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Available Funding: Capacity Building Initiative

Minnesota Housing’s Capacity Building Initiative provides funding to build organizational capacity, launch creative, housing-related projects and initiatives, and promote partnerships across Minnesota. We recognize that housing disparities are a significant barrier to thriving communities, so the Capacity Building Initiative prioritizes communities that have been disproportionately impacted by housing challenges. By increasing organizational capacity, we aim to remove housing barriers and create thriving communities. 
We are accepting proposals for projects and activities that address root causes of disparities in homelessness, housing stability, homeownership, and underrepresentation of these communities in the existing network of service providers, developers and nonprofit organizations. We have allocated $450,000 for this initiative and our goal is to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of funds across the state.
We will provide up to $40,000 in one-time funding for one-year projects that will help grantees meet project objectives, develop a knowledge base, and the programming to ultimately increase effectiveness and impact in the long term.

Application Materials

The application deadline has passed. Capacity Building Initiative Funds will be available in 2020. This page will be updated when the 2020 application window is open.


  • May 20-June 21, 2019: Question and Answer Period
  • July 1, 2019: Application deadline
  • July 29-August 7, 2019: Finalist interviews
  • September 13, 2019: Applicants informed of funding decisions

Eligible Applicants

  • Tax-exempt nonprofits
  • Tribal governments and tribal corporate entities
  • Collaborations, if lead partner is a qualified applicant
  • Local units of government and political subdivisions

Eligible Uses

The Capacity Building Initiative is intended to build organizational capacity to address housing disparities, empower underrepresented communities, pilot innovative solutions to housing challenges and support inclusive communities. We want organizations and communities to use their local knowledge and creativity to develop strategies that work for them. Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to:
  • Pilot projects (e.g., housing models for culturally appropriate housing, accessible housing or housing for those with background check challenges).
  • Community engagement, education and leadership development to facilitate community-led decision-making to meet a housing need.
  • Partnership development, including a fiscal agent or consultant relationship, to build organizational capacity, leverage resources, relationships and expertise to comprehensively address community housing needs.
  • Partnerships and training that expand the pipeline of underrepresented communities (people of color and indigenous people, people with disabilities, low-income people) applying for and being served by Minnesota Housing resources.
  • Staff development and training to build organizational capacity to meet community needs.


If you have questions or would like to discuss your ideas, please contact Alyssa Wetzel-Moore at or 651.296.3617 by June 21, 2019.