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 effect 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

Transitional Operating Grants

Additional Information

Grants Over Time

Geography Served

Grants Requests Not Accepted

It's a Competitive Process


Before you begin the application process, we strongly encourage you to contact a Community Impact Team expert.

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Open Open
Mid-November Mid-May
Deadline Deadline
Early January Early July
Decision Decision
Late May Late December

We have two grant rounds each year. Specific dates for the upcoming grant round will be available in the Grantee Portal about a month prior to the Application Open date. First-time Grantee Portal users are strongly encouraged to complete the portal registration early.

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