DISCLAIMER: This list of resources is intended for informational purposes only. Inclusion does not constitute endorsement by the Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to bringing innovations in health and learning to the global community.
PO Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: (206) 709-3100 (Reception)
(206) 709-3140 (Grant Inquiries)
Focus is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities.
100 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
877-882-2257 toll free
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation works with communities and organizations across the state to make a healthy difference in the lives of Minnesotans. They are Minnesota’s largest grantmaking foundation whose assets are exclusively dedicated to health improvement. They partner with organizations to foster healthy behaviors and improve access to health care and bring communities together to find solutions to health care problems. They also share knowledge that benefits individual and community health.
3535 Blue Cross Road, Route M459
Eagan, MN 55122
Phone: 651-662-3950 (in twin cities)
866-812-1593 (toll free)
Primary grantmaking areas are human services, health, education, arts and humanities, and fellowship programs for individuals in leadership, arts, and medicine.
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-900
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351
Main focus areas include asset building and community development, peace and social justice, education, media, arts, and culture.
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
General Mills Community Action
Working with communities to address societal needs with breakthrough ideas, championship people and financial resources
P.O. Box 9452
Minneapolis, MN 55440
Mission is to benefit society by improving the education, economic, physical, and social well-being of citizens, with a special focus on families and culturally diverse groups.
5323 Lakeland Ave N, Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN 55429-3115
Phone: 763-277-3434 sxt. 3450
March of Dimes
Programs receiving funding include those which increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of prenatal/perinatal care for women with special emphasis on populations at high risk.
5233 Edina Industrial Boulevard
Edina, MN 55439
Focuses on improving the lives of children, senior citizens, and other at-risk populations, as well as supporting education and the arts. Primary focus is on the Twin Cities/Metro Area, but will also serve Greater Minnesota.
55 5th St E, Ste 600
St. Paul, MN 55101-1797
Focuses on improving lifelong learning for disadvantaged young people and adults by providing technology skills through community-based technology and learning centers.
Minnesota Community Foundation
Mission: To enhance philanthropy in the state of Minnesota and the region by attracting, developing, managing, and administering funds for charitable purposes. They encourage and sustain the philanthropic spirit that exists within citizens and their communities and serve as a catalyst for community response and action.
55 Fifth Street East, Suite 600
St. Paul, MN 55101-1797
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Their mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Northwest Area Foundation
Committed to helping communities reduce poverty; work with communities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, providing knowledge, financial resources, products, and services. They no longer accept requests for grants, but are forming partnerships with communities working to develop long-term solutions to poverty.
60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 400
St. Paul, MN 55107
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless
Helps support hungry and homeless persons in Minnesota.
Metro Square Building
121 East Seventh Place, Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55101
Otto Bremer Foundation
Mission: To promote human rights and create opportunities for economic and social justice; serves Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Montana. Focus areas include: community affairs, education, health, human services, religion and communities.
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2250
St. Paul, MN 55101
888-291-1123 toll free
Dedicated to the development of resources through the enhancement and improvement of public education in the United States.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Supports projects to expand health service availability to populations in underserved areas, especially those in rural areas.
2005 Market Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077
1025 F St NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20004-1409
Helps build strong communities through investing in people and the places where they live and work. The focus is on funding technology training programs, pursuing innovative uses of the Internet in education and, addressing pressing needs in communities.
1801 California Street, 50th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
RBC Dain Rauscher Foundation
To improve the quality of life in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that make a positive difference.
Dain Rauscher Plaza
60 S 6th St, MS P20
Minneapolis, MN 55402-4422
Ruth Mott Foundation
Supports projects that promote life-long healthy attitudes and practices.
111 E. Court Street, Suite 3C
Flint, MI 48502-1649
The Coca-Cola Foundation
Mission: To improve the quality of life in communities and enhance individual opportunity through education; fund nationally.
PO Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Serving Grand Forks County, ND and Polk County, MN. Aims to improve the quality of life in 26 U.S. communities where Knight brothers owned newspapers. Areas of interest: community initiatives, education, arts and culture and journalism.
200 South Biscayne Blvd., Ste 3300
Miami, FL 33131-2349
The Kresge Foundation
Seeks to strengthen the capacity of charitable organizations to provide effective, quality programs. The geographic scope is national and, on occasion, international.
3215 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
The McKnight Foundation
Concentrates on creating or maintaining a vital, attractive community in which children and families can thrive. Their focus is on Minnesota communities, but may support a project serving Fargo-Moorhead or Cass and Clay counties. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for present and future generations and to seek paths to a more humane and secure world.
710 2nd St S, Ste 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Grantmaking efforts are concentrated in four areas:
1. To assure that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonable cost;
2. To improve care and support for people with chronic health conditions;
3. To promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and
4. To reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse – tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
PO Box 2316
College Road East and Route 1
Princeton, NJ 08543-2316
Phone: 888-631-9989 toll free
The William Randolph Hearst Foundations
Supports programs aiding poverty-level and minority groups, as well as initiatives focusing on health delivery, medical research, and promotion of wellness and disease prevention for underserved populations in rural or other parts of the United States.
Organizations WEST of the Mississippi River should contact:
90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1212
San Francisco, CA 94105
Organizations EAST of the Mississippi River should contact:
888 7th Avenue, 45th Floor
New York, NY 10106
William T. Grant Foundation
Supporting research to improve the lives of young people.
570 Lexington Ave., 18th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6837
U.S. Bankcorp Foundation
Seeks to build strong partnerships and lasting value in communities by supporting organizations that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low- and moderate-income individuals and families and enhance the cultural and artistic life of the communities in which we live and work.
U.S. Department of Education
Contains information about applying for a Department of Education grant or contract and how to manage a grant.
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Contains information about applying for a Health and Human Services grant or contract and how to manage a grant.
200 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 877-696-6775 toll free
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Mission: To help provide a decent, safe, and sanitary home and suitable living environment for every American by creating opportunities for homeownership, providing housing assistance for low-income persons, working to create, rehabilitate and maintain the nation's affordable housing, enforcing the nation's fair housing laws, helping the homeless, spurring economic growth in distressed neighborhoods, and helping local communities meet their development needs.
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410
U.S. Department of Justice
Offers funding opportunities to conduct research, support law enforcement activities in state and local jurisdictions, provide training and technical assistance, and implement programs that improve the criminal justice system.
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Vikings Children's Fund (Minnesota Vikings)
Focus areas are family services and education.
Minnesota Vikings Football Club
9520 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Overall program objectives are based on the mission of "helping people help themselves."
One Michigan Avenue East
Battle Creek, MI 49017-4012
Xcel Energy Foundation
Offers a variety of programs and services designed to serve communities and support employee gifts of time and money to nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions.
UNITED WAY MINNESOTA
United Way Heart of Lakes
115 3rd Ave W
Alexandria, MN 56308
United Way of Becker County
803 Roosevelt Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-3703
United Way of Bemidji Area
c/o Wells Fargo Bank
201 3rd Street
Bemidji, MN 56601
United Way of Otter Tail County
125 W Lincoln Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537-2152
United Way of Thief River Falls Area
1420 Greenwood Street East
Thief River Falls, MN 56701-4200