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Morgan Family Foundation

LOI Date:

06/30/22

Deadline Date:

09/06/22

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote social justice in eligible locations. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for advocacy and capacity building as well as program, project, capital, start-up, and operating grants. Eligible proposals address social equity issues in St. Cloud.

The Foundation will accept requests for a variety of grant types, including:

  • Program, Project, Capital, Start-Up, and Operating Grants: The Foundation welcome 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 that are addressing the themes of social equity in St. Cloud.
  • Advocacy: While the Foundation is prohibited from lobbying, the Foundation 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.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing individuals from marginalized and at-risk populations to serve and lead the community;
  • Building healthy relationships among various societal groups; and
  • Triggering bold, collaborative community projects that advance social equity.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163196

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

While Foundation grants usually provide one year of support, there are circumstances where it might entertain a multi-year project or proposal.

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:

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

Winter/Spring Cycle - 2022
- Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by January 14
- Foundation invites or declines full proposal by February 14
- Grantseeker submits full proposal by March 17
- Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by June 8

Summer/Fall Cycle – 2022
- Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by June 30
- Foundation invites or declines full proposal by August 5
- Grantseeker submits full proposal by September 6
- Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by November 22

Nonprofit organizations 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 following the letter of inquiry deadline, to either invite or decline a full application. Once a full application is submitted, the Foundation’s Social Equity Program Officer 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.

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-portal.givingdata.com/campaign/socialequity

If you are interested in learning more after reviewing the grant guidelines that follow or want to discuss a possible request, please contact KoriAnn Carter, Program Officer at kcarter@morganfamilyfdn.org.

Morgan Family Foundation
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

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