Grantmaking Focus

The McNeely Foundation funds organizations that create a more vibrant and sustainable East Side of St Paul. It will consider applications from organizations outside of the targeted geography and age group for innovative work that could be integrated or replicated on the East Side. Our three grantmaking focus areas are Family and Neighborhood Stability, Education and Enrichment, and Environment.

Funding Guidelines

Who may apply
  • Organizations with an IRS classification as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that is not a private foundation
  • Public agencies or schools that have been invited to apply

Current grantees may submit another application before the existing grant is over, but only if the existing grant expires before the next grant would begin. A preliminary final report on the existing grant must be submitted with the grant application.


The McNeely Foundation considers a number of criteria in our review process for the three place-based goal areas. Applicants increase chance of success by considering these examples:

Family & Neighborhood Stability
  • Create physical, cultural and community assets
  • Improve personal ability to improve community
  • Strengthen individual's skills
  • Better connections
  • Community engagement
  • Identify and train emerging leaders
  • Improve life conditions and opportunities
  • Promotes successful home ownership
Education and Enrichment
  • Intentional focus on range of youth development outcomes
  • Builds connections & relationships between youth and adults
  • Deliberate program structure, design & delivery
  • Intensity of contact
  • Support for reflection & data-driven change
  • Program provides voice and choice
  • Youth actively involved in decision making
  • Youth leadership opportunities evident
  • Serves neighborhood people
  • Residents are engaged and express a desire or need for the project
  • High impact
  • Timeliness
  • Stewardship component
  • Potential to catalyze other work
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