2 survey respondents
Location: 333 W Fort St Ste 2010, Detroit, 48226 MI
Types of Grants Awarded:
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Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits:
Grant Applicant - applied in 2015
Definitely talk to a program officer before applying. They seem to prioritize new projects (or reimagined programs/ expansions). They also want to see impact for a LARGE portion of the region or projects that impact a lot of people, which can be frustrating for local/smaller nonprofits, or projects that are very intensive in the lives of fewer people.
Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic, Risk averse
Current or former grantee
Funded for lesser amount
While applications are technically open to anyone with dates clearly posted, they disadvantage smaller nonprofits and community organizations in several ways. One is requiring an audit for most of their grants (We do an audit due to federal funding, but I know the IRS doesn't require this for smaller budgets). Secondly, they want to see projects that are far-reaching in the region. So if your project is local to a city or county, it seems like you don't stand much of a chance (unless Detroit-based and serving a lot of people).
Consider projects that may impact a smaller amount of people but are research-based in actually uplifting people out of poverty, rather than a band-aid solution. Don't require nonprofits to completely change up their programs in order to receive funding more than once.
Speak to a program officer to get a real gauge for what their grant-making goals, so you aren't wasting your time on applying for something that has very slim chance of being funded.
Good at fundraising and getting a lot of money.
Grant Applicant - applied in 2017
Despite speaking with a Program Officer numerous times and being encouraged to apply because they liked our project, we have applied three years in a row and never receive funding.
Applied and not funded
It seems they are interested in getting a high number of requests so they can tout it in their public information. However, getting a grant is VERY DIFFICULT despite encouraging conversations with Program personnel.