Foundation / Corporation
Toledo Community Foundation (TCF)
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Grants to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations to provide resources for third-party evaluations aimed at the improvement of community programming. Funding is intended to support independent assessment of new pilot programs, existing programs, and internal, organizational processes. Priority is given to the greater Toledo area.
As a companion to the Community Funds grant program, the Community Funds Accelerator works to encourage agencies to use data to drive continuous improvement of service delivery to achieve greater impact. Robust assessments may result in enhanced sustainability by strengthening future fundraising and grant-seeking efforts. Grant funds should only be requested to support costs associated with a high-quality, third party assessment designed to ascertain a program’s impact or increase the effectiveness of an organization’s internal process.
Evaluation of existing programs may consist of evaluation of a specific program or evaluation of an organizational process. Program evaluations focus on the results associated with a specific program. Internal process evaluations seek to answer questions about organizational efficiencies and/or how the organization’s own processes can be improved in order to yield better outcomes. Organizations may also apply for funds to evaluate a new program. These applicants may also request funds from the Community Funds grant program to support direct programmatic expenses.
The Community Funds Accelerator is inspired by the field of continuous quality improvement and aims to support organizations in developing the data and frameworks necessary for ongoing benchmarking and/or change management. Applicants seeking to transform their work will receive priority consideration.
The Community Funds Accelerator program provides support for several types of assessments:
- To evaluate internal processes, applicants are encouraged to apply appropriate continuous improvement tools under the guidance of a qualified external expert.
- The grant program can provide support for an outcomes-based evaluation, which tracks participants through a program and measures outcomes from beginning to end. An outcomes-based evaluation identifies indicators that can credibly demonstrate change (i.e. “increased reading level”).
- The grant program will also consider more rigorous evaluations, such as experimental studies involving control groups.
GrantWatch ID#: 177350
Multi-year requests may be considered if a longer timeline is integral to the quality of the evaluation.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1086?SA=SNA&FID=35063
Anneliese Grytafey, J.D.,
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Grantmaking
Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604
Telephone: (419) 241-5049
With particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area
USA: Michigan: Southeast region; Ohio: Northwest region