Below we outline the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process for potential new Carlson Family Foundation grantees. If your organization received funding in 2023, please visit our Current Grantees page.

Constellation: Out-of-School

We are accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from nonprofit organizations seeking funding for existing or emerging out-of-school programs that support youth. We are especially interested in programs that support youth of color to develop agency, identity and the ability to pursue their goals.

The Foundation funds programs that ensure the adults who work with young people have the capacity and tools needed to help them realize their dreams and potential. This is an opportunity to partner with us as we begin a journey to learn and evolve our thinking about programs that value, invest in and support youth-adult relationships.

We continue to learn with our current grantee partners that focus on K-12 schools. We plan to open this area to LOIs in the future.

Learn more or contact Aretha Green–Rupert at 952.404.5602 or agreenrupert@carlsonfamilyfoundation.org.

Constellation: Parents & Caregivers

We are accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for nonprofit organizations seeking funding for existing or emerging programs that support Parents & Caregivers. We are especially interested in programs that provide effective practices that provide parents and caregivers with the tools, training, and resources to best support young people’s development. This is an opportunity to partner with us as we learn more about what parents need to best support their youth.

We continue to learn with our current grantee partners that focus on K-12 schools. We plan to open this area to LOIs in the future.

Learn more or contact Aretha Green-Rupert at 952.404.5602 or agreenrupert@carlsonfamilyfoundation.org.

Sex Trafficking Prevention

We are accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from nonprofit organizations seeking funding for existing or emerging programs focused on preventing the sex trafficking of youth. Programs or projects with a particular focus on boys, LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color will be prioritized.

Learn more or contact Dana Jensen at 952.404.5638 or djensen@carlsonfamilyfoundation.org.

Vibrant Communities: Youth Access

We are accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from nonprofit organizations seeking funding for existing or emerging programs focused on supporting inclusive access to arts, culture, and green spaces that affirm youths’ identities.

Economic and Social Health grantee partners will receive an invitation to apply. We are not currently accepting unsolicited LOIs for this grantmaking area.

Learn more or contact Dana Jensen at 952.404.5638 or djensen@carlsonfamilyfoundation.org.

Letters of Inquiry

All interested nonprofits in these areas are welcome to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Review the LOI and submit online.

Once we have reviewed the LOIs, we will invite organizations that align with our grantmaking priorities to submit a formal application. We know grant applications can be time-consuming, so we developed this process to be as simple and streamlined as possible.

Our door is always open and we encourage anyone with questions to reach out to us at any time!

Sex Trafficking Prevention 2024 Timeline

Application OpensLOI DueFull Proposal InviteFull Proposal DueBoard Decision
Nov. 1, 2023Dec. 1, 2023Mid-Dec. 2023Jan. 15, 2024By the end of April 2024

Constellation: Parents & Caregivers 2024 Timeline

Application OpensLOI DueFull Proposal InviteFull Proposal DueBoard Decision
Nov. 1, 2023Dec. 1, 2023Mid-Dec. 2023Jan. 15, 2024By the end of April 2024

Constellation: Out-of-School Programs 2024 Timeline

Application OpensLOI DueFull Proposal InviteFull Proposal DueBoard Decision
Nov. 1, 2023March 1, 2024Mid-March 2024April 15, 2024By the end of July 2024

Vibrant Communities: Youth Access 2024 Timeline

Application OpensLOI DueFull Proposal InviteFull Proposal DueBoard Decision
Nov. 1, 2023March 1, 2024Mid-March 2024April 15, 2024By the end of July 2024

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