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Community Sharing Fund

About the Fund

The Community Sharing Fund is how the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation responds to emergency needs in our community.

The Fund partners with more than 100 community organizations to identify families and individuals facing short-term financial setbacks. Applications are only accepted from referring nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about how the Community Sharing Fund makes a difference and how you can support this important work.

Important Update on Temporary Application Closure

In 2022, we will be transitioning to a new enterprise technology system, which will include adopting a new grant portal for our Community Sharing Fund applications.

While much of the transition will be behind the scenes, this work does require us to make temporary adjustments, including with CSF, as we migrate data from one system to another.

During this technology transition we must temporarily close the CSF grant application. No applications will be accepted between February 24 and June 13.

To ensure the funds that would have typically been granted in March through June be used to support the broad spectrum of people and assistance requests that come to us, we will make general operating grants to the following organizations: Breaking Free, CommonBond Communities, East African Empowerment Center, Emma Norton Services, Family Values for Life, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, Keystone Community Services, Mental Health Resources, Merrick Community Services, Minnesota Community Care, Neighborhood House, Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church - Community Resource Center, Salvation Army, RADIAS Health, and Valley Outreach.

The portal will reopen on June 13, 2022. When we reopen, the technology will change, but the CSF grant guidelines will not.

How to Apply for a Community Sharing Fund Grant

View application guidelines

View our Community Sharing Fund application guidelines and information for referring organizations.


To learn more about the Community Sharing Fund, contact Arbadella Williams at 651.325.4260, ext. 4, or by email.

East Metro Financial Network

We believe supporting our community of caseworkers is important, so we convene a gathering of caseworkers four times a year as a means to provide support and resources to these life-changing individuals.

The East Metro Financial Network informs case managers and social workers about community resources that may be beneficial and interesting to them and their work. Each meeting features a speaker, an update about the Community Sharing Fund, and an opportunity for attendees to make announcements about relevant programs, events or resources.



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