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Shavlik Family Foundation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Technology Projects
that Improve Nonprofit Service Delivery

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Foundation / Corporation

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Shavlik Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Minnesota nonprofits to implement any type of technology project that will improve how they meet their mission. These grants support innovative program initiatives or technology projects that improve operations, efficiency, fundraising, communications, data collection, or clients’ access to opportunities.

The Foundation has funded projects that utilize databases, websites, mobile applications, text messaging services, audio visual equipment, and other hardware and software systems to create better systems, data tracking, communication, access and services for their organizations.

The Foundation is willing to accept technology requests for operating, program/project, or capital grant requests. Technical assistance and consulting costs may be included if it is required by the project. The Foundation welcomes collaboration with other grant-makers.

Note: All projects should include detailed project implementation and budget plans. Websites or database projects that are to increase traffic, donors or program usage should also include a marketing and communications strategy. Database requests must also show how data migration from existing systems will be accomplished. Training of any type must be shown to be incorporated into organizational processes.

Desired Outcomes:

The Foundation is primarily focused on technology resources that remove barriers or build capacity for nonprofits and their clients. For example:

- The utilization of new technology creates a gain of information that in turn provides more choices and improves clients’ or the organization’s ability to make better decisions.
- The exposure and use of technology creates skills that lead clients to greater self-sufficiency and opportunities.
- Nonprofits taking advantage of technology to create collaborations gaining efficiency to serving clients more effectively.
- Implementing databases and reporting functionality to improve donor relations resulting in improved fundraising and with it the ability to serve more clients.
- Improving programs or general operations through the use of a technology that leads to operational savings for an organization.
- Using technology to improve communications and education in ways that lead to greater reach for the organization or the populations they serve.

These examples are given to illustrate funding outcomes, but are not limited to these examples.

The Foundation wants to see technology used to help solve issues and projects that will transform your organization, taking you and your clients into the future.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160339

Number of Grants:

The Foundation awards approximately 15 to 20 grants each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation awards grants ranging in size from $1,000 to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be able to be accomplished within a year of the grant being made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Shavlik Family Foundation awards grants to Minnesota-based charitable, nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as 501(c) 3 public charities.

Note: The Shavlik Family Foundation does not focus on the size, location or services provided by a nonprofit. The Foundation simply wants to fund the best technology projects that the Foundation feels have the greatest impact on an organization or the community it serves.


The Foundation does not accept grants from individuals or those using a fiscal sponsor. Generally, the Foundation will not:

- Make grants to individuals or for the benefit of pre-selected individuals
- Provide funds to lobby legislation or influence public elections
- Promote any religious doctrine or any specific religious organizations
- Serve as replacement funding for public programs

In addition, the Foundation does not fund routine replacement of hardware and software. The Foundation encourages organizations to create regular budget plans for upgrades within their operating budgets. Also, the Foundation is very cautious to fund customized software. Custom software puts the organization in the position of needing to be responsible for its technology and ongoing upgrades and maintenance as platforms change. The Foundation feels this can take away from an organization's ability to focus on the core services it provides.

The Foundation does not fund STEM or other educational programs, although the Foundation will consider a technology that supports these efforts.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:

- Grants Applications are Considered once a year by the Foundation Board.
- The Online Grant System opens on November 1st each year and closes at 11:59 PM on Dec. 15th. You will need to register every year with an email we can use for contacting your organization and a unique password. All grants must be submitted through our electronic system. No paper or emailed grants will be accepted.
- The Board of the Shavlik Family Foundation will make its final grant decisions by March 31st. Your organization will receive an email at the one you provided in your application if you will be receiving a grant on or before this date.
- By April 15th, grants checks will be sent by certified mail along with a letter highlighting the Foundation’s terms and conditions. Cashing a check is the acceptance of those terms and conditions.
- Proposals that are funded must submit a final report, including both narrative and financial information by May 1st of the following year of their grant award in order to be considered for future grants from the Foundation.

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Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application and guidelines.

Additional Information:

Who the Grant is For:
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Contact Information:

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

Rebecca Shavlik, Executive Director

Shavlik Family Foundation
c/o Redpath and Company, Ltd.
4810 White Bear Parkway
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota