3M Foundation Grant Guidelines

  • 3M’s Foundation Focus Areas & Grant Cycles

    3M strives to maximize our social impact within our communities and support a culture of service among our people. To do this, 3M Foundation partners with leading organizations that are aligned to our global footprint and have proven track records for making a difference in our three areas of focus:

    • Community – 3M Foundation thrives to build inclusiveness, diversity and vibrancy in 3M communities. This is accomplished by supporting programs that assure access to basic needs, prepare youth for life-long success, increase access to quality and diverse arts opportunities, and contribute to global humanitarian relief efforts.

      Community Grant Cycle:
      • August – November
  • 3M Foundation Terms & Conditions

    3M Foundation Terms & Conditions apply to all 3M Foundation investments. Acceptance of 3M Foundation funds constitutes agreement. See the complete 3M Foundation Terms & Conditions here.


In addition to aligning with 3M’s focus areas and strategies, organizations must meet the following criteria and must serve a 3M Community. See our 3M community locations in the U.S. (PDF, 114KB).

  • The following organizations are not eligible for support:
    • Individuals
    • For-profit
    • Disease-related
    • Government agencies
    • Hospitals, clinics or nursing homes
    • Treatment centers or hospice programs
    • Religious, fraternal or social
  • The following activities are not eligible for support:
    • Athletics
    • Advocacy and lobbying efforts to influence legislation
    • Conferences, seminars, workshops or publications of their proceedings
    • Endowments
    • Film/video production
    • Fundraising, testimonial, athletic and special events
    • Playground or athletic equipment
    • Travel

  • 3M/ 3M Foundation Community Interest Form

    3M/ 3M Foundation is committed to learning about the work of U.S.-based nonprofits that meet our funding criteria. We are working to overhaul a Community Interest Form to provide a quick and easy way for nonprofits to tell our team about work aligned to 3M/ 3M Foundation guidelines and strategic priorities. We anticipate the revised form will be re-posted during the third quarter of 2020 and will be hosted for 24/7 access thereafter. Please note that submitting a Community Interest Form is for introductory purposes only and does not constitute an application for funds or a guarantee of support. Thank you for your interest in 3M/ 3M Foundation and for the work you lead to improve well-being and vibrancy in your community!