Municipalities: What’s Your Approach to Nonprofit Grants?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 20, 2013 9:18:00 AM

public-private partnerships, eligibility in a grant funding opportunity, municipalities partnering with 501(c)(3) nonprofits

Dear municipal employees tasked with finding grants while wearing a half-dozen other hats: Say you come across a grant funding notice whose purpose is perfectly aligned with your project’s goals, but you’re a little late to check the eligibility section—only 501(c)(3) nonprofits are eligible to apply. What’s your next step?

  1. I consider it an opportunity for a certain nonprofit to apply for that grant.
  2. I’m generally concerned with grants that my agency can apply for, but if I see something of interest, I might share it.
  3. From the get-go, I filter out nonprofits in my grant search and focus only on my agency.
  4. Way ahead of you. Actually, we've already established a community fund (or foundation) to help address local projects.

In other words, are nonprofit grants on your radar? If so, how?

Here’s what moved me to ask: As eCivis guest blogger David Rappoport observed a few weeks ago, public-private partnerships are increasingly common these days, with the private, public, and nonprofit/social sectors "blurring." If the identities of the sectors themselves are intersecting more, perhaps your organization’s grant seeking strategies have evolved in turn? So the question can be posed to all sectors: Do you consider grant opportunities that your organization itself might not be able to apply for but that a potential collaborator might?

These are all very open-ended, general questions intended to draw out your success stories. You’ve lent me your ears; now lend me your voice. And if you enjoyed this article, please enjoy the following free article:

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