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Performance Management Learning Community (PMLC) Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits to Measure
and Improve Organizational Performance

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Central New York Community Foundation

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to New York nonprofit organizations to increase their capacity to measure and evaluate project outcomes. Funding is intended to help strengthen local organizations’ ability to collect and utilize data for planning, adapting, and improving programs and services. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on reducing lead exposure and poisoning, improving literacy, and/or reducing poverty. Programs must benefit residents of the Central New York region.

Ultimately, the skills learned from this program 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.

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

The Performance Management Learning Community has three learning networks tailored to benefit the skillset and needs of the participants:

PMLC Prep  Intended for organizations that are in the beginning stages of using data management. 


  • Complete Life Needs Assessment Surveys of 100 clients
  • Attend six learning community sessions


  • Beginner/Novice data managers
  • Grant writers
  • Program associates
  • New learning community participants

PMLC Intermediate – Intended for organizations that have begun using data to create reports, but have yet to master the skills to produce charts, graphs, and analysis to drive decision making.


  • Complete Life Needs Assessment Surveys of 100 clients
  • Attend ten learning community sessions 
  • Complete ten labs
  • Provide midterm assessment and final report


  • Intermediate data managers
  • Grant writers
  • Program managers
  • New or previous learning community participants

PMLC Pro – Intended for organizations that have mastered the skills listed in Prep and Pro – but are interested in working with other organizations to collaborate and network on best ways to solve community needs.


  • Complete Life Needs Assessments Surveys of 100 clients
  • Attend six learning community sessions
  • Develop a joint white paper based on results of Life Needs Assessment Survey
  • Proficient data managers
  • Program officers or directors
  • Previous learning community participants

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165809

Estimated Size of Grant:

- PMLC Prep: Up to $5,000
- PMLC Intermediate: Up to $20,000
- PMLC Pro: Up to $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits serving Central New York may apply.

Recipients of Community Grants within the past 12 months are not excluded from applying.

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 Sean Reed, Jr.

Information Session Date:
June 11, 2020, 10:00am - 11:30am US/Eastern

Note: It is important that in addition to grantwriter attendance at orientation sessions, potential staff participants in the learning community are strongly encouraged to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete the online application by Friday, July 10, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

To find out more about the Performance Management Grants, or for any questions, please contact Sean Reed, Jr. at 315-883-5560 or email

For grantmaking questions or to schedule a grant information meeting, please contact 315-422-9538 or

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

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