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Investing in Community-led Solutions

We offer a variety of grant opportunities to support nonprofits meeting the diverse community needs across the region.

Building Community Capacity

Our Building Community Capacity grants are responsive to community-identified priorities in the East Metro (Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties).

Funding in six areas of community vitality:

  • Community connectedness
  • Economic opportunity and security
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing and transportation
  • Human services and family support

Community Sharing Fund

Community Sharing Fund provides emergency grants to individuals and families in crisis in partnership with nonprofit agencies and case workers serving residents of the East Metro (Dakota, Ramsey or Washington counties).

Learn about the Community Sharing Fund

Management Improvement Fund

Management Improvement Fund provides grants to small to midsize nonprofit organizations in Minnesota to expand organizational capacity, improve management capabilities to better serve the community, and nurture Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Learn about the Management Improvement Fund

Bush Prize: Minnesota

The Bush Prize celebrates organizations that are highly valued within their communities and have a track record of successful community problem solving. The application period for the Bush Prize: Minnesota begins on Monday, April 1, and closes at 12 p.m., Friday, May 31.

Learn about the Bush Prize: Minnesota

J.C. & L.A. Duke Employees' Assistance Fund

The J.C. & L.A. Duke Employees’ Assistance Fund offers grants to current and retired 3M employees and their families who have experienced a financial hardship as a result of a catastrophic illness or accident.

Learn about the Duke 3M Employees' Assistance Fund

Katherine B. Andersen Fund

This permanent fund honors Katherine B. Andersen’s legacy as a visionary donor and community builder. The KBA Fund is allocated through the Foundation’s Building Community Capacity grant program.

Learn about the Katherine B. Andersen Fund

Partner Foundations

F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation are partner foundations of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. As partner foundations, their grant programs are administered by Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation staff.

F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation each have their unique funding and grant priorities. Grant rounds for these foundations are the same as the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation Building Community Capacity grants and use the same grant application portal. Learn more about these partner foundations' grant opportunities.

F. R. Bigelow Foundation
F. R. Bigelow Foundation

F. R. Bigelow Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for all in the greater Saint Paul area, fostering a vibrant East Metro region.

Mardag Foundation
Mardag Foundation

The Mardag Foundation supports Minnesota nonprofits 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 the capacity of organizations supporting the arts and humanities.

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