Grant strategies to build nonprofit capacity

Alissa Author: Alissa Bermingham


The Strategic Grants’ Customised Grants Calendar and integrated online Grants Expertise Management Portal (GEMP) incorporates funding opportunities from across Australia and New Zealand.

Our customised grants calendar lists ALL philanthropic, Government and corporate opportunities whose funding interests match those of your organisation.

So, how do we narrow down the gargantuan range of grants in our database to build a customised Grants Calendar unique to your organisation?

We build a grants calendar based on the research undertaken by our talented ‘SG Calendar Team’ who collate information to create a unique profile for each organisation – which produces a customised grants calendar. The organisational information we gather includes:

* Legal Eligibility / Status

* Program / Service delivery

* Beneficiaries

* Geography – where does your organisation deliver programs

* Grant Range required

The GEMP system does an automatic match on the above information, flagging all the grants that match each organisation’s profile for inclusion in their grants calendar.

For example, an animal welfare organisation operating solely in Victoria won’t see grant opportunities supporting animal welfare initiatives in Western Australia, because the system identifies that the organisation and grant are not a match.

The final stage of the calendar build process is when the SG Calendar Team review the calendar to ensure only relevant grants are included, and none that should be there, are excluded.

The GEM Portal saves our clients hours of valuable time, making room for simplified prospect research and more time for developing robust project plans and great grant applications. To get an idea of how the GEM Portal can support you, check out a demo at:  

Jo BNE  Author: Jo Garner

Well here it is, a brand new year. Do you feel like there is so much to do and you are not quite sure where to start? Here are Strategic Grants’ top tips to get you grant-ready in 2020 and to have your most productive year yet!

  1. Have a clear list of organisational priority funding needs that align with your strategic plan objectives. This will help overcome the last minute “what can we apply for?” And will ensure that only real needs are being presented to funders.
  1. Project plans against each need, including a sound budget that has been formulated based on the actual (not estimated) costs to deliver. By having clear detail on the projects you need to raise funding for, you can have meaningful conversations with prospective funding partners and know clearly from the outset if the project is going to be ready to go as soon as funding is received.
  1. Put in place monitoring and evaluation frameworks so that you can monitor your organisation’s progress as a whole and evaluate each project to determine what needs to change, continue, or stop. Evaluation needs to start when the project starts – not at the end! You need baseline data and the relevant data capture tools in place to ensure you are collating the right information to answer key evaluation questions and to determine if the outcomes that were anticipated have been achieved and what you have learned.
  1. Have a list of all the funding deadlines that you are eligible to apply for and are relevant to your funding needs. Check out the GEM Portal! If you are not already subscribed, please contact us today. Always be working ahead of deadlines and forward planning! 2020 Calendar Blog image
  1. Use data management systems to record relationship information, grants received and when reports are due. Don’t store vital information in your head!
  1. Have a plan for how your organisation is working to sustain itself. Don’t rely on just grants and government funding.
  1. You need someone to write a really strong application that answers all the questions clearly and succinctly, with an evidence base, and leaves no unanswered questions in the funder’s mind. If you don’t have someone in house with the required skill-set you can outsource, or even better, upskill your team with training and critiquing services.
  1. Have a plan to engage your funders. Bringing your funding partners along on the journey of a project they have enabled is a great way to ensure they are there to help you solve any problems that arise on the way and to celebrate the success you have created together!

Contact SG today to discover how we can support your organisation this year.