Access. Technology. Futures.


Who Should Apply to the Foundation?

The Shavlik Family Foundation awards grants to Minnesota charitable, nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) public charities.

We do not accept grants from individuals or those using a fiscal sponsor.  In addition grants for public charities will not be considered if the grant is for a pre-selected individual(s), provides funds to lobby legislation or influence public policy, promotes religious doctrine, or serves as a replacement for public funding.

What types of grants do you accept?

The Foundation is willing to accept technology requests from any type of grant, such as operating, program/project, or capital.  Technical assistance and consulting costs can be included in the grant application as required by the project and technology being requested.  The Foundation welcomes collaboration with other grant-makers and favors grant-seekers with multiple sources of support.

Multiple year grants are not accepted however.  Complicated technology projects that take multiple years to complete can be broken down into smaller projects for consideration. Ongoing maintenance and sustainability costs should be highlighted.

All projects should include detailed project implementation plans. Website projects should also include a marketing and communication strategy.

Who do I contact for more information?

The Foundation will not contact applicants during their decision making process.  However, we welcome inquiries at other times.

We are a small family foundation without staff; so if you e-mail us with questions, please understand that there may be a delay in our response time.  Thanks in advance for your understanding.  You can e-mail us at:

When do you accept grant applications? Do they have to be done through the on-line application?

All grant applications must be submitted via our on-line grant system that opens November 1st and closes December 15th.   No applications will be accepted via paper or through the post office or e-mail. No other forms will be accepted except the on-line form.  The Foundation notifies applicants of grant decisions by April 1 for that calendar grant year.  Grant payments are made by May 1st of that grant year.  Click here to access our on-line grant system and to register.


What grant sizes do we award?

The Foundation awards approximately 15 to 20 grants each year. The Foundation welcomes and considers grant requests in the amounts $1,000-30,000 range to support innovative program initiatives, capital requests, or operating needs utilizing technology to improve operations, efficiency, fundraising, staff, and clients’ access to opportunities.


What do we fund?

The Foundation supports non-profits so they can to improve access to technology and information for clients.  Additionally, the Foundation accepts grants utilizing technology to improve non-profits own operations and program efficiency or to improve collaborations with other agencies and entities.

The Foundation is primarily focused on information and technology resources that remove barriers or build capacity for nonprofits and their clients. For example:

  • The utilization of new technology creates a gain of information that in turn provides more choices and improves clients ability to make  better decisions.
  • The exposure and use of technology creates skills that lead clients to greater self sufficiency and opportunities.
  • Non-profits can take advantage of technology to create collaborations gaining efficiency to serving clients more effectively.
  • Implementing databases and reporting functionality to improve donor relations resulting in improved fundraising and with it the ability to serve more clients.
  • Improving programs or general operations through the use of a technology that leads to operational savings for an organization.

These examples are given to illustrate funding reported outcomes and but are not limited to these examples.

We want to see technology used to help solve problems with staff, clients and donors.  We are interested in projects that can transform your organization and take you into the future.

Limitations of Grant Making

We do not fund routine replacement of hardware and software.  We encourage organizations to create regular budget plans for upgrades within their operating budgets.  Additionally we are very cautious to fund customized software. Custom software puts the organization in the position of needing to be responsible for its technology and ongoing upgrades and maintenance as platforms change. We feel this can take away from an organization’s ability to focus on the core services it provides.  Basic website upgrades or changes should also include a communications and/or marketing plan that drives new traffic or usage to that site.

We do not accept grants from individuals or those using a fiscal sponsor.  The Foundation will not make grants for the benefit of pre-selected individuals.  The Foundation will not make a grant that provides funds to lobby legislation, influence public policy, promote religious doctrine or support a religious organization.  Nor will we make a grant that serves as replacement of public funding.