Community Sharing Fund

Meeting our community's urgent needs

Grants that change lives

The Community Sharing Fund is how the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations respond to emergency needs in our community. The Fund partners with more than 100 community organizations to identify families and individuals facing short-term financial setbacks. A small grant from the fund can prevent a tailspin that results in unemployment or homelessness.

Since 1980, the Fund has provided upwards of 25,000 grants (an average of 1,700 per year) and has assisted a total of 60,000 people. It is a unique way for donors to have an immediate and direct impact that helps stabilize a person’s life.

View application guidelines

View our Community Sharing Fund application guidelines.

Application guidelines

Apply for a grant

Nonprofit organizations assisting residents in Dakota, Ramsey or Washington counties can apply for a grant from the Community Sharing Fund.

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How Community Sharing Fund makes a difference

Minnesota Compass reports 10 percent of Minnesotans living in poverty, leaving many people unprepared to weather unexpected medical bills or job losses.

Community Sharing Fund is a unique emergency grant program within the region and the state. More than half of the Fund’s clients are single parents. They tend to be employed, though they live paycheck to paycheck and lack adequate savings for financial crises.

You can support this lifeline for Minnesotans by making a donation to the Community Sharing Fund.

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2018 By the Numbers


Total granted into the community


Number of households served


Average grant amount


Grantseeker user guide and FAQs

Find application FAQs and instructions on how to access and use the grantee portal.

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Application guidelines

View our Community Sharing Fund application guidelines and information for referring organizations.

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Community Sharing Fund FAQs

View answers to common questions about the Community Sharing Fund application process.

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Apply for a grant

Visit the Grantee Portal to apply.

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To learn more about the Community Sharing Fund, contact Arbadella Williams at 651.325.4260, ext. 4, or by email. 

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East Metro Financial Network

The East Metro Financial Network meets four times a year to inform case managers and social workers about community resources that may be beneficial and interesting to them and their work.

Each meeting features a speaker, an update about Community Sharing Fund and an opportunity for attendees to make announcements about relevant programs, events or resources.

Upcoming meetings of the East Metro Financial Network:

November 21, 2019

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Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (Wellstone Room)

450 Syndicate Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 (Free Parking)

The role of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations

Community Sharing Fund is a program of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations. The Foundations underwrite the cost of all staff time associated with Community Sharing Fund. One hundred percent of outside foundation and individual support goes directly to the emergency grant pool and is distributed to individuals in need.

Corporate, foundation and other funding support comes from:

The Katherine B. Andersen Fund, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, Buuck Family Foundation, The Dawkins Family Fund, Delta Dental, Ecolab Foundation, Edelstein Family Foundation, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Donald and Patricia Garofalo, Hardenbergh Foundation, The John and Ruth Huss Fund, Imation, Mardag Foundation, Harold C. Meissner Fund, Otto Bremer Trust, Ramsey County Community Human Services, Securian Foundation, Ted and Ginnie Taylor Family Fund, The Paul Verret Community Sharing Fund Endowment, and many individual supporters

You can support Minnesotans in need by making a donation to the Community Sharing Fund.