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We have two grant rounds each year. Specific dates for the upcoming grant round will be available in the Grantee Portal about a month prior to the Application Open date. First-time Grantee Portal users are strongly encouraged to complete the portal registration early.

Applications not received in time for a grantmaking meeting are carried forward to the next one.

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Enhancing the quality of life, inspiring learning, revitalizing communities and promoting access to the arts across the state of Minnesota is our family’s legacy — past, present and future. We are a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and embrace the grantmaking principles for Minnesota grantmakers.

Grant Guidelines

The Mardag Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and public entities located within and serving residents of Minnesota. The geographic focus of our grantmaking is the East Metro area of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties, as well as Greater Minnesota. 

The Mardag Foundation has established four priority focus areas and will consider proposals that address one or more of these areas.

Primary areas of interest are:

  • Improving the lives of at-risk families, children, youth and young adults, with an emphasis on early childhood development.

  • Supporting seniors to live independently.

  • Building the capacity of arts and humanities organizations to benefit their communities.

  • Supporting community development throughout Saint Paul.

The Foundation will consider grant applications for:

  • Capital projects, program expansion and special projects of a time-limited nature.

  • Start-up costs for promising new programs that demonstrate sound management and clear goals relevant to community needs.

  • Support for established agencies that have temporary or transitional needs.

  • Funds to match contributions received from other sources or to provide a challenge to raise new contributions.

The Foundation will not consider grant applications for:

  • Programs exclusively serving Minneapolis and the surrounding West Metro area.

  • Scholarships and grants to individuals.

  • Ongoing annual operating expenses.

  • Sectarian religious programs.

  • Federated campaigns.

  • Conservation or environmental programs.

  • Events and conferences.

  • Programs serving the physically, developmentally or mentally disabled.

  • Health care programs.

  • Legal programs.

  • Capital campaigns of private secondary schools.*

  • Capital and endowment campaigns of private colleges and universities.*

*The foundation will review, on their own merits, grant applications received from private secondary schools and private colleges and universities for purposes not excluded above.

If you are representing an arts or cultural organization, Mardag Foundation recommends, but does not require, that you complete a Cultural Data Project data profile for your organization. For more information, visit