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Sauer Family Foundation Grant Program for the 7 Counties of Minnesota


Applications are now open for the Sauer Family Foundation Grant Program to create change, fill gaps, or help create something new in an organization, government agency, or system.

 Donor Name: Sauer Family Foundation

State: Minnesota

Counties: Anoka County (MN), Carver County (MN),  Dakota County (MN), Hennepin County (MN), Ramsey County (MN), Scott County (MN), Washington County (MN)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/25/2022


The Sauer Family Foundation is particularly interested in grants that support work in systems and agencies that keep children in safe, supported families, decrease toxic stress and move them to resiliency.

Funding Priorities

They fund direct service, research, field building, and systems change efforts in the following areas:

  • Building Strong Family Relationships: Prevention and Intervention in Child Welfare
    • Reducing child welfare placements away from family through parent support and family treatment services.
    • Increasing family finding and natural connections for children & youth in child welfare. Their focus is reunification with primary caregiver, supporting kinship foster care & kinship permanency.
    • Meeting the social emotional needs of foster children & youth and decreasing time to permanency, stopping the exit to homeless youth services.
    • Increasing opportunities for the voice of foster youth in advocacy and increasing public awareness of the foster care experience.
  • Building Resilience to Trauma
    • Prevention and early intervention models that support children as they develop adaptive and flexible coping skills for trauma.
    • Professional development in trauma-informed practices in child welfare, children’s mental health and education; including resiliency to secondary trauma.
  • Building Educational Success for Children: Literacy Skills and Learning Disabilities in Reading, Writing and Math PreK – 8th Grade
    • Expansion of structured literacy and interventions based on the Science of Reading.
    • Adoption of assessments that are indicated for learning disability screening and identification.
    • Expansion of the accessibility and affordability of learning disability assessments and interventions.
  • Building a Workforce that Reflects the Diversity of Minnesota’s Children: Racially Equitable Career Pathways in their Funding Areas
    • Programs that remove barriers for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to enter careers in child welfare, children’s mental health or education.
    • Nontraditional pathways that lead to licensure and can move candidates from paraprofessional to professional positions in child welfare, children’s mental health, or education.
    • Programs that increase support and mentoring for professionals of color in child welfare, children’s mental health or education allowing them to thrive.

Eligibility Criteria

They fund in the state of Minnesota with priority given to the seven-county metro area. The Foundation work in settings that serve children who are at-risk or experiencing abuse or neglect, exposed to toxic stress/trauma, or have challenges developing reading, writing and math skills. This includes schools and early childhood settings, non-profit and research organizations, government agencies, collaboratives, and networks.

For more information, visit Sauer Family Foundation.

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