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Building Community Capacity

Building Community Capacity Grant Guidelines

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation believes that our community should not only benefit from our work, but inform and form it as well.

Creating solutions to today’s issues requires a collaborative approach. Our work is also rooted in a commitment to racial equity. We recognize the rich cultures and multifaceted identities that make our region strong.

Grant applications for our next grant cycle open on Dec. 15, 2020, and close on Jan. 12, 2021.

Our grant guidelines are being finalized. Please check back for detailed grant guidelines.

Areas of Community Vitality

We support work that addresses at least one of six areas of community vitality. Data and our experience suggest that the following elements play key roles in community health and vitality.

Community connectedness

Creating opportunities for equity in arts, civic dialogue, community problem solving as well as supporting natural and built spaces where people live, work and play

Economic opportunity and security

Strengthening support for low-income individuals and families through community development, workforce education and training and creating sustainable employment pathways


Exploring high-quality educational opportunities for everyone, from cradle to career, and more equitable access for racial and cultural communities


Increasing health equity through quality, affordable health services, particularly for low-income, uninsured and under-insured individuals

Housing and transportation

Strengthening our region through affordable, quality housing, addressing homelessness and investing in equitable transportation options and benefits

Human services and family support

Meeting basic needs for individuals and families, helping them be safe, stable and independent



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