Mount Sinai Community Foundation Seeking Letters of Inquiry for 2020 Grant Cycle

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Mount Sinai Community Foundation (MSCF) is seeking letters of inquiry (LOI) from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations for our 2020 grant cycle. If your organization’s funding needs fit within MSCF’s 2020 grant applicant guidelines, we invite you to submit an LOI. The LOI submission deadline is October 23, 2019. After our review of submitted LOIs, we will invite selected organizations to submit a full grant proposal for a one-time grant of up to $10,000 that fulfills MSCF’s mission to improve health, enhance well-being, or otherwise advance medical care in the Jewish and larger communities, honoring the history and legacy of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Grant recipients will be chosen on May 4, 2020, and funds will be distributed no later than July 23, 2020.

To determine if your organization is eligible for a 2020 MSCF grant, please click here to access the online portal and then complete the eligibility form. If your organization is eligible, you will be given an access code to our online Letter of Inquiry application, which is the first step for prospective applicants in the 2020 grant cycle.

MSCF Grant Eligibility Requirements
For a complete description of our grant guidelines and process, please click on the Grant Applicants tab on our website at and click on MSCF Grant Applicant Guidelines 2020 (also attached). In order to upload and submit your completed LOI, you will be required to acknowledge that you read the MSCF Grant Applicant Guidelines 2020.

Geographic Focus
Organizations must be located in one of seven Twin Cities Metro area counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.

Funding Priorities

•         MSCF seeks to fund innovative programs and/or essential equipment that have a meaningful, direct, and high impact on the target population.

•         MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

•         MSCF is especially interested in discrete projects that can be identified as MSCF-funded efforts.

•         Projects where MSCF grant dollars are only a small component of the overall project budget are unlikely to be funded.

•         Projects seeking information technology or equipment and/or software upgrades will not be funded unless they are integral to the delivery of the health or medical services provided.

Other Requirements

•         Organizations may submit a LOI for only one project during any grant cycle.

•         Funding requests must be for projects, programs, research, or equipment which are not part of the organization’s operating budget.

•         The MSCF grant is for one-time funding for projects that can demonstrate measurable outcomes upon completion of the year of funding.

•         Organizations must meet the Public Charity requirement of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

•         Organizations that received a MSCF grant in the 2019 or 2018 grant cycle are not eligible to receive a MSCF grant in the current (2020) grant cycle and will not be considered this year.

If you have questions regarding the LOI form or the process, please call Pam MacKinnon at 612-865-6069 or email us at