Competitive Community Grant

Minneapolis Foundation

Grant amount: Approximately US $57,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 25, 2018 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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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.

Focus Areas

Accordingly, we invest the majority of competitive grant resources in proven or promising organizations and initiatives that seek to deepen their impact or bring their work to scale and are significantly aligned with our vision in these three focus areas:


Our Vision: All of our children are on track to compete in a global economy, participate in civic life, and pursue their dreams.

Success means…

  • All students attend high-performing schools.
  • All students have only excellent teachers.
  • Parents are full partners in their children’s education.
  • Students have equal opportunities to explore and develop their interests.
  • Education leaders innovate in pursuit of academic excellence.

To succeed, we are…

  • Increasing access to high-quality early childhood education.
  • Increasing the number of high-performing schools serving low-income students of color.
  • Strengthening the school talent and leadership pipeline.
  • Empowering parents, communities, and organizations to advocate for educational equity and excellence.

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.

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.

Types of Support 

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

General Operating Support

The Minneapolis Foundation makes competitive grants to support the core operations of organizations with missions and activities that are highly aligned with the Foundation’s Key Drivers and Key Results. The Foundation works and learns with nonprofit recipients of General Operating Support Grants as strategic partners to achieve better, measurable outcomes. 

Project Support

The Minneapolis Foundation also makes grants to support specific projects or programs that are highly aligned with the Foundation’s Key Drivers and Key Results. This includes programs that meet community needs, as well as capacity building activities that will enhance the nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission, increase the scale of its operations, and deliver services more effectively.

NOTE: Site visits are scheduled as part of the review and evaluation of applicants.

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


  • To be eligible for support, an organization must be tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit.
  • In addition, the nonprofit must be primarily serving the people of Minneapolis, with the exception of regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the Minneapolis community.
  • Finally, an eligible organization must be operated and organized so that it 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, nation of origin or disability.
  • Nonprofits that are part of a collaborative effort funded by the Foundation may also seek funding for their individual operations or projects.
  • An organization that has been denied funding within the last year should contact a Director of Impact Strategy to confirm eligibility.


  • 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.

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