Valspar Paint Grants

Valspar Foundation, in partnership with the McKnight Initiative¬†Foundations, is offering historic properties, public buildings, murals and other facilities the chance to earn a new, free coat of paint. The “Minnesota Beautiful” project is a grant program designed to help restore buildings across greater Minnesota, and applications typically accepted annually.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Visual impact of the project
  • Current and/or intended use of the structure to be refurbished
  • Potential advantages to the public
  • Volunteer participation and support
  • Benefit to those in need


Projects that qualify for an award of free paint might include (but are not limited to) those involving:

  • Historic buildings, structures or landmarks
  • Facilities for senior or disabled citizens
  • Community centers or other public buildings
  • Murals or other visual-impact projects


Projects that do not qualify for a grant include those dealing with:

  • Denominational churches
  • City maintenance
  • Private properties
  • School projects with the exception of mural projects
  • Privately owned facilities which do not meet any of the other eligibility criteria described above.

To find which of McKnight Initiative Foundations operate in your area, click on your region on their map of Minnesota. To find specific grant applications, click on the appropriate Initiative Foundation website:

Northwest Minnesota Foundation
Northland Foundation
Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southwest Initiative Foundation
West Central Initiative 

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