Park Nicollet Foundation: Community Partner Grants

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Park Nicollet Foundation
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Park Nicollet Foundation’s Community Partner grants are made possible by generous donors committed to supporting the health and well-being of the communities served by Park Nicollet clinics and Methodist Hospital.

We are looking for dynamic non-profit organizations to partner with us to achieve our mission of building healthy lives.

The Park Nicollet Foundation Community Partner grant application process has two steps: a Letter of Interest (LOI) and, for LOIs accepted to move ahead, a more detailed Application. The 2016 LOI process opens on Monday, January 11. Prior to starting this process you may review the form and questions. See the “How do I apply for a Community Partner grant?” section below for more information on the application process or get started by signing in or creating a new account at (Note: this will open a new window and take you to our grant partner's website).

Access the online grant system.

Frequently asked questions

What will Park Nicollet Foundation fund in 2016?

Funding priorities for Park Nicollet Foundation are determined by the Foundation Board of Directors, based on a Community Health Needs Assessment conducted every three years in the communities served by Park Nicollet Health Services. Priorities identified for 2016 are:

  • Youth mental health, especially programs that focus on:
    - Improving access to services
    - Reducing stigma
  • Access and affordability of dental and vision services in school-based health centers sponsored by Park Nicollet Foundation
  • Seniors, especially programs that focus on:
    - Addressing food insecurity
    - Providing transportation
    - Reducing isolation

All proposals must address the communities served by Park Nicollet clinics and Methodist Hospital (you can look here for a map and list of clinics).

Strong preference will be given to organizations that are:

  • Partnering or collaborating with other organizations to maximize the impact or broaden the reach of their programs
  • Focusing efforts in neighborhoods known to have poorer health outcomes than surrounding areas. Particular emphasis will be placed on neighborhoods surrounding the Park Nicollet-sponsored school-based health centers in St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville and Richfield
  • Making advances in promoting health equality and reducing health care disparities in the community
  • Promoting a culture of equality within their own organization

What does Park Nicollet Foundation not fund?

  • Projects outside of the Park Nicollet service area
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political organizations, campaigns, lobbying activities
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Tickets and raffles
  • Benefit fund raisers
  • Sponsorships
  • Testimonial and recognition events

What size grants are available? For how long?

Historically, most Park Nicollet Foundation Community Partner grants have been one-year grants between $5,000 and $30,000. However, for particularly strong proposals meeting the above criteria, the Board may consider multi-year or higher dollar grants.

What is the timeline for 2016 Community Partner grants?

January 11
Letter of Interest period opens

February 5
Deadline for submission of Letters of Interest

February 19
Notification of approval/denial of Letters of Interest
Application process opens

April 1
Deadline for applications

June 30
Notification of grant decisions

How do I apply for a Community Partner grant?

Park Nicollet Foundation uses a two-stage, online grant process (a Letter of Interest and, for those organizations invited to proceed, a full Application).

Before accessing the Letter of Interest form, you must create an account if you do not already have one from previous applications.

If you already have an account, do not create a new one. If you have forgotten your password, click the ‘Forgot Your Password?’ link and you will be prompted how to proceed.

The deadline for Letter of Interest submission is February 5. If your submission is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application. The application will also be accessed through this Foundation website.

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