Before filling out an application, please contact the Fund Director, Lindsay Kijewski, to discuss your concept.
You can fill out the application below or click here to access it directly.
Please note that you can save the application as you go. This will allow you to receive a personalized link to the partially completed survey. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of projects are eligible for a grant?
Grant support can only be used to cover the necessary one-time, out-of-pocket costs incurred in exploring or implementing a sustained collaboration. Although these costs may be modest compared with the potential benefits of the collaboration, they often become stumbling blocks, in part because most funding is tied to programs and is therefore unavailable for process/organizational costs. In rare instances, the Fund will also consider dissolution planning for individual nonprofits (i.e., a dissolution that does not transpire in conjunction with a merger/acquisition). The Fund will provide grants to support nonprofits to identify and engage experienced outside technical assistance (TA) providers. While the Fund will not select a given TA provider, it does retain the right to turn down a proposal if the consultant is not deemed to be appropriate for the given request.
Will organizations be expected to move through both stages of funding support?
No. While each type of funding request will be considered independently (as opposed to being part of a formal continuum from Exploratory to Implementation), it is anticipated that some organizations may receive an Implementation grant following an Exploratory grant. It is also anticipated that after conducting thorough exploratory work, some collaborative projects will not proceed to implementation based upon the due diligence findings of the exploration.
Will applying for a grant raise a red flag to participating funders?
No. The participating funders believe that nonprofit boards, leaders and funders should routinize sustained collaboration as an important strategic option for nonprofit leaders, boards, and funders. Organizations that make the decision to undertake the hard work of exploring such repositioning activities should be acknowledged, encouraged and supported by funders.
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