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Partnership for a ConnectedMN


Partnership for a ConnectedMN is a public-private partnership to bring tech devices and internet access to students across the state, especially communities most in need, including Indigenous students and students of color, students from low-income families, and families residing in rural Minnesota.

The Challenge

Minnesota’s stark opportunity gap and digital divide has always been unacceptable. The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures have magnified longstanding, systemic inequities.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) estimates that at least 25,000 Minnesota students still lack the tech devices and high-speed internet access essential for academic learning, out-of-school activities and critical services such as telehealth.

Communities of color and Indigenous communities across the state are disparately impacted in ways that further compound these complex issues: 24% of residents of color in the state reside below the poverty line (compared to 6% of white residents), and 30% of African-American students in the state perform at grade level, compared to 65% of their white peers.

We must act now to ensure affected students in Minnesota don’t fall even further behind.

Now Accepting Grant Applications

Partnership for a ConnectedMN is now accepting applications for grants to bring tech devices and internet access to students across the state, especially communities most in need, including students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color, students from low-income families, and students residing in rural Minnesota.

Applications will be due Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by 3 p.m.
Decisions will be made by Monday, September 14, 2020.
Funds will be distributed by the end of September.

Download the Request for Proposal document for all application questions and instructions.

Materials should be submitted electronically as Word or PDF documents via email. Materials must be emailed to by Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Our Goal

Our goal is to bring together corporate, philanthropic and individual donors so that:

  • Students in high-need communities have tech devices, ensuring more equitable access to educational resources – now and in the future
  • Young people in both rural and urban communities have solutions to the lack of reliable, affordable broadband access
  • Students and providers have the tools to connect and engage around school, physical and mental health and future career pathways
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Progress So Far

$1.93 million has been committed to date.

Join a growing group of supporters, including:

  • Accenture
  • Andersen Corporation
  • Best Buy
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bush Foundation
  • Comcast
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • EY
  • Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
  • Land O'Lakes
  • Mardag Foundation
  • Minneapolis Foundation
  • Minnesota Business Partnership
  • Protolabs Foundation
  • Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
  • Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • Securian Financial
  • SPS Commerce Foundation
  • Vantage Financial
  • Xcel Energy

Partnering for Impact

Founding Partners:

  • Best Buy
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Comcast
  • Minnesota Business Partnership
  • Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

In collaboration with: the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Get Involved

Those committed to quality education for every Minnesota student are encouraged to join in this effort in whatever way you are able. We welcome donations from individuals and foundations to help us reach more students and supply them with the tools they need to succeed.


All donations are tax deductible and will be channeled through the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, the host of the fund.

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Contact Dustin Moretz, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation program associate, at 651.325.4208 or via email at

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