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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits and Agencies to
Promote Equality in Eligible Regions

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects to promote equality among diverse populations in eligible regions. A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is available for start-up costs, capital financing, general operating support, project or program support, and other purposes. Successful proposals will meet the needs of marginalized populations with disparate access to resources based on ethnic background, gender, age, religion, or socioeconomic status, with the goal of reducing inequities. Projects must advance social equity in St. Cloud, Minnesota and/or the immediate vicinity.

Social equity is central to the Foundation's mission, as it wishes to create a just society in which all individuals have ample opportunities to thrive, and outcomes are not determined by one’s heritage, physical characteristics, beliefs, residence, or inclusion in any particular group. Social inequities directly challenge many different groups of people and in many different sectors of society, and all suffer when some are excluded from their full potential.

The Foundation will accept requests for a variety of grant types in the equity arena, including:

  • Program, Project, Capital, Start-Up and Operating Grants: To support innovative program initiatives, short-term projects, capital requests, start-up or operating needs.
  • Capacity Building: To invest in efforts to enhance the management and governance performance of charitable organizations serving St. Cloud, Minnesota and its immediate vicinity.
  • Advocacy: While the Foundation is restricted in its ability to lobby, it will consider funding permissible advocacy activities such as public education campaigns on a given topic, nonpartisan analysis study or research, training for nonprofits on how to engage effectively in advocacy, educating public policy makers on various issues, and nonpartisan election-related activity. 

Funding is intended for:

  • Preparing individuals to serve and lead the community, especially those from marginalized and at-risk populations
  • Building healthy relationships in all kinds of families and among various societal groups
  • Triggering bold, collaborative community projects that advance social equity

The Morgan Family Foundation invests its grant resources in nonprofit partners that are:

  • Broadening horizons and inspiring action through the power of education and experiential learning
  • Building stronger, more inclusive communities
  • Providing opportunities to those willing to enact positive change in themselves or the world around them

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163196

Estimated Size of Grant:

Historically, the Foundation generally does not consider requests for less than $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation is now accepting letters of inquiry for proposals that advance social equity in St. Cloud, Minnesota and the immediate vicinity. This reflects new funding interests and grant guidelines for 2020.

The Morgan Family Foundation awards the vast majority of its grants to charitable, nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) public charities. Occasionally grants may be made to units of government. If a charitable project is being undertaken by an entity that does not have 501(c)(3) status, please contact the Foundation for eligibility.

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
- Support animal rights or animal welfare causes
- Promote any particular religious doctrine
- Serve as replacement funding for public programs
- Finance medical research

Pre-Application Information:

For the Summer/Fall Cycle, 2020 LOIs are due no later than July 23. Because we recognize the stresses and challenges which COVID-19 has brought to many nonprofits, the Foundation is not requiring grantseekers to prepare a full written narrative grant application beyond the LOI. Based on the LOIs submitted, the Foundation will select some applicants for further consideration and notify others of their decline. The Foundation’s Program Officer will contact those who are invited to continue to schedule a follow-up interview about the grant proposal between September 15 and October 7, 2020. Prior to that interview, invited grantseekers will be asked to submit financial information about their organization and proposal.

Summer/Fall Cycle
- Grantseeker submits Letter of Inquiry by July 23, 2020
- Foundation invites or declines full proposal by August 26, 2020
- Grantseeker submits full proposal by September 15 - October 7, 2020
- Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by December 9, 2020

Grantseekers are welcome to contact the Foundation with questions or to discuss their ideas with Foundation staff at any time, even before submitting a Letter of inquiry.

The Foundation welcomes collaboration with other grantmakers and favors grantseekers with multiple sources of support.

Foundation staff will contact each applicant, usually within four weeks of the letter of inquiry deadline, to either invite or decline a full application, which is also submitted online through eGrant. An invitation to submit a full application is no guarantee of a grant. This is an indication that the Foundation wants to hear more about the proposal because it appears to meet the basic requirements for funding. As time allows, the Foundation is also willing to visit and answer questions regarding a draft proposal before it is finalized.

Contact Information:

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

Letter of Inquiry and Application Portal:

Morgan Family Foundation
506 S. High St., Suite B
PO Box 561
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387-0561
Tel: (937) 767-9208
Fax: (937) 767-9308


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