The Rochester Community Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota, accepts proposals for its Better Communities Grant program twice a year, in the spring and the fall.
The foundation, which awarded $107,250 in grants to nineteen local nonprofits through its 2019 spring cycle, has unveiled a new grants portal for the fall cycle.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a governmental body (including schools and municipalities), or have an appropriate fiscal sponsorship agreement; conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, marital status, disability or national origin; and be located within thirty miles of Rochester, Minnesota, or be applying for grant funding to serve communities within the foundation’s catchment area.
All nonprofits interested in applying for a Better Communities Grant must submit a Letter of Intent by July 28. The LOI should be a very brief summary of the grant project. RAF staff and a grant distribution committee will review LOIs to ensure they are consistent with the foundation’s grantmaking priorities and eligibility criteria.
Eligible nonprofits are limited to one application per grant cycle. In general, RAF will not award a grant to an organization that was funded during the previous grant cycle.
For grantmaking priorities, application instructions, and an FAQ, see the Rochester Community Foundation website.