The Takeaway: Right-sized grantmaking maximises the value of grants and doesn't place undue burdens on grantseekers.
What is right-sizing?
Right-sizing means making sure that what is asked of grantseekers throughout the process of applying for and acquitting a grant is in proportion to the amount of money on offer. When grantseekers are asked to provide an excessive amount of information, the resources they need to spend on the response can significantly reduce the true value of the grant.
What should we do about it?
Both documents are worth reading in detail, but in summary, the Grant Managers Network recommends that you:
Grantmakers for Effective Organisations also suggests working out what you really want to know, and how you can get hold of that information. In addition, GEO recommends that you:
Both organisations acknowledge that you as the grantmaker require a certain amount of information to establish whether a potential grantee is capable of delivering the results you're looking for.
GEO proposes eight factors to consider in that assessment: organisational history and track record; governance and executive leadership; organisational vision and strategy; proposed planning, outcomes and evaluation; human resources; external communications; relationships and networks; and financial health.
Port Phillip Community Group executive officer Karen Sait has sat on both sides of the table when it comes to grants, so she understands what it takes for funders to make things easier for recipients. The simple answer? Good partnerships.
The City of Onkaparinga is using new methods to boost community engagement and grants impact. Here's how.
The Ian Potter Foundation is building a strong reputation for its laser-like focus on evaluation and its benefits, and leading the charge is Dr Squirrel Main.
Here's a taste of the 'conference insights' edition, with lessons from the Grantmaker of the Year, the latest industry news, innovation, and best-practice evaluation, data and partnerships.