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Foundation Grant Frequently Asked Questions

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Thank you for your interest in the C.H. Robinson Foundation.

Everything you need to know about how to apply for a grant from the C.H. Robinson Foundation, including grant eligibility, application deadlines, approval notification, giving priorities, contact information, and more.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to receive foundation support?

To qualify for Foundation support, your charitable organization must meet one of our giving priorities:

  • - Expanding educational success for at-risk youth
  • - Hunger prevention and food assistance
  • - Expanding and improving access to affordable housing
  • - Supporting immediate living needs for people in crisis
  • - Promoting health through research, prevention, and treatment

In addition to meeting one of the giving priorities above, your organization must meet the following criteria::

  • - Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit or public agency;
  • - Should not be political or religious in nature—grants to organizations with religious affiliation may be considered on an exception basis, but only if the grant will be used for non-religious purposes;
  • - Not be a K-12 school (public, private, or charter)
  • - Comply with IRS regulations
  • - Serve the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area or greater Minnesota with a focus on communities with C.H. Robinson offices
  • - Meet certain operating standards, including reasonable administrative and fundraising costs of generally less than 30 percent of the total budget

Q: How can my organization apply for funding?

If your organization meets the eligibility requirements above, you may submit a letter of inquiry to

Q: What is the deadline to submit a letter of inquiry?

We review requests on a yearly basis.

If you are a new applicant or did not receive a grant the year prior, a letter of inquiry must be completed by May 1 each year. Grant applications (invite only) will be due in July and applicants will be notified of their status in October.

Q: When will I be notified of the status of my letter of inquiry?

Inquiries eligible for grant support will be notified by the end of May that they are invited to participate in a grant application process.

Q: Am I eligible for Foundation support if the 501(c)(3) status is pending for my organization?

No. Only organizations that are verified with a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status are eligible to receive grants.