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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.

COVID-19 Update to Our Community Partners

We value your partnership. We heard from you all that individuals and families in our East Metro community have been extremely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the developing COVID-19 health crisis in Minnesota, we have increased the grant size of Community Sharing Fund grants from $500 to $750 starting April 15, 2020.

We understand at this time the difficulty of receiving paperwork from individuals and families that you are serving. We will be flexible in what paperwork we need in order to approve a grant, and as always, we will continue to discuss each application case by case. We will accept verbal confirmations when appropriate because we are aware of the many barriers taking place within many organizations when it comes to getting and receiving paperwork.

We will continue to assess the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on our East Metro community.

Thank you for the invaluable work you do serving our East Metro Communities.

How to Apply for a Community Sharing Fund Grant

View application guidelines

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

Apply for a Grant

Nonprofit organizations assisting residents in Dakota, Ramsey or Washington counties can apply for a grant from the Community Sharing Fund through our grant portal.

For-Profit Organizations Only - If the agency is a For-Profit organization, the caseworker will need to be contracted with an agency of 501(c)(3) status or a government agency. The contracted agency will be reimbursed. For example: the county or another nonprofit agency.

Grant Application Resources

Application Process FAQs

View answers to common questions about the Community Sharing Fund application process.


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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