Apply Here: Grant Guidelines

Submit LOI for May 4, 2020 HERE

Note: The above portal will not be opened for new grant submissions until April 2020

Grant Making Changes at Sundance

Beginning in 2020, Sundance is moving from supporting Youth Social Entrepreneurships (YSEs) (age 14 to 17 years) to advancing 21st Century career pathways (age 18-24+) moving from YSE enterprises and other post secondary training tracks. This changes both the guidelines and the way nonprofits apply for grants. It also changes Sundance’s process for awarding  grants to nonprofits. 

Sundance has now implemented an LOI Process

Geographic Area:

Sundance Family Foundation focuses giving to organizations whose programming benefits the residents of the following Minnesota and Wisconsin counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Chisago, Polk and St. Croix.

While applications are not accepted for geographic areas outside of those identified above, from time to time, the board may  choose to fund a grant outside of this geographic area or priorities.

The Specifics of the LOI Process:

Sundance will be asking for a 2 page Letter of Intent (LOI) with an attached Logic Model and MOUs or agreements as outlined below due May 4, 2020 from applicants who meet as many as possible of the following guidelines:

  • Provide Social/Emotional Development to youth age 18-24+ to build youth personal agency (confidence, teamwork, agility and focus)

  • Provide Community Engagement to the same youth to build their social capital (mentors, peer mentors, volunteers, other alums, links to emergency supports and transportation) directly by your organization or with other community partners. Another example, does your alum help with your community engagements such as help with a state fair, park, parade, or other community event.
  • Include a CareerForce center or other entity that will help with workforce navigation
  • Work cooperatively with employers, evidenced through an MOU, who are providing both a livable wage and training, (nationally recognized certificates with articulated skills development. Certificates will come with several degree credits at a local community or technical college with a path to a one, two year, and then a four year degree.
  • The MOU also shows that the employer partner pays for or helps subsidizes most of the cost of the nationally recognized certificates and/or degrees. The employer partner provides a career pathway exceeding the short term limitations of internships.

  • MOUs are presented as part of the LOI which cite the partner responsibilities and supports from each party to the youth employee.
  • Track the progress of the youth attaining their new career using indicators that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For Earn & Learn LOI programs, this means that you can produce data that supports #8 Workforce Development and perhaps several of the other SDGs such as #5 Gender Equality
    • Do you have a database in place that can track demographics and indicators of success in the workforce, and what database and collection tools are you using.
    • We would like to help you track the progress of your young adults as a result of this initiative so  that you can show:
      • # of youth placed in jobs and supported by the organization
      • median wage of youth placed in jobs (is there gender equality)
      • descriptions of the training received and curriculum or social connections provided
      • retention rates for youth in jobs (long term is 6 months)
      • demographic information and social security numbers so that you can obtain aggregate information from DEED

 An LOI submission is new for Sundance: 

  • LOI application deadline: May 4, 2020
  • Grants will be selected with full applications due in the beginning of June.
  • Grants will be determined and awarded in October 2020

We call this program: Earn & Learn More information to come!