Community Sharing Fund
Meeting our community's urgent needs
Grants that Change Lives
The Community Sharing Fund is how The Saint Paul Foundation responds to emergency needs in our community. Minnesota Compass reports 10 percent of Minnesotans living in poverty, leaving many people unprepared to weather unexpected medical bills or job losses.
The Community Sharing Fund provides a rapid response lifeline, and is one of the only resources in the state that can help organizations respond to immediate needs of individuals. A small grant from the fund can prevent a tailspin that results in unemployment or homelessness.
To learn more about the Community Sharing Fund, contact Arbadella Williams at 651.325.4260, ext. 4.
Apply for a Grant
Nonprofit organizations assisting residents in Dakota, Ramsey or Washington Counties can apply for a grant from the Community Sharing Fund.Apply for a grant
Make a Donation
You can support this lifeline for Minnesotans by making a donation to the Community Sharing Fund.Donate now
How Community Sharing Fund Makes a Difference
The Fund partners with more than 100 community organizations to identify families and individuals facing short-term financial setbacks. More than half of the Fund’s clients are single parents. They tend to be employed, though they live paycheck to paycheck and lack adequate savings for financial crises.
Since 1980, the Fund has provided upwards of 25,000 grants (an average of 1,700 per year) and has assisted a total of 60,000 people. It is a unique way for donors to have an immediate and direct impact that helps stabilize a person’s life.
Community Sharing Fund is an emergency grant program funded by philanthropic dollars that provides assistance to individuals – a unique type of fund within the region and the state. The Saint Paul Foundation underwrites the cost of all staff time associated with Community Sharing Fund. One-hundred percent of outside foundation and individual support goes directly to the emergency grant pool and is distributed to individuals in need.
The role of The Saint Paul Foundation
Community Sharing Fund is a program of The Saint Paul Foundation.
Corporate, foundation and other funding support comes from The Katherine B. Andersen Fund, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, Buuck Family Foundation, The Dawkins Family Fund, Delta Dental, Ecolab Foundation, Edelstein Family Foundation, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Donald and Patricia Garofalo, Hardenbergh Foundation, The John and Ruth Huss Fund, Imation, Mardag Foundation, Harold C. Meissner Fund, Otto Bremer Trust, Ramsey County Community Human Services, Securian Financial Foundation, Ted and Ginnie Taylor Family Fund, The Paul Verret Community Sharing Fund Endowment and many individual supporters.
2017 By the Numbers
Total granted into the community
Number of families served
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Grant Application Resources
Applicant portal user guide
Find instructions on how to create an account and apply for a grant with our online portal.
View our Community Sharing Fund application guidelines.
East Metro Financial Network
The East Metro Financial Network meets four times a year to inform 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 Community Sharing Fund and an opportunity for attendees to make announcements about relevant programs, events or resources.
Upcoming meetings of the East Metro Financial Network:
February 22, 2018
April 26, 2018
September 20, 2018
November 29, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (Wellstone Room)
450 Syndicate Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 (Free Parking)
Learn more about the Community Sharing Fund by watching our Nonprofits to Know video.Watch now
Support Minnesotans In Need
Your donations can directly benefit Minnesotans facing a financial crisis. Help them get back on their feet by making a contribution to the Community Sharing Fund.