Foundation / Corporation
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Grants to Minnesota and Florida nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of middle- and working-class families within the funding source’s service area. LOIs are due November 27. Program areas include education, human and social services, and health and medicine. The Foundation supports results-oriented activities, with a primary focus on the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and Lee and Collier Counties in Florida.
The Foundation supports high-performing educational institutions, by invitation only. The Foundation also supports other nonprofit organizations that offer rigorous and effective learning experiences through tutoring, after school-programming and camps. The Foundation is committed to reducing burdensome student loan debt for select, high-potential college students and their working-class families. The Foundation encourages exceptional college students to pursue teaching careers, and supports excellence in teaching and scholarship.
Human and Social Services:
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and its Board are open to funding responsible and efficient human and social services agencies that demonstrate effective use of their resources. Funding possibilities include organizations working in the areas of hunger, shelter, emergency relief, domestic abuse, veteran and military families support and assistance with persistent medical challenges. The Foundation has a history of support for Hope Lodges and their positive impact on the treatment of cancer patients and their families.
Health and Medicine (by invitation only):
The Foundation supports health-related investments with insight from its Scientific Advisers.
The RMSFF has a history of making major investments in projects with the potential to reduce human suffering through advances to medical science. At one time those investments were disease specific (Cancer and Type 1 Diabetes) and ranged from basic scientific research to capital investments in facilities dedicated to the treatment of critically ill patients and care for their families. In the current phase of the Foundation’s life, the family and the Foundation board have become interested in the great potential demonstrated by regenerative medicine and stem cell research. The Foundation, however, is not open to biomedical research LOIs or proposals through its website and would never fund research that used fetal stem cells.
Research proposals are considered by invitation only and are referred to the Foundation’s board of Scientific Advisers for evaluation and recommendations to the board of trustees.
The family and board are focused on clinical ideas or observations that have the potential for significant impact in the improvement of treatment protocols within a three to five year time frame.
GrantWatch ID#: 155701
RMSFF grantees must be nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grantees must be organized and operated for charitable purposes.
Grantees must serve the people and communities of Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Carver, Scott and Dakota Counties in Minnesota or Lee or Collier counties in Florida. Proposals for counties outside of these locations are by RMSFF invitation only.
The Foundation does not fund individuals (unless through the scholarship program), government agencies, for-profit business, special events or conferences, endowments, the Arts or organizations outside the seven-county (Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Carver, Scott and Dakota) Minnesota or Lee or Collier Florida counties mentioned above.
The Foundation also does not support loans, event fundraisers or sponsorships, labor organizations, lobbying, political campaigns, organizations or work conducted outside of the United States.
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awards grants twice a year -- spring and fall -- with extended timelines when possible for LOIs, applications and follow-up report due dates.
The Spring 2018 Cycle LOI Submission is now open.
The LOI Submission deadline is November 27, 2017.
If invited, applications are due December 22, 2017.
More information about the Foundation may be found here:
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Barb Dunker, Office and Grant Administrator
Linda Carey Halverson, Ed.D., Senior Program Officer
3033 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416
999 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
Naples, FL 34108
USA: Florida: Lee and Collier Counties; Minnesota: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties