The Pohlad Family Foundation is undergoing a strategic planning process that will guide our funding priorities over the next 3-5 years. Because of this, we are not accepting unsolicited grant applications at this time.

Our funding priorities may change, which could impact historically funded programs.  We will, however, honor all Youth Advancement and Summer Camp grant awards in process, and all current Pohlad Scholar commitments through college graduation.

We anticipate that the strategic planning process will wrap-up this fall, at which time we will communicate our new direction and focus areas to our community partners. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Courtney Kiernat, Senior Program Director, ckiernat@pohladfoundation.org

The following applies to all grants made by The Pohlad Family Foundation:

  • Applications for public grants are considered only in response to open online applications or an invitation to apply.  Unsolicited grant requests submitted directly to the Foundation will not be considered.
  • Grantmaking is focused primarily on organizations based in Minnesota that deliver services to Twin Cities residents.
  • Support can only be provided to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
  • Priority is given to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to their communities by ensuring that their governing bodies include representatives from within the community and projects that directly benefit communities in need.
  • Generally, grants will not be considered for: 
    • Direct funding to individuals
    • Health or housing-related emergency assistance to individuals
    • Benefits, fund-raisers, walk-a-thons, telethons, galas, or other revenue-generating events
    • Advertising
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, culture, age, physical ability or disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a military veteran or genetic information
    • Veterans’ and fraternal organizations
    • Churches
    • Organizations providing services outside the United States
    • Political or lobbying organizations
    • Replacement of government funding
    • Youth sports or athletic activities
    • Start-up support for new organizations
    • Organizations that re-grant funds
    • Schools (traditional public, charter, or private) and school-related fundraising entities that support larger educational institutions
    • Neighborhood organizing groups and resident-led associations

Shared Characteristics of Pohlad Grantees

  • Organization is located in the nine-county Twin Cities metro area, except where otherwise stated.
  • Demonstrated financial transparency, stability, and sustainability.
  • Strong leadership from staff and the organization’s board.
  • All application materials are completed by stated deadlines.
  • Grant reports are submitted by stated deadlines and provide discernable outcomes.