The Initiative Foundation awards grants for projects and programs that empower people across Central Minnesota to build a thriving economy, vibrant communities and a lasting culture of generosity. Foundation grants support start-up or capacity-building projects across the 14 counties and two Native nations of Central Minnesota. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with quarterly awards made through a competitive review process. See grant guidelines.
The Initiative Foundation provides grants to nonprofits and local government units for general, program or capacity-building support; projects that advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and strategies to address workforce shortages. These grants typically are up to $5,000 and require a match. Review our grant guidelines or contact Nicole Clements or Zach Tabatt to see if your project is a fit. Applications due Feb. 6, May 5, Aug. 4 and Nov. 3.
The Initiative Foundation provides grants to cities, counties and economic development organizations for feasibility studies, strategic planning, and operating costs. These grants typically are up to $5,000 and require a local match. Review our grant guidelines or contact Don Hickman or Brian Voerding to see if your project is a fit. Applications are accepted and approved on a rolling basis.
Our one-time and invitation-only grants are special opportunities funded by government, foundations, and other donors. These grants typically are for nonprofits and local units of government. Not always available. Delivery and deadlines depend on funder.
Partner Fund Grants
A significant share of Initiative Foundation grantmaking is funded by Partner Funds. Each of these funds has specific priority areas and varying grant schedules. Learn how you can start a fund today to support the causes that matter most to you.