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.  Read more about Morgan Foundation's funding priorities and values to determine whether your organization should apply for a grant.

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.)

* Please note that the Foundation is in a transition period and for the remainder of 2019 will accept applications from current grantees only, with limited opportunity for expanded programming, with the exception of Changemaker Grants No proposals from new applicants will be accepted in 2019.  Organizations that haven't received a grant in the past three years are considered new applicants.

  • For grant requests over $20,000, the Foundation will resume accepting applications from new applicants February 1, 2020 for a June decision.  A phone call or email to the Foundation in advance is still expected.
  • For grant requests of $20,000 and under, the Foundation will resume accepting requests from new applicants January 1, 2020 for a rolling decision. 

More Information


Through the Foundation's online eGrant system, complete the brief Grant Application.  It can be viewed HERE but must be uploaded through the eGrant system (see Important Links below to access eGrant.)  This form is used for grant requests of all sizes and all types.

You will be instructed to attach one of the following:  Adult Entrepreneurship Application Attachment, Collegiate Entrepreneurship Application Attachment, Youth Entrepreneurship Application Attachment, Special Application Attachment  (for Hudson requests), or the RFP Application Attachment.  Please complete one of the above and submit as an attachment with your application.

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.

*Please note that as of April 1, 2019, Adult entrepreneurship applications will be accepted on an invitation-only basis.  Click HERE for more information.

Morgan Scout Fund

The Morgan Scout Fund was established by the Foundation in 2019 to encourage proactive and innovative solutions to gaps in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Opportunities under the Morgan Scout Fund umbrella will be posted here as they become available.

Changemaker Request for Proposal

Burton D. Morgan Foundation seeks proposals for the Changemaker Grants, an initiative of the Morgan Scout Fund in celebration of the JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council (JSHECC) 10-year anniversary. Proposals will be accepted May 20 through September 1, 2019.

Click HERE to view the full RFP
Click HERE for Changemaker Grant Application Attachment

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.