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The following resources for nonprofits are here for you to efficiently get information on the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation’s response, additional funding opportunities and other community resources that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How We’re Responding to COVID-19

Grantmaking Updates

In times of crisis, we recognize that the ways we support our community need to be flexible and responsive.

In an effort to better serve our community and nonprofit partners, the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation is adjusting the grantmaking schedule for the remainder of 2020. Our goal is to distribute grants that support longer term recovery efforts, in addition to providing timely and effective relief.

As of March 30, 2020, organizations with a current grant from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and/or Mardag Foundation may use current grant funds to address challenges that have arisen because of the COVID-19 community crisis.

Additionally, current grant applicants may amend their grant applications to address challenges and urgent needs that have arisen because of the COVID-19 community crisis.

If you are interested in making any changes to your current grant or application, please email your program officer.

Community Sharing Fund

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we have increased the grant size of Community Sharing Fund grants from $500 to $750 starting April 15. We will continue to assess the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on our East Metro community. Visit the Community Sharing Fund grant page for more information.

Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus

The Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. Funds will not be distributed directly to nonprofit organizations. Rather, funds will go directly to community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations or other intermediaries that have an existing grant-making process in place. The intermediaries will distribute the funds to nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals and families.

Saint Paul Bridge Fund

We partnered with the City of Saint Paul to set up the Saint Paul Bridge Fund, which will provide emergency relief for the small businesses and families in our community who need it most.

As our community faces new challenges, thank you for the dedication and determination you bring to your work every day.

Our Past Updates

For more on our response, read our past updates on the many steps we are taking to fulfill our purpose to inspire generosity, advocate for equity and invest in community-led solutions during these challenging times.

Resources for Nonprofits

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

The latest special edition of their grants directory, recordings of weekly calls with the MN Governor’s office, resources on business operations, fundraising, technology, racial equity and more.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Bush Foundation

Compilation of funds available to nonprofits and individuals in Minnesota and the surrounding region

Bush Foundation

Fundraising and other resources for nonprofits, including information on #GiveAtHomeMN, an online fundraising campaign May 1-8

Propel Nonprofits

Finance, loans, strategy and governance resources. Propel is also offering no-cost technical assistance to nonprofits in the Upper Midwest as it relates to finance, strategy, and governance questions or concerns.

Propel Nonprofits
Springboard for the Arts

Emergency resources and relief funds for arts organizations, nonprofits and small businesses

Springboard for the Arts
Grantspace by Candid

National listing of emergency financial resources for nonprofits and individuals

Grantspace by Candid

Other Resources

State of Minnesota

City of Saint Paul

Ramsey County
Basic needs resources document being updated daily by The Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative

Artspace Consulting
Pro bono consultations and technical support to any arts and culture organization or municipality

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA
Accepting Paycheck Protection Program loan inquiries from businesses and nonprofits located in Minnesota

Generation Next
Resources for families and children

Goff Public
Pro bono services to organizations working to achieve racial equity. Apply by August 21

HandsOn Twin Cities
Hub where organizations can post immediate and emergency volunteer and in-kind needs
Legal information and referrals, including resources specific to COVID-19 concerns and referrals for free legal advice and representation

Northside Achievement Zone
Online educational resources for at-home learners

Salsa Labs
Event, Advocacy and fundraising resources for nonprofits during COVID-19

Think Small
Resources and information for child care providers and parents

Internet Assistance Options for Families
Guide to Internet plans for low and fixed-income households



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