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How We Score Your Grant Application

April 6, 2018 by Kaela Hammond

We’ve made quite a few changes over the past year or two to our grantmaking cycles here at Coastal Community Foundation, such as combining several applications to increase efficiency for our nonprofit partners and consolidating the majority of our competitive programs into two grantmaking cycles per year.

We continue to have conversations with our applicants around what our committees are looking for in a successful application. There’s no blanket answer of how to create a perfect application, as every organization has its own strengths and strategies. With that in mind, committee members consider a wide range of factors when evaluating an application. As a starting point, reviewers begin by looking at three main areas when considering an application: capacity, impact and measures of success.

To guide our reviewers in their evaluation, committee members work through the following rubric. They then have an in-depth conversation around the overall strength of the application, discussing other factors and determining allocations.

Click the rubric to enlarge.

Combine these three main points with the unique aspects of your organization’s mission and strategy, and you’ll have a competitive application! As always, we are happy to answer questions; please feel free to reach out to our team at [email protected] with any inquiries.

We look forward to reading your application!

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