Who Can Apply for a Grant

Burton D. Morgan Foundation provides grant funding to organizations that promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, primarily in Northeast Ohio.  Grants are made to organizations classified as public charities and tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.  The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals or startup ventures.

The majority of Morgan Foundation’s grantmaking is proactive and grant applications are considered by invitation only.  Please visit our Grant Focus web pages to gain a better understanding of the Foundation’s funding priorities.  If you wish to discuss a potential program that you believe may be of interest to the Foundation, please contact Gina Dotson at gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org. The Foundation will only accept applications from organizations that have been approved to apply for a grant.

If you are a current grantee or have received a grant from the Foundation within the last three years and wish to apply, please contact your Program Officer or the Grants & Communication Manager at gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org before applying.


How to Apply for a Grant

  • Grant Requests Greater than $20,000 (Entrepreneurship-Focused and Hudson Community)

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 would like to submit a grant application, you should first contact your Program Officer or Grants & Communications Manager, Gina Dotson, by phone (330-655-1369) or email (gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org) to discuss your plans and timing of request. 

Once you have been instructed by Foundation staff to apply for a grant, you may submit an Application though the online eGrant system (click on Important Links at the bottom of the page.)

  • Grant Requests $20,000 or Less (Entrepreneurship-Focused)

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 you would like to submit a grant application, you should first contact your Program Officer or Grants & Communications Manager, Gina Dotson, by phone (330-655-1369) or email (gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org) to discuss your plans and timing of request.

  • Grant Requests $20,000 or Less (Hudson Community)

Applications for grants of $20,000 or less for Hudson projects must be submitted prior to two annual deadlines - May 1 and September 1.  They will be evaluated on a rolling basis, which will typically take four to six weeks.  If you have not received a Foundation grant in the past three years, you should first contact Grants & Communications Manager, Gina Dotson, by phone (330-655-1369) or email (gdotson@bdmorganfdn.org) to discuss your plans and timing of request.

Once you have been instructed by Foundation staff to apply for a grant, you may submit an Application though the online eGrant system (click on Important Links at the bottom of the page.)


Application Instructions

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 note these forms were revised in January 2020.

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.


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.


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.


Questions

If you have any questions about the grant application process or the eGrant application submission portal, please contact Gina Dotson, Grants & Communications 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.