We fund in the state of Minnesota with priority given to the seven county metro area.
The lens we use when we consider grants is based on what we do best. The best use of Sauer Family Foundation funding is to create change, fill gaps, or help create something new in an organization, government agency, or system. We recognize our money is not best used to sustain a program or organization over a long time, because of our internal changes every few years as the Sauer family grows.
There will be two grant rounds in 2018 – early spring and fall. Most of the Early Childhood Education and K-12 Education funding is done in the spring round. Our Child Welfare & Foster Care grants are considered in both rounds. In 2018, we will be directing our funding to the following areas:
The deadline for the spring grants will be March 30, 2018. If you feel your organization or project fits into our funding priorities, please send an email to Colleen O’Keefe, our Executive Director, at Colleen@sauerff.org to discuss the potential fit. We do not want to waste your time applying for a grant that is unlikely to be funded. If Colleen invites you to apply, you will be given a username and password for our online grant system.
All applicants must comply with all Federal, State and local non-discrimination laws. The Sauer Family Foundation does not make grants to individuals, political and lobbying activities, endowments, deficit or debt reduction, fundraising activities or advertising.
The Sauer Family Foundation funds in the areas of Early Childhood Education for children in foster care, homeless families and low income families; K-12 Education for children in low income families; and in Child Welfare, particularly in the areas of prevention and early intervention.