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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.

We also operate the Bush Prize: Minnesota and grant programs with rolling application dates.

Grant Dates

2024 Open Grant Round, Round 2 Applications

Open July 15, 2024 – Close Aug. 7, 2024, at 3 p.m.

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

Go to GranteeView
Bush Prize: Minnesota

Open April 1, 2024 – Close May 31, 2024, at 12 p.m.

Applications will not be accepted after 12 p.m. on May 31

View Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Building Community Capacity Grant Program

Grant guidelines

View 2024 grant guidelines for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Download 2024 grant guidelines

Grant application questions

Download 2024 grant application questions

Grant redesign updates

On June 17, 2024, we announced a community-informed process to redesign our twice-yearly Building Community Capacity grant program. Our second grant round of 2024 will continue as planned with no changes to our grant guidelines or process. We expect that the new application and grantmaking process will be available in the second half of 2025, with the first grants made under the new process in 2026.

View our grant redesign hub for the latest information.

Bush Prize: Minnesota

Grant guidelines

View grant guidelines for the Bush Prize: Minnesota

Grant application questions

Download grant application questions

Application Resources

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 Building Community Capacity 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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