Who We Are

The Lowertown Future Fund is an outgrowth of the Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation, a neighborhood project representing nearly three decades of private-public partnership and achievement. Located in downtown Saint Paul, the Lowertown neighborhood eventually became a national model of urban revitalization with its mix of urban dwellers, families, artist studios and independent businesses. In celebration of this feat, the Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation channeled its energies into the creation of the Lowertown Future Fund in 2007.

The Fund provides financial support and guidance to community development projects that enrich the lives of Lowertown’s residents, workers, artists and visitors. The Fund’s advisory committee is known for its flexible approach. It considers a diversity of projects, so long as they further the neighborhood’s rich business and creative climate.

Making a Difference

The Fund considers grant applications from neighborhood groups, schools and religious institutions as well as nonprofit arts, cultural, social and civic organizations. Ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, these grants vary from one-time allotments to multi-year commitments. They may be used to cover everything from historic preservation to special events and tourism promotions.

Grant proposals

The deadline for grant applications for Fall 2019 is Friday, October 18. All grant applications must be submitted electronically. Grant recipients will be notified by November 1 of award decisions. Please submit grant applications via email to Shannon Gahagan.

Contact Shannon

Grant Application

Please submit a cover letter, the Minnesota Common Grant Application cover sheet and budget. We do not require the full grant application.

Minnesota Common Grant Application


Shannon Gahagan, Philanthropic Advisor

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