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MSI Grants

The Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grant application is for nonprofits seeking funding to support the exploration or implementation of a long-term or permanent strategic partnership.

Potential applicants must be invited to apply by having an initial conversation with the MSI Director, Genita C. Robinson. Please contact Genita at to schedule a time. Based on the initial conversation, she will provide guidance as to next steps, which may include suggesting that the applicant take additional steps before submitting an application.

You may view a sample of the grant application here. The actual grant application will be shared with potential applicants after they have been given permission to apply. Applications must be submitted via e-mail to in a single PDF document (except for the applicant’s audit). Please be sure to check that you have included all required application components as noted on our checklist. Grant application deadlines for the year are listed below.

  • Monday, January 25, 2021
  • Monday, April 5, 2021
  • Monday, May 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
  • Thursday, September 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Applications are due by 5pm CST.

Applications can be submitted prior to the posted deadline.  The MSI Funders Committee is committed to making decisions within 30-40 days of the posted deadlines

For any questions, to schedule an initial conversation, or to learn more, please contact Genita at


The MSI is designed to support strategic partnerships. We define strategic partnerships to include: nonprofit mergers, acquisitions, back office collaborations, joint ventures, and other long-term or permanent programmatic alliances.


We make three types of grants:


Pre-Exploratory Grants

Exploratory Grants

Implementation Grants


Organizations may apply for the grant most appropriate for where they are in the partnership process, and an organization may apply eventually for all three types of grants. The maximum amount that may be awarded is $75,000 across all the grant types, and the average grant is just over $20,000.


Grant awards are determined by the MSI Funders Committee based upon the criteria below.

If funding is being requested for implementation:  

MSI grant funds are not available for:



Grants will be made on a sliding scale from $5,000 to $75,000. Most grants awarded will be for less than the indicated maximum dollar amount. Grants may be used to pay the necessary one-time, out-of-pocket costs incurred in exploring or implementing a strategic restructuring. Exploratory grants will generally be smaller than implementation grants and be awarded for strategic planning and consulting, though they may also be awarded for other purposes. Implementation grants may be awarded for a wide variety of purposes, including merging technology systems, closing out contracts or leases for property or equipment, human resources, cultural alignment of the applicant and proposed partner(s), rebranding, and printing new collateral materials.


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