population. The Foundation believes that:

  • All parents love their children and want them to get an education that will prepare them for success.
  • All kids are capable of learning and doing well in school regardless of socio-economic status.
  • Schools matter – attending a school that is providing students most in-need a good education is critical for long-term success.
  • Support programs, no matter how good, don’t make up for damage done by attending a low performing school. In schools that are doing well, support programs create relevance and added value.
  • Middle school (G 6-7-8) is a critical developmental stage setting the foundation for success in high school that is often under-resourced

School Based Programs Guidelines

Carolyn Foundation is committed to partnering with schools that are providing a quality education to students most in need. We know that the benefits of additional programs and resources in these schools will be used wisely and support a high-quality system of education. We also know that great enrichment or after-school programs sometimes draw families to schools that are failing students, creating a harmful unintended consequence. To this end, we will fund programs in middle schools that are closing the gap for students most in-need in Minneapolis. These schools can be found in the Minneapolis School Finder, and are listed below.

As we review proposals, we carefully look at the middle school age populations being served and focus our efforts on those with significant economic challenges typically as indicated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch. We will seek programs that apply proven best practices and respectfully support these young people and their families in culturally appropriate ways.

In addition to our continuing emphasis on developmentally appropriate programs designed for middle school students, we also recognize the importance of culturally relevant programs, staff and organizations that empower young people to develop agency, independence, and empowerment. We prefer programs that explicitly demonstrate an equity, inclusion, and empowerment lens in their work.

Because we believe programs that are integrated and aligned with school curriculum and objectives have the highest impact – all in-and after-school program requests must include a letter of support from the school leader (not community ed.) explaining how and why the program fits with the school’s priorities and plans.

Community Based Programs Guidelines

As we review proposals, we carefully look at the middle school age populations being served and focus our efforts on those with significant economic challenges typically as indicated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch. We will seek programs that apply proven best practices and respectfully support these young people and their families in culturally appropriate ways. Click the following links for more information about program design for middle school age youth: 

In addition to our continuing emphasis on developmentally appropriate programs designed for middle school students, we also recognize the importance of culturally relevant programs, staff and organizations that empower young people to develop agency, independence, and empowerment. We prefer programs that explicitly demonstrate an equity, inclusion, and empowerment lens in their work.

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

Eligibility:

  • Community-Based Programs:
    • We will consider community-based programs in the following high need neighborhoods:
      • Shingle Creek, Lind-Bohanon, Victory, Webber-Camden, Cleveland, Folwell, Mckinley, Jordan, Hawthorne, Willard-Hay, Near North, Harrison, Sumner-Glenwood, Elliot Park, Cedar-Riverside, Ventura Village, Whittier, Phillips, Seward, Longfellow, Jordan, Cooper, Central, Powderhorn Park, Corcoran, and Standish
    • We are interested in programs that:
      • Inform families’ about proven and promising schools and enable them to advocate for their students’ success.
      • Provide enrichment/development programs that are relevant to low-income students.
      • Provide access to resources to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
      • Assist young people to develop positive relationships with adults, life skills and positive decision-making.
      • Provide direct access to quality arts and creative expression.
  • School-Based Programs
    • We will consider programs in and after-school in these schools, which are providing students most in-need a good education:
      • Ascension Catholic School
      • Anthony Middle School
      • Barton Open School
      • Friendship Academy of the Arts
      • Hennepin Elementary School
      • Hiawatha College Prep
      • Hope Academy
      • Justice Page Middle School
      • KIPP North Star Academy
      • Lake Nokomis Community School – Keewaydin Campus
      • Minnesota International Middle School
      • New Millennium Academy
      • Northeast College Prep
      • Risen Christ Catholic School
      • Sanford Middle School
      • Seward Montessori School
      • Southside Family Charter School
      • St. Helena Catholic School
      • St. John Paul II Catholic School
      • Universal Academy Charter School
    • We are most interested in programs that serve high need students.
      • In schools where 60% or more student receive Free/Reduced Lunch, we will assume all school-wide programs fit this target.
      • In schools with a lower percent FRL population, please explain how your program specifically benefits this population.
      • For after-school programs, we are interested in the participation rate for FRL students in the specific program.
  • Due to the current demand on our limited resources, we have narrowly focused our grantmaking in the city of Minneapolis excluding suburbs and St. Paul.