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Please check back after the first of the year for the 2011 Guidelines

The Foundation has three main areas of focus:

I. Intercultural understanding at home and abroad that leads to economic justice and supports nonviolent approaches to conflict. The Foundation will support projects that promote the following:

1. International education and peacemaking, including:

        • Cross-cultural education that contributes to international understanding
        • Conflict resolution
        • Peace education

2. Domestic intercultural understanding, including:

        • Conflict resolution
        • Community building

II. Environmental preservation and the regeneration of natural resources, both urban and rural, with a special interest in:

          • Projects that relate to food and nutrition
          • Projects that make a connection between consumption and conservation, and teach sound consumption patterns
          • Projects that promote sustainable agriculture and alternative farming techniques and education

III. Related arts, with a special focus on:

          • Promoting literacy
          • Community involvement
          • Peace Education

Types of Grants

The Foundation provides grants to recognized 501 (c) (3) organizations for projects within the Guidelines. Initial grants will be given for project funding only. The Foundation does not make grants for general operating support or for endowment funds.

Capital funding may be available for projects connected to previous Foundation support only. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $15,000 with the average grant size of $6,000. Click here to see the list of 2009 grantees.

Geographic Scope

Domestic: The Foundation funds organizations that are based or have programs in Minnesota or Vermont.

International: The Foundation funds programs abroad through U.S. 501 (c) (3) organizations based in Minnesota or Vermont that work internationally.

Application Procedures

1. Letters of Intent:
Letters of intent should be postmarked by March 31.

a. Fill out the Cover Letter of Intent. Click here to download Cover Letter of Intent.
b. Introduce your organization and project. Make clear the link between your proposal and the mission and values of the Yackel Foundation. Keep your letter to one page only. Submit on the official letterhead of your organization.

2. Invitation to submit a full proposal:
The Yackel Foundation will reply to your letter of intent by May 1.

3. Full proposals must be postmarked by May 31. If the Yackel Foundation invites you to submit a full proposal:
Click here to download Application.

Former grantees:
Organizations that have received funding from the Yackel Foundation must have submitted their interim and final outcomes report (if applicable) prior to applying for another grant. Follow the process outlined under Application Procedures.


Early submissions are encouraged.
Applications are reviewed and grants made prior to October 31.

Send requests to:

John P. & Eleanor R. Yackel Foundation
P.O. Box 3897
Minneapolis, MN 55403


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