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:

Child Welfare and Foster Care

  • Helping to create systems focused on child and youth well-being. This work includes trauma-informed practices, healing trauma, and supporting parents to meet the needs of the child.
  • Prevention and early intervention for children and families at risk of entering child welfare.
  • Provide funding for activity fees (sports, art programs, music programs) for children and youth in foster care.

Early Childhood Education

  • High-quality early childhood education programs serving low-income children, whether stand-alone or part of high-quality K-12 schools.
  • Early childhood education and parent education for homeless or disadvantaged children & their families.
  • Home visiting models that work with parents and children on attachment and healthy early childhood development.
  • Preschool screening programs for children from low-income families.

K-12 Education – Public, Private & Charter Schools

  • Trauma programs in schools that lead to healing trauma so a child is able to focus on learning.

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.

Sauer Family Foundation Finances

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.