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Region & Communities

An Announcement about the Program:

Thank you for your interest in Region & Communities. Because of the recently announced shift in our grantmaking strategy, we are no longer accepting new grant applications in this program. A new program focused on building equitable and inclusive communities in Minnesota will replace this program. Look for those program guidelines in fall 2020. For more information, see our Grantmaking Transitions resource page. Below is a description of the Region & Communities program that the Foundation is responsibly winding down.

Program Goal: Create livable communities and expand opportunities for all to thrive by increasing efficient and sustainable regional metropolitan development.

Minnesota’s success depends on a 21st-century competitive region. We are fortunate to have a robust regional economy energized by world-class businesses, universities, cultural institutions, and an increasingly vibrant and diverse population. We also face stubborn long-term challenges to ensuring that all our residents share in the region’s prosperity. We are confronting unprecedented political turmoil and economic disparities as well.

The goal of the Region & Communities program is to advance an inclusive economy and accelerate resilient regional metropolitan development. We focus on strengthening systems to provide a broad mix of options for individuals and families to become economically self-sufficient, and to make neighborhoods more vibrant and the region more sustainable. Systems-change works best when it influences market forces and harnesses the creativity, innovation, and energy at the local level, anchored in a sense of place. By connecting people, place, and possibility, we work to help create livable communities and expand opportunities for all to thrive.

Region & Communities

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