Tips for Grant Seekers
In keeping with its mission, the Foundation will be more inclined to support projects that have following characteristics:
- Close alignment of the project's objectives with the Foundation's support for education; civic and community betterment; culture and arts; and health, welfare and social services.
- A strategic, long-term orientation.
- A clear explanation of why the proposed approach to the problem addressed by the project is superior to other options and why it is more likely to achieve desired outcomes.
- Probability that the project will deliver high impact and sustainable benefit in terms of learning outcomes, both in communities directly served and in the project field of interest.
- Probability that the project will attract continued support from a variety of sources, and the extent to which likely sources are identified.
- Level of project innovation, in particular, whether it breaks new ground and uses new methods for optimizing resources.
- Likelihood of the project developing leadership skills and capacity.
- Potential of the project for successful replication in other settings.
- The project applicant's record of success as an organization, and the past success of its key project personnel.
- The overall leadership and staff talent of the applicant organization.
- Feasibility and quality of the application proposal, and the plan in that proposal to accomplish project objectives.
- Flexibility of the project plan to deal with possible contingencies.
- Applicant provisions for sharing information about the project, successes and failures.
- Project methodology for capturing and implementing lessons learned and determining project successes and failures.
- Project provisions for self-sufficiency, including a credible independence strategy.
- Potential of the project to create and strengthen alliances and networks of organizations working to solve the same problem.
- Potential of the project to enhance the Foundation's expertise and its ability to knowledgeably support related efforts.
- Opportunity for the Foundation to assume a unique supportive role.