Other Funding Sources

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2020 Grants Directory is here
The 2020 Minnesota Grants Directory is designed to help grantseekers by providing an overview of the state's most active foundations and giving programs. The directory includes basic information on over 100 community foundations, corporate giving programs, and private foundations.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives
July 1
- (Deadline): Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - Funding for community-based archives to support operational costs, collections care and programming activities. This year, $1 million in grants for the second cohort of archives will be given, and a third consecutive call for proposals is planned for 2021. Learn more »


How to Prepare a Nonprofit Fundraising Plan 

Digital Projects for the Public
June 10
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.  Learn more »

Big Lots Grants
July 1
- (Deadline): Big Lots - Invests in partnerships that improve and enrich the lives of families and children. Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind. Learn more »


Take Heart: Donors Are Still Giving to All Sorts of Causes 

Brookdale National Group Respite Program Grant
June 24
- (Deadline): The Brookdale Foundation Group - The grant funds development of new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss programming.  Learn more »


Finally! Generation X fundraising trends, preferences and patterns.

MN Grants Directory Report CoverCOVID-19 Funding Opportunities
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has created a free digital special edition of the Grants Directory, featuring both Minnesota and national funding opportunities in response to COVID-19 and disaster relief. Nonprofit grantseekers are encouraged to download the first version (March 23, 2020). Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this work, MCN intends on publishing multiple versions of this Special Edition Grants Directory in order to equip Minnesota’s nonprofits with the latest information. Grantseekers can find the most updated version of the directory on MCN's website.


MN Disaster Recovery FundMinnesota Disaster Recovery Fund
The Minnesota Council on Foundations, in partnership with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, created the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) to support community needs as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities, due to coronavirus or future disasters that occur within the state of Minnesota. The MDRF is currently funded at $5 million by contributions from multiple funders across Minnesota. Funds first go to intermediary organizations - organizations that are already set up to quickly pass through grants - but are intended for nonprofits, individuals, and small businesses. Learn more »

Quatrefoil Library Scholarship
June 30
- (Deadline): Quatrefoil Library College Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship open to all high school seniors or college students who are/will be attending college within the State of Minnesota. Quatrefoil is one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ lending libraries and also serves as a community center. Learn more »


How the Federal Stimulus Can Support Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Webinar Recording - Grantmaking in Response to Coronavirus
Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits -Since the emergence of COVID-19, various Minnesota Foundations have changed grant guidelines, extended grant deadlines, provided new funding flexibility, and shifted dollars to address the coronavirus pandemic. Across Minnesota, millions of additional dollars are now available through philanthropic organizations and government agencies for pandemic response and recovery.

Listen to the webinar recording to hear from philanthropic organizations that have created funding specifically to address the pandemic. Hear about these funds from leaders at the Otto Bremer Trust, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minnesota Council on Foundations. Plus leaders from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will share survey results about ways that foundations are shifting strategies and funds to meet the needs of nonprofits and communities. Watch Webinar »

Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster loans to small businesses with a rate of interest of 3.75% and non-profits a rate of interest of 2.75% with long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years. Sign up for an SBA Loan Webinar »

Archival Workers Emergency Fund
Society of American Archivists' members and other archival professionals are organizing an Archival Workers Emergency Fund. They have an online survey for anyone who either is affected or worried about colleagues being affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more »

Otto Bremer Trust Creates $50 million Emergency Fund to Support Community Organizations
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), one of Minnesota’s largest charitable organizations, today announced the creation of a $50 million emergency fund to be set up through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations. The new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more »


Follow #CovidCollectionsCare on Twitter for resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access.

Jeffris Family Foundation
The Jeffris Family Foundation assists the preservation of historic sites for nonprofit organizations in small towns and cities in the eight Midwest states (WI, MN, IA, MO, IL, IN, OH, MI) in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 through three funding categories:

  • The Jeffris Heartland Fund provides matching grants for advanced planning studies for historic preservation projects preparing for a capital campaign and a restoration project.
  • Capital Campaign Challenge Grants are made to invited projects which have completed their planning and are ready to launch a capital campaign. Unsolicited applications are not accepted. Applicants should submit an Inquiry and will be assigned a Director of the Foundation to help assess the appropriateness of an application well in advance of stated deadlines.
  • The Foundation occasionally funds special projects and initiatives it finds of interest.


