Twin Cities Fund

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Please note: Due to the migration to a new grants management system, the first day the system will be available to submit applications will be May 1, 2017.  Since this was the scheduled deadline date for Twin Cities fund applications, we are extending the deadline to May 19, 2017.

As a worldwide company headquartered in Minnesota, the Best Buy Foundation considers proposals from 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.

The Twin Cities Fund considers proposals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that:

  • Serve a Twins Cities-area audience
  • Offer programs 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, 3-D printing, digital photography, filmmaking and videography, graphic design, audio production, game development, programming and app development.
    • Tech skills and workforce readiness programs that will help teens achieve a degree or credential, achieve self-supporting wages or have opportunities for further education and career advancement.
  • Arts and Culture organizations that add to the vibrancy of the seven-county Twin Cities metro area

Twin Cities grant applications to the Best Buy Foundation are reviewed on a quarterly basis, with the following application deadlines:

Nov. 1 | Feb. 1 | May 1 | Aug. 1

Take the eligibility quiz to see if your nonprofit meets the criteria to submit a Twin Cities application. NOTE: The quiz will be available May 1.

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.

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 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 a letter of inquiry (including description of the campaign) by Feb. 1.
  • 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 will be presented at the Q1 Foundation meeting (generally in April). Site visits may be conducted between April and June with final decisions announced after the Q2 meeting (generally in July).

 

Take the eligibility quiz to see if your nonprofit meets the criteria to submit capital grant Letter of Inquiry. NOTE: Quiz will be available beginning May 1.