We review grant proposals twice per year:


In the spring, the granting focus is on Support for Immigrants and Refugees.

Immigrants and Refugee Empowerment and Education

Marbrook Foundation is interested in supporting initiatives or organizations that empower and create opportunity for new immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities metro area.

As the immigrant and refugee populations grow and become increasingly diverse, so does the potential for enrichment and transformation in our communities. Marbrook Foundation believes that addressing the opportunities and challenges that come with blending cultures, languages and beliefs strengthen our shared communities and contribute to the well-being of all citizens.

The Foundation will consider proposals for programs that support immigrant and refugees in the following areas:

  • Culturally safe and conducive learning environments for children and youth.  These programs may include a focus on mindfullness
  • Intentional intercultural learning, and cross-cultural experiences
  • Healthy development, life-skill development, and well-being for youth and families
  • The development of skills for financial independence
  • Leadership development and empowerment in the community
  • Cultural preservation



In the fall, the granting focus is on initiatives in the areas of Arts, and in the Environment. 


The Foundation will accept Letters of Intent (LOI) from arts programs serving the Twin Cities metro area that provide culturally specific arts programming and intercultural arts programming. In 2017, grants will likely range between $5,000-$20,000.

The Foundation’s priorities in the area of Arts are:

  • Projects and programs that foster cultural awareness and understanding

  • Projects and programs that encourage cross-cultural collaboration, community integration, and inclusion

Letters of Intent may be submitted starting June 15, and are due by July 15, 2017 via the Foundation’s online grant application system.

Invited proposals will be due September 29 (at midnight), and funding decisions will be made in November 2017.



The Foundation is currently working to develop the focus and guidelines for this focus area.  No grants will be made in this area in 2017.


  • In 2017, as the Foundation implements its new guidelines, organizations that were funded in the fall of 2016 are not eligible to apply in the spring of 2017.
  • The Foundation accepts no more than one proposal per year from each organization.
  • After five consecutive years of giving to an organization, Marbrook will cease making grants to the organization for at least one year, per the Foundation’s phase-out policy.
  • The Foundation only makes grants to 501c3 charitable organizations.
  • Minimum grant size is $5,000.
  • The Foundation does not fund:

- Health clinics and medical treatment
- Food shelves or food stamp programs
- Conferences and events
- Individual college and academic scholarships
- Affordable housing