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.

"Park Nicollet Foundation highly values our close relationships with our communities. We look forward to working with many community organizations again in 2015 to further the Foundation’s mission, Partnering to Build Healthy Lives."
         Christa Getchell, President, Park Nicollet Foundation

The 2015 Park Nicollet Foundation Community Partner Grant Process opens on Monday, January 19 to begin receiving Letters of Inquiry (LOI). To go directly to the grant site, click here.

What will Park Nicollet Foundation fund in 2015?

Community Partner funding priorities are set by the Foundation Board based on the findings of an extensive Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Park Nicollet.

All proposals submitted for consideration must focus on Minneapolis and its western suburbs, the territory served by Park Nicollet clinics and Methodist Hospital (click here for a list of PN clinics). Although other projects may be considered, the top funding priorities for 2015 will be programs that address:

  • Youth mental health, especially early intervention or
  • The needs of low income seniors.

Proposals should demonstrate potential for achieving a significant, measurable impact. The degree that proposals tackle the issues of access to & affordability of healthcare, health equity and culturally sensitive services will also be a key factor in decisions.

The Foundation is especially interested in community organizations that take a collective action approach to increase the impact of their efforts and the power of philanthropic dollars. Ultimately, collective action assumes that two or more organizations partner to achieve a common objective through:

  • A shared agenda,
  • Shared measurement,
  • Mutually reinforcing activities,
  • Continuous communication and
  • An identified system of support to coordinate efforts among the participating organizations.

What will 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
  • Testimonial and recognition events
  • Sponsorships

What size grants are available?

Historically, most 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 amount grants.

What is the timeline for 2015 Community Partner grants?

January 19             LOI process opens
March 6                 Deadline for submission of LOIs
By March 27          Organizations will be notified of Foundation decision on LOIs;
                             Application process opens
May 1                    Application deadline
By July 1               Organizations will be notified of grant decisions

How do I apply for a Community Partner grant from the Foundation?

The Foundation uses a two-stage, online grant process: a LOI and, for those organizations invited to proceed, a full Application. Before accessing the LOI, you must Create an Account if you do not already have one from previous applications. To access the Account Creation and LOI sign-on site, click here.

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.

Information session

The Foundation will host a Community Partner grant information session to give you an opportunity to learn more about what the Foundation looks for in submissions, ask questions and make connections for potential collective action partners. The session will be held:

Thursday, February 19
2:30 – 3:30
Stilts Building
6700 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park
(N.E. corner of Excelsior Blvd. and Louisiana Ave.)
RSVP TO: Lisa Harcombe-Minson at or 952-993-6104

Have questions?

Contact Lisa Harcombe-Minson at or 952-993-6104