The Nash Foundation considers requests only from 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. Our grant making is generally limited to organizations in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. We also make a limited number of grants in communities that are of historic interest to The Foundation, but do not accept unsolicited proposals from these areas. The Nash Foundation primarily funds organizations whose operating budgets are under $5 million. We're interested in the arts, the environment, youth, and programs and organizations with a focus on women in crisis.

The Nash Foundation Does NOT Accept Proposals Via Postal Mail.


Dear Grantees,

As the leadership of our small family foundation gets passed down to a smaller and more geographically dispersed group of people, we are seeking ways to "right-size" our giving practices with our operational capacity.

We know your time is valuable too and we have made efforts over the years to move our grant proposal process online and to make it as streamlined as possible for your sake and ours.

However, in 2017 we will be experimenting with something totally new. We will not be accepting unsolicited grant applications. Instead, we will be inviting a small number of proposals from specific organizations to compete for a fewer number of larger grants.

This will be a new kind of challenge for us and we hope to be able to make a significant impact with our giving, albeit for a smaller number of organizations.

Thank you for your continued work to advance the arts, environmental protection, women’s issues, and opportunities for youth. We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity we all have had to learn about and support so many organizations that make our Minnesota community so great.

Please check in again next year—as we learn from this experience, we may likely make additional adjustments.

All the best,

The Nash Foundation Board

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The Nash Foundation does not make international grants.