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Mount Sinai Community Foundation (MSCF) Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits to Improve the Health,
Well-Being, and Medical Care of Residents in the Twin Cities Area

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations to enhance the overall health, well-being, and medical care for residents of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Funding is intended for research, programs, projects, or equipment that are not part of the organization's annual budget. Organizations must be located in one of seven Twin Cities Metro area counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.

MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

Funding Priorities:

  • MSCF seeks to fund innovative programs and/or essential equipment that have a meaningful, direct, and high impact on the target population.
  • MSCF is especially interested in discrete projects that can be identified as MSCF funded efforts. These projects or items may be funded by MSCF funds alone or with a limited number of other funding partners.
  • Applicants with unique grant requests who may be unable to secure funding elsewhere are encouraged to apply.
  • Funding sought for information technology or equipment and/or software upgrades will not be considered unless they are integral to the delivery of the health or medical services provided.
  • Grant requests where MSCF grant dollars are only a small component of the overall project budget are unlikely to be funded.
  • Through the generosity of the Frances & Samuel Finkelstein/Janice Finkelstein Mattison Memorial Fund, one of the grants may receive funding for cancer research or education; medical ethics/patient advocacy programs; or treatment for children, seniors, disabled, or the homeless.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149616

Number of Grants:

4 - 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

- For the 2020 grant cycle, organizations may request up to $10,000.

- MSCF plans to release approximately $40,000 - $50,000

Term of Contract:

Grants are for one-time funding for projects that can demonstrate measurable outcomes upon completion of the year of funding.

Programs/projects funded in this grant cycle may begin as early as June 2020 and run through May 2021. MSCF funds should be spent within this time frame. Note that funds may be released as late as July 23, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MSCF invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet MSCF’s 2019 Grant Application Guidelines to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Applicants must meet the Public Charity requirement of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Previously Funded Grantees:
Organizations that received a MSCF grant in the 2019 or 2018 grant cycle are not eligible to receive a MSCF grant in the current (2020) grant cycle and will not be considered this year.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Grant Cycle Timeline:
- LOI Release: September 4, 2019
- Deadline for organizations to submit LOI: October 23, 2019
- MSCF extends invitations to 36 organizations from LOI pool to submit full grant applications: December 2, 2019
- Deadline for invitees to submit full grant applications: January 9, 2020
- Grant Finalists notified: March 17, 2020
- MSCF Annual Giving Circle Meeting with Finalist Presentations: May 4, 2020 (evening)
- Written Grant Notification Mailed to Recipients: May 7, 2020
- Grant Recipients’ Letter of Agreement Due: July 2, 2020
- Funds Released: Funds released upon grantee paperwork submission, but no later than July 23, 2020, unless otherwise agreed to by the MSCF Grant Allocation Chair.
- Grantee Outcome Report Due: June 18, 2021.

Completed LOIs must be received no later than 4:59 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019. LOIs submitted later than this date will not be considered.
- Applicants may not submit more than one LOI during any grant cycle.

Presentation at MSCF Annual Grant Allocation Meeting:
Eight grant finalists will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation (inclusive of questions and answers) to the Giving Circle members at the MSCF Annual Grant Allocation Meeting on the evening of Monday, May 4, 2020. Following the presentations, the Giving Circle members will vote on the grant awards. If selected as one of the eight finalists, a representative from your organization must be available to present at the MSCF Annual Meeting.

Occasionally, MSCF has remaining funds of less than $10,000 after the grants are allocated. These funds are not sufficient to fully fund additional grantees and would otherwise go unallocated. MSCF has developed a secondary process for allocating possible remaining funds. The eight finalists may be asked to submit a brief description of a smaller scale version of their project in the event that they are NOT selected as a fully funded grantee. This information, if requested, is collected prior to the May 4, 2020 Annual Giving Circle meeting and is sealed and kept confidential. Secondary requests are only shared with the Giving Circle after the fully funded grantees have been selected and announced to the Giving Circle membership.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact MSCF to discuss their projects or ask questions prior to submitting an LOI. Potential applicants may call Pamela MacKinnon.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to:
Pamela MacKinnon, MSCF Grant Allocation Chair
(612) 865-6069

Mount Sinai Community Foundation
13100 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 200
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305
Phone: 952-593-2600

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Twin Cities Metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties

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