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The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation invests in community-led solutions by offering a variety of grant opportunities to support nonprofits meeting diverse community needs across the East Metro and statewide.

Building Community Capacity Grant Program

Our twice-yearly Building Community Capacity endowment grant program is 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

View our grant guidelines, eligibility, types of grants and funding priorities.

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 began on Monday, April 1, and closed at 12 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2024.

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. The Duke Fund is not currently accepting applications. Acceptance of applications will resume in January 2025.

Learn about the Duke 3M Employees' Assistance Fund

Partner Foundations

F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation are partner foundations of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation each have unique funding priorities, eligibility and geographic focus areas.

Grant round dates for these foundations are the same as the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation Building Community Capacity endowment grants and use the same grant application portal. As partner foundations, their grant programs are administered by Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation staff. 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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