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Transformational Fund

The Transformational Fund is a unique grant program of Minnesota Community Foundation, made possible in collaboration with a generous donor. The Fund provides a one-time grant of up to $500,000 to a nonprofit organization that is poised for organization-wide, long-term, sustainable change. Please note: Your proposal should request the amount you need, up to $500,000. You do not need to request the entire amount available.

To be eligible, organizations must serve Hennepin County residents and primarily work to help individuals and families become self-sufficient. Organizations with education programs that directly lead to self-sufficiency are encouraged to apply.

The grant is intended to improve effectiveness and efficiency, support dramatic growth and change in a promising organization and allow an organization to move to and sustain the next level.

The Transformational Fund will support a nonprofit organization that demonstrates:

  • Majority of services to Hennepin County residents
  • Effective support to move individuals and families to self-sufficiency
  • A strong business model based on an appropriate revenue mix
  • A clear understanding of the strengths and weakness of the current infrastructure
  • Commitment by board and key staff to an organization-wide move to the next level of service
  • Shared understanding of the steps needed to get there

The Fund will not support political or lobbying organizations or activities.



Application informational webinar available to view

December 6: Application is available online


January 23: Application closes 5:00 p.m.

February: Semi-finalists identified

March: Finalists identified and site visits scheduled

More information


Questions? Please email us at transformationalfund@mnpartners.org.