Grant Application Resources

Key resources for grant applicants and grant recipients.

Key Application Dates

We have two grant rounds each year.

Fall 2024 Grant Round

Open July 15, 2024 – Close Aug. 7, 2024, at 3 p.m.
Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on Aug. 7.

Grant Information Session — Monday, July 8, 1 – 2 p.m.

Q&A Session 1 — Tuesday, July 9, 2 – 3 p.m.

Q&A Session 2 — Wednesday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

2024 Grant Round Updates

Each year, we consider where we can make the most impact as we listen to our nonprofit partners share their greatest needs and challenges. We recognize our partners are in the best position to determine internal priorities — and flexibility is essential.    

As a result, in 2024, our grant program will prioritize general operating and capital requests. Our grant guidelines have been adjusted to reflect that we will not accept program support requests to allow us to make room for this greater flexibility. Our general focus areas remain unchanged. 

In 2024, we will continue to listen as we innovate and grow under new Community Impact leadership. Do not hesitate to email any Grants Team member if you have questions or feedback. Thank you for the work you do every day to foster thriving communities across Minnesota.

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.

Grant Guidelines & Eligibility

Mardag Foundation funds projects and programs that improve the lives of children, youth and families; supports projects and programs that help older adults live independent, healthy lives; and builds the capacity of arts and humanities organizations.

Grant Guidelines

We offer general operating and capital support grants.

View Grant Guidelines

Grant Eligibility and Funding Priorities

Download additional details about our focus areas, eligibility and funding priorities.

Download Eligibility Details

Resources & Support

Our Grants Team is here to answer your questions through online resources and comprehensive support.

Grant Application Questions

Preview grant application questions.

Download Application Questions

GranteeView Registration Instructions

Download the step-by-step instructions for how to register for GranteeView.

Download Registration Instructions

Grant Application Portal

We use a grant portal called GranteeView for our grantmaking. The first time you use GranteeView, you will be required to register to become a grant administrator for your organization to apply for grants, track your application status, view payment history and more. Your organization may have multiple registered grant administrators. Each person in your organization must create their own account to access GranteeView.

If you are new to GranteeView, please register to become a grant administrator for your organization to apply for grants, track your application status, view payment history and more. Download registration instructions.

To begin, create a grant administrator account. Once you have registered, you will be able to connect to your organization’s profile. You will receive monthly enews and emails about grant opportunities from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and our partner foundations. You may opt out at any time using the unsubscribe link in every email.

Past Grant Data

In order to set clear expectations about the scope and scale of our grantmaking, we are sharing some data from our fall 2023 grant round.

We received 286 applications in the fall 2023 grant round and approved 63 grants. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to $50,000 per year, with the largest grants going to capital requests. The average (mean) grant approved was $25,162, and the median was $25,000.

Start Your Application

Our Grants Team is available to discuss your grant request prior to submission. Before applying, all interested applicants are encouraged to email a member of our Grant Team to ensure that our grant program fits your needs.

1. Contact Our Team

To discuss your grant request or ask questions about our grant program, please email a member of our Grants Team.

Contact Our Grants Team

2. Start Your Grant Application

Access our online grant portal, GranteeView. All grant applicants must register for GranteeView to apply for a grant. Registration is open now. We recommend beginning the portal registration process early.

Go to GranteeView

Learn About Our Grant Program