Community grants program goes online in 2011

The North Carolina Community Foundation will unveil an online process for the community grantmaking cycle in mid-February. The move will greatly simplify this far-reaching grants program conducted by our affiliate foundation partners across the state. Last year affiliates made 350 awards totaling nearly $500,000.

The resource savings for grant applicants, review committees and Foundation staff will be significant, according to Sarah Taylor, NCCF program associate. “We’re extremely excited about the new online system, which will save both time and money for nonprofits and review committees,” she said. “Online grants also will allow us to be better stewards of our resources and the environment.”

Extensive support

NCCF staff will guide and support applicants and advisory boards throughout the entire grants process. Regularly scheduled workshops for grant seekers will include information about using the new system, and training sessions for review committees are planned as well. The NCCF website also will provide instructions, FAQs and an online training video to guide both applicants and reviewers through the process. As always, NCCF staff will be available to help answer questions and provide guidance.

Win-win

NCCF has selected Good Done Great as our technology partner for this process. The company’s online application system has received excellent reviews, with foundations and nonprofits alike reporting that the process is easy, logical and intuitive. Both sides of the grants process will benefit from reduced paperwork and the many tools that are incorporated into the online system designed to simplify and save time. 

Nonprofits will appreciate the system’s ability to save information throughout the 2011 application process and store it for future grant cycles. Grant-seekers also will save valuable resources by eliminating the work and expense associated with the submission of lengthy paper applications.

 The review process also will be strengthened and streamlined. “Affiliate grants committees will have online access to submitted applications, allowing more time to review proposals and select programs with the most potential and impact for their local communities,” Taylor said. Reviewers also will benefit from new tools for easy collaboration and communication throughout the process.

NCCF is among several community foundations that are moving to an online grants application process, according to CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. “One of our primary roles is to help build capacity, and the time and money saved through this new process will allow nonprofits to focus on mission-critical work and affiliates to better serve community needs.” 

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