Relationship-Based Grantmaking

Nexus provides strategic regranting and capacity building assistance to community-based organizations in North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, the East Side of St. Paul and communities along the planned Bottineau Transit Line. These grants support community-based organizations at several stages of their development, including visioning, organizational development, program design and testing/refining new models. We strive to position our grantee partners to leverage additional resources to deepen their impact in community. Proposals are by invitation only.

Between 2015 and 2016, Nexus granted more than $1.5 million to our partners and provided more than 3,000 hours of capacity building assistance. Our support helped organizations:

  • strengthen their internal operations and management;
  • create new or strengthen strategic partnerships;
  • improve program delivery and impact;
  • and leverage $1,583,000 in additional funds.

Through our unique approach to grantmaking and relationship development, we were able to help our partners expand financial support for their organizations and programs by nearly 5 times.

Here is a snapshot of our grantees:

81% of our grantees have annual budgets under $1 million. We act as an early funder for many small, community-based organizations, helping them build their capacity and develop relationships with new funders to enhance their sustainability.

63% of our grantee organizations are led by people of color. Additionally, the majority of our grantees’ communities are represented in the diversity of their staff and board members.

95% of the re-granting funds that Nexus provides are awarded as general operating funds.