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Mount Sinai Community Foundation Grant

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

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Mount Sinai Community Foundation (MSCF)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations to enhance the well-being, overall health, and medical care for residents of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Funding may be used for research, programs, projects, or equipment that are not part of the organization's annual budget.

Grants are for one-time funding for projects that can demonstrate measurable outcomes upon completion of the year of funding. MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

For this grant program, the Twin Cities Metro area includes the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.

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 and 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 2019 grant cycle, organizations may request up to $10,000.

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 2019 and run through May 2020. MSCF funds should be spent within this time frame. (Note that funds may be released as late as July 16, 2019).

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.

Organizations must be located in one of seven Twin Cities Metro area counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.

Organizations that received a MSCF grant in the 2018 or 2017 grant cycle are not eligible to receive a MSCF grant in the current (2019) grant cycle and will not be considered this year.

Pre-Application Information:

LOI Deadline:
Completed LOIs must be received no later than 4:59 pm Friday, October 19, 2018. LOIs submitted later than this date will not be considered.

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

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 afternoon of Sunday, April 28, 2019. 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.

MSCF Teen Giving Circle:
In an effort to engage the next generation in philanthropy, MSCF has also launched a Teen Giving Circle which works in conjunction with the adult giving circle. These committed teens will attend the April 28th, 2019 meeting and will allocate funds from a smaller, separate pool of dollars.

2019 Grant Cycle Timeline:

- LOI Release – September 6, 2018
- Deadline for organizations to submit LOI – October 19, 2018
- MSCF extends invitations to 36 organizations from LOI pool to submit full grant applications – November 19, 2018
- Deadline for invitees to submit full grant applications – January 4, 2019
- Grant Finalists notified – March 18, 2019
- MSCF Annual Giving Circle Meeting with Finalist Presentations – April 28, 2019 (afternoon)
- Written Grant Notification Mailed to Recipients – April 30, 2019
- Grant Recipients’ Letter of Agreement Due – July 2, 2019
- Funds Released – Funds released upon grantee paperwork submission, but no later than July 16, 2019, unless otherwise agreed to by the MSCF Grant Allocation Chair.
- Grantee Outcome Report Due – June 17, 2020

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Potential applicants may call Elyse Levine Less, MSCF Grant Allocation Chair, at (651) 592-6061, or email

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