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:

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


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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:

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Program Grants


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Capital Grants


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Operating Grants


Additional Information


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Grants Over Time


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Geography Served


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Grants Requests Not Accepted


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It's a Competitive Process



Application Deadlines

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

  • Our grant application period is now closed.

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