The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation has launched a new online application process to make it easier to apply for mental health and arts grants. Click to access grant portal.

The Foundation invests primarily in mental health programs in Northeast Ohio and to a lesser extent supports arts and education initiatives in Summit County.

Applications will only be accepted from organizations recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


New Grantee:

  • To find out if your organization and your grant interest aligns with our mission and key results areas you should take the eligibility quiz.
  • If eligible, create an account to proceed.

Returning Grantee:

  • Log into the online grant portal and submit a new letter of inquiry.
  • LATE letters of inquiry will not be considered.
  • If our program staff determines that the project described in your letter of inquiry represents a realistic, strategic, and potentially successful opportunity to advance the mission of the Foundation, the organization will be invited to submit a full proposal. While it is important for your request to align with our vision and mission, that does not guarantee an invitation to apply. Other factors, such as available grant funds and other projects under consideration or in process, will impact acceptance of requests. Applicants will be notified by email within ten days of the LOI deadline.
  • Please note that full proposals are by invitation only.
  • Letters of Inquiry must be submitted even if you have received a grant from us in the past. Letters must be submitted through the online process.

Full Proposal:

Full proposals are by invitation only. If the Foundation approves the Letter of Inquiry, the applicant will be notified by email to submit a more detailed full proposal, which will be due approximately 30 days from the letter of inquiry response. The date will be noted in the invitation to submit a proposal.

The full proposal contains more specific information about the activities of the proposed project and its anticipated results.

If you have questions about submitting a proposal, call: 330.655.1366 or send us an e-mail.

Review Process:

The Foundation’s review of full proposals has several steps, including staff review, program officer review, due diligence report, final review and decision.

Staff Review: Once the proposal is received, the Grants Manager will conduct a preliminary review of the proposal to be sure all documentation has been submitted and will contact the applicant if additional information is necessary. Failure to respond promptly to the Foundation’s request for more information may result in having your proposal declined.

Program Officer Review: The Foundation’s program staff then read and review the full proposals assigned to their subject areas. The details of each proposal are analyzed. The applicant will then be contacted to schedule a meeting in the next two months for the program officer to gather additional information and pose questions. Additional information regarding one or more sections of the proposal may also be requested at this time.

Note: During the due diligence meeting, program staff may indicate that the proposed project has been identified as having merit but recommends strengthening the proposal. Further development may be required.

Depending on the nature of the recommendations, the request may be deferred to a future grant cycle.

Due Diligence Report: Program officers create due diligence reports, a summation of the key elements from the proposal, research, and due diligence meeting, for each proposal. Once the President has reviewed the report, they are submitted to Trustees with the original proposal and select attachments. Please be aware that this occurs during the last few weeks of the review stage, and it is imperative that applicants respond quickly if asked for any clarification or revisions to the proposed project.

Final Review and Decision: Though the Foundation’s program staff is responsible for reviewing and evaluating all proposals, only the Foundation’s Trustees have the authority to approve grants. The Trustees review the information and then discuss and make a final decision on each proposal at the trustees meeting.

approved as proposed
approved with modifications
declined as proposed
deferred for review at another grant cycle.

Within two weeks of the trustees meeting, response letters are sent for proposals declined or deferred. Within that time frame, grant agreements are also sent for approved proposals.

Grant Agreement:

Once a grant request is approved, the Foundation will email each grantee a Grant Agreement with specific terms to which both parties agree. The agreement will include the conditions and specific objectives of the grant, communications guidelines, compliance issues, prohibited use of funds, and a reporting schedule. It will be signed by a representative of the Foundation and sent to the person designated as the signee in the full proposal. Disbursement of funds will be determined once the Grant Agreement has been countersigned and returned to the Foundation.


After a grant has been awarded, a grant agreement letter is signed by the grantee acknowledging the specific expectations and terms of the grant. Interim and/or final reports must be submitted by the due dates in the grant agreement. The reports are accessed through the grant portal and must be completed as indication in the Grant Management System.

Grants Management System

Click here to access the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation’s SmartSimple grants management system.  

Grant Types

The Foundation seeks to fund primarily project and operating grants the Foundation does not ordinarily fund public policy/legislative advocacy, endowments, research, and capital projects. The Foundation does not award individual scholarships

Grant Evaluation

The Foundation emphasizes and measures our grants as an investment designed to create specific outcomes in support of our mission. The Foundation favors projects with explicit, objectively defined goals that will demonstrate the performance of grantees.

Funded Projects

Applicants and proposals should have the following characteristics:

  • Mission and core values alignment
  • Fiscal & programmatic accountability
  • Sound organizational management and track record
  • Input from & benefit to primary end users
  • Explicit and measurable goals
  • Willingness to have open and forthright communication
  • Transformational (has impact and is replicable)