Banyan Community

In the Foundation’s areas of interest, we seek to use both grants and Impact Investments to achieve our goals. Please review the Foundation’s areas of interests to understand the Foundation’s goals. For our interest areas, we have one cycle of grantmaking a year.

Grant Application Process

Depending upon the area of interest, we either extend a broad community invitation to submit a letter of inquiry or invite prospective partners to submit information. For 2021, the Foundation will be using the following processes for our areas of interest:

Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families

In 2020, Mortenson Family Foundation committed to engaging community members on each of its three grant committees (Environment, International, Expanding Opportunities for Youth and Families) as part of its equity commitment.

The Foundation recognizes that in addition to inviting community members to the decision making table, it is important for the community to have input on the Foundations grant guidelines in each of the grant programs. Therefore, before we begin a committee selection process, we will engage a wide array of community voices in a structured feedback process on our Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families guidelines.

To ensure we focus on an authentic process of engaging our communities in listening, learning, and decision making, we are not opening a letter of inquiry process in 2022 to new applicants.

For Renewing Partners, the report will be submitted in lieu of an application. Renewing Partners may submit their materials within the Foundation’s online system here.

Sustaining Environmental Systems

The Mortenson Family Foundation Sustaining Environmental Systems committee is currently revising the grantmaking guidelines for this program area using feedback from a community process undertaken this year. Please check back in the first quarter of 2022 for the new guidelines.

If invited to submit a full proposal, please access the Foundation’s online system here.

Strengthening Developing Communities

The Foundation extends invitations to prospective partners to submit a proposal. For organizations invited to submit a full application, please access the Foundation’s online system here.

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Impact Investment Process

The Foundation considers Impact Investments in its areas of interest. We start the exploration of Impact Investment partnership through an application process. To submit information on an Impact Investment Opportunity, log on to the Foundation's online system.

Grant Report Process

Mortenson Family Foundation requests that grant partners submit a report on progress toward achieving the goals, objectives and outcomes identified in the funded proposal. Specific due dates are outlined in the grant award letter or specific reporting communication. Reports should be accurate, complete and submitted on time.

To submit a report:

  1. Login to the Foundation's online system. If the login information is no longer accurate, contact Foundation staff. Please do not create a new account.
  2. Locate the follow-up form assigned to the grant you received, which has reporting due.
  3. Click “Edit” to access the follow-up form to update and submit your report.

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