Minneapolis Grants Program

Our Hometown Grants programs address pressing local needs, such as improving education outcomes and alleviating hunger.


The priority focus areas for our grants in Minneapolis are hunger & food secure communities and education.  We also support a small number of pre-designated grantees in a category we refer to as strengthening communities

Our Minneapolis Grants Program is by invitation only. We work proactively to identify nonprofit programs and partners to advance the Foundation's philanthropic priorities in measurably impactful and sustainable ways. Through this program, General Mills supports nonprofit organizations. Accordingly, we are not currently accepting unsolicited funding proposals or grant requests.

Previously, this grant program was offered on a year-round, ongoing basis, but now follows the cycles outlined below.

Funding Priorities

General Mills Foundation grants focus mainly on these areas: Hunger & Food Secure Communities: Supporting innovative programs that expand food access for families and communities. Early Childhood Education: Supporting programs that increase K-12 academic achievement, particularly those focused on at-risk youth during the critical pre-K through primary school years. Special focus on school readiness and ensuring grade level reading proficiency by the third grade.

Eligibility Requirements

An organization must meet all requirements below to apply for a General Mills Foundation grant: Organizations must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), be a school or a unit of government. Organizations must serve populations in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota. The organization, its program or project, must support a broad and diverse audience.

Types of grants available

The General Mills Foundation primarily makes operating and program grants. Capital grants will receive a lower priority and will largely be made to organizations in the Twin Cities with which we have a long history of operating support and significant employee involvement. The General Mills Foundation will give priority to operating and project grants.

   Invite open  Applications due  Grant disbursements
 Home Town Grants: Twin City Family Services and Arts  Early July August 7 September
 Home Town Grants: Twin City Education and Food Secure Communities  Late July August 25  September

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Please review our Hometown Giving Grant GuidelinesOnline Application Guide and FAQ for additional information.