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Performance Management Grant

Grants to Central New York Nonprofits to Measure and
Improve Organizational Performance

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Central New York (CNY) Community Foundation

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Central New York nonprofits to increase their capacity to measure and evaluate project outcomes. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on reducing lead exposure and poisoning, improving literacy, and/or reducing poverty.

Funding is intended to help strengthen local organizations’ ability to gather and utilize data for planning, adapting, and improving programs and services. Ultimately, these skills can improve the precision and confidence with which organizations tell the stories of their impact on the community. Furthermore, this opportunity is intended to build capacity to compete for funding opportunities that require evidence with respect to program outcomes and community impact.

In addition to reporting on progress, awardees are expected to participate in a monthly meeting of present and past learning community grant recipients. Monthly learning community meetings will include hands-on data analysis, presentations on project status and opportunities for shared learning with others working on similar projects.

Projects should:

- Build capacity to demonstrate both outcomes (i.e. measureable impact on community needs) and outputs (i.e. number of people served)
- Support a program or group of programs that address an identifiable community need (ideally literacy, lead, or poverty), use a logical approach, emphasize assessment, and have long term sustainability

Projects may (these are examples and not an exhaustive list):

- Involve one organization or a collaboration between multiple organizations
- Involve hiring and working with consultants and or external evaluators
- Involve creating a new process for data collection

Participating organizations will be expected to have clients of their proposed program participate in a community needs assessment survey and share aggregate data at the census tract level with other members of the community who are also participating in the needs assessment. Technical support will be provided to accomplish this.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165809

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants up to $20,000 will be considered for a first time organization.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits serving Central New York may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All organizations intending to apply are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation describing the goals of the program. If you are unable to attend, please contact Robyn Smith. The sessions will be held at the CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse. You need only attend one of the two sessions. Please RSVP at least 3 business days in advance to Robyn Smith.

Orientation Session Dates
- Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 2:00PM-3:00PM
- Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 2:00PM-3:00PM

Pre-Application Information:

For consideration, your completed application must be received on Friday, July 13, 2018.

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Contact Information:

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

To apply, please complete the Community Grants Application online:

Then submit responses to an additional set of questions here:

For any questions on this grant:

Robyn Smith
(315) 883-5543

For grantmaking questions or to schedule a grant information meeting:
(315) 422-9538

Central New York Community Foundation
431 E. Fayette Street, Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Central region