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October 2017 Newsletter

Capacity Building Grants Awarded to 26 Organizations


Community Memorial Foundation recently awarded capacity building grants totaling $246,684 to 26 grantee organizations, as part of our 2017 Leadership Institute. Organizations that participated in the Institute were eligible to submit an RFP (request for proposal) for up to $10,000 to address needs related to one of the four key development areas: fiscal management, governance, leadership or fund development.

On September 22nd, the selected grantees attended a convening where they discussed their projects and were given the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations that are working to address a similar theme. The projects will conclude with a capstone session in early fall 2018.

The Foundation’s Leadership Institute is one strategy toward developing transformational leadership in health and human services (a value of the Regional Health and Human Services Agenda). Learn more here.

Announcing Letter of Intent Process

Community Memorial Foundation is announcing an important addition to our grant application process. Beginning with the spring 2018 grant cycle, submission of an online letter of intent (LOI) will be the first step for many organizations seeking a grant from the Foundation.

Organizations must submit a letter of intent if any of the following apply:

  • The organization has never received a program or general operating support grant from Community Memorial Foundation
  • The organization has not received a program or general operating grant from the Foundation in the past three years
  • The organization intends to request more than $25,000 from the Foundation

Requests that do not meet any of the above criteria are not required to submit a letter of intent and may simply submit an online application by the respective deadlines (March 15 for the spring cycle; September 15 for the fall cycle).

Letters of intent are reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be completed online before 5:00pm CST on the following dates:

  • February 15 for consideration within the spring grant cycle
  • August 15 for consideration within the fall grant cycle

Staff will review the LOI upon receipt and will notify the organization within two weeks if it has been invited to submit a full proposal. Please note that an invitation to submit a full proposal is no guarantee of funding.

All LOIs must be submitted via the Foundation’s GIFTS Online grants management system, which can be accessed here.

Please click here for more information regarding the letter of intent policy and to view a sample LOI document that can be used as a reference when completing the online form.

The Foundation appreciates the accommodation of this new procedure, which will allow for a more streamlined application and review process.

Please contact Foundation staff at 630.654.4729 with any questions.

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