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Grant Resources

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and our partners ― F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation ― offer two open grant rounds a year through our Building Community Capacity Grant program. Review grant round dates, application questions and other materials to help you apply.


Grant Dates

2024 Open Grant Round, Round 1 Applications

Open January 16, 2024 - Close February 7, 2024

Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on Feb. 7

Go to GranteeView
Information Sessions

The Grants Team held two virtual information sessions and one Q&A lunch hour to share our process and answer your questions.

View the event recordings

2024 Open Grant Round Updates

Each year, we consider where we can make the most impact as we listen to our nonprofit partners share their greatest needs and challenges. We recognize our partners are in the best position to determine internal priorities — and flexibility is essential.

As a result, in 2024, our Building Community Capacity grant program will prioritize general operating and capital requests. Our grant guidelines have been adjusted to reflect that we will not accept program support requests to allow us to make room for this greater flexibility. Our general focus areas remain unchanged.

In 2024, we will continue to listen as we innovate and grow under new Community Impact leadership. Do not hesitate to email any Community Impact Grants Team member if you have questions or feedback. Thank you for the work you do every day to foster thriving communities across Minnesota.

Building Community Capacity Grants

Grant guidelines

View grant guidelines for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Download grant guidelines

Grant application questions

Download grant application questions


GranteeView instructions

View instructions on how to access the GranteeView application portal
You are encouraged to begin the registration process early

Fiscal sponsor agreement form

View the fiscal sponsor agreement form


All interim and final reports have been waived.

Fall 2023 Grant Data

In order to set clearer expectations about the scope and scale of our grantmaking, we are sharing some data from our Fall 2023 grant round.

We received 333 applications in the fall 2023 grant round and approved 156 grants. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to $75,000 per year, with the largest grants going to capital requests. The average (mean) grant approved was $35,613, and the median was $30,000.

Grants ApprovedTotal Dollars ApprovedAverage (Mean) GrantMedian GrantSmallest GrantLargest Grant

Partner Foundation Grant Resources

F. R. Bigelow Foundation

F. R. Bigelow Foundation considers grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public entities fostering a vibrant East Metro region and seeking to achieve racially and economically equitable outcomes in the areas of arts & culture, economic & community development, education & youth development, health, housing and human services.

F. R. Bigelow Foundation website
Mardag Foundation

Mardag Foundation makes grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and public entities to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income or traditionally marginalized children, youth and families; older adults with barriers to living independently; and to build capacity of organizations supporting the arts and humanities.

Mardag Foundation website



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