Minneapolis Foundation Accepting Applications for Youth Summer Experiences

The Minneapolis Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its 612-Youth Engagement Project.

The goal of the annual program is to support a continuum of meaningful summer experiences for underserved youth between the ages of 5 and 17 in the Minneapolis area.

Eligible program activities should target one of three areas: neighborhood-based experiences, day-trip experiences, and camp-based experiences.

1) Neighborhood-based experiences: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of neighborhood projects such as creating a mural or a performing arts production or building and maintaining a youth garden.

2) Day-trip experiences: Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for field trips that provide intensive outdoor experiences, including multi-day, non-residential, nature-based camp experiences such as hiking, canoeing, outdoor food preparation, orienteering, and so on at a nature center or related to a STEM-focused experience, including hands-on and inquiry-based activities at a museum.

3) Camp-based experiences: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of camp-based experiences that involve a short residential experience such as excursions to residential outdoor centers or camps that give young people a sense of the natural world and their place in it. The program also supports camp experiences that build leadership skills, youth voice, and confidence through team-building activities and self-identified learning projects

To be eligible, applicant organizations must be recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve underserved Minneapolis- area youth between the ages of 5 and 17.