MO Common Grant App & a few “Save the Dates” (GFC & elsewhere)

News You Can Use - Missouri Common Grant ApplicationAs previously mentioned in this space, Gateway Center for Giving has developed the Missouri Common Grant Application (now in version 2.0 which added a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens) in an attempt to facilitate the grant making process for both the funders and the nonprofits searching for grant money for their organizations and/or programs. You can click here to see what local funders accept the Common Grant Application (either in whole or in an adapted format). Even if the funder to which your nonprofit is applying does not use this tool, the full length and short form application forms and the budget templates can be very useful in pulling together the information required in any grant application. Peruse the Gateway Center for Giving site which has lots of great information - and be sure to check out the User Guide which does a great job of breaking down and explaining the various components of your grant proposal, provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and has a glossary of grant-related terms.

 Save the Date(s)

A reminder about upcoming GFC programs here at Central Library (click the titles to go to the SLPL events page to register):

Intro to Grant Research – Your friendly Grants & Foundations librarian, Lisa Thorp, will present an overview of the resources available at the SLPL Grants & Foundation Center in the Social Sciences room at Central Library, and will demonstrate how to use the Foundation Center databases, Foundation Directory Online & Foundation Maps.
Saturday June 23, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Carnegie Room (3rd floor)

Planning and Implementing a Major Gift Program for Your Nonprofit Organization – A successful major gifts program has the power to change the game for a nonprofit in the best way possible. Whether you work in development at a museum or advancement at a university, if you’re in fundraising, you understand how major gifts are paramount to the sustainability of every nonprofit organization. Dan Reynolds will walk us through the steps involved in planning and executing a major gift program for your nonprofit organization, as well as lessons learned from the field.
Saturday July 14, 10:30-noon, Carnegie Room (3rd floor)

Better Outcomes for Nonprofits with CQI – Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a philosophy of management that focuses on improving an organization’s efficiency & effectiveness, which can result in improved morale & teamwork. Sarah Buek, MSW, LCSW, founder of Insight Partners Consulting, LLC, will introduce participants to common CQI models & processes to apply to their nonprofit work, help identify the capacities and behaviors that lead to learning and improvement, & introduce, demonstrate, & practice several key quality improvement tools & exercises.
Tuesday August 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Carnegie Room (3rd floor)

Grant Writing 101 – Amy Lottes, GPC, (Little Bit Foundation and Logos School) will return to Central Library to present this 90 minute program aimed at nonprofit corporations interested in learning how to approach charitable foundations to apply for grant funding for their organizations. Learn why you might want to pursue grant money, considerations to keep in mind, and how to know if you are “grant-ready” – and what you should do and where to go if you think the answer is “yes”.
Thursday September 13, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Auditorium (Lower Level)

And here is information about programs in the community that might be of interest:

Grant and Foundation Symposium - this day long event will focus on helping statewide nonprofit organizations and local governments learn about federal and foundation funding opportunities. The symposium will feature government agencies and foundations discussing funding opportunities and how to go about applying through panel discussions, info booths, and breakout sessions.

The symposium is free, but space is limited; click here to learn more about the event, and to register to attend.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
 o Donor-Centered Fundraising (Jun 14)
Community Service Public Relations Council
  o Spectrum Conference (May 8)
Grant Professionals Association - St. Louis Regional Chapter
 o Writing Meaningful Outcomes (May 1)
 o Federal Grants Landscape (Jun 12)
Network for Strong Communities
 o Top Talent Workshop (May 3)
 o Developing a Workplan for Governmental Funding (May 8)
 o Understanding the Federal Budget Process and How to Identify Future Funding (May 15)
UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program
 o Successful Grant Writing (May 10)
 o From Cost Savings to Improved Outcomes: Continuous Quality Improvement in Action (May 17)
 o Search Engine Optimization and Search Marketing 101 for Nonprofits (Jun 14)
 o Diversity and Inclusion in your Volunteer Program (Jun 29)

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