Hugh J. Andersen Foundation Grant

Hugh J. Andersen Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Next deadline: Nov 15, 2019 2:30pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 15, 2020 2:30pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Jun 15, 2020 2:30pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Aug 15, 2020 2:30pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Preferred: Washington County, Minnesota, Counties in Wisconsin: Pierce County, Polk County, St. Croix County Other eligible locations: Minnesota, Counties in Minnesota: Ramsey County, Washington County, Counties in Wisconsin: Pierce County, Polk County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Note: The Foundation considers letters of inquiry. Letters of inquiry are generally recommended for organizations new to the Foundation or outside the St. Croix Valley. Organizations may choose to submit either a letter of inquiry or a full proposal. Letters of inquiry are reviewed at the Foundation’s next board meeting. If the board determines that the request falls within its guidelines and interests, a full proposal will be requested from the applicant for review at the following board meeting.


The Hugh J. Andersen Foundation’s mission is to give back to our community through focused efforts that foster inclusivity, promote equality, and lead to increased human independence, self-sufficiency and dignity. To fulfill this mission, the Foundation acts as a grantmaker, innovator, and convener.


The Hugh J. Andersen Foundation was incorporated on March 2, 1962. The original board members were Hugh J. and Jane K. Andersen, and Hugh’s sister, Mary Andersen Hulings. They strongly embraced Andersen Family values learned from Fred, Molly, Isabel and Kitty Andersen: giving back to the community, being responsible citizens, and caring for their neighbors. The current board members continue to uphold this commitment, strive to build upon this spirit of philanthropy, and remain strongly supportive of the St. Croix Valley area.

Program and Geographic Focus

The Foundation is particularly interested in asset-based programs created, initiated, supported or staffed by the constituency for whom benefits are sought. This type of effort builds upon and further develops individual and community capacities. These programs or projects are internally motivated and organized, rather than need-based, service-oriented systems brought in and directed by non-constituents.

Geographic Focus

The Foundation’s primary geographic focus area is the St. Croix Valley: Washington County in Minnesota and Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin. Programs in St. Paul, Minnesota unduplicated in the St. Croix Valley and utilized by St. Croix Valley residents may also be considered.

From time to time the Foundation may consider programs in other parts of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and Greater Minnesota. Please contact the Program Director prior to submitting a proposal to determine if the program might be of interest to the Foundation.

Programmatic Focus

Within the primary geographic focus areas, the Foundation is particularly interested in direct service programs:

  • Serving children and youth, especially those that provide personal development activities.
  • Providing various social support services to the community at large.
  • Providing access to health-related services and information.
  • Providing educational opportunities and enrichment to the general community.

The Foundation will only consider the following types of programs and organizations if services are provided in the St. Croix Valley – Washington County in Minnesota and Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin:

  • Special projects or programs in public schools.
  • Programs for individuals with developmental or physical disabilities.
  • Programs for seniors.
  • Public/civic projects and activities

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  • Grants awarded only to qualified charitable organizations that are designated as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3) and are not classified as private foundations.


  • Does not make loans, and does not provide grants or scholarships to individuals.
  • Does not provide grants for lobbying activities, fundraising dinners and events, or travel.
  • Will generally not consider the following types of organizations and programs for funding:
    • Agencies/Divisions/Councils/Programs that have counterparts in St. Paul or the St. Croix Valley
    • Arts Organizations exclusively focused on Music, Dance or Visual Arts
    • Athletic Teams
    • Business/Economics Education
    • Child Care Centers
    • Civic Action Groups
    • Debt reduction or After the fact situations
    • Immigration/Refugee Issues and Programs
    • Independent Media Productions
    • Political/Voter Education
    • Private or Alternative Schools
    • Religious Institutions
  • In addition, the Foundation:
    • Will generally not fund the entire project budget, but prefers to be part of an effort supported by a number of sources. Typically, Foundation funding is a small percentage of the project’s budget.
    • Considers major endowment and capital requests for funding to be a low priority.
    • Does not provide funding through fiscal agents.