Partnership Grants

Required Attachments

SIGNATURE AUTHORITY FORM

One of the partners must be identified as the lead partner for the application. This is done through the execution of the Signature Authority Form (Appendix D). The lead partner will be held responsible for coordinating the work, will serve as the fiduciary and project director, and must submit all required project documentation, including final reports and requests for reimbursement.
 

EXISTING PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS

If the partnering organizations already have written legal agreements in place to govern the partnership, those documents must be submitted with the grant application.
 

NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR $25,000+

The State of Minnesota Grants Policy (# 08-06) requires a review of the financial stability of nongovernmental organizations applying for grants of more than $25,000. To comply with this requirement, applicant organizations must submit an acceptable financial record (listed below) as part of their application materials. Any items of significant concern must then be discussed and resolved to the satisfaction of Grants Office staff before a grant can be awarded. For example, the Office of Grants Management questions grants of more than 20% of the non-governmental applicant’s budget. If the budget exceeds this threshold, you will need to describe the internal controls you have in place to manage the financial aspect of the grant.
 
Failure to supply an acceptable financial record with your application will result in disqualification. Whichever record you submit must be the most recent available and no more than three years old. If your organization is too new to have any of these records, you may need to delay application until sufficient organizational history has accumulated or identify a lead partner who meets these requirements.
 

ACCEPTABLE RECORDS:

Form 990
Form 990-EZ
Certified Financial Audit
Year End Financial Report
 

RECORDS THAT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED:

Form 990-N (no financials are part of this document) 
Budget (this is a future projection, rather than showing past performance)
Bank Statement (current moment snapshot of financial picture)
Balance Sheet (current moment snapshot of financial picture) 
 
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