2017 Community Leadership Grant Cycle
GRANT GUIDELINES AND ELIGIBILITY
This year, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) will be awarding twelve grants of $2,000 to projects and organizations that exemplify community leadership. Grant applications will be reviewed and chosen by members of the Grants Committee, 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 23rd. 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.
OUR FUNDING GOAL
Knowing it takes a community of leaders to work together to solve community challenges, BACF grants program will be used to support organizations that are leading in creative and impactful ways. It takes organizations both big and small to address our community’s challenges. BACF hopes to invest in organizations taking steps to implement existing, or new, innovative solutions to community needs. Today’s complex challenges require new approaches and that is why we’re offering a funding source for nonprofits leading the way in creativity and innovation. With $24,000 to award in 2017, the time to apply for a Community Leadership grant is now.
WHAT COUNTS AS “COMMUNITY”?
You may identify and define your community in any way that makes sense to you. It could be a geographic region like a neighborhood, town, or state, or a community with common interests or cultural identity.
WHAT COUNTS AS “COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP”?
Community Leadership grants focus on finding creative solutions (big or small) to community problems that are innovative, inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful. Does your idea to help solve a community challenge incorporate one or more of the following qualities?
- Innovative: Does your idea address a community need or opportunity in a more effective, equitable, or sustainable way than existing approaches?
- Inclusive: Does your idea include diverse stakeholders (beneficiaries of the project, volunteers, donors, etc.) in the planning and execution process of your idea?
- Collaborative: Will your organization include other community members or organizations in partnership to make your idea a reality?
- Resourceful: Will your organization utilize existing community resources and assets to make your idea more impactful?
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 idea, including necessary staff and financial resources.
- The project uses innovative, inclusive, collaborative or resourceful processes to pursue an innovative solution to a community challenge.
- There is an adequate plan to collect outcome data and evaluate the impact of the project.
GRANT MAKING CRITERIA
- Specific issues and projects can be at various stages of the problem-solving process.
- Proposals with project budget sizes that are of an appropriate scale to this maximum $2,000 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.
- Organizations with operating budgets greater than $100,000 should submit a request for project support.
- Please, only one application per organization. We do encourage collaborative projects and will accept one collaborative project in addition to a single organizational application.
- Organizations serving Gallatin County will be prioritized versus organizations located outside of or primarily serving other counties. Organizations headquartered outside the county region must demonstrate significant service to the area.
- 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.
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.