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Investing in Community-Led Solutions

We offer a variety of grant opportunities to support nonprofits meeting the diverse community needs across the region.

Building Community Capacity

Our Building Community Capacity grants are responsive to community-identified priorities in the East Metro (Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties).

Funding in six areas of community vitality:

  • Community connectedness
  • Economic opportunity and security
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing and transportation
  • Human services and family support

Management Improvement Fund

Management Improvement Fund grants strengthen the internal operations of small and midsize organizations serving the East Metro (Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Learn about the Management Improvement Fund

Community Sharing Fund

Community Sharing Fund provides emergency grants to individuals and families in crisis in partnership with nonprofit agencies and case workers serving residents of the East Metro (Dakota, Ramsey or Washington counties).

Learn about the Community Sharing Fund

Diversity Endowment Funds

The Diversity Endowment Funds provide funding to culturally and racially specific organizations throughout Minnesota.

Learn about the Diversity Endowment Funds

J.C. & L.A. Duke Employees' Assistance Fund

The J.C. & L.A. Duke Employees’ Assistance Fund offers grants to current and retired 3M employees and their families who have experienced a financial hardship as a result of a catastrophic illness or accident.

Learn about the Duke 3M Employees' Assistance Fund

Partner Foundations

F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation are partner foundations of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. As partner foundations, their grant programs are administered by Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation staff.

F. R. Bigelow and Mardag Foundation each have their unique funding priorities. Grant rounds for these foundations are the same as the Building Community Capacity grants and use the same grant application portal. Learn more about these partner foundations' grant opportunities.

F. R. Bigelow Foundation

F. R. Bigelow Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for all in the greater Saint Paul area, fostering a vibrant East Metro region.

Mardag Foundation

Mardag Foundation supports Minnesota nonprofits to remove barriers and create opportunities for low-income or traditionally marginalized children, youth and families, as well as seniors with barriers to living independently, and to build the capacity of organizations supporting the arts and humanities.

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