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Community Funds Accelerator Grant

Grants to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits for Third
Party Assessments to Enhance Community Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toledo Community Foundation (TCF)

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 11:59 PM


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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177350

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests may be considered if a longer timeline is integral to the quality of the evaluation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded only to nonprofit, charitable organizations which have been designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

The Foundation serves Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area.

The Foundation only makes grants to nonprofit organizations and not to individuals.

Areas generally not funded include individuals, computer hardware and software, vehicles, conferences, capital and research.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation considers grant requests two times annually. The deadline dates for proposals are January 15 and August 15. Proposals must be received by midnight of the application deadline in order to be considered for funding.

Proposals must be submitted through the Foundation’s online application process.

The Board of Trustees meets approximately three to four months subsequent to each deadline date to make funding decisions. Applicant organizations are notified, in writing, of the approval or denial of funding requests within one week after the Board of Trustees takes action.

Grantees will receive priority consideration for a subsequent year’s grant request to Community Funds for projects designed to improve the program or process that has been studied. This may result in multiple years of funding.

Applicants applying for funds to evaluate a new program may request funds to support direct programmatic expenses. Those pursuing this option must complete a separate application to the Community Funds program. This may result in two grants funded over the same period.

For additional information, please contact Anneliese Grytafey, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Grantmaking, at the Toledo Community Foundation.

Both first time and returning applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Department staff to discuss proposals prior to submission.

Organizations needing assistance in sourcing an appropriate consultant may contact The Center for Nonprofit Resources.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

With particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Southeast region;   Ohio: Northwest region