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

For first-time prospective grant partners, the Foundation will accept Letters of Inquiry (LOI) beginning February 8, 2021. Returning partners do not need to submit a LOI. The deadline for LOI submission is 4:00 pm CST on February 26, 2021. We will consider grant requests from first-time grant partners in the range of $10,000 to $20,000. Invitations to submit full proposals will be extended by mid April, 2021 and full proposals will be due no later than three weeks from extended invitation. The Foundation may conduct site visits. Final grant decisions will be determined in August 2021.

To submit an LOI beginning February 8, please access the Foundation’s online system here.

Sustaining Environmental Systems

We are working to ensure that our commitment to racial equity is reflected across all of our grant portfolios, including Sustaining Environmental Systems, and we are taking the first quarter of 2021 to plan for this. Our grantmaking process will be the same as in previous years and our goal is to be able to share information about our Letter of Inquiry deadline on or before the beginning of Q2 2021.

For organizations invited to submit a full application, 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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