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Grant Resources

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and our partners ― F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation ― offer two open grant rounds a year through our Building Community Capacity Grant program. Review grant round dates, application questions and other materials to help you apply.


2023 Open Grant Round Updates

Our Building Community Capacity grant rounds will be open July 17 through August 9 at 3 p.m. The Grants Team will hold two virtual information sessions and one Q&A lunch hour to share our process and answer your questions. Register for an information session.

We recently adopted a new grant portal called GranteeView for our grantmaking. The first time you use GranteeView, you will be required to register to become a grant administrator for your organization to apply for grants, track your application status, view payment history and more. Your organization may have multiple registered grant administrators. Registration is open now and we encourage all prospective applicants to begin this process early. Download registration instructions.

The grant application questions and list of required materials can be found on this page. Our hope is that sharing specific application questions and requirement materials in advance will give you and your team more time to compose an application that you feel best represents your important work. Our general focus areas remain unchanged, and you will note that we made more application questions optional for this round. This is an acknowledgment that your time and effort are valuable.

Do not hesitate to email any Community Impact Grants Team member if you have questions or feedback. Thank you for the work you do every day to foster thriving communities across Minnesota.

Fall 2022 Grant Data

In order to set clearer expectations about the scope and scale of our grantmaking, we are sharing some data from our Fall 2022 grant round.

We received 310 applications in the fall 2022 grant round and approved 166 grants. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to $75,000 per year, with the largest grants going to capital requests. The average (mean) grant approved was $27,798, and the median was $30,000.

Grants ApprovedTotal Dollars ApprovedAverage (Mean) GrantMedian GrantSmallest GrantLargest Grant

Grant Dates


Open July 17, 2023 - Close August 9, 2023 at 3 p.m.
Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on August 9

Go to GranteeView

Our Grant Team will hold virtual events about our upcoming grant round to share our process and answer your questions.

Information Sessions
Tuesday, July 11, 10 - 11 a.m.
Thursday, July 13, 2 - 3 p.m.

Community Q&A Lunch Hour
Wednesday, July 19, 12 - 1 p.m.

Register for an event

Building Community Capacity Grants

Grant guidelines

View grant guidelines for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Grant application questions

Download grant application questions

Frequently asked questions

Download answers to frequently asked questions about the 2023 grant rounds
FAQS answer technology and eligibility questions


GranteeView instructions

View instructions on how to access the GranteeView application portal
You are encouraged to begin the registration process early

Fiscal sponsor agreement form

View the fiscal sponsor agreement form


All interim and final reports have been waived.

Partner Foundation Grant Resources

F. R. Bigelow Foundation

F. R. Bigelow Foundation considers grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public entities fostering a vibrant East Metro region and seeking to achieve racially and economically equitable outcomes in the areas of arts & culture, economic & community development, education & youth development, health, housing and human services.

F. R. Bigelow Foundation website
Mardag Foundation

Mardag Foundation makes grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and public entities to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income or traditionally marginalized children, youth and families; older adults with barriers to living independently; and to build capacity of organizations supporting the arts and humanities.

Mardag Foundation website



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