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 (aka, their Core Mission Support). We know that building the capacity of small organizations that focus on historically underserved cultural communities helps position them for greater impact in their community. We’re excited to announce that because of the success of the pilot NIGP round, we received funding for a 2019-2021 Round of the Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program. These grants will go to culturally led Minnesota nonprofits and be paired with technical assistance on financial administration. Read Kate Barr’s blog post for more background on the Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program.

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NIGP Details

  • Timeline: Applications will open on September 3 and will be due September 30. Grantees will be announced by early November with grant projects to start in December 2019.
  • Maximum Grant Amount Available: $40,000
  • Length of Grant: 12-18 months
  • Number of Grantees: 10-12
  • Eligible Organizations: Culturally-specific nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in Minnesota and the Native nations sharing the geography with annual budgeted expenses less than $500,000 and that primarily serve historically underserved cultural communities. Past recipients are not eligible to apply again.
  • Note: This is a government reimbursement grant, meaning that you won’t receive funds until you submit reimbursement requests to Propel Nonprofits. Technical assistance on what you’ll need to submit will be provided as part of this grant with the goal of building capacity for future government grants.
  • Review some Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible Use of Funds

Organizational Administrative Improvement
Grants under this activity area can be used to improve internal administrative 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.

Apply Online

After reviewing the full request for proposals, complete the online application. Applications are due Monday, September 30 at 5 pm Central Standard Time.

The application period is now closed.

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Previous NIGP Awardees

This grant program launched in the fall of 2017 and the first grantees were announced in January 2018. See the full list of 2018 NIGP grantees. Here’s what they 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.


Don’t hesitate to reach out, and be sure to review some Frequently Asked Questions.

Mario Hernandez, Strategic Services Director

Sarah Alfaham, Fiscal Sponsorship Manager

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.