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Building Community Capacity

Funding Community-Identified Priorities

Our community should not only benefit from our work, but inform and form it as well.

Our Funding Areas

Community connectedness

Communities are stronger when all people from all races and cultures have the opportunity to connect and engage. We support efforts that build community connectedness and the opportunity for equitable participation in arts and culture, civic dialogue and engagement, community problem solving, nonprofit and philanthropic work, placemaking, and natural and built spaces where people live, work and play.

Economic opportunity and security

We look for ways to strengthen economic opportunity, security and equity for low-income individuals and families through a variety of ways. In particular, we are interested in community development, supporting more effective workforce education and training, job creation and employment pathways.


We seek ways to ensure access to high-quality educational opportunities for everyone, from cradle to career — especially for organizations that understand the distinct racial and cultural communities they serve. We also invest in efforts to ensure all children and youth receive the quality educational services they need to prepare them for a successful future.


We seek to advance health equity by increasing quality and affordable health services, particularly for low-income, uninsured and under-insured individuals. We are most interested in organizations that understand the distinct cultural and racial communities they serve and create meaningful programs and services for those communities. We take a holistic approach to health services, supporting programs and organizations that address chemical, mental, oral and physical health.

Housing and transportation

We fund housing in two ways. First, we work to preserve and increase affordable, quality housing for low-income residents. Second, we support efforts to end homelessness through investments in prevention and in safe and respectful services that meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. We also fund increased access to equitable transportation options and benefits.

Human services and family support

We support efforts to help the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community to be safe, stable and independent. We invest in organizations that build on the strengths of at-risk families and meeting their basic needs in ways that demonstrate an understanding of the distinct racial and cultural communities being served.

Grant Guidelines

Building Community Capacity grants fund programs, capital projects and transitional operating needs in the East Metro area — Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties. We consider grant applications from organizations located or serving individuals in the East Metro.

Learn more about the areas and types of work our Building Community Capacity grants fund.

Thinking about applying? Talk to a Program Officer to learn more.

Take a look at our grant application questions and a sample budget before you apply.

Grant Dates

2020 Round 1 applications
Open Nov. 12, 2019 – Close Jan. 7, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on January 7

2020 Round 2 applications
Open May 12, 2020 – Close July 7, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on July 7