Building Community Capacity

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations believe that our community should not only benefit from our work, but inform and form it as well. Creating solutions to today’s issues requires a collaborative approach. Our work is also rooted in a commitment to racial equity. We recognize the rich cultures and multifaceted identities that make our region strong.

Our Building Community Capacity grants are designed to be broadly responsive to community-identified priorities for residents in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties across six areas of community vitality.

We fund program grants, capital grants and transitional operating grants. We are proud to serve the East Metro Area – Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties – and consider grant applications from organizations in the East Metro and organizations that serve individuals and communities in this region.

Getting started

Grant guidelines

Find out what kinds of requests we consider for funding.

Download grant guidelines

Grant resources

Find key resources for grant applicants and view our application deadlines.

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Last year's grantmaking

By the numbers


Value of 2018 Building Community Capacity grants approved


Number of 2018 Building Community Capacity grants approved


Areas of Community Vitality

Ready to apply?

Find key resources for grant applicants.