Apply for a Building Community Capacity Grant

As a community foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation believes that communities themselves are in the best position to articulate priorities, and that today’s most pressing issues require collaborative and innovative approaches.

The Saint Paul Foundation’s work is rooted in a commitment to racial equity that honors Saint Paul's many cultures in an effort to strengthen community participation and connectedness.

Building Community Capacity grants are designed to be broadly responsive to community-identified priorities for residents in Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties.

The Saint Paul Foundation seeks grant requests across six areas of community vitality and pursues those we believe will produce long-term social change, including advancing racial equity for communities of color in the region.

Grant Guidelines

Funding Priorities

We will consider and prioritize proposals that align with the following priorities:

I. Address at least one of these six areas of community vitality.

II. Support at least one of these stated indicators of success related to building community capacity.

Types of Grants Available

The Saint Paul Foundation works to affect social change by issuing Building Community Capacity grants to local non-profit organizations and community initiatives through its annual grantmaking. Find out more about:

Program Grants

Capital Grants

Operating Grants

Additional Information

Grants Over Time

Geography Served

Grants Requests Not Accepted

It's a Competitive Process

Application Deadlines

We have two grant rounds* each year. Applications are due approximately four months prior to final approval.

  • Round 1: January 8, 2016, application deadline for mid-late May grant decisions
  • Round 2: July 15, 2016, application deadline for mid-late November grant decisions

*Note that this is a change in our grantmaking process as of October 19, 2015.

Applications not received in time for a grantmaking meeting are carried forward to the next one.

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Submitting your application

Email is the preferred method for submitting applications.

Email your application

For assistance with our application process, or if submitting an application via email is not feasible, please contact:

Ashlee Tri
Operations Analyst

Community Impact Department
Email Ashlee
The Saint Paul Foundation
101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1800