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 2019, the Foundation will be using the following processes for our areas of interest:

Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families

The Foundation will accept Letters of Inquiry (LOI) beginning February 7, 2020. The deadline for LOI submission is 4:00 pm CST on February 28, 2020. 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 the end of March 2020, and full proposals will be due no later than three weeks from the extended invitation. The Foundation may conduct site visits before final grant decisions are determined in August 2020.

Before beginning the LOI, please be sure to view our Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families Guidelines to see if your organization and project may qualify. To preview our online grant application, click here.

To submit an LOI beginning February 7, please access the Foundation’s online system here.

The reporting period for current grant partners will open May 1, 2020, through June 10, 2020, at 4:00 pm CST. The report will be submitted in lieu of an application.

Sustaining Environmental Systems

The Foundation will accept Letters of Inquiry (LOI) beginning March 9, 2020. The deadline for LOI submission is 4:00 pm CST on March 30, 2020.  Invitations to submit full proposals will be extended by late April or early May 2020 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 2020.

Before beginning the LOI, please be sure to view our Sustaining Environmental Systems Guidelines to see if your organization and project may qualify. To preview our online grant application, click here.

To submit an LOI beginning March 9, please access the Foundation’s online system here.

The Foundation will be hosting an in-person opportunity to stop by and ask questions on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Rondo Community Library in the Rondo Flex Room, 461 N Dale St. Saint Paul, MN 55104. You may sign up for a session and a one-on-one visit at Rondo Community Library Signup
Session 1: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Session 2: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Session 3: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Foundation also will be offering a one-on-one Skype session on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for people outside the metro area. You may sign-up here for a scheduled time spot.
Session 1: 10:30am-11:30am
Session 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm

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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