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Morgan Family Foundation Grant

Grants to St. Cloud, Minnesota and Yellow Springs, Ohio
Nonprofits and Agencies to Strengthen Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Morgan Family Foundation

LOI Date:

07/10/19

Deadline Date:

09/05/19

Description:

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Grants starting at $10,000 to St. Cloud, Minnesota and Yellow Springs, Ohio nonprofit organizations and government agencies to strengthen local communities. A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal.

Funding is intended for:
- Preparing individuals to serve and lead the community
- Building healthy relationships in all kinds of families
- Triggering bold, collaborative community projects

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

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.
- Advocacy (new): 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 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163196

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program, Capital, and Operating Grants: Grant requests in the $10,000-$100,000 range are welcomed to support innovative program initiatives, capital requests, or operating needs.

Large Grants: Grant requests in the $50,000-$200,000 range are also welcomed to launch significant community collaborations and serve as challenge grants. For the remainder of 2019, the Foundation is not likely to fund any new grant requests seeking more than $40,000. Applicants are strongly urged to keep their requests below that amount.

The Foundation awards approximately $2.0 million in grants each year, with the vast majority of that sum distributed through the competitive grant process.

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.

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 vicinities. In addition, other communities and organizations that are supported by board and family members may receive grants from time to time.

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:

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

Steps in the grant process:

Winter/Spring Cycle
Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by February 4
Foundation invites or declines full proposal by February 22
Grantseeker submits full proposal by March 20
Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by May 29

Summer/Fall Cycle
Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by July 10
Foundation invites or declines full proposal by August 6
Grantseeker submits full proposal by September 5
Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by December 9

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.

Contact Information:

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

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

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: St. Cloud;   Ohio: Yellow Springs