Every fall and spring, the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council awards grants of up to $1000 to people, projects and programs that make Linden Hills a better place to live and work. The grants are funded through the annual Taste of Linden Hills.



The Council prefers to make grants to tax exempt, nonprofit organizations. However, we recognize that some projects may not be associated with a formal nonprofit organization and thus will consider proposals from neighborhood groups that can show appropriate administration and public accountability for the grant, and those that otherwise meet the guidelines. Units of government may apply for funding for specific projects, but not for activities that are traditional responsibilities of the government.


Grants from the council under these guidelines will be for specific projects only. The council will not make grants for planning, operating, or capital expenses. Please also note that grants from the council cannot be used to promote religious or partisan political purposes. Grants are typically less than $1,000, but there are no firm rules about grant allocations.

Linden Hills store fronts
Linden Hills store front


The level of the council’s support will depend partly on an applicant’s commitment to and practice of the following principles:

  • How does the organization relate to or affect Linden Hills? The council makes grants to organizations in Linden Hills, or to those that predominantly serve Linden Hills.
  • How does the organization or program involve participants in shaping its work?
  • How does it draw on participants’ strengths?
  • How does it encourage people and institutions within the community to support one another?
  • How does it support flexible, responsive, and respectful relationships among people in the community?
  • If applicable, how will the project be sustained beyond the life of the council’s grant?


Proposals will be reviewed initially by members of the LHiNC finance committee, who will make a recommendation to the full council for final decision. The council reserves the right to reject proposals even if the finance committee recommended the proposal for approval.

The finance committee (and council) will review proposals twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

  • Applications must be postmarked by March 15 (spring) or September 15 (fall)
  • Finance committee will review proposals by April 30 (spring) or September 30 (fall)
  • Full council review by first Tuesday in May (spring) or second Tuesday in October (fall)
  • Notice provided or sent by first Wednesday in May (spring) or second Wednesday in October (fall)
Linden Hills Library book sale
Linden Hills Library
Neighbors at the Linden Hills Library


Create a grant proposal (there is no application form). Proposals should be typed and not exceed five pages in length (excluding financial information). Proposals should include the following information:

  • Organization mission, history, and connection to Linden Hills
  • Description of project goals, history
  • Explanation of how the project relates to council’s principles (“What we are looking for”)
  • Organizational (annual budget), including income and expenses
  • Project budget, including income and expenses
  • Other sources of support for the project (either received or pending)
  • Evaluation plans, if applicable
  • Copy of 501(c)(3) letter if the application is from a tax exempt, nonprofit organization.

Submit one copy via email to and one copy by U.S. mail to:

Linden Hills Neighborhood Council
Attention: Treasurer
P.O. Box 24049
Minneapolis, MN 55424


See the list of past grant winners.

Fall colors on walking path at Lake Harriet
Photo courtesy of Steve Mosborg
Lake Harriet at sunrise
Photo courtesy of Steve Mosborg


Please contact us if you have any questions.