Sauer Family Foundation Grant

Sauer Family Foundation

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Next deadline: Sep 24, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Feb 26, 2022 2:00pm PST, May 28, 2022 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $40,000

Fields of work: Child Welfare Services Child Foster Care & Adoption Services Parenting Counseling & Education Family Services Early Childhood Development Children’s Mental Health Teacher Development & Training Career/College Preparation Education - K through 12 Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Minnesota: Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Scott County, Washington County Other eligible locations: Minnesota

Location of residency: Preferred: Minnesota Other eligible locations: United States

990 Snapshot



The mission of the Sauer Family Foundation is to use our resources to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families in Minnesota.

K-12 Education
Education is the pathway out of poverty. Every child deserves a relevant education that captures their interests and propels them into a career.

Early Childhood
Brain development begins from day one, and we believe that early childhood development is critical for putting children on the path for a healthy, thriving life.

Child Welfare
How do we attend to our most vulnerable children? When children are abused or neglected, we need to attend to the child's well-being and support their family.

Funding Areas

Through our funding we want to:

Child Welfare (Child Protection, Foster Care, and Adoption)
  • Help create systems that are focused on child, youth and family well-being. This includes family-first practices that supports parents and relatives to meet the needs of their children, as prevention to child protection involvement.
  • Implement culturally appropriate training and support for professionals and parents that reduces toxic stress for children.
  • Create more opportunities for children and youth to connect with permanent, nonpaid, supportive adults in their lives.
  • Increase advocacy for foster care children and youth.
Early Childhood Education
  • Implement effective methods of lowering toxic stress in children ages 0-5 years old.
  • Implement trauma/toxic stress education and support in early childhood programs that reduces behavior issues and expulsions.
  • Implement effective trauma/toxic stress programs for Native American children ages 0-5.

K-12 Education – Public, Private & Charter Schools

  • Implement school-wide toxic stress reduction programs that decrease behavior referrals, suspensions and expulsions.
  • Implement affordable teacher and school leader preparation pathways and support so the adults are strong leaders who reflect the diversity of the student population.
  • Create programs that attract high school students of color into teacher preparation programs.
  • Implement personalized, competency-based learning.

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


  • We fund in the state of Minnesota with priority given to the seven-county metro area.
  • The best use of Sauer Family Foundation funding is to create change, fill gaps, or help create something new in an organization, government agency, or system. 
  • All applicants must comply with all Federal, State and local non-discrimination laws. 


  • The Sauer Family Foundation is particularly interested in grants that support work in systems and agencies that keeps children in safe, supported families, decreases toxic stress and moves them to resiliency.


  • The Sauer Family Foundation does not make grants to individuals, political and lobbying activities, endowments, deficit or debt reduction, fundraising activities or advertising.


This page was last reviewed July 12, 2021 and last updated January 12, 2021