Tennant Foundation
April 10 & October 9 
- (Deadlines): The Tennant Foundation - provides modest operating grants to organizations serving the Minneapolis community, their typical grant range being $1,500-$10,000. Tennant is particularly interested in requests that further their commitment to creating a cleaner, safer, and healthier world. Priority areas of giving include Environmental programs, Social services, Workforce readiness through education and vocational rehabilitation, and Cultural and arts organizations. Learn more »

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
May 15
- (Application available)/July 15 - (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Learn more »

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
IRRRB is an economic development program of the State of Minnesota, designed to advance growth on Minnesota's Iron Range. The program provides grants and other funding to local units of government and non-profits to support economic development and vibrant and prosperous communities. Learn more »

Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program
Appropriation pending for 2020
: National Parks Service - supports the rehabilitation of historic properties and fosters economic development of rural communities through subgrants. This program funds physical preservation projects for historic sites, including architectural and engineering services through subgrants to communities determined rural by the US Bureau of the Census. Learn more »

Marketing Grant Program
October 1 2020 
- (Deadline): Explore Minnesota - Marketing Grants are offered to Minnesota non-profit organizations formed for the primary purpose of tourism promotion. Grants are to be used for marketing and promotional projects or to conduct research to help in this endeavor. Learn more »

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
The USDA offers a Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program for essential community facilities in rural areas, which includes museums and libraries. Learn more »

National Trust Preservation Funds: Guidelines & Eligibility
June 1, and October 1
- Deadlines: National Trust for Historic Preservation - Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Learn more »

Wikimedia Foundation Grants

  • Grant programs for groups of individuals, Wikimedia affiliates, and non-profit organizations.  
  • Project Grants fund Wikimedia community members - individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons - to organize projects that benefit the Wikimedia movement. Grants are awarded quarterly. 
  • Rapid Grants fund Wikimedia community members to organize projects throughout the year up to $2,000. Projects can include experiments or standard needs that don't need a broad review to get started.

Minnesota Announces Local Grants for Census Outreach
Local and community groups may apply for small grants of up to $750 to assist with 2020 Census outreach efforts. Tribal, state, and local governments, or community organizations that form a “Complete Count Committee” can apply for the grants to increase awareness about the census and to motivate residents in the community to fill out the 2020 Census form.
Learn more »

Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program
The Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program supports scholarly research projects using materials from the Libraries’ rare and special collections. Named for former governor and University of Minnesota regent Elmer L. Andersen, the new program honors the Governor’s passion for collecting and for expanding the use of the collections. The Research Scholars program is available to scholars including faculty, graduate, postgraduate, and independent researchers using the collections in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. This program is not available to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate or undergraduate students or UM faculty.

The program will provide support for research projects that require the use of one or more of the collections. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and provide funds for travel, housing and other research-related costs. The final research product (e.g., journal article, documentary film) must acknowledge the Libraries’ support and be deposited with the University Libraries. Learn more »

Announcing the new Resilient Communities Project Small-Scale Partnership
The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting applications from cities, counties, tribal governments, special districts, and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota for Small-Scale RCP Partnerships for the 2019–2020 academic year.  

The new Small-Scale RCP Partnership opportunity is designed to offer more flexibility and is intended for communities seeking to collaborate with RCP on 1–5 research or technical assistance projects. It’s a great option for agencies that prefer to focus a partnership on a smaller slate of key projects, are interested in learning about how RCP works and the value it provides before considering a full-scale partnership, or do not have the staff or financial resources to sustain a full-scale, year-long RCP partnership (which typically involves 10–25 projects). 

Successful applicants will benefit from research and technical assistance on locally identified projects that advance community resiliency, provided by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota during the fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 terms. 

