Grant Programs

Grant Programs Summary Page

See individual grant pages for detailed guidelines and eligibility.

Hunger and Homeless Grants

This grant is targeted toward hunger relief programs and emergency shelter providers serving homeless people or domestic violence survivors in Minnesota. Click here to learn more.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Agencies must serve hungry or homeless Minnesotans as the agency’s primary function. Agencies must have 501(c)3 status OR be recognized as tax exempt by the IRS (i.e. schools, units of government or tribal governments) OR use a fiscal agent with 501(c)3 status. 
2019 DUE DATES: March 1st, May 1st, July 1st, September 1st, and November 1st.
AVERAGE GRANT SIZE: $7,000.

Education Grants

This grant supports the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Click here to learn more.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Agencies must serve homeless students in Minnesota. Agencies must have 501(c)3 status OR be recognized as tax exempt by the IRS (i.e. schools, units of government or tribal governments) OR use a fiscal agent with 501(c)3 status.
2018 DUE DATE: May 21st
GRANT AMOUNT: $500 – $3,000

Open Your Heart Summer Challenge

This grant supports food shelves when they need it most – during the summer when kids are out of school. Contact Hunger Solutions to apply.

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 website at least two months prior to the deadline. Please sign up here and check that you would like “New Grant Announcements” to receive these announcements by email.

Emergencies

We recognize that on occasion, a natural disaster or other unforeseen event might result in a shutdown of services. We may be able to fund quickly in those circumstances. Please call our office at (612) 338-5577 or email us at [email protected] if that situation arises. Please note, emergency grants will only be available to agencies that have no other resources available and will require suspending services without immediate assistance.

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 DateDecision Date
Hunger and Homeless GrantMarch 1st 2019April 15th 2019
Education GrantMay 21st, 2019June 17th 2019
Hunger and Homeless GrantMay 1st 2019June 17th 2019
Hunger and Homeless GrantJuly 1st 2019Aug 19th 2019
Hunger and Homeless GrantSept 1st 2019Oct 21st 2019
Hunger and Homeless GrantNov 1st 2018Dec 17th 2018


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