Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program

The Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program (NIGP) is aimed at supporting the missions of small, culturally led organizations by strengthening their infrastructure. Increasing the capacity of small organizations that work with historically underserved cultural communities helps position these organizations for greater impact in their community. The Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program will provide grants, as well as ongoing support to grow the organizational capacity of small Minnesota nonprofits. This is a government reimbursement grant, so Propel Nonprofits staff will also work with grantees to navigate the reimbursement process.

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All grant applications must be submitted through the online form. The form will close on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 5 pm. No late applications will be accepted.

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Purpose of this Grant

Propel Nonprofits is seeking proposals – applications open on October 4, 2021 – that lead to meaningful improvement in an organization’s infrastructure, including technology investments, staff development, relationship building, or other opportunities to increase nonprofits’ core mission support. We anticipate making between 35 – 45 grants of up to $45,000 for a grant period of 12-18 months. Grantees will be required to receive post-award support from Propel in terms of managing the tracking and reporting requirements of this grant; they’ll also be asked to share lessons learned through mid-term and final grant reports and at a grantee convening.

Organizational Eligibility

The primary organization eligibility criteria are:

  • Small, culturally specific organizations that primarily serve historically underserved cultural communities. This includes organizations where the majority of management or board of directors’ positions are held by members of these cultural communities and the programs are designed to serve these cultural communities.
  • Nonprofit organizations, including 501(c)(3) organizations and unincorporated groups that have a fiscal sponsor.
  • Organizations with current annual budgets with expenses less than $500,000.

Eligible Use of Funds

Organizational Infrastructure Improvement

Grants under this activity area can be used to improve organizational infrastructure. Eligible activities under this category include hiring staff or consultants to assist with: developing database management systems; developing financial systems; and building other administrative systems needed to increase the organization’s ability to access and sustain new funding sources and deliver on the organization’s mission. Other eligible expenses include investments in technology to improve internal infrastructure.

Organizational Workforce Development

Grants under this activity area can be used to increase workforce capacity that builds the organization’s infrastructure. Eligible activities include hiring culturally competent staff or consultants to expand programming capacity; providing training and skills development; and implementing other methods of increasing staff capacity.

Organizational Partnerships

Grants under this activity area can be used to create partnerships with other organizations to increase capacity. Eligible activities include the creation and expansion of partnerships with existing organizations that possess specialized expertise; and the creation of partnerships to increase the capacity of the grantee organizations to improve services for the community.

This is not an exhaustive list of activities that can be funded by this grant program. Propel Nonprofits will work with grant applicants to determine how and if their proposed activities fit within the eligible activities listed above.

Application Timeline

Timeline for RFP Process

The RFP process will include two informational webinars to provide an overview of these grant guidelines and to answer questions organizations may have with regards to applying. Two technical assistance days will include a 30-minute session for applicants who want to receive assistance in preparing their application, but a session is not required to apply. Follow-up calls may also be scheduled and conducted only with organizations for which the selection committee feels it needs clarifying information.

RFP announced: September 27, 2021
Applications Open October 4, 2021
Community RFP informational webinar: October 11, 2021, 12-1 pm
Community RFP informational webinar: October 18, 2021, 12-1 pm
Technical assistance session with applicants: October 20, 2021, 9 am-4:30 pm
Technical assistance session with applicants: October 25, 2021, 9 am-4:30 pm
Proposals due: Monday, November 1, 2021, at 5 pm
Follow-up calls with applicants, if needed: November 2021
Awards announced: December 2021
Grant agreements signed: Mid-December 2021
Grant period begins: January 1, 2022

Applying for a Grant

RFP and Application Questions

Download the 2021 NIGP RFP as a PDF here

Access a Word document of the application questions

Grant Application

All grant applications must be submitted using an online form that is available here. The form will close on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 5 pm. No late applications will be accepted.

Community RFP Informational Webinars:

The informational webinars have passed. View a recording of the October 11 webinar.


We compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions from the Webinars. Download them as a PDF here.

Technical Assistance Before You Apply

There will be two technical assistance days to help applicants with their application preparation. During the previous grant round, we found that many applicants wanted support in thinking through and writing their work plan. The following two dates have been set aside for providing technical assistance during 30-minute appointments.

Technical Assistance Day 1

October 20, 2021, between 9 am-4:30 pm

Technical Assistance Day 2

October 25, 2021, between 9 am-4:30 pm

Information on how to sign up for either of these technical assistance days will be shared here soon.

Applicants can also call and email the grant contacts, Naima Farah and Glyn Northington, if they need technical assistance but can’t make an appointment on either of these dates.

Grant Contacts

Naima Farah, Capacity Building Program Manager

Glyn Northington, Senior Program Director

Previous NIGP Awardees

This grant program launched in the fall of 2017 and the first grantees were announced in January 2018 with another round of grantees announced in December 2019.

2017-2019 NIGP grantees

2020-2021 NIGP grantees

What past grantee’s have said about the program:

  • “We invested in hardware for our staff, and replaced handwritten records at the farm with tablets. It’s a less visible change, but the new software and hardware has improved our data gathering and working efficiently from our multiple locations.” – Dream of Wild Health, Minneapolis
  • “What this approach and grant has done is empower marginalized communities and people who run organizations on their behalf. We’re on the front lines and know what our communities need. It might not always be formal, because a lot of time the work we do is out of love and dedication to the kids we’re serving.” – ANEW BAM, St. Paul
  • “You’ve given us the opportunity to actively and accurately recognize our weaknesses and actually solve them. You have enabled us to identify and embrace new tools, resources and ways of working that have built more efficient processes and more successful and new programming.” – Cultural Diversity Resources, Moorhead

Read case studies from two 2018 grantees: ANEW BAM and Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming.

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The Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program is a partnership with the Coalition of Asian American Leaders and is made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota.