At Open Your Heart, our guiding principle is to give where the need is greatest. The Hunger and Homeless Grant is targeted towards organizations serving adults, families and youth experiencing homelessness and food insecurity throughout Minnesota. The primary goal is to ensure that these providers of crisis services have the tools, equipment and infrastructure necessary to best serve those in need. Preference is given to agencies that provide services for people who are currently unhoused – on the street or in shelters.

Who is Eligible: Agencies must serve food and housing insecure Minnesotans as the agency’s primary function. Agencies must have 501(c)3 status OR be recognized as tax exempt by the IRS (i.e. schools, units of government or tribal governments) OR use a fiscal agent with 501(c)3 status.

Agencies are eligible to apply for one Hunger and Homeless grant per year. Grant closures from previous awards must be submitted before reapplying. 

2024 Due Dates: March 1st, June 1st, September 1st and November 1st

Average Grant Size: $7,000

*To view your organization’s applications submitted prior to year 2024, please click HERE

PLEASE NOTE – Open Your Heart is using an updated grant portal beginning 2024. Even if you have submitted an application in the past, you will need to create a new profile, including username and password, when submitting an application.


spring cycle

Portal Open: January 15

Due Date: March 01

Notified By: April 12

summer cycle

Portal Open: April 15

Due Date: June 01

Notified By: July 19

fall cycle

Portal Open: July 22

Due Date: September 1

Notified By: October 11


Closing Your Grant

Your agency agrees to follow OYH requirements for closing out its grant by submitting your application. By completing the closure form, your agency is assuring OYH that your organization has spent the grant funds in accordance with your original request. The form must be completed and unused funds must be sent to OYH within 45 days of the grant’s use to be in compliance with OYH grant requirements. Directions on how to complete this form will be emailed to you. Your agency must complete this form to be eligible for future funding from OYH.

You can access your grant closure form by logging into the same grant portal that you used to apply for the grant and clicking on the grant that you want to complete the closure form for. Here you will see your closure form with options to view or edit it.

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