What We Fund

In keeping with our mission to champion the entrepreneurial spirit, Burton D. Morgan Foundation seeks to support programs and projects at the youth, collegiate, and adult levels that are designed to build competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation.  The Foundation supports entrepreneurship education programs and programs that directly support entrepreneurs in business planning, startup and scaleup efforts, and obtaining access to capital.  We also support initiatives aimed at rejuvenating economic competitiveness in Northeast Ohio.

Secondarily, Burton D. Morgan Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve the Hudson, Ohio community. 

The Foundation also provides occasional support to social service and other organizations in Summit County and surrounding communities that are unrelated to our entrepreneurship mission.  We do not accept requests for these grants; they are awarded on a proactive basis and are not renewable.

Foundation Values

Burton D. Morgan Foundation values programs that…

  • build the entrepreneurial mindset
  • develop entrepreneurial skills
  • collaborate with ecosystem partners
  • leverage broader community resources
  • embed mentorship and coaching
  • exhibit interdisciplinary reach
  • engage underserved populations
  • evaluate their effectiveness
  • pivot to meet changing needs
  • share lessons learned
  • demonstrate fiscal responsibility
  • bolster regional economic competitiveness

For a list of values specific to our program focuses, visit our Youth, Collegiate, and Adult entrepreneurship webpages.

Eligibility Requirements

Grants are made to organizations classified as public charities and tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.  For-profit companies and startups are not eligible to apply for funding directly from the Foundation.  Burton D. Morgan Foundation does not make grants to individuals.  The Foundation’s primary geographic focus for mission-related grant funding is Northeast Ohio.  Projects with a national impact are occasionally considered.

How to Apply

Grant Requests Greater than $20,000

Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year, but are subject to Application Deadlines that will determine which board meeting they are brought to for review and decision. If you are submitting an Application for more than $20,000, you should first contact Grants Manager, Gina Dotson, by phone (330-655-1369) or email (gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org) if you have not received funding from Burton D. Morgan Foundation in the past three years or if you are applying for a different project.  You may then be routed to a program officer for additional discussion about the project, if necessary. 

If you have received grant funding from Burton D. Morgan Foundation in the past three years for the same purpose or if you have been encouraged to apply after contacting the Foundation, you may submit an Application though the online eGrant system (click on link at the bottom of the page.)

Grant Requests $20,000 or Less

Applications for grants of $20,000 or less may be submitted at any time and are NOT subject to deadlines.  They will be  evaluated on a rolling basis, which will typically take four to six weeks.  If your Application is for $20,000 or less you do not need to contact the Foundation before submitting your Application.  To apply for a grant, submit an Application through the online eGrant system (click on link at the bottom of the page.)

Through the eGrant system, complete either the Youth Entrepreneurship Application, Collegiate Entrepreneurship Application, Adult Entrepreneurship ApplicationThese forms are used for grant requests of all sizes.

Complete the Special Application for Hudson-related requests or requests from Philanthropy-focused organizations.

Please be aware of the Foundation’s Application Deadlines.  When a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the Application is due by 5:00 pm on the following business day.

Grant Review

Applications will be reviewed by a program officer.  At his or her discretion, the program officer may schedule an interview, site visit, or both, with the grant seeker.


If you have any questions about the grant application process or eGrant, please contact Gina Dotson, Grants Manager, at 330-655-1369 or gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org.

Important Links

*Note:  If you need to include additional attachments with your application that are not requested on the application form, email them with a note to the Grants Manager at gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org.