Grant Programs
Summary Page

See individual grant pages for detailed guidelines and eligibility.

Hunger and Homeless Grants

These grants are targeted toward hunger relief programs, or temporary shelter/housing for homeless people or people experiencing domestic violence.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Agencies that serve hungry and/or homeless people as their primary function.
DUE DATES: January 1st, March 1st, May 1st, July 1st, September 1st, and November 1st. Agencies will be notified of grant decisions approximately two months after the due date.

Community Event Sponsorship Grants

These grants are focused on raising awareness of hunger and homeless issues through sponsorship of events, conferences, and community forums.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Agencies that are organizing an event with the primary purpose of raising awareness of hunger and homeless issues.
DUE DATES: Events between 5/1 and 10/31 should apply by February 1st, Events between 11/1 and 4/30 should apply by August 1st. 

Education Grants

These grants support the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Only Minnesota homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, supportive housing agencies, and school districts with an active Title I Homeless Youth Program are eligible to apply for funding. Agencies with multiple service sites should submit only one application for all sites.
DUE DATE: April 1st (This may change in 2016, but will give at least 2 months notice.)
MAXIMUM GRANT: $7,500 per year.

Special Projects

Open Your Heart will occasionally implement Requests for Proposals for unique or timely issues affecting hungry and homeless people. These opportunities will be announced on our web site at least two months prior to deadline.

Grant Questions

If you have any questions about Open Your Heart’s grant-making process, please feel free to contact our office, call 612-338-5577 or e-mail us  at Please also see our FAQs page.

Grant Calendar

Grant Program
Application Due Date
Board Decision
Hunger and Homeless GrantSept 1st 2015Oct 19th 2015
Hunger and Homeless GrantNov 1st 2015Dec 21st 2015
Hunger and Homeless GrantJan 1st 2016Feb 15th 2016
Hunger and Homeless GrantMarch 1st 2016April 18th 2016