The Bridge

What we Fund

Our mission is centered around ensuring that every school in Hennepin county is a “great school” and  providing the necessary support to youth transitioning from foster care.

Who We've funded


We approach our work through an equity lens, and so our attention and resources are focused on communities that have been historically under-invested. To meet this mission, we fund emerging and visionary leaders that will push forward change and create real impact within the communities that we serve. More specifically, our funding falls into the following three priorities:

Strong Schools

The Graves Foundation gives grants to support the vision of K-12 school leaders who are putting their schools on a path to becoming strong and stable. We believe anyone with a long-term commitment to making positive change at a school can be a leader: Respected members of the school community, parents, educators, and administration. We fund initiatives directed by school leaders as well as outside organizations selected by school leaders to further the school’s vision.

Strong School Communities

The Graves Foundation gives grants to support the broader community’s work to seed the conditions for strong and stable schools to take root through advocacy, organizing, and community power-building.


The Graves Foundation funds organizations who provide support and care to vulnerable youth as they leave the K-12 system and begin their journey to adulthood. Specifically, the Graves Foundation will now support this population through grants towards:

Community-Driven Policy Changes Efforts

Youth Leadership & Mentorship

Financial Stability

Housing Stability

Mental Health Services

Note: At this time The Graves Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for this funding priority.