Twin Cities Fund

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As a worldwide company headquartered in Minnesota, the Best Buy Foundation considers proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve the seven-county Twin Cities metro area, providing access to opportunities for teens through technology and Arts and Culture organizations that add to the vibrancy of the Twin Cities area.

Arts and Culture General Operating Grant

The Arts & Culture Grant provides general operating support to organizations with proven outreach programs serving broad audiences.

Career Pathway Program Grant

The Career Pathway program grant supports organizations that provide tech skills and workforce readiness to help teens achieve a degree or credential, achieve self-supporting wages or have opportunities for further education and career advancement. 

Teens and Tech Program Grant

The Teens and Tech program grant supports organizations that encourage teens to learn, experiment and collaborate with the latest technologies, developing skills and experiences to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities and lead outstanding lives.

  • Technologies include computing, robotics (robotics club funding is done through Best Buy Community Grants program), 3-D printing, digital photography, filmmaking and videography, graphic design, audio production, game development, programming and app development.
  • Application deadline: August 1st
  • Eligibility quiz and application portal link: cybergrants.com/bestbuy/TwinCitiesGrantsquiz

Capital Grants

The Best Buy Foundation will consider capital requests specifically directed toward capital projects for nonprofit organizations aligned to our core philanthropic focus of Arts and Culture and Teens and Technology in the seven-county metro area only. The deadline for Capital LOIs is June 1.

Arts and Culture – Bricks and mortar, technology and other capital purchases to support arts and culture organizations that are improving the quality of life for residents of the Twin Cities.

Teens and Technology – Bricks and mortar as well as other capital purchases for organizations that give underserved teens hands-on access to tech education and tools to be successful in school and future careers.  This includes grants for technology purchases that will allow organizations to offer programming such as computing, robotics, 3-D printing, digital photography, filmmaking and videography, graphic design, audio production, game development, programming and app development.

To be eligible to apply for a capital grant:

  • The purpose of a capital grant is to make a material contribution towards the total cost of acquisition, construction, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, creation, or improvement of public spaces or other improvements to a facility for the purpose of teens and technology or arts and culture.
  • Requests will be considered at $100,000 or more.
  • Requests will be considered when the organization reaches 50% of the campaign goal.
  • The Best Buy Foundation will not fund endowments as part of a larger capital campaign.
  • Subsequent capital campaigns will not be considered for at least five years after the last scheduled payment of a prior capital grant.
  • An organization may be eligible to receive regular operating, program or project support in addition to receiving capital support through our Twin Cities Fund grants.

To apply for a capital grant:

  • Nonprofits must submit an online letter of inquiry (including description of the campaign) by June 1 using the link below.
  • Nonprofits will be contacted and advised as to whether or not a full proposal will be accepted. If accepted, nonprofits will be sent a link to submit immediately through the on-line process.

Accepted capital requests require a site visit. Site visits will be conducted between August and September, with final decisions announced at the end of October.

 

Take the eligibility quiz at https://www.cybergrants.com/bestbuy/CapitalGrantsquiz to see if your nonprofit meets the criteria to submit capital grant Letter of Inquiry. Reminder: LOI’s are reviewed once a year with a June 1 deadline date.