Community Outreach Grants - AAA Minneapolis

Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety – Community Outreach Grants

What is the Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety?


Since 1902, traffic safety programs have distinguished AAA as the leader in helping to prevent life- threatening incidents to motorists, pedestrians, school bus riders, and bicyclists. In 1987, the local motoring and travel club established its non-profit Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety. The Foundation funds and operates an expanding menu of AAA Minneapolis traffic safety programs. The Foundation’s strength is vital to the overall promotion of traffic safety practices in Hennepin County.

The Foundation’s key functions include:

  • School Safety Patrol
  • Traffic Safety Programs and Education
  • Community Outreach (Grant Program / Safety Resource Center)

In an effort to effectively reach an ever-expanding and diverse community on a number of traffic safety related issues, the Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety seeks to align and partner with other traffic safety advocacy groups throughout Hennepin County. These collaborative efforts work to ensure a stronger and safer community.


Who is eligible to apply for a community grant?


The Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety provides Community Grant opportunities for applicants headquartered in Hennepin County (also serving Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, and Spring Lake Park) including:
Public and private schools and other education providers

Hennepin County-based law enforcement agencies (municipal and county)

Other Hennepin County-based community, civic and business organizations, and groups providing traffic safety activities


What activities/projects are considered grant awards?


In order to be considered, requests for grant funds must meet one of these criteria relating to traffic safety:

  • Sponsorship of event or activity
  • Materials (literature, brochures, etc.)
  • Supplies
  • Staffing
  • Transportation
  • Scholarships
  • Specialized safety training
  • Special law enforcement activities and/or projects
  • Promotion of related safety activities
  • Traffic safety programs, training, and special events

Consistent with its mission, the Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety encourages Community Grant applications from organizations and groups that offer or serve citizens, programs or events that promote local traffic safety initiatives, involving:

  • Motorists of all ages (including teen and senior drivers)
  • Child passengers
  • Pedestrians of all ages
  • Members of local immigrant communities and related support organizations
  • School Safety Patrollers, advisors, liaisons, officers
  • School bus riders and drivers (school and commercial drivers, riders, and operators)
  • Bicyclists and related retailers and bicycle event sponsors
  • Employers sponsoring traffic safety related initiatives/events/training for employees
  • Organizations or community groups hosting safety related social events
  • Operators of local eating/drinking establishments (i.e. Safe/Sober Ride Programs)


Do you have any free materials available for use in my organization?


In addition to funding requests, the Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety serves as an active educational resource from which schools, community groups, and law enforcement agencies can draw. Materials such as DVDs, software, posters, programs, literature and teaching guides are made available to these groups at no charge through the Safety Resource Center.


Send completed application and materials to:


Minneapolis Auto Club Foundation for Safety
c/o AAA Minneapolis
5400 Auto Club Way
St Louis Park, MN 55416