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.
MAXIMUM GRANT: $10,000.

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: 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.
MAXIMUM GRANT: $5,000

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 11th
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 [email protected]. Please also see our FAQs page.

Grant Calendar

Grant ProgramApplication Due DateBoard Decision
Hunger and Homeless GrantJan 1st 2016Feb 22nd 2016
Hunger and Homeless GrantMarch 1st 2016April 18th 2016
Community Event Sponsorship GrantMarch 1st 2016April 18th 2016
Education GrantApril 11th 2016June 20th 2016
Community Event Sponsorship GrantMay 1st 2016June 20th 2016
Hunger and Homeless GrantMay 1st 2016June 20th 2016
Community Event Sponsorship GrantJuly 1st 2016Aug 15th 2016
Hunger and Homeless GrantJuly 1st 2016Aug 15th 2016
Hunger and Homeless GrantSept 1st 2016Oct 17th 2016
Community Event Sponsorship GrantSept 1st 2016Oct 17th 2016
Hunger and Homeless GrantNov 1st 2016Dec 19th 2016
Community Event Sponsorship GrantNov 1st 2016Dec 19th 2016