Grants & Special Projects

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Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2043

Grants Assistance

The City of Minneapolis Office of Grants & Special Projects is not a grant-making agency. However, we are available to answer City of Minneapolis grant-related questions.

Other Resources

Listed below are informational resources about seeking grants.
Please note: This is general information that applies primarily to foundation and corporate giving programs (vs. Federal or State applications). The grant application guidelines provided by the grant funder take precedence over any information listed here.

The most recommended link for foundation grants is the Minnesota Council on Foundations, specifically, the section on Nonprofit Resources.

Overview of grantseeking process
Planning the project and grant proposal 
(including the logic model)
Data sources

Researching grantmakers

Calling potential funders

Developing a grants calendar

Proposal writing

Budget

Site visits

Follow Up

Overview of grantseeking process

As you seek funding, remember that grants are only one possible source of funding. For example, a large percentage of donations are often made by individuals. According to the Minnesota Council on Foundations, "Individual charitable giving continued to comprise the highest portion of state giving, accounting for 78 percent of the total." – Minnesota Council on Foundations, Giving in Minnesota, 2006 Edition.

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Planning the project and grant proposal

The Logic Model is a useful tool for project planning and for preparing to write a grant proposal. Use this method to identify what activities require funding, what resources are needed, and what will result from the funded activities.

Evaluation is an important piece of any project. Evaluation tells funders about the project's effectiveness and informs you of what worked well and what can be improved. Planning the evaluation before the project starts will help ensure that the process is practical to implement and can effectively inform your work.

Commonly requested attachments for grant applications include the IRS determination letter, financial reports, and other documents. For further information refer to the list of attachments on the MN Common Grant Form.

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Data sources – information to support your grant proposal

When writing your needs statement in a grant proposal, it may be helpful to report data that describes who will be served and the issue to be addressed.  Examples include population, age, ethnicity, and income.  Below are links to sources of commonly-used data.

City of Minneapolis

State of Minnesota

Federal

Other

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Researching grant-makers

Consider a potential funder’s:

GrantSpace, a service of Foundation Center, offers a Prospect Worksheet  to record your findings.

Where to find information

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Calling potential funders

If the funder welcomes a phone call, prepare for a brief conversation in which you explain the project for which you are seeking funding, highlighting how the project matches the funder’s interests.

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Developing a grants calendar

Create a schedule so that application deadlines do not sneak up on you. Make a list of tasks to be completed. Include deadlines, person(s) responsible, and a place to include notes or comments.  Monitor completion of tasks throughout the application process.

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Proposal writing

See the following sites for writing tips and examples.

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Budget

The budget is an important section of any grant proposal. Sometimes reviewers may read the budget first (before reading the narrative).

Visit the MN Council on Foundations Writing a Successful Grant Proposal for information about budgets.

For assistance with nonprofit finances consider contacting MAP for Nonprofits or the Nonprofits Assistance Fund.

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Site visits

After reviewing your proposal, a funder may want to visit your organization.

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Follow Up

If approved – make sure to say thank you. Give the funder appropriate recognition. Complete all reports. Keep the funder updated.

If declined – follow up to ask why and respond appropriately. Thank the funder for the consideration.

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Find further information on the Grants Foundations, Funding Opportunities and Resources by Category pages.

Last updated Mar 28, 2017

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