The purpose of mini-grants is to fund projects that may be small in scale and short term, but that fall outside of our annual or multi-year funding cycle. With quicker turnaround times and smaller grant amounts, our mini-grants can have a meaningful impact on a larger number and broader range of nonprofits.
Some examples of mini-grants might be:
- equipment purchases
- staff training
- guest speaker funding
- building repairs
- one-time event funding
Mini-grants are independent of our large grant cycle. Grantees can apply for a mini-grant once per calendar year. A decision on mini-grant applications can be expected within 3 to 6 weeks, and a check issued within one week, if approved.
Required Organizational Information
- History and Purpose of the organization.
- Description of the project or program to be funded, including a needs statement and objectives.
- Copy of the organization’s informational brochure and project brochure (if available.)
- List of the corporations and foundations that provided funding to your organization in the previous year, along with their contribution amounts.
- Roster of the organization’s board of directors, advisory board members, and administrative staff.
Required Financial Information
- Budget for project to be funded
- Organization’s current annual budget (revenues and expenditures)
- Organization’s most recent IRS Form 990
- Political parties, candidates, or partisan political organizations
- An organization’s endowment
- Labor organizations, fraternal organizations, athletic clubs, or social clubs
- K-12 schools, school districts, or school foundations
- Sectarian or denominational religious organizations, except where the organization demonstrates that their programs are broadly promoted, available to anyone, and free of religious orientation
- Sports leagues or teams
Mini-grants are available throughout most of the year and are independent of our large grant cycle. Grantees can apply for a mini-grant once per calendar year.
We offer mini-grant funding for projects that need $5,000 or less. Need a larger grant? Read guidelines and apply here: