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Grants to Michigan and Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
to Support Mergers and Collaborations that Improve Efficiency

Strategic Alliance Partnership

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Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF)

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Deadline Date:

10/20/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to Michigan and Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to advance the formation and exploration of alliances, mergers, and collaborations. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to applying. The purpose of the program is to enable nonprofit organizations to achieve more effective and efficient use of resources and gain greater long-term financial stability. The Foundation serves northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area.

The Strategic Alliance Partnership was created to support the exploration and formation of collaborations that would enable Toledo area nonprofits to achieve more efficient use of financial and human resources. The Strategic Alliance Partnership encourages community-level systems thinking to strengthen nonprofit capacity and improve service delivery. Since the process of forming partnerships can be complicated, the Strategic Alliance Partnership will make funds available for non-recurring costs associated with feasibility studies, professional or technical assistance fees, as well as staff and board training. 

Goals of Strategic Alliance Partnership funding:

  • To create economies of scale among nonprofits, resulting in cost savings and/or service enhancements (e.g. shared administrative services, shared staff to serve common constituencies, costs related to mergers).
  • To strengthen infrastructure, management capacity and/or service delivery by supporting alliances among nonprofit organizations.
  • To encourage collaborative partnerships that employ comprehensive strategies to strengthen community systems (such as improved education, employment, housing and/or health).

The Strategic Alliance Partnership supports projects in the following areas:

  • Programs that create cost savings or service enhancements
  • Programs that strengthen infrastructure, management capacity or service delivery by supporting alliances among nonprofit organizations
  • Programs that encourage collaborative partnerships that employ comprehensive strategies to strengthen community systems

To view examples of previously-funded grant requests, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147520

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Toledo area nonprofits may apply.

Qualified applicant organizations must have a demonstrated track record in providing quality services, board and staff support from all participating organizations for the alliance and the organizational capacity to carry out the proposed project successfully.

The following activities are not eligible for support through this initiative:
- Projects designed to replace staff lines in individual organizations undergoing funding cuts.
- Projects designed to strengthen the management capacity of individual organizations in isolation.
- Funding for start-up programs for individual or partnering organizations.
- Grant funds may not be used to cover project expenses incurred prior to the Foundation’s receipt of the signed and dated grant agreement

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of Inquiry: February 15 and September 15
- Full Proposals: March 20 and October 20

Letters of inquiry and full proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. of the application deadline in order to be considered for funding.

Proposals are submitted through Greater Toledo Community Foundation's online application process. No hard copies will be accepted. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact Chris Dziad, Program Officer for the Strategic Alliance Partnership grant.

The Strategic Alliance Partnership employs a two-step application process. Step one is the submission of a letter of intent. Step two is submission of the full proposal. Full proposals are by invitation only following review of the letters of intent. Both letters of intent and full proposals must be submitted through the Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s online application process.

Full proposals are reviewed by a steering committee comprised of representatives from the Stranahan Foundation, Greater Toledo Community Foundation and ProMedica. Applicants and identified organizational partners may be asked to submit additional information or meet with Foundation staff during the grant review process.

About Strategic Alliance Partnership Grants:

First time applicants are encouraged to view the following tutorials to become familiar with the system.
Video Tutorial 1: Site Access & Account Creation:
Video Tutorial 2: Applying for Funding:
Video Tutorial 3: Your Applicant Dashboard:
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For further information, or to discuss a possible submission, please contact:
Chris Dziad, Program Officer
Greater Toledo Community Foundation
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 241-5049

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Southeast Michigan;   Ohio: Northwest Ohio

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