2018 Community Grant Cycle – Funding Where It’s Needed Most
Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) envisions a community where people are inspired to work alongside neighbors to contribute towards the greater good. Knowing it takes a community of leaders to work together to solve the challenges of our growing community, this year’s grant cycle will focus on funding the areas of greatest need as voiced by many area non-profits over the past year.
BACF will be awarding five (5) grants of $4,000 each. Areas of focus:
- Technology/IT – Funding for organizations to invest in effective and sustainable technology infrastructure to strengthen community efforts. Tell us about your technology use and/or needs. Have you performed a technology assessment? Have you participated in technology product demonstrations? Will you receive on-going consulting, coaching, and technical assistance for your products?
- Professional Staff Training – Funding to assist organizations with expenses related to specific staffing and training opportunities that improve skills and productivity. Tell us about the need that exists at your organization for professional development. What event and/or training are you vetting? Who will attend? How you monitor their progress? What do you hope the outcomes will be?
- Operating Support – (Available to organizations with an operating budget of less than $100,000 per fiscal year) Unrestricted funding to be utilized in the most appropriate way to support and maintain the organizations mission. Simply tell us how you will use the funds to continue operations.
Grant applications will be reviewed and chosen by members of the Grants Committee which is comprised of BACF board members and community members, with final approval by the Board of Directors. All requests must be submitted using the online BACF grant application by October 26th, 2018. Projects or programs are expected to implement BACF grant funding within one year from receipt of the grant and a follow-up grant report is required.
IS THIS GRANT A GOOD FIT FOR YOUR IDEA?
As we make funding decisions, in addition to the specifics of your proposal, we will consider whether:
- The organization appears to have the capacity to carry out the request, including necessary staff and financial resources.
- The request is meeting a need to pursue a solution to an organizational challenge.
- There is an adequate plan to collect outcome data and evaluate the impact of the funding.
GRANT MAKING CRITERIA
- Proposals with project budget sizes that are of an appropriate scale to this maximum $4,000 grant opportunity will be prioritized.
- BACF will consider proposals for operating support for organizations with an operating budget of less than $100,000 per fiscal year.
- Please, only one application per organization.
- Grantees must be located in and serving Gallatin County.
- Applicants should be a public, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or be affiliated with an organization that has 501(c)(3) tax status that will assume fiscal responsibility for all funds received and expended.
- Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support attempts to address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.
We believe in transparency at BACF. Here is what we look for when we are evaluating your
- Value: Is this organization providing quality programs to improve the community?
- Impact: Did the organization demonstrate how a grant could have a measurable impact on
- organizational and programmatic capacity and effectiveness?
- Capacity: Does the organization have the capacity to carry out the project, including necessary staff and/or volunteer capacity and financial stability?
- Strategies: Has the organization developed specific and realistic strategies for addressing identified organizational needs?
PROJECTS GENERALLY NOT FUNDED
While BACF remains flexible in meeting community needs, in general, grants do not fund:
- Specific individuals – including scholarships
- One-time fundraising events or fundraising campaigns
- Capital or operational debt reduction
- Any political campaign or to support attempts to influence legislative issues
- Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, religious affiliation, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable law. If an organization only serves a specific population, e.g., women or specific ethnic populations, the community foundation will consider the proposal on a case-by-case basis.
Thinking about applying? Want to talk through your idea? Contact Bridget Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org