Management Improvement Fund Grant

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Family Services Life Skills Training & Rehabilitation Basic Human Needs Public Transportation & Mass Transit Systems Homelessness Services Affordable Housing Health Facilities & Clinics Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Dental Health Community Health Education Health Care Access & Delivery Academic Success & Enrichment Educational Access & Equity Job Creation Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Community Development & Revitalization Greening & Beautification Urban Planning Volunteerism & Philanthropy Civic Engagement & Education Arts / Culture Access & Participation Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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NOTE: The Management Improvement Fund has a rolling application that will open starting April 1, 2020.

Before applying, all interested applicants must contact the director of Community Impact to ensure that the Fund fits the requested need.

Anchoring Nonprofits In Stability And Strength

Most nonprofits struggle to finance their day-to-day operations, let alone invest in long-term planning and management consultants. The Management Improvement Fund, a community initiative of The Saint Paul Foundation, is dedicated to strengthening the internal operations of organizations. Grants are now available statewide thanks to support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. Grants can be used to fund consultations or technical assistance that help nonprofits identify and address their organization's unique needs

The Management Improvement Fund will consider proposals from organizations that:

I. Address at least one of six areas of community vitality.

Data and our experience suggest that the following elements play key roles in community health and vitality.

  • Community Connectedness
    • The Saint Paul Foundation believes communities are stronger when people from all races and cultures have the opportunity to become engaged in the community in multiple ways. We support efforts that build community connectedness and the opportunity for equitable participation in arts and culture, civic dialogue and engagement, community problem solving, non-profit and philanthropic work, placemaking, and natural and built spaces where people live, work and play.
  • Economic Opportunity and Security
    • The Saint Paul Foundation looks for ways to strengthen economic opportunity, security and equity for low-income individuals, families and the community. In particular, we are interested in community development, supporting more effective workforce education and training, and in creating good jobs and pathways to those jobs.
  • Education
    • The Saint Paul Foundation is looking for ways to ensure access to high quality educational opportunities for everyone, from cradle to career – especially through support for organizations that understand the distinct racial and cultural communities they serve. We also invest in efforts to ensure that all children and youth have their individual educational needs met in preparation for a successful future.
  • Health
    • The Saint Paul Foundation’s objective is to advance health equity by increasing quality, affordable health services, particularly for low-income, uninsured and under-insured people. We are most interested in organizations that understand the distinct cultural and racial communities they serve and create meaningful programs and services for those communities. Our concept of health is holistic in nature, meaning that we support direct services and education addressing chemical, mental, oral, and physical health including investments in community-based clinics with culturally specific models.
  • Housing and Transportation
    • The Saint Paul Foundation funds housing in two ways. First is our commitment to preserve and increase affordable, quality housing for low-income residents. Second, we support efforts to end homelessness through investments in prevention and in safe and respectful services that demonstrate understanding of distinct cultural and racial communities. We also fund increased access to equitable transportation options and benefits.
  • Human Services and Family Support
    • The Saint Paul Foundation supports efforts to help the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community to be safe, stable and independent. We invest in organizations that build on the strengths of at-risk families and meet their basic needs in ways that demonstrate an understanding of distinct racial and cultural communities being served.

II. Support at least one of our stated indicators of success related to building community capacity.

As a result of our community support, we hope over time to see the following indicators of success in our community:

  • A greater number of individuals in Minnesota thriving in a state with increased equity and opportunity
  • A greater sense of community connectedness, participation, inclusion, and civic involvement
  • An increase in organizations using approaches that indicate their understanding of the needs of the distinct cultural and racial communities they serve
  • An increase in nonprofit capacity to support equitable outcomes for Minnesotan communities

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


  • The Saint Paul Foundation is proud to serve and fund Saint Paul’s East Metro region, which is defined as Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties.
  • Management Improvement Fund grants are open to organizations throughout the state of Minnesota thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota.