Minneapolis Grants Program
Our Hometown Grants programs address pressing local needs, such as improving education outcomes and alleviating hunger.
The priority focus areas for our grants in Minneapolis are hunger & food secure communities and education. We also support a small number of pre-designated grantees in a category we refer to as strengthening communities.
Our Minneapolis Grants Program is by invitation only. We work proactively to identify nonprofit programs and partners to advance the Foundation's philanthropic priorities in measurably impactful and sustainable ways. Through this program, General Mills supports nonprofit organizations. Accordingly, we are not currently accepting unsolicited funding proposals or grant requests.
Previously, this grant program was offered on a year-round, ongoing basis, but now follows the cycles outlined below.
Strengthening Hometown Communities (formerly Arts and Culture and Family Services)
Week of June 1: Invitation link sent to grantees
Thursday, June 30: Applications due by 5pm CST
Late September: Disbursements made
Early September: Invitation link sent to grantees
Thursday, September 29: Applications due by 5pm CST
Late January: Disbursements made
Hunger and Food Secure Communities
Week of November 28: Invitation link sent to grantees
Thursday, December 19: Applications due by 5pm CST
Late March: Disbursements made
General Mills Foundation grants focus mainly on these areas: Hunger & Food Secure Communities: Supporting innovative programs that expand food access for families and communities. Early Childhood Education: Supporting programs that increase K-12 academic achievement, particularly those focused on at-risk youth during the critical pre-K through primary school years. Special focus on school readiness and ensuring grade level reading proficiency by the third grade.
An organization must meet all requirements below to apply for a General Mills Foundation grant: Organizations must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), be a school or a unit of government. Organizations must serve populations in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota. The organization, its program or project, must support a broad and diverse audience.
Types of grants available
The General Mills Foundation primarily makes operating and program grants. Capital grants will receive a lower priority and will largely be made to organizations in the Twin Cities with which we have a long history of operating support and significant employee involvement. The General Mills Foundation will give priority to operating and project grants.
Current grantees may log in here:
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Please review our Hometown Giving Grant Guidelines, Online Application Guide and FAQ for additional information.