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Strategic Alliance Partnership

Grants to Toledo Area, Ohio Nonprofits to Support
Mergers and Collaborations that Improve Efficiency

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toledo Community Foundation and Stranahan Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/20/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to Toledo area, Ohio nonprofit organizations to support the formation and exploration of alliances, mergers, and collaborations. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of this program is to enable Toledo-area nonprofits to achieve more effective and efficient use of financial and human resources, gain greater long-term financial stability and enhance social impact.

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.

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,
-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:

Grants are made to Toledo Area nonprofits.

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

The Strategic Alliance Partnership employs a two-step application process. Step one is the submission of a letter of inquiry. Step two is submission of the full proposal. Full proposals are by invitation only following review of the letters of inquiry.

Both letters of inquiry and full proposals must be submitted through the Toledo Community Foundation’s online application process. Letters of inquiry and full proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM 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.

More information about the Strategic Alliance Partnership may be found here:

Contact Information:

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:
Heather L. Bradley, Director
(419) 241-9513

The Center for Nonprofit Resources
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Toledo Area