Thank you for your interest in the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation. A private family foundation established in 1951, we seek to foster safety, opportunity, and growth for individuals and families by supporting effective nonprofits in the arts, environment, and human services. Our grant programs include:

Community Grants

The Butler Family Foundation's Community Grants Program awards two-year grants for general operating support or for specific projects and programs. Organizations applying for grants in the arts or human services must work in the urban cores of Saint Paul or Minneapolis or in the East Metropolitan suburbs. Organizations applying for grants in the environment may work anywhere in Minnesota.

Special Projects Grants

The Butler Family Foundation's Special Projects Grants Program awards grants of $100,000 or more to nonprofit organizations for capital campaigns, major program innovations, and systems change initiatives. Only organizations with a current active grant from our Community Grants Program, the Petersham Fund, or the Regranting & Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund are eligible to apply.

Invited Grants

Through its Invited Grants Program, the Butler Family Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations of special interest. Organizations will be contacted if they have been selected to apply, but otherwise there is no opportunity to present an unsolicited proposal or letter of intent.