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Grants to Minnesota Organizations and Schools to Serve Disadvantaged Middle School Students

Community Grantmaking, Minneapolis, MN - Middle School Children and Youth


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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Minneapolis

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota organizations and schools for programs to serve low-income students. Funding is intended for community- and school-based out-of-school time programs that promote youth development. The goal of the funding program is to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged youth and children by supporting their families and others to inspire, nurture, educate and guide them to achieve long-term stability and well-being. Priority is for programs that benefit middle-school through high-school-age youth (ages 11-18, grades 6-12). At a minimum, programs must serve middle-school-age youth (ages 11-13, grades 6-8).

Program Alignment: Programs that align with the funding criteria are programs that include the following researched-based best practices:

  • Culturally relevant programs where the leadership and staff reflect the young people they serve. Youth benefit from seeing leaders who look like them and share lived experiences.
  • Relationship-rich programs that develop deep, meaningful, and supportive relationships between young people and caring adults. Organizations with stable, well-trained staff will be rated more highly than those with revolving staff and volunteers.
  • “High Dosage” developmentally appropriate youth development programs: Programs that meet often, for a significant time, and for an extended duration will be rated more highly.
  • Youth voice and choice programs that empower young people to develop agency, independence, and empowerment rather than adult-directed youth services, such as case management, individual lessons, and tutoring for youth.
  • Long-term programs where young people can begin in middle school and continue participating and remaining connected over multiple years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Carolyn Foundation prioritizes organizations that meet the following criteria:
- Budget: $1.5M or less

Geographic Priority: Community-based OST programs located in and/or serving youth in the following Minneapolis Communities: Camden, Near North, Phillips, Powderhorn, or University; or school-based OST programs at the following schools:
- Ascension Catholic School
- Friendship Academy of the Arts
- Hennepin Middle School
- Hiawatha College Prep
- New City School
- New Millennium Academy
- Northeast College Prep
- Prodeo Academy
- Risen Christ Catholic School
- St. Helena Catholic School
- St. John Paul II Catholic School

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Map of Priority Minnesota Communities:

Pre-Application Information
Grant Application & Process Details:
- Application opens December 15, 2023
- Apply by February 15, 2024
- Proposal review: February – April 2024
- Grants paid in June 2024

Applications are due no later than midnight the day after the weekend or holiday that is the deadline date. Applicants are encouraged to begin an application earlier than that so there is time to review the file before submitting it.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Grants are typically ~$15k-25k, depending on program size and fit.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Questions may be directed to:
Becky Erdahl
Executive Director

Any questions about user accounts, technical assistance with accessing or submitting applications should be directed to Gigi Finseth by email: or by phone: 612-596-3266.

Carolyn Foundation
729 N Washington Ave, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55401 (map)

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