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Morgan Family Foundation Grant

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

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Morgan Family Foundation

LOI Date:

06/30/21

Deadline Date:

08/31/21

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote equity in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit an online LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for advocacy and capacity building, as well as program, project, capital, start-up and operating grants. The scope of the grant program is limited to advancing social equity in St. Cloud, Minnesota and/or the immediate vicinity.

The purpose of the Morgan Family Foundation is to advance the human condition. The Morgan Family Foundation invests its grant resources in nonprofit partners that are:

  • 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; and
  • Triggering bold, collaborative community projects that advance social equity.

In 2021 the Foundation’s grantmaking is centered on the following themes: social equity, mitigating global warming in Minnesota, and end-of-life issues. The following Grant Guidelines pertain only to the social equity theme.

The focus of the Foundation's competitive grantmaking in 2021 is the reduction of unfair disparities for disadvantaged communities and at-risk populations in St. Cloud, Minnesota and for positive change in attitudes, practices and policies that lead to equitable outcomes for those communities. This includes, but is not limited to, disparities and inequities of race, class, religion, gender, age, immigrant status, sexual orientation, and ability, as well as inequities related to COVID-19. 

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

  • Program, Project, Capital, Start-Up and Operating Grants: The Foundation welcomes grant requests to support innovative program initiatives, short-term projects, capital requests, start-up or operating needs.
  • Capacity Building: Grant resources are available 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 prohibited from lobbying, 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.

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

The Morgan Family Foundation will address its other emerging thematic interests (global warming in Minnesota and end of life issues) as the Foundation learns more about those issues, and primarily through Foundation-initiated grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163196

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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:

Letters of Inquiry for the Summer/Fall Social Equity grant cycle are due on June 30, 2021. Please check back in early June for more application information.

Grant applications are considered twice a year, at the May and November board meetings.

Winter/Spring Cycle - 2021
- Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by January 14
- Foundation invites or declines full proposal by February 8
- Grantseeker submits full proposal by March 8
- Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by May 28

Summer/Fall Cycle – 2021
- Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by June 30
- Foundation invites or declines full proposal by August 3
- Grantseeker submits full proposal by August 31
- Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by November 24

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.

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. It 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.

Each full application is assigned to a Foundation program officer. S/he may contact the applicant with questions and schedule a site visit, if deemed necessary. Applicants will be notified of the grant decision within three weeks of the board meeting. Grant awards may include a reduction in the amount of funding, a full or partial matching challenge, a modified payment schedule, or other stipulations.

Contact Information:

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

Online grant system: https://morganfamilyfdn.egrant.net/login.aspx?PIID=147&OID=110

The Morgan Family Foundation
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 561
Yellow Springs, Ohio
45387-0561

Street Address:
506 S. High St., Suite B
Yellow Springs, Ohio
45387
Phone: 937-767-9208
Fax: 937-767-9308

Email: info@morganfamilyfdn.org

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