Competition News

Grantmaking with a twist.

The advisory board of the Multicultural Endowment has recommended nine grants totaling $80,000 for the 2010 grant round.* Congratulations to the grantees and thank you to all of the organizations that participated in our first-ever "micro-challenge."

Grant applications were diverse, creative and well thought-out, making the selection very difficult work for our advisory board! You may view the complete entries in the tab marked "winners." Congratulations to:

  • "e-Magine!" by Asian Media Access - $5,000
  • "Climate Justice Dialogue Project" by Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy/Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - $10,000
  • "Strengthening Community Trust" by Centro Cultural de Fargo Moorhead - $5,000
  • "Saint Paul EMS Academy" by CulturalBrokers Foundation - $20,000
  • "Youth Organizing Partnership" by Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing - $10,000
  • "Yes I Can Dream! Immigrant Youth Leadership Program" by Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network - $5,000
  • "Racial Justice Pro-Active Organizing Project" by Organizing Apprenticeship Project - $10,000
  • "Multicultural Youth Employment Program" by YouthCARE - $5,000
  • "Community Investment Campus Mobilization and Outreach Project" by Young Women's Christian Association - $10,000

*Please note that all awards and amounts are pending final approval by The Saint Paul Foundation board of directors. If you have questions, please contact Jaclyn Schroeder at

The SpectrumTrust Multicultural Endowment Challenge was a first-of-its-kind effort to make our grantmaking process more transparent and accessible to more organizations across the state of Minnesota.

Using the online capabilities of the Minnesota Idea Open website, The Saint Paul Foundation hosted a “micro-challenge” that put a fresh face on our traditional grantmaking process.

Welcome Letter

Creating racial equity specifically in the areas of education, housing or employment

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of Minnesota’s communities of color through building relevant and long-lasting philanthropic resources that promote social justice and cross-cultural understanding.

Racism confers dominance and control of one group over another based on social definitions of race. It can occur consciously or unconsciously, overtly or subtly. A racially equitable community counters racism at all levels – discriminatory beliefs and behaviors of individuals and organizations, the involuntary segregation of racial/ethnic groups, institutional and structural barriers to equal opportunity, and negative cultural stereotypes and images.

Racism affects not only communities of color but also has a negative impact on our entire community. Our goal is to embrace all communities to promote inclusion and interaction.

Guidelines, Critieria & FAQ

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of Minnesota’s communities of color through building relevant and long-lasting philanthropic resources that promote social justice and cross-cultural understanding.

Request for Proposals

The SpectrumTrust Multicultural Endowment of The Saint Paul Foundation is soliciting applications from groups throughout the state of Minnesota who are pursuing or developing projects that mitigate the effects of racism – specifically in the three areas of education, housing, or employment. We are interested in programs or efforts that accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Build community-based responses to the effects of racism
  • Change attitudes and behaviors
  • Change policies to reflect inclusion and fairness
  • Offer social and economic opportunities

The Multicultural Endowment has approximately $81,000 for its grantmaking in 2010. Grants of up to $20,000 may be requested.

The submission deadline is Tuesday, August 31, 2022. Please note that this deadline has been extended. Grant recipients will be announced on Tuesday, October 5, 2022.

Before you prepare an application, please read the following Grant Guidelines carefully to make sure that your program is a good fit with our priorities.


The deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, August 31, 2022 for a decision in October 2010. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on August 31.

Guidelines for Funding

  • Projects must impact communities in Minnesota
  • Organizations must have an annual budget of $1,000,000 or less
  • The project must impact more than one community of color as defined by SpectrumTrust to be African and African-American, Latino, Native American, or Asian-Pacific
  • Requests for funds must demonstrate other sources of funding to support the project. This may be in-kind or represented by other funding
  • Requests must indicate that persons of color are significantly involved in the decision-making or management positions of the project
  • Priority will be given to projects that involve as many communities of color as possible
  • Funding for general operating expenses will be considered for organizations with annual budgets of less than $300,000
  • Applicants must have a specific evaluation plan that demonstrates the impact of the program or project – a report on the use of grant funds is required at the end of the grant period
  • The Minnesota Common Grant Application Form will not be accepted
  • We no longer accept complementary materials such as pamphlets, brochures and newspaper articles, with your application.

We will give a strong preference to projects or programs:

  • Where people of color comprise at least 50% of the organization’s board of directors
  • Where the project or program involves other organizations as collaborators

We will not fund:

  • Cultural celebrations or cultural performances
  • Media campaigns or public service announcements
  • Conferences or events
  • Research projects or studies
  • Short-term diversity training, study groups, or recruitment programs
  • Conference and workshop attendance
  • Capital expenses
  • General operating support, except as identified above

Once my application is published, can I go back and edit it?

No. You may work on a draft of your proposal and save it in draft form. As a draft, it is not published or visible to the public. Once you save and publish, your proposal is considered submitted and you may not do any further editing.

Who should I contact if I need help or have questions?

Please contact Jaclyn Schroeder at The Saint Paul Foundation at 651-224-5463 or 1-800-875-6167 or

Fiscal Agent

In order to receive grant funds, your organization must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A tax-exempt certificate from the State of Minnesota is not the same. If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you can apply through an organization that is and would act as your fiscal agent. If you are awarded a grant and use a fiscal agent, we may request additional verification before the funds are disbursed.


Please take a moment to complete our survey about the Multicultural Endowment Challenge. Your feedback will help us improve this process in the future.

Click here to take the survey.

WinnerMulticultural Youth Employment ProgramBeasy McGlothlinUnited States, Minnesota, Ramsey County
WinnerStrengthening Community TrustRaul FernandezUnited States, Minnesota, Clay County
WinnerCommunity Investment Campus Mobilization and Outreach ProjectChristina McCoyUnited States, Minnesota, Ramsey County
WinnerOAP Racial Justice Pro-active Organizing ProjectSalvador MirandaUnited States, Minnesota
WinnerYouth Organizing PartnershipMargaret KaplanUnited States, Minnesota, Hennepin County
Winnere-Magine! (Imagine!)Ange HwangUnited States, Minnesota, Hennepin County
WinnerSaint Paul EMS AcademyAnne OConnorUnited States, Minnesota, Ramsey County
WinnerYes I Can Dream! Immigrant Youth Leadership ProgramAlondra EspejelUnited States, Minnesota
WinnerClimate Justice Dialogue ProjectKaren QuirozUnited States, Minnesota, Hennepin County
This micro-challenge is sponsored by the Saint Paul Foundation

Competition Judges:

Acooa Lee

Marcella de la Torre

Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Shawn Lewis

Terri Thao