Competitive Community Grant

Minneapolis Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Oct 15, 2019 10:00am PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Hennepin County, Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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About this funder:




The Minneapolis Foundation is privileged to steward and invest gifts that have been entrusted to us throughout the past century. Our competitive grants program is strategic and responsive to the ever-changing needs of our community. We strive to increase social, racial, and economic equity with a goal of creating OneMinneapolis. The Foundation supports high-performing nonprofit organizations that primarily serve Minneapolis residents, and we look for innovative projects with systems-changing potential.

We seek to support organizations capable of achieving significant impact in our community, as measured by the OneMinneapolis indicators outlined in our Strategic Framework. The Minneapolis Foundation is accepting applications for grants to support work that will advance our goals in the areas of Civic Engagement and Economic Vitality

Focus Areas

Economic Vitality

Our Vision: Our workforce reflects our changing demographics, and our business climate fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and self-sufficiency.

Success means…

  • Companies can find local workers with the skills they need for today and tomorrow.
  • All communities are employed at equal and competitive rates.
  • Small businesses run by people of color grow and flourish.
  • Residents have tools and opportunities to provide for themselves and their families.

To succeed, we are…

  • Increasing workforce preparedness.
  • Building community wealth.
  • Strengthening the delivery of financial and technical assistance to minority-owned businesses.
  • Advocating for improved policies and public sector programs that impact workforce development.

…with no discernible gaps between different racial/ethnic groups.

See more details here.

Civic Engagement

Our Vision: We live in a robust and truly representative democracy.

Success means…

  • Everyone in our community has influence over the issues that affect their lives.
  • Diverse leaders, representative of our population, advance equity across sectors.
  • All communities have the tools, capacity, and relationships to influence public policy.
  • Participation in our democracy is inclusive.

To succeed, we are…

  • Increasing the number of people of color who vote.
  • Strengthening leadership development and organizing capacity in diverse communities.
  • Removing barriers to voting.
  • Advocating for policies that advance equity in civic participation, economic vitality, and education.

See more details here.

Types of Support 

Two types of support are considered through the Foundation’s Community Grant process: 

General Operating Support

These grants support the core operations of nonprofit organizations with missions and activities that are highly aligned with the key drivers and results in our focus areas.

Project Support

These grants support specific projects or programs that are highly aligned with the key drivers and results in our focus areas. These include programs that meet community needs, as well as activities that will enhance the nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission, increase the scale of its operations, and deliver services more effectively.

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


  • We will accept applications from organizations and programs that:
    • Primarily serve Minneapolis residents
    • Primarily serve people of color, Indigenous people, immigrants, ex-offenders and other historically marginalized communities.
    • Have tax-exempt status including 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4); or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit.
  • Additionally, an eligible organization must be operated and organized in a way that does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.


  • The Minneapolis Foundation does not fund:
    • Individuals
    • Conference registration fees
    • Endowments
    • Memberships
    • Direct religious activities
    • Political organizations or candidates’ fundraising efforts
    • Conferences, events, or sponsorships
    • Financial deficits
    • Replacement of public sector funds
    • Emergency/safety net services
    • Re-granting/loans
    • Production of housing units
    • Purchase or repair of vehicles
    • Capital construction costs
    • Organizations/activities outside of Minnesota
  • In general, organizations are not eligible to receive more than one type of funding from the Foundation concurrently.
  • Organizations that have previously received funding from the Minneapolis Foundation will not be eligible to apply again until all reporting requirements have been met.