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Strategic Alliance Partnership

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits to Support Mergers
and Collaborations that Improve Efficiency

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Toledo Community Foundation

LOI Date:

09/15/20

Deadline Date:

10/20/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to advance the formation and exploration of alliances, mergers, and collaborations. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of this program is to enable nonprofit organizations to achieve more effective and efficient use of resources and gain greater long-term financial stability. Organizations must be in the Toledo Area.

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

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. 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. 

Funding Guidelines

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 systems 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).

Previously funded grant proposals included requests for:

  • Consultants and expert advice on mergers and/or consolidations of two or more organizations.
  • Consultation and implementation for new and improved service delivery systems.
  • Information technology assistance to consolidate “back office” operations (e.g. financial systems, equipment).
  • Assistance with creation of shared benefit packages, policies, training and other human resources costs.
  • Expertise creating coordinated communication systems and advocacy strategies.
  • Purchase, installation and training of automated systems for use by multiple partners.
  • Planning and implementation of shared staffing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147520

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

The Strategic Alliance Partnership strongly encourages pre-application meetings or phone conferences to discuss potential requests for funding.

Both letters of inquiry and full proposals must be submitted through the Toledo Community Foundation’s online application process.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=toledocf

Heather L. Bradley, Director
The Center for Nonprofit Resources
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 241-9513
Heather@c4npr.org

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USA: Ohio: Toledo Area

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