MINNESOTA FOUNDATIONS

Below, you will find funding opportunities and resources organized with application status, opportunity information and due dates. Our team will continue to update this list as we receive new information. 

 

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The Schulze Family Foundation

 Status: Accepting LOI's

  • Deadlines for fall review have been extended

  • The Foundation will accept requests for general operating support

Due Date: LOI's due April 24, Invited Applications due May 29

Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children - COVID-19 Education Impact Innovative Response RFP

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Seeking proposals from Twin Cities-based schools, community-serving organizations, and other education-focused nonprofits for funding for new, innovative, and/or highly-impactful programs and plans to provide academic instruction to historically underserved students in order to mitigate the impact of and help students catch up from learning loss due to the coronavirus crisis. 

  • Proposals most likely to be successful will describe creative, imaginative, and/or research-backed programs and plans to boost academic achievement for students of color, English Learners, and students who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunch; be rigorous in leading students towards meeting grade-level standards; be “evergreen”—programs and plans that can be implemented in the near-term and also in future school years; and, be replicable by other schools and organizations.

  • Current CWF grantees are eligible for funding through this RFP; if selected, awarded funding would be supplemental to any existing grants.

Due Date: June 3

US Bank Foundation

Status: Accepting Applications for "Work" Focus

  • $4 million in grants to three key partners: LISC, the United Way, and Operation HOPE. 

  • A $1 million COVID-19 Local Market Impact Fund to address unmet needs in local markets across the country.

  • $25 million to long term recovery, including offering Community Possible funds as general operating grants for partners.

  • Grant application process will remain unchanged, see website for details

Due Date: July 31 for "Home" Focus

 

Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation

Emergency Response Fund

  • Organizations serving high-risk and disproportionately impacted populations, including the unsheltered, older adults, communities of color, and low-income households. 

  • Organizations facing significant financial challenges due to lost revenue or increased pandemic-related expenses. 

  • Eligible organizations can request between $10,000 and $30,000 in unrestricted relief funds. 

  • Click here to apply and enter code ERF2020 to access the Emergency Response Fund application.

Due Date: Rolling - Current Community Grantees Only

Special Projects Grants

  • Special Projects Grants are designed to help our nonprofit partners achieve greater impact in the arts, environment, human services, or philanthropy and nonprofit technical assistance.

  • Activities funded through Special Projects Grants may include capital campaigns, major program innovations, or systems change initiatives. Requests for general operating support or ongoing support for established programs will not be considered.

  • The minimum grant size is $100,000, and the Foundation prefers not to be the only funder of the proposed project.

  • Please note that in 2020 - 2021 the Foundation will have limited ability to consider requests that are heavily focused on technology needs.

Due Date: TBD - Current Community Grantees Only

Otto Bremer Trust - Emergency Fund 

Status: Accepting initial inquiries now for short term loans and grants

  • The first step in the application process is to submit an initial inquiry. This brief questionnaire is designed to help determine the scope of emergency needs in our region.

Due Date: Reviewing second round applications as they are received

Bush Foundation

Status: Re-purposing funds, Accepting Community Innovation proposals

  • Bush Foundation will not be offering the Bush Prize, rather they have re-purposed this funding for COVID-19 response activities and initiatives. 

  • The Bush foundation is contributing to the MN Council on Foundation/MN Disaster Fund.

  • Bush Foundation will continue to accept regular Community Innovation proposals and try to expedite COVID-19 proposals. The Foundation is finalizing criteria now with more details to follow.  

Due Date: Community Innovation grants accepted year-round

Headwaters Foundation - Community First Fund

Status: Receiving donations, developing procedure, goal is to start accepting applications on 4/1

  • Focusing first on applicants who currently have a grant at Headwaters. Eligible applicants must be an existing Headwaters grantee (Jan. 2018 to now)

  • Headwaters Foundation focuses on:

    • Promotion of health, healing, solidarity and mutual aid

    • Supporting organizations and people organizing for change

    • Strengthening capacity of organizations to be resilient and creative long-term

Due Date: TBD

Target and Target Foundation - Local/National/Global Support

Status: Receiving donations, deciding criteria

  • Target and the Target Foundation will be giving $10 million to expand relief and assistance to team members, as well as local, national, and global organizations responding to the pandemic.

  • Extended deadline to April 15

Due Date: TBD, April 15 extended deadline for current grants

University of Minnesota

Status: Receiving Donations

  •  Focus on Student Need and Health Care Support.

Due Date: TBD

Greater Minnesota

Alexandria Area Community Foundation

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Amounts are generally between $1,000-$5,000 with occasional amounts in excess as determined by the Foundation

  • Operating support for organizations serving residents of Douglas County

Due Date: Rolling, applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Amounts are generally between $5,000-$15,000

  • Projects that help Develop, Attract, and Retain a quality workforce for the Brainerd Lakes Area, now and in the future.

  • Support for organizations serving residents of Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties in Minnesota

Due Date: TBD (Website says January 15, but the portal is open)

Central MN Community Foundation

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Amounts are generally between $500-$5,000 

  • Operating support for organizations serving residents of Benton County, Stearns County, and/or Sherburne County

Due Date: Rolling, applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis

Community Foundation of Carver County

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Amounts are generally between $1,000-$5,000 

  • Operating support for organizations serving residents of Carver County

  • Grant considerations for community-wide impact as follows:

    • Heightened awareness of equity and supporting vulnerable populations

    • Economic impact of reduced and lost work

    • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations related to closures

    • Increased demand for medical information and support including mental health services

    • Fear and confusion among the most vulnerable resident

Due Date: Rolling, applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis

Fargo-Moorhead Area Community Foundation

Status: Receiving Donations

Due Date: TBD

Initiative Foundation for Central Minnesota

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Priority will be given to new or existing programs or services that provide for the basic needs of individuals and families negatively affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. Examples include food security, housing, clothing, health care and employment.

  • Must serve the people and communities in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties, and the sovereign tribal nations of the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs Bands of Ojibwe

  • Maximum grant award of $5,000

Due Date: May 1, August 7, and Nov. 6 

Willmar Area Community Foundation

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Amounts are generally between $500-$5,000 

  • Operating support for organizations serving residents of Kandiyohi County

Due Date: Rolling, applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis

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