Who We Are

Since 1969, Mardag Foundation has invested in nonprofits serving the East Metro and Greater Minnesota.

Our Mission

Mardag Foundation supports Minnesota nonprofits to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income or traditionally marginalized children, youth and families; older adults with barriers to living independently; and to build capacity of organizations supporting the arts and humanities.

Resources for Grant Applicants

Mardag Foundation offers two grant rounds each year. Our second grant round of 2024 opens on July 15 and closes on August 7.

Grant Resources

Grant resources include key dates, application questions and instructions on how to register for and use GranteeView, our grant application portal.

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Grants Team

Before applying, interested applicants are encouraged to email a member of our Grants Team to ensure that the grant program fits your needs.

Meet the Team

Reimagining Our Grant Program

On June 17, 2024, we announced a community-informed process to redesign our twice-yearly grant program. We expect that the new application and grantmaking process will be available in the second half of 2025, with the first grants made under the new process in 2026. 

Our second grant round of 2024 will continue as planned with no changes to our grant guidelines or process. View the grant redesign hub on the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation website for the latest information.

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Our Impact


Grants Given in 2023

Supporting youth and families, older adults and arts across Minnesota


Dollars Granted in 2023

Providing general operating and some capital support to nonprofits


Years of Generosity

Investing in the well-being of children, youth, families and older adults

Nonprofits We Fund

We are proud to invest in community-led solutions and partner with nonprofit organizations doing incredible work in Minnesota.

Learn About Our Grant Program