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Shavlik Family Foundation Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Shavlik Family Foundation

LOI Date:

12/01/19

Deadline Date:

02/15/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Minnesota nonprofits to implement innovative technology projects that will improve operations and foster efficient delivery of services and resources. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. These grants support operating needs or innovative program initiatives utilizing technology to improve efficiency, operations, staff, fundraising, staff, and clients’ access to opportunities.

The Foundation's goal is to provide opportunities by removing barriers to information and access to technology. By assisting nonprofits through technology project funding the Foundation has been able to help organizations improve their operations, program efficiency, collaboration, donor support, as well as give access to technology and information to clients, and create opportunities for people to succeed. The  Foundation wants to see information technology used to empower people and organizations to find their full potential.

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 the organization, taking it into the future.

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.

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:

Multiple year grants are not accepted. Complicated technology projects that take multiple years
to complete can be broken down into smaller projects for consideration.

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 and that impact the lives of Minnesotans.

Organizations that impact Minnesotans and have a physical presence in Minnesota but have headquarters outside the state can be considered if the project is going to be installed at a Minnesota site. Minnesota nonprofits that serve populations outside of Minnesota; for example in another country, will not be considered.

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.

Restrictions:

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:

The Online Grant System opens on November 1st each year and closes on Dec. 1st for you to submit an LOI to be considered. Before January 15th you will be informed if your organization will be asked to submit a full proposal for consideration for a final grant decision.

The Board of the Shavlik Family Foundation will invite the top LOI submissions to give us a full proposal after January 15th. You will have until Feb. 15th to finalize your full proposal. The Foundation will make final grant decisions from the group on March 31st.

Click here to view the grant timeline in detail: http://www.shavlikfamilyfoundation.org/grant-information/grant-timeline.html

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

Additional Information:

FAQs: http://www.shavlikfamilyfoundation.org/faq.html
Who the Grant is For: http://www.shavlikfamilyfoundation.org/grant-information/who-this-grant-is-for.html
Grant Resources: http://www.shavlikfamilyfoundation.org/resources.html

Contact Information:

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

Apply online from November 1: https://www.shavlikfamilyfoundation.org/apply.html

Rebecca Shavlik, Executive Director
Email: rebecca.shavlik@shavlik.us

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

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