The grantmaking application process is a big lift for foundations and nonprofits, alike. This primer takes a look at streamlining the application process from RFP to grant agreement. Found in the guide is a how to on creating RFPs, questions to ask during the grant application review, sample acceptance letter, sample declination letter, and a sample grant agreement. Highlighted here, you will also find an innovative example a group of funders from New Mexico (SHARE New Mexico) took in reevaluating their long standing grantmaking application process and the steps they took in creating and implementing a common application. Finally, we invite you to explore the resources and tools available through GMN's Project Streamline initiative, an effort to assist funders in right-sizing application and reporting requirements, reducing the burden on grantseekers, and seeking feedback to improve grantmaking practices.
Grants management practices should be communicated effectively to external and internal stakeholders, and structured so that opportunities for grantees to achieve success are maximized. The Council has created a number of tools and resources to help support you establish a strong grants management strategy.
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This sample declination letter can help you inform grant applicants that their grant proposal was not accepted.
This sample grant proposal application checklist can be customized to your foundation's processes, allowing you to check off each step of the grant application process.
This sample grant proposal acknowledgment letter will allow you to let prospective grantees know that their application was received.
This sample grant file index allows you to see the types of information which your foundation may need to keep on each of your grantees.
This customizable sample expenditure report allows you to track expenditures by grantees.
This resource from Sibyl Hite of the Hite Foundation provides insight into what information you might be looking for when conducting a site visit.
This perspective from Sally Bowles of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation will provide useful insight into grantmaking issues encountered by many family philanthropies.