Grant Making

The Depot Foundation's area of arts and cultural interests include:

  • Artistic performance and presentation including ballet and dance, drama and theatrical, symphonic and choral music, and the visual arts
  • Arts and cultural educational programming
  • Cultural preservation and interpretation
  • Historic preservation and interpretation
  • Emerging artists

Undesignated Fund:
The Depot Foundation does provide grants for capital improvements to entities housed within the Depot Building and program support for any 501 3c which holds events in the Historic Union Depot.

Prindle/Wood Family Memorial Endowment Fund:
The Depot Foundation awards grants from this Restricted endowment to support programmatic activities defined as specific artistic, cultural, literary and scientific activities.

Designated Funds:
The Depot Foundation awards grants from the designated funds to support specific arts and cultural activities, purposes or organizations.

Muriel Whiteside Designated Fund:
Muriel Whiteside provides program support for the following organizations: Arrowhead Chorale, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth Children’s Museum, Duluth Playhouse, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Matinee Musicale, Minnesota Ballet, St. Louis County Historical Society.

Grant Applications:
All applicants should contact the Depot Foundation regarding a grant application. Depot Foundation staff are available to work with grant seekers at any stage of the application process.

Eligible organizations must:

  1. be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
  2. is one of the following defined agencies:  Arrowhead Chorale, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth Children's Museum, Duluth Playhouse, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Matinee Musicale, Minnesota Ballet, St. Louis County Historical Society

Application Deadlines/Award Dates:

Designated Funds:

Designated Fund Grant Award Announcement:
October 1

Award Date:
Undesignated Fund (including M. Whiteside Charitable Trust & Prindle/Wood Family Endowment):

Application Announcement:
August 1

Application Deadline:
September 1

Award Date Announcement:

Grant applications must be received at the Depot Foundation office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

Grant Making Evaluation and Additional Weighting of Applications:
The grant making process is conducted in an impartial manner based upon the evaluation of each application. Additional consideration is given to initiatives that support:

  • Collaborative projects benefiting multiple arts and cultural disciplines
  • Creative endeavors
  • Projects that involve funding from multiple sources
  • Projects that benefit others beyond the organization

The Depot Foundation does not accept grant applications to its Undesignated fund that request support for on-going programs and/or materials, for on-going general operating costs or salaries (unless it is a one time project), for political action programs/candidates, or to establish a permanent endowment or permanent interest bearing account.

For further information about our grant making funds or application procedures, please contact the Depot Foundation.