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.

NOTE: There have been some changes in the funding priorities and application process for this grant starting January 1, 2017. Please read all of the grant guidelines. We have also switched to an online application process.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Agencies that serve hungry and/or homeless people as their primary function in Minnesota.
2018 DUE DATES: March 1st, May 1st, July 1st, September 1st, and November 1st. 

Education Grants

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

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.

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.

Sponsorship of Community Events is only for pre-selected charities. 


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 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 DateBoard Decision
Hunger and Homeless GrantMarch 1st 2018April 19th 2018
Education GrantTBDTBD
Hunger and Homeless GrantMay 1st 2018June 18th 2018
Hunger and Homeless GrantJuly 1st 2018Aug 20th 2018
Hunger and Homeless GrantSept 1st 2018Oct 15th 2018
Hunger and Homeless GrantNov 1st 2018Dec 17th 2017