2020 National Council on Public History Awards Cycle Open for Nominations
Over $7,000 in award money is available to recognize excellence in the multitude of ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The awards program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. Recipients will be honored during the National Council on Public History annual meeting, March 18 to 21, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Guidelines, as well as current and past recipients, are listed on the NCPH website »

Mini-Conference Funding
National Council on Public History - NCPH is accepting applications for Mini-Cons. NCPH Mini-Conferences are designed to help our members maintain the energy, conviviality, and productivity of the annual meeting year-round. Locally organized by an NCPH member or member institution, with support from the NCPH office, mini-cons (hosting one or attending one) are a great way to meet fellow public historians in your region and see what the local public history community is up to. Learn more »

Rural Minnesota Grants
Blandin Foundation - Grants geared towards rurally-based organizations with activities directed toward rural communities. Grant Amount: Up to $50,000 and over $50,000. Visit the website for deadlines. Learn more »

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Scholarships
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) offers a limited number of partial scholarships for most MCN sponsored trainings and events to individuals from small nonprofits, organizations outside the seven-county Twin Cities area, immigrant and refugee organizations, and culturally-specific organizations working with individual cultural communities. Additionally, scholarships are available to full-time students, jobseekers, and full-time volunteers. Learn more »

How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund
Learn how a grant from the National Trust might be available to kickstart a preservation project in your hometown. There are three annual deadlines for the National Trust Preservation Fund: February 1, June 1, and October 1. There are also special funds with a single deadline each year. Learn more »

Quatrefoil Library Scholarship
Quatrefoil Library College Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship open to all high school seniors or college students who are/will be attending college within the State of Minnesota. Quatrefoil is one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ lending libraries and also serves as a community center. Learn more »

Grants for Scandinavian Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions
American-Scandinavian Foundation offers a program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest.

Community Impact Grants Program
The Home Depot Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 in its Community Impact Grants Program.

Research Grants at Presidential Libraries
Several private foundations associated with Presidential Libraries provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings.

Wells Fargo Foundation
The Wells Fargo Foundation of Minnesota has a variety of grant opportunities to cultural organizations within the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.

Arts Grants
Minnesota State Arts Board offers several grants for arts programs and artists.

NEH PAG Grants Available
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions to help small and mid-sized historical societies, among other repositories. Awards up to $6,000. For more information, contact via email or 202-606-8570.

Professional Awards
National Council on Public History offers several awards recognizing excellence in the many ways public historians apply their skills.

MAP-21 Information
Federal Highway Administration has provided general guidance for implementing and administering the Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Source for Grant Information
Check out Fundsnet Services, a free directory with information on grants and fundraising.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants
View available Institute of Museum and Library Services grants.

Arts Funding
Willmar Area Community Foundation has funding opportunities for organizations serving Willmar and the Kandiyohi County area. Fund for the Arts program supports small and medium-sized community organizations leading arts activities conducted by community organizations.

Grants and Scholarships
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers grants and scholarships in several categories.

Local Government Grants
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announces two economic development grants: Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program and Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program.

Archives.com Grants
Grants offered from Archives.com to individuals or organizations contributing to the promotion and advancement of family history research and historic preservation. Grant recipient chosen each month. Apply online.

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Grants
Rural and Community Arts Grants available through Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Other grants also available to organizations in the Arrowhead region: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties. See the ARAC website for more information and deadlines.

Wells Fargo grants
Wells Fargo Foundation grants guidelines available online.

Grant Resources

Find guidelines, training information, and application information online.

Grant Deadlines for Other Sources
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits upcoming grant deadlines for a variety of foundations.

Minnesota state grant website
Minnesota state grant website is the first stop for organizations interested in learning about grant opportunities at 23 state agencies.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Application Deadlines
Deadlines for grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Show Me the Money is an online guide to federal grant programs for historic properties.

Google Ad Grants
Designed for non-profit organizations, the Google Ad Grants AdWords program awards advertising on the Google.com site. Google Grant recipients use their award of free AdWords advertising on Google.com to raise awareness and increase traffic. Each organization awarded a grant receives at least three months of in-kind advertising. Deadline: Ongoing.