Program Descriptions and Guidelines

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,


Summer Camp Scholarships

The Summer Camp Scholarship Program was initiated in 1999 to give youth ages 7-16 an opportunity to experience a residential summer camp.  Most grants are made to education, human service, and other nonprofit organizations that work with economically disadvantaged children and families, but that do not operate a summer camp program themselves.  Every summer since 2004, we have helped send well over 1,000 kids to camp.



Pohlad Scholars

At this time, only currently funded Pohlad Scholars will receive support.


Youth Advancement

The Youth Advancement Program was launched in 2015 to positively impact the number of disconnected youth in the Twin Cities 7-county metropolitan region.  This program focuses on youth ages 16-24 that are disconnected from education and employment (aka – “Opportunity Youth”).  The purpose of the program is to improve education and employment outcomes with at-risk youth, ultimately helping to lower the number of disconnected youth in our community.  More information on this program can be found in the Youth Advancement Program Overview  

At this time, only currently funded programs are being considered for renewal in 2017.