Forums or Training
The Chronicle of Philanthropy will have a live discussion on “Raising Money for Endowments — and Spending It” on
Tuesday, May 4, at noon U.S. Eastern time.
Kresge announces changes in its grant program
Facility Investments and Building Reserves “Institutional Capitalization” now includes the Arts and Culture Program’s investments in cultural facilities and building reserves funds. Under this new strategy, the Program will prioritize renovation and repair projects.
DEADLINE: May 17 for pre-application email
Michelle McIntyre, director at Roaring Spring Community Library, shared the discovery of this fundraising site for their sample fundraising letters. Check out the free e-book download with 70 sample letters on the left of the site.
Michelle said that they adapted one of the letters for their business fundraiser and, in a little over a week, had more donations than the preveious year. She said that a board members or friend of the library personally signs each letter corresponding to a business owner they personally know or with whom they conduct business.
What great site would you like to share?
GRANTS and CONTESTS
National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant
Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities. Funds may also be used for one-time capital expenditures that bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grant recipients must raise, from nonfederal donors, three times the amount of federal funds offered.
AWARD: have ranged from $30,000-$1million but probably will not fund over $500,000
DEADLINE: May 5, 2010
Save America’s Treasures Grant
Funds preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites
AWARD: 25,000 to 700,000
DEADLINE: May 21, 2010
The Community Center and Library Association in Pittsburgh received a grant of $100,000 from the Hearst Foundation in 2009 to create the William Randolph Hearst Group Study Room.
Check out possibilities at the Hearst Foundations site. They accept applications on a rolling basis.
National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants
NEH challenge grants may be used to establish/enhance endowments or spend-down funds (that is, funds that are invested, with both the income and the principal being expended over a defined period of years) that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities. Funds may also be used for one-time capital expenditures (such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, and acquisitions) that bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.
Applications from small and mid-sized institutions are welcome.
AMOUNT: up to $1 million but usually not more than $500,000
DEADLINE: May 5, 2010
MORE INFO: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/challenge.html
These are some BASICS which may be worth remembering ………….
Everyone’s time is valuable—yours included. Why waste time on an application that is not competitive with others? Planning is always wise. With a grant you need to know what you need or want and your current resources, if any. You also need to locate funders, learn application deadlines, gather materials and much more!
Don’t make the mistake of applying for a grant at the last minute.
One way to help with planning in fundraising is to keep a FUNDING CALENDAR. Whether or not you intermingle it with your personal planner (or put it on your iphone), you may find a tickler type calendar system is helpful.
Start with the basics in your funding calendar and fill in your calendar with deadline dates for the various work stages. Selecting work dates is a process of moving backwards from deadlines. Use pencil since changes do happen! You may also find that you develop your own shorthand for calendar entries. (My own calendar entries are more cryptic-and messy–than in examples shown below!).
Provide time in your schedule to work on the items in your calendar.
Schedule and honor the work on your calendar (an appointment with yourself) as you would an appointment with a person!
A Municipal Calendar Example
Grants and the Calendar
The various stages of grant writing can also be entered in your calendar but grants may not be as predictable. It may be that you only hear of a grant after reading about another library’s successful application. Or, perhaps your search of a funding database shows that you just missed a generous foundation’s deadline. Don’t forget about that grant! Many grants are offered every year, with only slight changes.
If the grant application was due March 1 in 2010, check back at that foundation’s site three months prior to March 1, 2011!
December 1, 2010 calendar entry shows: chk www.librarybillions.com for grant?
If your search finds that the grant is again offered, look at the deadline and select work dates by moving back from the deadline.
Be aware that awarded grants also expect you to follow a timeline. Use the tickler calendar system so you can keep in compliance with their deadlines. An added benefit is less stress (and no terse phone calls asking for that late Quarterly report!)
Here are some grants you may want to put on a calendar!
Available to Chester and Philadelphia Counties for capital campaigns, general operating support, endowment and special projects. (Other locations may be invited by a foundation trustee)
AMOUNT: $2,000 to $50,000
DEADLINE: October 1 and March 1 (mark your fundraising calendar)