Middle School Children & Youth Guidelines

***PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: These guidelines have changed*** 

Minneapolis Middle School Children & Youth 2018 Pilot Program

Phase 1: Aligning our Responsive Grantmaking with MNComeback

Case statement: We believe:  

  • All parents love their children and want them to get an education that will prepare them for success. 
  • All kids are capable of learning and doing well in school regardless of socio-economic status. 
  • Schools matter – attending a school that is providing students most in-need a good education is critical for long-term success.  
  • Support programs, no matter how good, don’t make up for damage done by attending a low performing school.  In schools that are doing well, support programs create relevance and added value. 
  • Middle school (G 6-7-8) is a critical developmental stage setting the foundation for success in high school that is often under-resourced 

Therefore, Carolyn Foundation will fund programs that encourage low-income students in Minneapolis to attend high performing/potential schools and provide support programs during and after school that help ensure that those schools are relevant to this student population. In programs that operate in K-8 settings, Carolyn Foundation will consider funding programs designed for and serving the middle school (G 6-7-8) population of those schools. 

The availability of best practice data enhances our evaluation process. Click the following links for more information: 


Please read more about both School Based Programs and Community Based Programs.


Review our online application questions to see the information we request to assess an organization’s fit with our priorities. To do this: log into the online application system, click “Apply” at the top of your page, “Preview” under the program you’d like to review, and “Question List” at the top right.