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Enhancing the quality of life, inspiring learning, revitalizing communities and promoting access to the arts across the state of Minnesota is our family’s legacy — past, present and future. We are a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and embrace the grantmaking principles for Minnesota grantmakers.

Grant guidelines

The Mardag Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and public entities located within and serving residents of Minnesota. The geographic focus of our grantmaking is the East Metro area of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties, as well as Greater Minnesota. 

We have established three priority focus areas and will consider proposals that address one or more of these areas.

Primary areas of interest:

Grant applications considered for:

  • Multi-year funding in some situations, including:
    • Capital projects
    • Start-up costs for promising new programs that demonstrate sound management and clear goals relevant to community needs
  • Support for established agencies with temporary or transitional needs
  • Program expansion and special projects of a time-limited nature
  • Funds to match contributions received from other sources or to provide a challenge to raise new contributions

Grant requests not accepted for:

  • Programs exclusively serving Minneapolis and the surrounding West Metro area
  • Scholarships and grants to individuals
  • Ongoing annual operating expenses
  • Sectarian religious programs
  • Federated campaigns
  • Events and conferences
  • Capital campaigns of private secondary schools
  • Capital and endowment campaigns of private colleges and universities

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Grant deadlines

We have two grant rounds each year. The application deadline for Round 1 is in January and for Round 2 is in July. Specific dates can be found on the Resources page.

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Contact us

We strongly encourage you to contact a member of our Program Officer team before submitting an application.

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To apply for a grant with Mardag Foundation, visit our online grant portal.

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Search what we have funded

Take a look at past grantees to see the types of programs and projects we fund.