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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits to Improve Healthcare Services

Mount Sinai Community Foundation (MSCF) Grant


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Funding Source
Minnesota Jewish Community Center Foundation
Mount Sinai Community Foundation (MSCF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/12/24
Deadline: 03/22/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations to improve healthcare services for residents in eligible locations. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full grant application. The purpose of funding is to improve the health, well-being, and medical care of Minnesota residents. Funding must be for projects, programs, research, or equipment which are not part of the applicant’s operating budget. Organizations must be located in one of seven counties of the metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.

The Mount Sinai Community Foundation (MSCF) mission is to improve health, enhance wellbeing, or otherwise advance medical care in the Jewish and larger communities, honoring the history and legacy of the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Funding Priorities:

  • MSCF seeks to fund innovative programs and/or essential equipment that have a meaningful, direct, and high impact on the target population.
  • MSCF is especially interested in discrete projects that can be identified as MSCF funded efforts. These projects or items may be funded by MSCF funds alone or with a limited number of other funding partners.
  • Applicants with unique grant requests who may be unable to secure funding elsewhere are encouraged to apply.
  • Through the generosity of the Frances & Samuel Finkelstein/Janice Finkelstein Mattison Memorial Fund, one of the grants may receive funding for cancer research or education; medical ethics/patient advocacy programs; or treatment for children, seniors, disabled, or the homeless.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
MSCF invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet MSCF’s grant guidelines to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

Organizations must be located in one of seven Twin Cities Metro area counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.

MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

Organizations that received a MSCF grants within the past two grant cycles are not eligible to receive a MSCF grant in the current grant cycle.

Funding sought for information technology or equipment and/or software upgrades will not be considered unless they are integral to the delivery of the health or medical services provided.

Grant requests where MSCF grant dollars are only a small component of the overall project budget are unlikely to be funded.

Pre-Application Information
- LOI Release: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
- Deadline for organizations to submit LOI: Monday, February 12, 2024
- Invitations to organizations from LOI pool to submit full grant applications: Monday, March 11, 2024
- Deadline for invitees to submit full grant applications: Friday, March 22, 2024
- Grant Finalists notified: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
- MSCF Annual Giving Circle Meeting with Finalist Presentations:Tuesday, May 7, 2024
- Written Grant Notification Mailed to Recipients: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
- Grant Recipients’ Letter of Agreement Due: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
- Funds Released: 4 weeks after grantee letter of agreement submission unless otherwise stipulated by Grants Chair
- Grantee Outcome Report Due: April 25, 2025

Applicants may not submit more than one LOI during any grant cycle.

After review of LOIs received, up to 18 nonprofit organizations will be invited to submit full grant applications. If your organization is invited to submit a full grant proposal after our review of LOIs received, you will receive instructions on how to access the full online grant proposal form.

Up to eight grant finalists will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation (inclusive of questions and answers) to the Giving Circle members at the MSCF Annual Grant Allocation Meeting to be held in person. Following the presentations, the Giving Circle members will vote on the grant awards.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jenifer Robins who will connect you with the MSCF Grant Allocation Chair, to discuss their projects prior to submitting an application.

Number of Grants
MSCF typically funds between four and six grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Organizations may request up to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Grants are for one-time funding for projects that can demonstrate measurable outcomes upon completion of the year of funding.

Programs/projects funded in this grant cycle may begin as early as July and run through May. MSCF funds should be spent within this time frame.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact staff to discuss their projects or ask questions prior to submitting an LOI. Potential applicants may contact Jenifer Robins at or 952-212-6128.

Kristen Cullen
Grantmaking and Evaluation Manager

Mount Sinai Community Foundation
4330 Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416

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