Minneapolis, MN

Dear Minneapolis Grant Seeker,

Thank you for your interest in Carolyn Foundation.  Here you will evaluate your fit with Carolyn Foundation and how to apply for a grant.  Your understanding of our priorities and processes will help you decide if applying to the Carolyn Foundation is a fit for your program.

Our first priority is low-income middle-school age youth grades 6-8, approximately ages 12-14 living in the city of Minneapolis.

  • Middle school age students are an under-served population with just 3% of students involved in “out of school” programs.
  • Middle school is a critical developmental stage that can place or keep young people on the “right track” for long term success.
  • Many other foundations and agencies are targeting their resources at younger and older youth.
  • The availability of best practice data enhances our evaluation process. Click these links for information and data:
  • Once We Know It
  • Quality Matters
  • Middle School Transition

Our second priority is Community Vitality.

***PLEASE NOTE: OUR GUIDELINES FOR THIS PROGRAM HAVE CHANGED. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting an application.***

Carolyn Foundation wants to fund organizations in Minneapolis whose missions are to bring actual people together to build a shared community through arts, culture and community engagement by:

· Intentionally connecting and/or bridging diverse groups;
· Engaging in deliberate cross cultural work
· Supporting underrepresented, marginalized, minority, and/or immigrant groups to develop and share their culture and experiences with others

Our preference and intent is to provide general operating support to small and medium-sized organizations whose missions align with our priorities:

· Small-sized organizations with budgets less than $1,000,000 or;
· Medium-sized organizations with budgets between $1,000,000 – $4,000,000 and;
· Organizations where the leadership (executive and board) and staff represent/reflect the target constituency

Our intent is to fund 3-5 organizations per funding cycle.

Types of organizations that do not fit our funding priorities:

· Large general arts/cultural organizations
· General arts organizations
· Media and Journalism
· Business networks, economic development activity
· Social service/basic needs

Recent grant cycles have been very competitive. If you still have questions regarding our guidelines and/or your organization’s fit with our priorities, please contact Becky Erdahl at 612-596-3279.  Before submitting a proposal, please read all the information in the FAQ section for important information you will need during the application process.

Application Deadlines:

  • February 1 – for grants paid in June.
  • August 1 – for grants paid in January.

Deadlines are online submission dates. We do not accept paper or emailed applications.  If the deadline falls on a weekend, the applications are due the next business day.


Becky Erdahl, Executive Director