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Mount Sinai Community Foundation (MSCF) Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits to Improve
Healthcare Services in Eligible Regions

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations to improve healthcare services for residents in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit an online LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended to improve the health, well-being, and medical care of Minnesota residents. Organizations must be located in one of seven counties of the metro area: 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.
  • 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:

MSCF expects to fund between four and six grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For the 2021 grant cycle, organizations may request up to $10,000, and MSCF plans to release approximately $40,000 - $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs/projects funded in this grant cycle may begin as early as June 2021 and run through May 2022. MSCF funds should be spent within this time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must meet the Public Charity requirement of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- 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.
- Organizations that received a MSCF grant in the 2020 or 2019 grant cycle are not eligible to receive a MSCF grant in the current (2021) grant cycle and will not be considered this year.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Grant Cycle Timeline:
- LOI for the 2020-21 Grant Cycle will be available January 5, 2021.
- Completed LOIs must be received no later than 4:59 pm Monday, February 1, 2021. LOIs submitted later than this date will not be considered.
- MSCF extends invitations to 16-18 organizations from LOI pool to submit full grant applications – Monday, February 22, 2021
- Deadline for invitees to submit full grant applications – Monday, March 15, 2021
- Grant Finalists notified – Monday, April 12, 2021
- MSCF Annual Giving Circle Meeting with Finalist Presentations –Tuesday, May 4, 2021 (evening)
- Written Grant Notification Mailed to Recipients – Friday, May 7, 2021
- Grant Recipients’ Letter of Agreement Due – June 2, 2021
- Funds Released – Funds released 3-4 weeks after grantee letter of agreement submission unless otherwise stipulated by the Grants Chair.
- Grantee Outcome Report Due – June 18, 2022

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, 2021 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 strongly encouraged to contact MSCF to discuss their projects prior to submitting an application.

Contact Information:

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

Mount Sinai Community Foundation online portal:

Questions about the grant process should be directed to:
MSCF Grant Allocation Chair
Pam MacKinnon
(612) 865-6069,

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