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The foundation has transitioned to an online grant application system, eGrant.

How to Apply

Please note: The Foundation is currently accepting unsolicited letters of inquiry and grant proposals only from the St. Cloud, MN area.

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

Steps in Grant
Process
Winter/Spring
Cycle
Summer/Fall
Cycle
Grantseeker submits letter of inquiry by January 4 August 1
Foundation invites or declines full proposal by

January 20

August 25
Grantseeker submits full proposal by February 20 September 25
Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by May 4 December 15

Grantseekers should first review the grant guidelines to determine if their approach and funding needs are consistent with the Foundation’s interests. Due to other significant grant commitments, the Foundation is accepting unsolicited grant requests only from the St. Cloud area through May 2019. Organizations which believe that there may be mutual interests then submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) through our online grant system, eGrant. To see what information is required to complete a LOI, click here. 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.

Letters of inquiry are due no later than January 4 for grant decisions made in April and no later than August 1 for grant decisions made in November.

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. To see what information is required to complete a full application, click here. An invitation to submit a full application is no guarantee of a grant. This 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 full proposal before it is finalized.

Full applications are due no later than February 20 or September 25.

Upon receipt, 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. Recipients 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. Any restrictions will be described in the grant agreement, which will also specify a reporting schedule.

Proposals that are funded generally have report requirements, including both narrative and financial information. Grantee reports may be used as a learning tool to help other organizations and guide future Foundation funding.

Note: The foundation has transitioned to an online grant application process. Please visit our eGrant system.

 

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