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Morgan Family Foundation Grant

Grants to St. Cloud Area, Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools to Enhance Early Childhood Care and Education

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Grants starting at $10,000 to St. Cloud Area, Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies, such as public school districts and IHEs, to enhance the quality of early childhood care and education for local communities. Letters of inquiry are due by January 4.

The Foundation believes in:
-Building stronger, more inclusive communities; and
-Broadening horizons and inspiring action through the power of education and experiential learning.

The Morgan Family Foundation invests its grant resources in nonprofit partners that are:
-Preparing individuals to serve and lead the community;
-Building healthy relationships in all kinds of families; and
-Triggering bold, collaborative community projects.

Areas of Interest

The Foundation’s foremost interest is in strengthening communities. Foundation grants primarily serve the communities of Yellow Springs, Ohio and St. Cloud, Minnesota, and their immediate vicinity. Beginning in 2013, the Foundation also has a modest grant initiative in Portland, Oregon focused on homeless youth. Requests from the Portland area are accepted by invitation only. In addition, other communities and organizations that are supported by board and family members may receive grants from time to time.

Due to other grant commitments in Yellow Springs, the Foundation currently is accepting unsolicited grant requests only from the St. Cloud area.

The major components of the annual competitive grants budget include:

-Program, Capital and Operating Grants: The Foundation welcomes grant requests to support innovative program initiatives, capital requests, or operating needs.

-Large Grants: The Foundation also welcomes grant requests to launch significant community collaborations and serve as challenge grants.

-Major Initiatives: From time to time the Morgan Family Foundation will identify one or two major initiatives that will strengthen communities. Efforts to date have included community visioning and planning for a performing arts center in Yellow Springs, as well as the re-opening of an independent Antioch College.

-Capacity Building: Grant resources are available to invest in efforts to enhance the management and governance performance of charitable organizations.

The Foundation is willing to accept requests for any type of grant, such as operating, program or project, start-up, capital/endowment, technical assistance, etc. With a primary interest in strengthening communities, the Foundation recognizes that this can be accomplished via many fields of programmatic interest. The Foundation welcomes collaboration with other grantmakers and favors grantseekers with multiple sources of support.

For 2017 and 2018, the Morgan Family Foundation is limiting its competitive grantmaking to the field of early childhood through its St. Cloud Initiative.

St. Cloud Initiative Guidelines:

In 2016 the Foundation decided to experiment with a different kind of impact: deeper in an issue area, rather than broad across many facets of the nonprofit sector. The Board identified early childhood as a place to start in greater St. Cloud. Early childhood was selected because of promising community efforts already underway, the wisdom of early investment in preventing or mitigating problems later, and the interests of Foundation board members. After taking several months to learn about the field of early childhood in central Minnesota, the Foundation further defined how it aims to make a tangible difference.

Focus and Priorities:

The focus of the St. Cloud Initiative is to improve the quality of, and access to, early child care and learning (birth through 2 years old) in the St. Cloud area, especially for those who need it the most.

The Foundation believes that the members of the local community “who need it the most” do not fit neatly into a single descriptive category. This program is intended to target children and families who have been traditionally underserved and/or have the fewest resources to address the needs of the area’s youngest residents. They may, for example, be low income/poor; of color; immigrants or refugees; or lack a stable support system from family or friends.

The Foundation has further defined two priority funding interests:

1. Strengthen parenting skills to enhance children’s development, focusing on relationship attachment, brain development, and social emotional growth (birth through 2 years old);

2. Increase the number and quality of early childcare programs (birth through 2 years old).

In evaluating grant requests, the Foundation will pay particular attention to how well the request aligns with the focus and priorities of this initiative and can demonstrate results. By narrowing grant interests over the next two years, the Foundation is hoping to have a clear impact - one that can be described in specific terms and supported by evidence that shows a change for the better.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163196

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Estimated Size of Grant:

For the St. Cloud Initiative, the minimum grant amount is $10,000. The maximum grant award is anticipated to be $100,000 over two years.

Program, Capital and Operating Grants: The Foundation welcomes grant requests in the $10,000 - $100,000 range.

Large Grants: The Foundation welcomes grant requests in the $50,000 - $200,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Two-year grant requests will be considered, and are particularly encouraged if the proposal is a collaborative project involving more than one organization in the service design or delivery.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Virtually all Foundation grants are awarded to charitable, nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) public charities.

Occasionally grants are made to units of government, like a public school district, college or university.

If an entity wants to apply but does not have 501(c)(3) status, please contact the Foundation for eligibility.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for lobbying legislation or influencing public elections.

Requests for building construction or renovation are not eligible for funding as part of the St. Cloud Initiative, but other types of requests will be considered, such as for a program, project, or non-capital capacity building.

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:

The Foundation expects to award a total of approximately $300,000 over the two years of the St. Cloud Initiative.

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

To apply, submit a letter of inquiry through eGrant. Foundation staff will contact each applicant approximately three weeks after the letter of inquiry deadline to either invite or decline a full application, which is also submitted online through eGrant.

Winter/Spring Cycle
-Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by: January 4
-Foundation invites or declines full proposal by: January 20
-Grantseeker submits full proposal by: February 20
-Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by: May 4

Sumer/Fall Cycle
-Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by: August 1
-Foundation invites or declines full proposal by: August 25
-Grantseeker submits full proposal by: September 25
-Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by: December 15

More information about Morgan Family Foundation Grants may be found here:

St. Cloud Initiative Guidelines:

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 561
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387-0561

Street Address:
506 S. High St., Suite B
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

P: 937-767-9208
F: 937-767-9308

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: St. Cloud Area