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June 13, 2012 / Rebekah Seder

Have a question about the revised Common Grant Application?

Earlier this week the Foundation Center hosted the first of two informational sessions about WRAG’s revised Common Grant Application (CGA) and related forms. Miyesha Perry Chappell of the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and chair of the Common Grant Application Streamlining Committee spoke with nonprofit organizations about how best to approach some of the application questions. Here are some highlights:

Boards of Directors: Through this new question, funders are looking to find out about the role of organizations’ boards. Does the board help fundraise? Set organizational policies and procedures? Evaluate the executive director? Are there committees of the board? Funders like to know how potential grantees are governed.

Evaluation: The application now places more emphasis on results than on outputs and outcomes, and allows grantseekers to be more flexible in how they describe the goals of their work. Be sure to describe what it is you plan to achieve, how you will measure your success, and the timeline for accomplishing it.

Financials: Always include both pending requests to other funders and other grants that have already been committed. All program officers require this information, but it is often omitted in proposals.

Reports: Be honest about the challenges your organization faces and realistic about how you address them.

To find out Miyesha’s personal top five tips for grantseekers, register for the final information session on June 20 at the Foundation Center.

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