2022 Grant Timeline
August - Attend a mandatory pre-application information session REGISTER HERE
September 6 - Application opens online in GranteeView
September 23 - Deadline to have LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile in progress OR updates to an existing profile
September 27 - Deadline to submit application online via GranteeView
October 14 - Applicants notified via e-mail whether they are invited to continue in the grant process by hosting a grant committee site visit
October, November - Grant committee site visits
December 16 - Applicants notified of funding decision via e-mail
January 1 – December 31, 2023 - Grant term
A complete application includes a submitted application through GranteeView, an in progress LIVEGIVEmidsouth.org profile with identified fields approved, and a line item project budget (including all project revenues and expenses). The project budget should be submitted along with the application through the Community Foundation’s online grant portal, GranteeView. Click here to access GranteeView.
All eligible applications are reviewed by a Community Foundation grant committee to determine which applicants are invited to move forward in the process and host a site visit. (If your organization is invited to host a site visit, further information and instructions will be provided upon notification.) Members of the committee then attend applicant site visits, before making funding recommendations to present to the Community Foundation’s Board of Governors.
Grants are awarded for a 12-month term, and all funds must be raised and spent by the end of that term.
The Strengthening Nonprofits Committee is composed of 10-15 members who reflect our community and/or serve on the Community Foundation’s Board of Governors. Committee members have significant nonprofit leadership experience, other deep industry experience, and/or are engaged donors to the foundation. All members understand the grant requirements and are given evaluation tools by which to guide their decision making.
All else being equal, the grant committee gives funding priority to the following.
- Demonstrate potential vendors, consultants, and/or products for the project have been thoroughly researched and identified
- Include a realistic timeline for completion and demonstrate that ongoing maintenance and/or costs have been accounted for, if applicable
- Show evidence of sufficient internal capacity to implement the project
- Include a clear, detailed, and feasible project budget
- Clearly define success for the project that can be easily communicated to stakeholders
- Outline a clear strategy for raising matching funds and how this grant can provide leverage to attract donors or serve as a final element to fully fund the project
- Are BIPOC-led by an Executive Director or CEO of color
- Have a history of success in the community they serve
- Have stable revenues and expenses
- Can demonstrate appropriate diversity in board and staff leadership, specifically in ethnicity and gender