Minneapolis grants guidelines

Before you apply for funding, please ensure you have thoroughly reviewed the following considerations:

Eligibility requirements

An organization must meet all requirements below to apply for a General Mills Foundation grant:

  1. 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. 
  2. Organizations must serve populations in the Minneapolis area.
  3. The organization, its program or project, must support a broad and diverse audience.

Funding Priorities

General Mills Foundation grants will focus mainly on these areas:

  • Hunger & Food Secure Communities: Supporting innovative programs that expand food access for families and communities.
  • 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. 

Organizations supported by the Foundation

When evaluating requests, the General Mills Foundation will favor nonprofit organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • Mission is closely related to the Foundation’s priorities.
  • Services create sustainable community improvement.
  • Organization’s request falls within the hunger, food security, strengthening communities or education categories.

Organizations outside of funding guidelines

The General Mills Foundation receives many more requests for funding than it can support. A decision to decline a funding request does not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or valued, but simply that it does not fall within our giving guidelines or priorities, or that funds are not available.

As a standard practice, the General Mills Foundation does not fund:

  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status
  • Organizations with 509(a)(3) Type III status
  • Annual appeals, federated campaigns, fund drives
  • Special events, fundraisers, travel, emergency funding or research
  • Recreational, sporting events or athletic associations
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Individuals
  • Social, labor, veterans, alumni or fraternal organizations serving a limited constituency
  • Conferences, seminars or workshops
  • Publications, films or television programs
  • Campaigns to eliminate or control specific diseases

The General Mills Foundation does not support the above mentioned areas because supporting these would significantly reduce the resources we have available to focus grant-making on operating and programmatic support, which are our priorities as a Foundation.